BANGOR---The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Saturday, December 8) commemorates the day that Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin. It is a holy day of obligation for Catholics and is the patronal feast of the United States and the Diocese of Portland.
To commemorate the solemnity and to give back to many in need during the Advent season, students at All Saints School in Bangor will throw a “baby shower” for the Blessed Virgin Mary at a special schoolwide Mass on Wednesday, December 5, at 9:30 a.m. at St. John Church, located on 207 York Street in Bangor.
“Each year, we celebrate this feast day with a ‘baby shower’ for Mary and offer mercy to many in need by donating helpful items to the Shepherd’s Godparent Home in Bangor,” said Matthew Houghton, principal of All Saints.
Shepherd’s Godparent is a free, residential shelter for young women who are pregnant and in crisis, including homeless women. School families were given a list of things the shelter could use, including diapers, books, baby bottles, and household goods.
“The shelter actually has two pregnant women right now,” said Houghton. “So the kids are also collecting infant and toddler clothing.”
Students will bring the baby gifts to the Mass and, as they enter the church, they will lay the gifts at the feet of the statue of Mary. The All Saints staff hopes that the children will be filled with feelings of generosity and gratitude.
“Joy is found by giving, helping, and loving one another,” said Houghton. “This is a great way to teach them that important lesson.”
All are welcome to attend the Mass on Friday.
To view a list of Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Masses scheduled for churches around the diocese, click here.