I am almost weary trying to find a Mass to fulfill our obligation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The bishop of our diocese has been silent on this issue -- no guidance whatsoever. I have emailed his office and his secretary responded that she "thinks" December 8th is a holy day of obligation.
Our pastor is celebrating a Mass on the morning of December 8th, but the liturgy will be for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (because the ladies of the parish want to celebrate it then) and NOT for the holy day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Our pastor announced to the congregation that if we go to the 5PM Mass on Saturday, December 8th, it will fulfill BOTH the holy day Mass obligation and the Second Sunday of Advent Mass obligation. Isn't this double dipping? It seems that our priests and the faithful have less and less time for our Lord and his Mother these days.
I have looked on the USCCB website to get an official ruling on the holy day for this year -- but have found nothing. Can you provide a link to anything that I can send to my pastor? Thank you.
Answer by Catholic Answers on 12/4/2007: