Feast of Immaculate Conception Dec. 8; next holy days of obligation are Dec. 25 and Jan. 1

This virtual Advent calendar is available at United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website at usccb.org. The Office of Religious Education at the Diocese of Wichita’s website also has family Advent information and activities.

Tuesday, Dec., 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary and a holy day of obligation.
Three more holy days of obligation are coming up in the next several weeks. Here is more about the days of obligation to attend Mass:
In addition to Sunday, the days to be observed as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States of America are as follows:
• Jan. 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God;
• Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension*;
• Aug. 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
• Nov. 1, the solemnity of All Saints;
• Dec. 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception;
• Dec. 25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Whenever Jan. 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or Aug. 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or Nov. 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.
* In the Diocese of Wichita Ascension Thursday the celebration of the Feast of the Ascension is transferred to the following Sunday, May 16, 2010.

Advent information, activities online at diocesan and bishops’ websites
The Diocese of Wichita and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have websites dedicated to Advent.
The diocesan site has a link to download the family activities for Advent. The download has reflections on the readings, and information about the Advent Wreath, prayers, the nativity scene, and saints of the season.
The diocesan site located at cdowk.org/offices/religioused states that as Catholics we are called to observe Advent as a season of waiting, of hope, of anticipation, of longing for the coming of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“We are called to remember his first coming in history and the thousands of years that our ancestors in faith spent waiting and hoping for his arrival,” the site states. “We are called to recognize the mystery of his coming to be in our midst today in Word and Sacrament, in community and in service. We are called to repentance and renewal as we await his glorious return in majesty at the end of time.”
The USCCB website has a calendar with similar information for each day.