The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Friday, December 8, is a Holy Day of Obligation. We encourage you to come for Mass at Immaculate Conception Church [our host parish] at 6 pm that evening. There is a plenary indulgence for attending Mass at a church on its titular feast (with the usual conditions applying). This solemnity is of special interest to Americans because the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, is the patroness of the United States. The Catholic bishops of the United States unanimously chose the Blessed Virgin under this title to be our patroness in 1846, at the sixth Plenary Council in Baltimore.
The Catholic Beer Club will be promoting this Mass and encouraging local Catholics to attend it and then afterwards to adjourn to the nearby Dacha Beer Garden at 1600 7th St NW to celebrate this happy feast day.