Today the Church in the United States celebrates the optional memorial of St. Juan Diego, an Indian convert, to whom the Virgin Mary appeared as he was going to Mass in Tlatlelolco, Mexico. Our Lady asked him to tell the Bishop that she desired a shrine to be built on the spot to manifest her love for all mankind. She left a marvelous portrait of herself on the mantle of Juan Diego as a sign for the Bishop. This miraculous image has proved to be ageless, and is kept in the shrine built in her honor, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas.
Jesus awaits us with open arms as a child born to us for our Salvation. So it is in this spirit that we should desire to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation, preparing and making room for him to dwell this Christmas!
Local Penance Services will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the following evenings in the following churches:
We will be sponsoring our annual Giving Tree project to help families of our parish purchase gifts for their children and prepare a Christmas meal for their family. This tree will be displayed in the Hall of Memories starting November 23. On it you will find humble tree ornaments that you may select to purchase Giant Eagle & Walmart gift cards in a variety of denominations. All gifts and monies need to be returned to parish office no later than Monday, December 12.
Whether you are a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Church or new to the Irwin area, take a moment to learn more about our parish and our faith community. We encourage you to worship and grow with us in a family of faith. Welcome!
As our lives become more media minded and the pace of life continues to speed up, it is important to keep "in touch" and to be reminded of our mission as a parish and as a Church. Simple reminders, invitations and alerts received on your computer and smart phones allow me, your Shepherd, to communicate in a quick, simple and effective way.
Eucharistic Adoration is held every Tuesday following the 8 a.m. Mass and continuing all day until 6:15 p.m. There are special prayer booklets available containing prayers for vocations during adoration. Confessions are held from 5:15-6:15 p.m. and evening Mass begins at 6:30 p.m.