Today, December 8th, is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. This is the feast which celebrates that Mary was born without any mark of sin and committed no sins in her life. This has been a part of the Church’s teaching since ancient times, but has found a clearer articulation in 1854 Pope Pius IX published the document Ineffabilis Deus in which he declared the following dogma of the faith:
“…by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, for the honor of the Holy and undivided Trinity, for the glory and adornment of the Virgin Mother of God, for the exaltation of the Catholic Faith, and for the furtherance of the Catholic religion, by the authority of Jesus Christ our Lord, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own: “We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful. Hence, if anyone shall dare — which God forbid! — to think otherwise than as has been defined by us, let him know and understand that he is condemned by his own judgment; that he has suffered shipwreck in the faith; that he has separated from the unity of the Church; and that, furthermore, by his own action he incurs the penalties established by law if he should are to express in words or writing or by any other outward means the errors he think in his heart.”
Our parish also contains the church of the Immaculate Conception at Narberth where Mass was celebrated today, exactly 31 years after the opening of the church!
The times for Mass this Christmas may be found HERE. Or, follow this menu link to “Mass Times” in the menu option above, marked “About”.
To all those who helped contribute to the Marian evening, thank you very much. Such a successful evening does just happen by itself. From the those who decorated the church, to those who provided music, from those who helped in the planning and those who provided refreshments, and of course those who helped to tidy up: you all did your bit. Well done and thank you.
Fr Liam has had many comments from those who enjoyed the video presentation and found it informative… and many more comments from those who liked the candle-lit Rosary prayer service.
Marian Prayers by Candlelight
A fitting end to the month of the Rosary! More pictures can be found here.
An evening of Marian devotion to end the Month of the Rosary.
Thursday 30th October, 7pm, St David and St Patrick Catholic Church.
The evening will start with a video presentation looking at Marian apparitions and theology. Then there will be chance for tea, coffee and some light bites, which will be followed by a candle-lit prayer service incorporating many Marian Prayers and devotions – including the Rosary.
APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION OF
POPE PIUS XII
DEFINING THE DOGMA OF THE ASSUMPTION
November 1, 1950
This document infallibly defined, for now and forever, the dogma that “the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.
Mary, having been conceived immaculately, was spared the pain of original sin and never succumbed to actual sin. As such, she never received the wages of sin, that is, the corruption of the body at death. No, being so perfect, more perfect than any other human person, she entered heaven in full bodily glory. Today is the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This is the new website for the Parish of St David and St Patrick.
This website is still in development so, please be patient as we get it set-up. However, some information is already given which we hope visitors will find useful.St David and St Patrick.
The Parish of St David and St Patrick incorporates two churches: St David and St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Haverfordwest, and the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Narberth.
The parish forms part of the Diocese of Menevia which is a Registered Charity No. 234168