The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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A beautiful painting of the “Expectant Blessed Mother,” by Jan Gendron, a painter from St. Brendan Church in East Providence, is on display at the parish throughout Advent. In St. Pope John Paul II’s Angelus on Dec. 8, 1998, he said that the important Marian feast of the Immaculate Conception, which occurs during Advent, is a season of watchful and prayerful preparation for Christmas. “She who knew better than anyone how to wait attentively for the Lord guides us and shows us how to make more vital and active our journey to the Holy Night of Bethlehem. With her, we spend these weeks in prayer and, guided by her bright star, hasten to make the spiritual journey that will lead us to celebrate the mystery of the Incarnation with greater intensity.” The feast of the Immaculate Conception is Saturday, Dec. 8.