CIC Feast Day : The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 


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The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the solemn celebration of belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. It is universally celebrated on December 8, nine months before the feast of the Nativity of Mary, which is celebrated on September 8. The Immaculate Conception is one of the most important Marian feasts in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church, and is celebrated worldwide.

By Pontifical designation and decree, it is the patronal feast day of Argentina, Brazil, Korea, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippines, Spain, the United States, Uruguay and Italy. By royal decree, it is also designated as the Patroness of Portugal. It is celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church as well as a few other closely related Protestant Christian churches, but not by the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Church, and Church of the East.

Since 1953, the Pope in his capacity as Bishop of Rome visits the Column of the Immaculate Conception in Piazza di Spagna to offer expiatory prayers commemorating the solemn event.

The feast was first solemnized as a Holy Day of Obligation  on 6 December 1708 under the Papal Bull Commissi Nobis Divinitus by Pope Clement XI[4]and is often celebrated with Mass, parades, fireworks, processions, ethnic foods, and cultural festivities in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is generally considered a Family Day, especially in many majority Catholic countries.


1. Who does the Immaculate Conception refer to?

There’s a popular idea that it refers to Jesus’ conception by the Virgin Mary.

It doesn’t.

Instead, it refers to the special way in which the Virgin Mary herself was conceived.

This conception was not virginal. (That is, she had a human father as well as a human mother.) But it was special and unique in another way. . . .


2. What is the Immaculate Conception?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains it this way:

490 To become the mother of the Saviour, Mary “was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role.” The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as “full of grace”.  In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God’s grace.

491 Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854:

The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin. 


3. Does this mean Mary never sinned?

Yes. Because of the way redemption was applied to Mary at the moment of her conception, she not only was protected from contracting original sin but also personal sin. The Catechism explains:

493 The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call the Mother of God “the All-Holy” (Panagia), and celebrate her as “free from any stain of sin, as though fashioned by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature”.  By the grace of God Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long. “Let it be done to me according to your word. . .”


4. Does this mean Mary didn’t need Jesus to die on the Cross for her?

No. What we’ve already quoted states that Mary was immaculately conceived as part of her being “full of grace” and thus “redeemed from the moment of her conception” by “a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race.”

The Catechism goes on to state:

492 The “splendour of an entirely unique holiness” by which Mary is “enriched from the first instant of her conception” comes wholly from Christ: she is “redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son”.  The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” and chose her “in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love”.

508 From among the descendants of Eve, God chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of his Son. “Full of grace”, Mary is “the most excellent fruit of redemption” (SC 103): from the first instant of her conception, she was totally preserved from the stain of original sin and she remained pure from all personal sin throughout her life.


5. How does this make Mary a parallel of Eve?

Adam and Eve were both created immaculate–without original sin or its stain. They fell from grace, and through them mankind was bound to sin.

Christ and Mary were also conceived immaculate. They remained faithful, and through them mankind was redeemed from sin.

Christ is thus the New Adam, and Mary the New Eve.

The Catechism notes:

494 . . . As St. Irenaeus says, “Being obedient she became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race.” Hence not a few of the early Fathers gladly assert. . .: “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by Mary’s obedience: what the virgin Eve bound through her disbelief, Mary loosened by her faith.”  Comparing her with Eve, they call Mary “the Mother of the living” and frequently claim: “Death through Eve, life through Mary.


6. How does this make Mary an icon of our own destiny?

Those who die in God’s friendship and thus go to heaven will be freed from all sin and stain of sin. We will thus all be rendered “immaculate” (Latin, immaculatus = “stainless”) if we remain faithful to God.

Even in this life, God purifies us and trains us in holiness and, if we die in his friendship but imperfectly purified, he will purify us in purgatory and render us immaculate.

By giving Mary this grace from the first moment of her conception, God showed us an image of our own destiny. He shows us that this is possible for humans by his grace.

John Paul II noted:

In contemplating this mystery in a Marian perspective, we can say that “Mary, at the side of her Son, is the most perfect image of freedom and of the liberation of humanity and of the universe. It is to her as Mother and Model that the Church must look in order to understand in its completeness the meaning of her own mission” (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Libertatis conscientia, 22 March, 1986, n. 97; cf. Redemptoris Mater, n. 37).

Let us fix our gaze, then, on Mary, the icon of the pilgrim Church in the wilderness of history but on her way to the glorious destination of the heavenly Jerusalem, where she [the Church] will shine as the Bride of the Lamb, Christ the Lord [General Audience, March 14, 2001].


7. Was it necessary for God to make Mary immaculate at her conception so that she could be Jesus’ mother?

No. The Church only speaks of the Immaculate Conception as something that was “fitting,” something that made Mary a “fit habitation” (i.e., suitable dwelling) for the Son of God, not something that was necessary. Thus in preparing to define the dogma, Pope Pius IX stated:

And hence they [the Church Fathers] affirmed that the Blessed Virgin was, through grace, entirely free from every stain of sin, and from all corruption of body, soul and mind; that she was always united with God and joined to him by an eternal covenant; that she was never in darkness but always in light; and that, therefore, she was entirely a fit habitation for Christ, not because of the state of her body, but because of her original grace. . . .

For it was certainly not fitting that this vessel of election should be wounded by the common injuries, since she, differing so much from the others, had only nature in common with them, not sin. In fact, it was quite fitting that, as the Only-Begotten has a Father in heaven, whom the Seraphim extol as thrice holy, so he should have a Mother on earth who would never be without the splendor of holiness [Ineffabilis Deus].


Come over to The church of Immaculate Conception today to join us for our church feast day.


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Sub-theme                 –           Blessed Virgin Mary – Mother of us all , Mother of each of us

30/11/18 Friday         –       8.00pm Rosary in Church – Tamil

–           8.30pm Mass in Church  –


Sub-theme                 –           Blessed Virgin Mary – Women of Faith

01/12/18 Saturday      –      8.00pm Rosary in Church. – Mandarin

–           8.30pm Mass in Church –


Sub-theme              –         Blessed Virgin Mary –  Teacher of Prayer

02/12/18 Sunday        –       9.00am Rosary in Church – Mandarin

–           9.30am Mass in Church  –


Sub-theme                 –           Blessed Virgin Mary – Mother of Fair Love

03/12/18 Monday       –       8.00pm Rosary in Church-  Bahasa

–           8.30pm Mass in Church –


Sub-theme                 –           Blessed Virgin Mary – Our Hope

04/12/18 Tuesday       –       8.00pm Rosary in Church- English

–           8.30pm  Mass in Church  –


Sub-theme                 –           Blessed Virgin Mary – Our Refuge and Our Strength

05/12/18 Wednesday –       8.00pm Rosary in Church – English

–           8.30pm Mass in Church –


Sub-theme                 –           Blessed Virgin Mary – Our Teacher in everyday life

06/12/18 Thursday     –       8.00pm Rosary in Church – Bahasa

–           8.30pm Mass in Church –


Sub-theme                 –           Blessed Virgin Mary – Our Lady Queen of Apostles

07/12/18 Friday          –       8.00pm Rosary in Church – Tamil

–           8.30pm Mass in Church –


Theme                       –           MARY, MOTHER OF GOD IN THE MISSION OF SALVATION

08/12/18 Saturday –           Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

–           5.00pm Multi-Lingual Rosary in Church

–           5.30pm Multi-Lingual Mass followed by candlelight procession

And Fellowship.

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Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Johor Bahru celebrated her 135th Year Anniversary by welcoming Our Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Joseph Salvado Marino. He was accompanied by Father Vjekoslav Holik, Crotian from Vatican Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. In this album, the arrival of the Nuncio, his walkabout in the parish & Blessing of the refurbished Grotto of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.


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Life in the Spirit Seminar 2018

In his discourse at the Last Supper, Jesus made a promise to his disciples:
“I will pray to the Father and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of Trust, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”  (Jn 14:16-17)

Jesus knew that when he was no longer on earth, his disciples would not be able to live the kind of lift he had called them to by their own strength and ability.  He knew that Christians would need a supernatural source of strength, that they would need the strength and power of God himself.  So he promised t his disciples the very Spirit of God, and on Pentecost that Spirit came down upon them, to remain with the Christian people forever.  The lives of the disciples were radically transformed by the Holy Spirit: they were able to preach the Gospel of Jesus in boldness and power, their words wee accompanied by signs and wonders, they drew together to live in new communities, united in one mind and one heart.

Today, Christians of all denominations are rediscovering the power that Jesus gives his people through the Holy Spirit.  They are discovering the power to live together in love and peace, to heal the sick and comfort the afflicted, and to worship God with new and abundant praise.  Above all, they are discovering a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus Christ as their very own Lord and Savior.  The power of the Holy Spirit has made such a vital and tangible change in their lives that more and more people can see that power at work and begin to desire this new life for themselves.  Everywhere, people are coming alive to the new life in the Spirit, and they want to find out more about that life, they want to discover a new relationship with Jesus.

The Life in the Spirit Seminars are designed as an introduction to a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit.  They provide an opportunity for people to find out more about that life, and to be helped in taking the first steps of a new relationship with the Lord. 

Date : 17th August 2018 – 19th August 2018

Venue : Majodi

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Most Rev. Joseph Salvador Marino, (born 23 January 1953 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a diplomat of the Holy See.

Marino began his diplomatic career with an assignment to the Vatican embassy in the Philippines in 1988. He was transferred to Montevideo, Uruguay in 1991, and then to Lagos, Nigeria in 1994. In 1997 he began working throughout the Balkans. Marino was a member of the Vatican delegation sent by Pope John Paul II to Belgrade on April 1, 1999, at the height of the Kosovo conflict. He was also part of a delegation sent to the White House before the 2003 start of the war in Iraq, as the pope sent a plea for peace. Marino sat in on a meeting between

President George W. Bush and Cardinal Pio Laghi.

Archbishop Marino was appointed an archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. He received his episcopal consecration from Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran on March 29, 2008 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham, Alabama. Co-consecrators were Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Titular Archbishop of Canosa and Bishop William Russell Houck, Bishop Emeritus of Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson.

Archbishop Marino was the Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh from 2008 until 2013. Marino previously served as a diplomat based at the Vatican embassy in London and served with the secretariat of state for the Vatican in Rome from 1997 to 2004.

On January 16, 2013, Archbishop Marino was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia, Apostolic Nuncio to East Timor, and Apostolic Delegate to Brunei.

Assumption of Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the most joyful of our liturgical Solemnities. The Church on earth and the Church in Heaven join in the infinite glory of God, who welcomes and crowns his Mother. Today is the day of Mary’s birth in Heaven which celebrates the triumph of her soul and her body.


6.30pm – Arrival of HE Archbishop Joseph Marion

7.00pm – Talk on “Role of the Lady in the Church today” at St Mary’s Hall

8.00pm – Thanksgiving Eucharistic Celebration




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