This week we celebrate an important feast in the life of our church and indeed our country. December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patroness of the United States, and is a Holy Day of Obligation. The Immaculate Conception, according to the teaching of the Church, is the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne, free from original sin by virtue of the foreseen merits of her son Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church teaches that Mary was conceived by normal biological means, but God acted upon her soul, keeping her "immaculate" at the time of her conception.
The Immaculate Conception is commonly mistaken to be the conception of the Child Jesus in her own womb and the Virgin Birth of Jesus. These are covered by the Doctrine of Incarnation, while the Immaculate Conception deals with conception of Mary herself, not that of her son. Although the belief that Mary was sinless and conceived immaculate has been widely held since early times, the doctrine was not dogmatically defined until 1854, by Pope Pius IX in his papal bull Ineffabilis Deus.
Stir up they power, O Lord, and come, that by thy
protection we may be rescued from the dangers that
beset us through our sins; and be a Redeemer to
deliver us; Who livest and reignest with God the
Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God,
world without end.
The St. Patrick School experience teaches a “Vision for the Future” while it instills values for a lifetime. A fully-accredited Middle States Association of Elementary Schools institution, St. Patrick School has been recognized for its “wonderful long heritage of strong quality Catholic education in its community.” For over 90 years, St. Patrick School has excelled in educating students to meet and exceed all state and national curricula guidelines.
In the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, St. Patrick helps each child to reach his or her potential, academically and spiritually. Inspired by the Gospel’s message of respect, courtesy, understanding, compassion and moral character, a St. Patrick Education guides each child’s journey into life as an educated, responsible and well-rounded individual.