Friday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, this 15-minute video, produced by the Provincial Office of Mission Enrichment and Oblate Associates, tells the authentic story of this doctrine of the Catholic Church.
In 1826, St. Eugene de Mazenod’s new congregation was officially given the title, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He was delighted with the name as is demonstrated in a letter he wrote on March 22, of the same year:
“Let us understand who we are! I hope that the Lord will give us that grace, with the help and protection of our holy Mother, Immaculate Mary, towards whom we must have a great devotion in our Congregation. Do you not think that it is a sign of predestination to bear the name of Oblates of Mary? We are consecrated to God under the protection of Mary, whose name the Congregation takes as a family name, in common with the most holy and Immaculate Mother of God. That is enough to make others jealous. It is the Church which has given us this great title. We receive it with respect, love and gratitude, proud of our dignity, and of the right we have to be protected by the one who is almighty next to God”.
December 8, 2017 is the 163rd Anniversary of Ineffabilis Deus; the Papal document that raised the Immaculate Conception to the status of formal doctrine. Often confused with the Virgin Birth, this 16-minute program produced by the National Office of Mission Enrichment and Oblate Associates, explains that the Immaculate Conception is not about Jesus, but is the story of how Mary was conceived in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, without the stain of Original Sin.