December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and as she is the Patroness of the Oblate congregation, her Feast is an occasion for prayer and celebration in Oblate communities across the globe. Below is a sampling of celebrations sent in for this article along with a few examples found in Facebook posts.
The Missionaries Oblats of Midi France celebrated together the Immaculate Conception.
Celebration of the Feast of Immaculate Conception and blessing of priests residence at Ekpere, Diocese of Asansol, West Bengal on 8th December 2021
By Fr. Louis Studer, OMI
The Provincial Council gathered in New Orleans the week of December 6-9, celebrated Mass and prayed together. Here we are on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, celebrating Eucharist with a makeshift altar in the conference room of our hotel.
In his homily, Fr. Mark gave a brief history of the importance of this feast in the history of the Church and particularly to the Missionary Oblates. The Oblates prayed together the consecration to Mary Immaculate during the Eucharistic celebration.
After a day of meetings for the Provincial Council and ministry for the Oblates in New Orleans, we managed to get together for a festive meal in the French Quarter to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
The celebration in Belleville included the local Oblate Associates and was sponsored by the Oblates at St. Henry’s Oblate Residence and held at the Benedictine Living Community (formerly the Esquiline) on the grounds of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.
Fr. David Kalert, OMI coordinated the Oblates who provided the meat entrée and drinks, while Geri Furmanek, Director of Oblate Associates, lined up side dishes and desserts with Associates, Mary Wescovich, Sandy Callico, and Mary Mertzlufft. Additional set up and clean up was handled by local Pre-novices and Novices.
Before dinner Fr. Kalert presided at a prayer service, Bro. Patrick McGee offered a reflection.
The Director of Oblate Associates, Geri Furmanek, wrote and produced the video The Immaculate Conception: Exploring the Mystery” which provides an explanation and history of the Patroness of the Missionary Oblates. It is available to view in English or Spanish with the links below.
To view the 16 minute Video: “The Immaculate Conception: Exploring the Mystery” – CLICK HERE
To View “The Immaculate Conception: Exploring the Mystery” Part 1 in Spanish – CLICK HERE
To View “The Immaculate Conception: Exploring the Mystery” Part 2 in Spanish – CLICK HERE