A Parish of the Missionares of the Holy Spirit

Feast Days

Our Lady of Vailankanni
September 8



Many Catholic cultures have a special faith celebration in honor of Mary i.e.: Our Lady of LaVang (Vietnamese), Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico), the Immaculate Conception (United States). For our sisters and brothers from India, it is the feast of our Lady of Vailankanni. As a Parish family we join them on Sunday, September 8, at the 10 am Mass to celebrate this feast. Special Indian treats will be served after the Mass in the Parish Hall.

One tradition associated with this feast is that of the children in the community bringing flowers to honor our Lady. With this in mind, we invite families with children to bring flowers to Mass. Directions will be given prior to Mass.

All are invited to experience the richness and diversity of the faith life of our community with our sisters and brothers from India.


Muchas culturas católicas tienen una manera especial de honrar a María. Por ejemplo, la cultura vietnamita tiene a Nuestra Señora de LaVang, la mexicana a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, y la estadounidense a La Inmaculada Concepción. Nuestros hermanos de la India tienen la Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Vailankanni. Como miembros de la familia de esta parroquia, estamos todos invitados a reunirnos con ellos el domingo, 8 de septiembre durante la Misa de 10:00 a.m. para celebrar esta fiesta. Se servirán comidas tradicionales de la India después de la Misa en el salón parroquial.

Una tradición de esta fiesta invita a los niños de la comu- nidad a ofrecer flores en honor a Nuestra Señora. Con esto, invitamos a todas las familias con niños a traer flores para la Misa. Se darán instrucciones antes de la Misa.

Todos estamos invitados a tomar parte de esta riqueza y diversidad de fe que tenemos en nuestra comunidad con nuestros hermanos y hermanas de la India.

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In addition to Sunday, the days to be observed as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States of America, in conformity with canon 1246, are as follows:

January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God*;
Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension**;
August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary*;
November 1, the solemnity of All Saints;
December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception;
December 25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

*Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.

**Observance of the Feast of the Ascension is transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter.

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