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Festival of the
Immaculate Conception

article posted 26 Dec 2012
On Saturday 8th December the parish church of St James the Great Haydock hosted the Society of Mary's Festival of the Imaculate Conception.

Around a hundred members and friends assembled for Solemn Mass at 12 noon, at which the preacher was Fr David Sutton, SSC. He pointed out the risks involved by the organisers in selecting a preacher for this occasion who has great sympathy for the Eastern Orthodox view of the Immaculate Conception, as distinct from the more dogmatic view of the Western Church. His sermon was most thought-provoking and contributed signally to our act of worship. He has kindly made available the text of his sermon - please click here to download a copy.

After lunch there was a brief service of admission of new members. We were delighted to welcome no fewer than eleven new members to the Society of Mary! The Rosary followed, using the Scripture Rosary form customary at St James the Great, Haydock. The small but beautiful Lady Chapel was full to overflowing because nearly seventy people stayed for this and for the service of Benediction which followed. The Society wishes to express its gratitude to Fr Rodney Middleton, the ministry team at St James' and all the members of the congregation who worked so hard to welcome the Society and make this Festival possible.

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