The Solemnity of The Virgin Mary, Mother of God, is a Holy Day of Obligation
7:00 am, 8:30 am and 12:15 pm in English and 11:00 am in Spanish
While much of the world marks January 1 as the new beginning of the calendar year, the Church commemorates the great solemnity of the Mother of God.
What does this mean?
That the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of God means that the child—conceived in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit, carried in her body for nine months, and born into this world—is God. As such, this celebration highlights the pivotal truth of the Church's Faith: that God has, in Jesus Christ, accepted a human nature, chosen to be born into this world as we have all been born into this world, and has lived a real, human life.
In doing so, God has accepted the full implication of what is means to be human, including the experiences of suffering and death. (Continue reading this article from Fr Steve Grunow)