My dear Parishioners and Friends,
With great joy I greet you this happy day! Immaculate Conception Church is one of the great gems of the Archdiocese of Washington, ideally situated in downtown Washington as a rising star in the midst of so much growth and development. Faithful to its fundamental mission of serving the poor and underprivileged since 1864, the Parish will continue to be an incredibly vital sign of the sacred to so many who are looking for spiritual solace, sacramental strength, and education.
On this Thanksgiving Day we give thanks to Almighty God for the many blessings which He has generously bestowed upon our nation, even in the midst of so much anxiety, angst and woe—especially the gift of our freedom of religion which is so precious to all Americans.
We also remember in our charity and prayer those who go without this day and find life burdensome. We are all united as a people of faith under one God who shows no partiality and loves us all with a father's care.
May the good Lord in His abundant and providential love bless you all this day. May He make us mindful of the gratitude we owe Him and each other. For all the rich blessings of faith, hope, and love which mark us as disciples of Christ, may we celebrate this Holy Eucharist—the great act of thanksgiving—with sincere hearts and join our voices in prayerful thanks and praise for every good gift!
Rev. Msgr. James D. Watkins
Thursday, November 26 at 10:30am