Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This feast day was defined as a dogma by Pope Pius IX in his constitution Ineffabilis Deus on 8 December 1854. The doctrine states that, from the first moment of her existence, Mary was preserved by God from the Original Sin and filled with sanctifying grace that would normally come with baptism after birth.
At St. Joseph, we have a number of statues of Mary, but none are as spectacular that the statue of Her, with the Christ Child, above the Marian alter located on the gospel side of the church
"Ite ad Joseph!"