ActivitySince 1846, Mary the Immaculate Conception has been patroness of the United States, which means today is a Holy Day of Obligation for all U.S. Catholics. Go to Mass and enjoy a special dinner - anything that your family likes best. You may also want to include a special dessert, such as cupcakes decorated with blue frosting (blue is Mary's color).
Special Note: Today is also the first day of the Year of Mercy. Every cathedral in the world will have Holy Doors for pilgrims. Start planning your pilgrimage today!