The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, which is celebrated on December 8.
The first 24 days of December fall during the liturgical season known as **Advent **and are represented by the liturgical color purple. The remaining days of December mark the beginning of the Christmas season. The liturgical color changes to white or gold — a symbol of joy, purity and innocence.
The Holy Father’s Intentions
for the Month of December 2008
General: That in the face of a spreading of a culture of violence and death the Church through her apostolic and missionary activity may promote with courage the culture of life. **Missionary:**That especially in mission countries Christians may show with acts of fraternal love that the Child born in the stable at Bethlehem is the luminous Hope of the world.
Feasts for December
- Francis Xavier, Memorial4. John Damascene, *Opt. Mem.*6. Nicholas, *Opt. Mem.*7. Second Sunday of Advent, Sunday8. Immaculate Conception, Solemnity9. Juan Diego (USA), *Opt. Mem.*11. Damasus I, *Opt. Mem.*12. )Our Lady of Guadalupe (USA, Feast13. Lucy, Memorial14. Third Sunday of Advent, Sunday21. Fourth Sunday of Advent, Sunday23. John of Kanty, *Opt. Mem.*24. Christmas Eve, Sunday25.Christmas, Solemnity26. Stephen, Feast27. John, Feast28. Holy Family, Sunday29. Thomas Becket, *Opt. Mem.*31. Sylvester I, Opt. Mem..