On Monday, December 9, the ICA Cristo Rey community gathered together in celebration for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Matt Link, also a member of the ICA Cristo Rey Board of Directors, presided.
"Mary is known to be the chosen one," said junior Kimberly Magpantay ('21) as she opened the celebration. "But even though she was the Immaculate Conception. She [still] chose to say 'yes' and followed God throughout her life. Mary grew as a role model to many and exercised the importance of acceptance by saying yes. Many have followed in her example; St Dominic said yes to God, Mother Pia [Foundress of the school] said yes to God, our Dominican Sisters said yes to God, and many ICA Cristo Rey students have said yes to God."
The name "Immaculate Conception" comes from the belief that Mary was conceived without sin. On this day ICA Cristo Rey celebrates its heritage of Immaculate Conception Academy. In 1883, Mother Pia Backes, O.P., placed the school under the patronage of Mary, the Immaculate Conception. During Monday's celebration, a recurring theme was saying yes.
"God will take care of her [Mary]," said Fr. Matt, "God will give her what she needed to do the work that God had planned for her. That's a great message for us. So many of you came to school; you said yes. Yes, I will go out to the workplace. I'll go out every week--I will work, I will learn, I will grow, and I will serve."
The Gospel from the feast day is from the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1: 26-38). In this scripture, the angel Gabriel comes to Mary and says she will conceive a son, and he will be the son of God. This was God's plan for Mary, and she said yes. During Fr. Matt's sermon, he reminded the students God would give us challenges, but we will succeed if we say yes. Similar to Mary, who believed in God's call for her, we have to believe. Fr. Matt ended with, "With God, all things are possible."
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