Youth Programs

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

About this activity

This activity is one of a series of religious activities that honor Mary, the Mother of God. The Church calendar for the United States includes nineteen commemorative Marian feasts. Each activity in this series examines one of the nineteen feasts and focuses on how and why the Church has honored Mary for more than 2,000 years.

The answers to the requirements can be found here.

Answers to Requirements

How to start


  • Who was Mary's Mother?
  • What event is commemorated by the feast of the Immaculate Conception?
  • On what day is the feast day of the Immaculate Conception? Is it a Holy Day of Obligation?
  • Which Pope proclaimed the dogma regarding Mary as the Immaculate Conception? In what year?
  • In what words did Mary announce herself when she appeared to St. Bernadette at Lourdes in 1858?


  • Draw a picture of Mary, the Immaculate Conception. Incorporate one or more Marian symbols in your picture. Share this picture with your family and friends.
  • Pray the Magnificat and the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.
  • Visit or take a virtual tour of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, America's patronal church.
  • Create paper lilies or roses to be displayed in your home for feasts of Mary. With your parents' help, find flower-making directions on the Internet.
  • Plant a portable "Mary Garden". Plant it in a large flower pot. Plant all one color, or one of each color: white, blue, violet and gold flowers to represent the Luminous, Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries. Give the Mary Garden as a gift to someone to enjoy.

Completion of the Activity

After completing the requirements, the participants will order the patch (Online).