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November is the month of the Faithful Departed

November is the month of the Faithful Departed


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Welcome to our Parish, a canonically open parish of the Archdiocese of Boston. Both the ordinary form of the Roman Rite (1970 Missal) and the extraordinary form (1962 Missal) are celebrated here with the blessing of His Eminence Sean Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston. We are always glad to welcome Sunday visitors to our beautiful, historic church.
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Fr. Charles J. Higgins
Pastor

"I am the Immaculate Conception"
"Je suis l'Immaculée conception"

Our Lady to Saint Bernadette Soubirous



Pastor's Note


THE MAGISTERIAL TEACHING OF POPE SAINT PAUL VI

The canonization of Pope Paul VI last month invites us to consider anew some of the important magisterial teachings of his Papacy (1963-1978). Over the summer there was some attention given to his Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae (“Of Human Life”) on the 50th Anniversary of its issuance, July 25th, 1968. The Encyclical was subtitled: “The Right Order to Be Followed in the Propagation of Human Offspring.” It re-affirmed the Church’s teaching on the moral impermissibility of the use of contraceptives and sterilization as a means of “family planning” in married life, even in the face of much pressure for the Pope to abrogate that teaching in order to “get with the times”. In light of how things have gone over the past half-century, however, Humanae Vitae seems more and more like a prophetic document.
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Scripture Study


COLLECTS OF THE ROMAN MISSAL - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, 2018, A.D.: SAINT JOSAPHAT
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Parish Mission Statement

"What then is a parish? It is the smallest section of the one universal flock which has been entrusted to Peter by the Lord. Under the authority of a responsible priest who has received the care of souls from his bishop, the parish is, within the Church of Jesus Christ, the first community of Christian life; it is a community cut to human dimensions, in which the shepherd can know his flock and the flock can know their shepherd. At the heart of this area, we find the parish church with its bell-tower, its baptistery, its confessional, its altar and tabernacle, a symbol of unity and the centre of community life." - Blessed Pope Paul VI, reigned 1964-1978



 

About Our Parish

Mary Immaculate of Lourdes is Newton and Needham Massachusetts's oldest Roman Catholic Parish. Founded as Saint Mary's Parish in 1870 it was renamed "Mary Immaculate of Lourdes" when the new Church was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1910. In addition to being a regular territorial parish of the Archdiocese of Boston it is also a "Mission Parish" since 2007 with a special apostolate for the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal).

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"If you are willing to serenely bear the trial of being displeasing to yourself, then you will be for Jesus a pleasant place of shelter."
- St. Therese of Lisieux (+1897)

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