March is the month of Saint Joseph

March is the month of Saint Joseph


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

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

Our Lady to Saint Bernadette Soubirous

Pastor's Note

Conference III, March 9th, 2018 A.D.

“And while [Jesus] was yet speaking, some come from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying: Thy daughter is dead, Why dost thou trouble the Master any further? But Jesus having heard the word that was spoken, saith to the ruler of the synagogue: Fear not, only believe. And He admitted not any man to follow Him, but Peter and James and John the brother of James. And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue. And He seeth a tumult: and people weeping and wailing much. And going in He saith to them: Why make you this ado and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed Him to scorn. But He having put them all out, taketh the father and mother of the damsel and them that were with Him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And taking the damsel by the hand He saith to her; Talitha, cumi, which is, being interpreted: Damsel, (I say to thee) arise. And immediately the damsel rose up and walked: and she was twelve years old. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. And He charged them strictly that no man should know it: and commanded that something should be given to her to eat.” –Mark 5:35-43
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"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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- St. Therese of Lisieux (+1897)

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