The renewal of the Church’s Year of Grace anticipates the civil New Year by a few weeks. On New Year’s Day we are always celebrating the Octave Day of Christmas and the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.

The turning of the year in the midst of Christmastide is a fitting occasion for us to give thanks to God, Te Deum, for all of the graces and favors we have received in the past year and to pray for all of the graces and favors we hope to obtain from the Divine Goodness in the year to come, for ourselves and others.

As a Parish Community of faith it is fitting to give thanks and make humble prayer on behalf of the parish’s special intentions. We remember, first and foremost, that a Church community exists “for the glory of God and for the sanctification of souls.” Our primary prayer intention for Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church therefore should always be this: that God may be glorified and that human souls be sanctified and made ready for the life of Heaven. In particular we pray...

For those who will be Baptized in this Church in 2018: We pray for all the souls, especially the new-born infants, who will be receiving the Baptismal Regeneration from the Baptismal font of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church over the next 12 months. Filled with sanctifying grace they will become heirs to Heaven. 

For those will receive their First Holy Communion and Confirmation: There are three Sacraments of Christian Initiation— Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation. Two of them, Baptism and Confirmation, can only be received once because they leave a permanent character on the soul. We pray particularly for the little children of the parish who will be making their First Holy Communion in 2018. Worthy reception of the Holy Eucharist nourishes a person’s soul to actually live out the Baptismal Promises.

For the Marriages to be Blessed: We pray for the married lives of those who exchange their vows in this parish church.

For the nurturing of priestly and religious vocations: We pray for those from our parish who have joined religious life or have entered a seminary for the priesthood. We ought to presume also that God is preparing by His grace certain souls within our parish community for Himself, according to His timetable. We pray that our parish life may be such that it is instrumental for those being called to hear that Call.

For the sins that will be forgiven in the Sacrament of Penance: We pray that many people will avail themselves of the Sacrament of Penance: that those who have been away from the Sacraments for a long time will be reconciled to God, that those struggling to overcome habitual sins will break free at last, that those who confess out of devotion more than necessity will be more deeply and strongly converted to God.

For the Health of the Sick and the Relief of Sufferers: We pray for Christ’s Healing power to made manifest to all commended to our prayers for the Health of the Sick, especially through the sacramental graces of the Anointing of the Sick (Extreme Unction).

For those who are to die this year from our parish—those whose funeral Masses will be said in this Church, those who will be buried in the consecrated ground of our parish cemetery: We pray that all who die and are buried from this Church in 2018 will die in the friendship of God and so be saved. After all, is not such a “Happy Death”, with Heaven assured, the goal of all our striving?

(Fr. Higgins)

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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