Wednesday of this week is Ash Wednesday and so we will begin our Lenten journey towards Easter Sunday. As we have in the past for several years now we will have a Parish Lenten Mission as part of the Stations of the Cross devotion over the Fridays of Lent. This year’s theme will be “The Miracles of Christ”.  

In His Public Life, Our Lord continually makes use of the performance of miraculous signs as the sensible, evident proof of the truth of His teaching. He particularly makes use of instantaneous healings from sickness. Most of these miracles are done before crowds of people. These miracles of Christ were a compelling reason for people to believe in Him, and many did. “But of the people many believed in Him and said: When the Christ cometh, shall He do more miracles than this Man doth?” (John 7:31) Christ Himself appealed to His miracles against the implacable hostility of His enemies among the Jews. “The Jews took up stones to stone Him. Jesus answered them: Many good works I have shewed you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?...If I do not the works of My Father, believe Me not. But if I do, though you will not believe Me, believe the works: that you may know that the Father is in Me and I in the Father.” (John 10:31-32, 37-38.)

Our own Christian faith must be built upon a belief in the truth of the testimony of the Gospels about these miracles of Christ since Our Lord Himself meant for them to be a sign of belief. Over the six Fridays of our Mission, beginning this Friday, February 16th, and ending on Passion Friday, March 23rd, we will consider the Miracles of Christ as we find them recorded in the Gospel Books and try to draw out from them the lasting lessons for the Christian disciple throughout all generations.

Please join us for this Lenten-Fridays Mission. It consists of the traditional Stations of the Cross, followed by the Sermon and Holy Communion outside of Mass, and ending with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. We will begin at 7:30 PM. The length of the service is approximately one hour.  

(Fr. Higgins)









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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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