August is the Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Catholic devotion. This month is high-lighted by Feasts which draw us in to the Mystery of Eternal Life in Heaven. August 6th (Tuesday of this week) is the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. Before He went to His Passion, Christ Our Lord allowed three of His Apostles—Peter, James, and John—a preview of Himself in His glorified Body, a vision they did not understand until after the Resurrection itself.

August 15th (a week from Thursday) is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven, Body and Soul. Mary’s heavenly Glorification, while confirming her reward, also points to the heavenly company of all the saints. Please do not forget that the Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation.

The Octave Day of the Assumption (August 22nd) emphasizes both Mary’s exaltation and the excellence of her intercessory rôle. In the Old Calendar the Feast of the Immaculate Heart falls on the Octave Day: in the New Calendar it is the Coronation of Our Lady.

On the Sunday which falls after the Octave Day of the Assumption, August 25th, we will have our annual Mission Appeal on behalf of Fr. Salako’s Benin/Niger Province of the S.M.A. (Society of African Missions). Fr. Salako will preach the Mission Appeal at all of our parish Sunday Masses on this day. Over the next August Sundays I will put in some of the pictures Fr. Salako has sent me of the mission, in particular the on-going construction of the new provincial seminary for the training of S.M.A. priests.  

Looking further ahead at our calendar for September, please save the date for the Sunday after Labor Day, September 8th, which is the day we will hold our annual end-of-summer Parish Picnic in the parish gardens, beginning at 12 noon after the 10:30 Latin Mass.

On Sunday, September 22nd, His Excellency Bishop Robert Reed will visit the parish to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation at the 10:30 Latin Mass, according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. We are in the process of finalizing the list of candidates to present to him. Following archdiocesan guidelines, youth candidates must have completed their 14th year in order to be eligible. 

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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