Although the Christmas Feast ends with the Octave Day of Epiphany on January 13th, the Christmas Cycle of the Year continues until the Sunday of Septuagesima (10 Sundays before Easter) and the beginning of the Easter Cycle. This year Septuagesima will fall on February 9th.

The last Feast of the Christmas Cycle, however, is always February 2nd, 40 Days after Christmas, when Mary and Joseph brought the Child Jesus to the Temple for His Presentation and Mary’s ritual Purification. This Feast is also known as “Candlemas Day”. Since Candlemas Day falls on a Sunday this year, all of our Masses next week will be for the Feast Day instead of the 4th Sunday after Epiphany/4th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

At our 10:30 Latin Mass we will have the Blessing of the Candles with the Procession as part of the Liturgy. I encourage people to bring candles for blessing to Mass next Sunday, for use in their homes during the year. A table will be set up for them by the altar rail. At the 10:30 Mass, these candles will be blessed together with the Candlemas tapers. At all of the other Masses the priest-celebrant will give the simple blessing. 

(Fr. Higgins)

(Many thanks to parishioner Rod Phillips for these photos from Sunday, January 12th.) 


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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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