Monday, Memorial Day, May 25th, was the first day that public daily Masses were allowed to resume in the Archdiocese of Boston. How fitting that our first Mass should have been the annual outdoor Memorial Day Mass at our parish cemetery of St. Mary’s. This open-air Mass was well attended and a true testament to faith.

Fitting, because it was offered for the repose of the souls of all those who have died during the time of this pandemic and who were buried in haste, without the opportunity to have their own burial Mass said in church attended by their loved ones. Fitting, because the Mass for the Dead opens out onto the eternal plane. The dead, though they may be dead to this world, are very much alive to God. In the mystery of faith which is the Communion of Saints, our departed dead are never so close to us as when we draw them round about us at the altar of God. These days are hard, but we must not lose the supernatural perspective of faith.

I want to thank once again—for all of their excellent work— our parishioner Ron Goguen who takes care of our cemetery as superintendent through his family company Guardian Estate Management, ably assisted in particular by Nick Keough, Patrick Goguen and Kevin Goguen. Also, I want to thank our parish and cemetery secretary Margie Bibbo and our business manager Sharon Hogan for their excellent work as well. Through their team efforts we are able to make sure that the care of our parish cemetery clearly reflects the natural faith-extension of our parish’s mission. Our thanks to Mrs. Bobbie Hoffmann and our guest musicians for the beautiful music they provided at this open-air Mass. 


I regret to announce that our Pastoral Associate David Allen has resigned his position here at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes, due to family circumstances. David has worked here in professional ministry for seven years. He has given of himself with generosity and zeal. During his time of ministry he has fulfilled a great many roles: ministry to the residents of the Wingate Manor and Stone nursing homes, home visitation to the elderly sick, Master of Ceremonies for the parish liturgies, instructing adults who are seeking to enter the Church or to regularize their relationship to the Church, leading weekly Bible study and also presenting a series of bookstudies each year as a means of continuing Catholic adult formation. David also enriched us from week to week with his bulletin column COLLECTS OF THE ROMAN MISSAL. Another wonderful contribution David made to the parish life was to sing the proper Gregorian chant texts to the Latin Mass for our week-day Masses, enabling us to expand our parish repertoire and have sung Mass outside of Sundays. David introduced a part of the Divine Office by leading the public prayer of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Thursday Vespers. He shall be very much missed here in his ministry. We promise him the support of our prayers for this difficult time in his family’s life. In my own name and yours I thank him for his faithful work here at Mary Immaculate.

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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