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FATHER STEPHEN LEBLANC ASSIGNED AS PAROCHIAL VICAR FOR MARY IMMACULATE OF LOURDES PARISH

As announced at the Parish Masses last Sunday, Cardinal Seán has appointed our resident priest Fr. Stephen LeBlanc to become full-time parochial vicar (assistant pastor) at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes effective September 1st, 2020. 

This is very good news indeed. Over the past year Fr. LeBlanc has extended himself to help with parish sacramental work on top of his assignment in the Marriage Tribunal. Ordained in 2016, he offered his Mass of Thanksgiving here on Corpus Christi Sunday. The photo of him above is taken from the reception in the lower church hall where Father offered his priestly First Blessing. We welcome him anew as he takes up the duties of a second priest for the parish. 

OUR LADY’S GARDEN
 

The Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption each year is a time when the Church’s Blessing of Produce is used. According to the tradition of the ancient Christian Jerusalem church, when the Apostles opened Mary’s tomb on the third day after her burial in order to show it to Thomas who had been absent at her “dormition”, they did not find her body anymore but discovered in its place the most beautiful fragrant roses and radiantly white lilies. 

In the Blessing of Herbs from the ritual of Constance the connection to Mary’s Assumption is made explicit:

These healing herbs are blessed in memory of the glorious triumph over the world, the flesh and the devil, which the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated in her Assumption. 

Thus the produce of late summer is blessed, including its flowers and plants, as bouquets for Mary the Queen of Heaven upon her entry into glory and in token of all-nature healed and re-hallowed through the Redemption of Christ Our Lord. 

 

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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