This Sunday I am making available to you the Annual Report on the financial state of our parish church and parish cemetery for the Fiscal Year which ended on June 30th, 2020. Photocopies of the Report are available to you in the pamphlet rack located in the front vestibule of the main church. There are two colored sheets: yellow for the parish church (double-sided) and blue for St. Mary’s Cemetery (single-sided). 

During the first weeks of the Coronavirus Pandemic in March and April, when public Masses were suspended and no gatherings were allowed in church, I was bracing myself for a financial free-fall. As you can see from this report this was not what ended up happening. Thanks to the generosity of you, the lay-faithful, contributions and gifts continued to come in through the mail and on-line giving. It is a testimony to your living faith, your sense of duty, and your love for the Sacraments that you have supported your parish church on the whole, if anything, even more generously. During this time we have also been able to welcome many new parishioners who have registered as official members of the parish and who have also been giving at “stewardship level”.

To all of you who have continued to make sacrificial gifts for the support of the Church, despite your own sufferings and financial stresses, I can only express my heart-felt gratitude. You have been truly practicing the virtue of giving-a-gift-back-to-God in the gifts you have made to Mary Immaculate of Lourdes. When the numbers for the last Fiscal Year were all added up, the parish had an operating expense deficit of $26,561. Fortunately, we have savings in reserve to cover it. We are able to continue on.

On the Cemetery side, we continue to see a positive balance sheet. I want to acknowledge the excellent care which Ron Goguen and his family company of Guardian Estate Management are giving to St. Mary’s. We also received a bequest for St. Mary’s Cemetery from a generous benefactor.

Again, I thank you for all of your church support and extra gifts to keep our parish of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes going. I thank you for all of the personal sacrifices you are making to do so. May God bless you and reward you for it.

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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