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THANKSGIVING DAY, 1910:
DEDICATION OF THE CHURCH OF
MARY IMMACULATE OF LOURDES,
Newton Upper Falls, MA 

On Thanksgiving Day, 1910 (November 24th) the new parish church for St. Mary’s was solemnly dedicated by Archbishop William (later Cardinal) O’Connell. The new parish church was consecrated as: MARY IMMACULATE OF LOURDES in fulfilment of the vow which the pastor Fr. Timothy J. Danahy had made many years before at Lourdes after he had received a miraculous healing of his damaged eyesight. The vow was that he would build a church in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes. This beautiful church we are worshipping in today is a votive offering of a miraculé of Lourdes.

The church would have been built in time for the 50th Anniversary of the Lourdes’ Apparitions (1908) but on account of the economic hardship and the labor strife going on the plans were delayed. 

This church building, now a national landmark, is one of the heritage churches of the United States. It represents that collective sacrifice of the working people of Newton Upper Falls, Waban and Needham at a time when wages were low and periods of unemployment frequent due to economic downturns. It is a monument to faithful Catholic life from a time when open anti-Catholicism was rampant in American society and discrimination not uncommon. 

It is a testament to perseverance in adversity, an affirmation of the spiritual things over the things of time. It is a reminder to us of Christ’s Kingship over the universe and our supernatural hope for Eternal Life with Him.  

 

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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