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Water damage on the frescoes and peeling paint on the dome of the apse

MARY IMMACULATE OF LOURDES represents one of the last decorated churches still existing in the United States. Once a very popular, "state-of-the-art" style during the heyday of the physical expansion of the "Immigrant" Catholic Church in the USA-(late 1800s-early 1900s), it has been eclipsed by other architectural and artistic styles which favor sparse decoration and bright interiors. This makes Mary Immaculate of Lourdes especially valuable as one of our nation's heritage churches.


Stained-glass window: Saint Joseph's Dream

In 2007 a major renovation was undertaken on the church's stained glass windows, imported from the F.X. Zettler Royal Bavaria Studio in 1910. This restoration work was performed by Serpentino Studio in Needham, Massachusetts. The windows were carefully cleaned; cracks were repaired and, where necessary, re-leaded. For the first time in many decades we are able to experience the filtered light of the church interior as it was meant to be seen.

Future projects of restoration will focus on recovering the original decorative painting of the sanctuary as well as the cleaning of the frescoes on the dome of the apse and the repair of water damage from a roof leak.

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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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