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Society of Saint Tarcisius


Saint Tarcisius was a 12 year-old Roman acolyte, who was martyred for his defence of the Blessed Sacrament, in one of the fierce persecutions of the third century. He was carrying the Holy Eucharist to those in prison, and was killed on the way while preventing its profanation. He is one of the Patron saints of altar servers, and his example reminds us of the reverence that we must have for the Body of Christ when we are serving in the Sanctuary.

The Society of St Tarcisius is a sodality of servers of the traditional Latin Mass at the Parish of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes.

Please contact Fr. Higgins for additional information.

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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"If you are willing to serenely bear the trial of being displeasing to yourself, then you will be for Jesus a pleasant place of shelter."
- St. Therese of Lisieux (+1897)

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