October is the Month of the Most Holy Rosary and of the Holy Angels

October is the Month of the Most Holy Rosary and of the Holy Angels


Welcome to our Parish, a canonically open parish of the Archdiocese of Boston. Both the ordinary form of the Roman Rite (1970 Missal) and the extraordinary form (1962 Missal) are celebrated here with the blessing of His Eminence Sean Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston. We are always glad to welcome Sunday visitors to our beautiful, historic church.
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Fr. Charles J. Higgins

"I am the Immaculate Conception"
"Je suis l'Immaculée conception"

Our Lady to Saint Bernadette Soubirous

Pastor's Note


I want to express my thanks on behalf of the whole parish to Martha and Rod Phillips for the research and for enabling the transmission of these archival images so that we may know the fascinating history of this parish. One hundred and nine years ago this month the cornerstone for the new parish church of St. Mary’s was laid. (I refer you to last Sunday’s bulletin, which is now on-line at the parish website, for the details of that event.)
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Parish Mission Statement

"What then is a parish? It is the smallest section of the one universal flock which has been entrusted to Peter by the Lord. Under the authority of a responsible priest who has received the care of souls from his bishop, the parish is, within the Church of Jesus Christ, the first community of Christian life; it is a community cut to human dimensions, in which the shepherd can know his flock and the flock can know their shepherd. At the heart of this area, we find the parish church with its bell-tower, its baptistery, its confessional, its altar and tabernacle, a symbol of unity and the centre of community life." - Blessed Pope Paul VI, reigned 1964-1978


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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