July is the month of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

July is the month of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus


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


2020 Jubilee 2021
(Source: A Catholic Dictionary, ed. by Donald Attwater, New York, MacMillan Co., 1949)

Pastor's Note


The stained glass windows in our Lower Church Hall are a remnant of the old parish church of St. Mary's which used to be on Chestnut Street. When the new St. Mary's was being built here in 1909-10, these windows were taken from the old church, together with some of the pews, and used for the downstairs chapel. On opposite sides, there are two windows which have the emblem of a heart as their top panel: one of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (wrapped in thorns), and the other of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (pierced by a sword).
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Scripture Study

Missale Romanum 1962 (MR '62) 
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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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