Ladies' Sodality of the Immaculate Conception and Saint Rose of Lima

Founded 1872

MEETINGS: First Sunday of the Month, after the 10:30 AM Mass in the Lower Rectory Conference Room.

Visitors and inquirers welcome to attend

The Sodality is a Roman Catholic Marian Society founded in 1563, which aims at fostering in its members an ardent devotion, reverence and filial love towards the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through this devotion and through the protection of so good a Mother, it seeks to make the faithful gathered together under her name into good Catholics sincerely bent on sanctifying themselves, each in her own state of life. It seeks to make them zealous, as far as possible, to save and sanctify their neighbor and to defend their Mother Church.

The above is the first and primary rule of the Sodality and sets forth its essential aim: personal holiness. The Ladies' Sodality is a society whose members realize that religion is not merely a subject for the classroom or the pulpit, but a life that must be lived. Sodalists seek to set a "good example...not only at their Sodality meetings, but not unfrequently also in their social relations."

"The Sodality has always been able to reckon among its members a chosen number whose solid virtue and sterling goodness hold them up as models for their companions." We strive to be children of Mary.

"The Sodality is held to be of such importance in the Church that through the centuries, popes have blessed it with pontifical favors in various papal bulls. The most remarkable one is the Gloriosae Dominae, known as the "Golden Bull," given by Pope Benedict XIV. The Apostolic Constitution Bis Saeculari of Pope Pius XII summarizes the historical and contemporary relevance of the sodality. Among its many notable members are: Saint Therese of Lisieux, Saint Bernadette Soubirous, Saint Francis de Sales, Saint Charles Borromeo, Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, Popes Benedict XV, Pius XI, Pius XII and Pope Saint John Paul II, and many kings and emperors - even artists, such as Peter Paul Rubens.

Check back here for future Induction Dates for anyone who is interested in joining our Sodality!

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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