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In celebration of Catechetical Sunday today, we feature our stained glass window depicting the image of Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple. The inscription at the top directs us to the Gospel passage of Luke 2:45-51:

“Not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem in search of him. On the third day they came upon him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. All who heard him were amazed at his intelligence and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished, and his mother said to him: "Son, why have you done this to us? You see that your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow." He said to them; "Why did you search for me? Did you not know I had to be in my father's house?" But they did not grasp what he said to them.
He went down with them then, and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother meanwhile kept all these things in memory.”

The event was one of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary; devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows is celebrated on September 15th.

We take this opportunity to recognize and appreciate all who have taken part in the catechesis of our parish community throughout the years, especially our directors of religious education and pastoral associates. The inscription at the foot of this window identifies the donor as Charles H. Crowley of Needham. Of this generous benefactor, we learn:

“The Sunday School [at the original St. Mary’s Church] numbered one hundred and twenty-five in 1905, and Charles H. Crowley was the super-intendent from its formation until his lamented death on December 28, 1910…A fine memorial window was presented to the new Church at the Upper Falls by Charles H. Crowley some two months prior to his death.” (History of Needham, Massachusetts, 1711-1911, by George Kuhn Clarke)
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“The Virgin Mary, who believed in the word of the Lord, did not lose her faith in God when she saw her Son rejected, abused and crucified. Rather she remained beside Jesus, suffering and praying, until the end. And she saw the radiant dawn of His Resurrection. Let us learn from her to witness to our faith with a life of humble service, ready to personally pay the price of staying faithful to the Gospel of love and truth, certain that nothing that we do will be lost.” — Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus – September 13, 2009

(Photo of the poignant Pietà statue at our parish cemetery of St. Mary’s, Tatiana Blanco Photography)
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Happy Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross! ... See MoreSee Less

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Today we celebrate the canonization of Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (August 28, 1774-January 4, 1821). Wife, mother, convert, teacher, founder of the first US congregation of religious sisters and the first parochial school in the country, Elizabeth enjoyed the comforts of a socially prominent Episcopalian family and encountered the rejection of that society when she contemplated conversion to Catholicism. She experienced the tragedy of family loss and the charity of relative strangers, some of whom led her to the Catholic faith. (She was the aunt of the first bishop of Newark - Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, an ordained priest in the Anglican Church before his own conversion.) It is fitting that “Mother” Elizabeth Seton was also the first native-born American to be canonized by the Church, on September 14, 1975. ... See MoreSee Less

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May God continue to bless our beautiful parish! Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!

Photo from our annual all-parish picnic, happening now. All are welcome!
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Remember to join us after the 10:30 a.m. Mass this Sunday for our annual end-of-summer picnic! Please, remember as well that there will be a special second collection this Sunday for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. ... See MoreSee Less

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Impart to your servants, we pray, O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace, that the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin may bring deeper peace to those for whom the birth of her Son was the dawning of salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

COLLECT PRAYER, Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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