Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Our Lady of Lourdes
Our Lady of Lourdes Community Hall (copyright 2007)
Boston Daily Globe September 13, 1909
Dedicates Church Of Our Lady Of Lourdes Archbishop O'Connell Attends Services at Reconstructed Jamaica Plain Ediface.
The dedication of the reconstructed and enlarged church of Our Lady of Lourdes, on Brookside av, Jamaica Plain, took place yesterday morning.
The ceremonies were participated in by Archbishop O'Connell and by Mgr Thomas Magennis, PR, of St Thomas' church, Jamaica Plain, of whose parish the chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes was a part until a year ago.
During the 40 years Mgr Magennis has been in charge of St Thomas' parish, Jamaia Plain, the large increase in population has made necessary the divisions of it, including St Theresa's church of West Roxbury, Sacred Heart church of Roslindale, Our Lady of Lourdes, Jamaica Plain, and a part of St Mary of the Angels parish, Egleston Square.
The chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes was a mission of St Thomas' church for 14 years, until a year ago last July, when it was made a separate parish and was given in charge of Rev George A Lyons. The building was wholly insufficient for a parish church, and Fr Lyons set to work to enlarge it.
A 25 foot addition to the rear of the church as allowed of many needed improvements. Two altars have been erected at either side of the large altar, and are the altar of the Sacred Heart and the altar of St Joseph. A beautiful feature of the new church is seen above the main altar.It is a handsome grotto of Lourdes, illuminated by electric lights. The new addition has also allowed of the construction of an assembly hall in the basement and a vestry at the right of the sanctuary.
The ceremony of dedication was performed by Archbishop O'Connell. The solemn high mass was sung by Mgr Magennis, PR, assisted by Rev M.J. Flaherty of Concord, deacon, Rev D.J. Sullivan of the church of St Mary of the Angels, Egleston Square, subdeacon, Rev F.J. Golding, master of ceremonies. The mass was sung by a choir of 40 mixed voices under the direction of Miss Mary Dolan, organist. The dedication sermon was delivered by Rev Joseph V. Tracey, PR, of St Columbkille's church, Brighton.
In the evening at 7:45 solemn benediction was celebrated by Rev Mark E. Madden of St Thomas church, Jamaica Plain. The sermon was delivered by Rev Francis W. Maley of St Augustine's church, South Boston.