Welcome to the Saint Theresa of Avila Parish

We are a Roman Catholic Parish of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Pastor's Greeting

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our parish home page. Saint Theresa Parish is willing and able to use the tools of technology to reach parishioners, visitors, and anyone just curious about our parish and the Catholic Church. We are proud of our parish.  Our web page contains information about what the parish is doing to bring parishioners of all ages closer to the Lord and the Catholic Church.

The Pastoral Staff at Saint Theresa's is dedicated to serving our parish community: young, old, and in-between, large families, small families and households of one. Our liturgies, programs, and services help make Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, an integral part of our lives.

We cordially invite you to visit us - here in cyberspace or in person. Our beautiful church is a gem of Gothic architecture, our liturgies are celebrated with grace and reverence, our parish choir enhances our worship each Sunday at our 10:30 Mass, September through June. To those Catholics who live here in West Roxbury but have not been with us at Mass, I extend a very special invitation to join us on Sunday. What happens here at Mass each Sunday, each day, gives each of us the strength and support we need to get through our week. The love and grace of the Lord is boundless! Come and see for yourself.

With the assurances of a prayerful remembrance for you and all those you hold dear, I am

Sincerely in Christ,
Reverend Monsignor William M. Helmick




The Church

Saint Theresa of Avila - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

The Altar

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Church Pavilion

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Saint Theresa of Avila Choir - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

The Chapel

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The Sacristy

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Parish News



Please take a minute to tour our beautiful church with the virtual tours you see above. Come to mass this weekend to see just how lovely it is in person!

MASS SCHEDULE - 04/13/2017

Mass Schedule Daily: 6:45 A.M., 4:00 P.M. Saturday: 4:00 P.M., 5:30 P.M. Sunday 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 A.M., 12:00 Noon Eve of Holy Days As Announced Holy Days As Announced Confessions Saturdays 3:00-4:00 P.M. ; Thursday before First Friday 4:45 P.M.


Collection for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey As we announced last weekend, His Eminence, Cardinal O’Malley, has requested a special collection this coming weekend, September 9 / 10, to come to the relief of the people in Texas and Louisiana who have suffered so many losses in the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. The funds collected here at Saint Theresa’s, will be sent to the Cardinal, and he will then send these funds to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The USCCB, in turn, will distribute all monies collected to Catholic Charities USA, which is the official domestic relief agency, providing emergency needs for shelter, clean water, food, medical care, and long-term need to rebuild and recover from the widespread destruction, caused by Hurricane Harvey. This will be the second collection at all the Masses this weekend, September 9 /10. Checks should be made out to Saint Theresa’s Parish. Thank you for your generosity.


We welcome our students and Faculty back to our Religious Education Program for 2017-2018. We look forward to another year of Sacramental preparation and learning about our Catholic Faith! Registration Online Registration will be available soon. You will be able to go to our parish web page (sttheresaparishboston.com) click on the Church tab, and choose Religious Education from the drop down menu. You will be able to register and pay online or... Register in the Pavilion: Tuesday, September 12th 6:00-8:00 P.M. or... Register by Mail: Complete a hard copy (available online) and mail back to the rectory with your payment. Grades 1-6 Classes begin on Sunday, September 10. Parents and students will meet in the School Hall at 10:00 A.M. Students will go to class and parents will have a Parent Meeting with Sister Marie-Julie. You will be able to register your child at this meeting as well. Grades 7-10 The Opening Mass will be held for Grades 7-9 on Tuesday evening, September 19 at 7:00 P.M. Grade 10 students are welcome to join us. Please meet in the Pavilion at 7:00 P.M. and sign in. Grade 10 will begin classes on Tuesday, October 10.


OPENING SCHEDULE 2017-2018 SAINT THERESA OF AVILA SCHOOL Tuesday, Sept. 5th 1st Day for Grades 1 - 6 ~ 7:45 A.M. - 12:00 noon Teachers will meet students in the school yard Meet the Teacher Night ~ Grades 1 - 6 @ 7:00 P.M. in the school gym **Please note ~ Gym uniforms may be worn until Friday, 9/8/17 Wednesday, Sept. 6th 1st Day for K2 ~ 7:45 A.M. - 12:00 noon K2 students/parents will gather in the gym Grades 1 - 6 ~ 7:45 A.M. - 12:00 noon Meet the Teacher Night ~ K0, K1 & K2 @ 7:00 P.M. in the school gym Thursday, Sept. 7th K2 - Grade 6 ~ Full Day ~ 7:45 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. K1 Orientation (all students) from 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. **K0 Orientation (Last Name A - L) ~ 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. **K0 Orientation (Last Name M - Z) ~ 10:30 - 11:30 A.M. CAFETERIA opens today Friday, Sept. 8th K2 - Grade 6 ~ Full Day K0 & K1 - 7:45 A.M. - 12:00 noon K0 & K1 students will report directly to their classrooms Monday, Sept. 11th Before School & After School begins Full uniforms must be worn Opening Mass @ 8:45 A.M. Time Schedule for 2017-2018 Grades Filing Time Promptly at Closing Time KII – 6 7:45 A.M. 7:55 A.M.* 2:30 P.M. KI 7:45 A.M. 7:55 A.M.* 2:30 P.M. K0 7:45 A.M. 7:55 A.M.* 2:30 P.M. * Students must be in their seats ready to begin class at 7:55 A.M. After 7:55 A.M., students are marked tardy. Read more


Attention On -Line Donors!! Parishioners who make their Offertory donations online using Parish Pay will soon be transferred to our new online giving program WeShare Verifying Your New WeShare Account If you currently give online through ParishPay, your account will soon be transferred to WeShare, our new online giving provider. This transfer ensures that your scheduled transactions will continue to be received by the parish as scheduled. The security of your personal information is important to us. If you want to make any changes to your account or adjust your giving amount, WeShare requires a onetime security verification to provide you access. To successfully complete the verification process you will need:  Your ParishPay User Name  The last four digits of the bank account or credit card that is currently being used for your donations And ONE of the following two options:  The email you used to register with ParishPay  A collection name and the specific amount donated in the last six months. Once verification is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to our new WeShare site. Please bookmark or save this link for future access. If you would like more information about online giving we encourage you to contact WeShare at http://www.4lpi.com/church-online-giving/ Read more


Golden and Silver Wedding Anniversary Mass Are you celebrating your 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary this year? His Eminence, Cardinal O’Malley, will celebrate a Mass for Wedding Anniversary couples on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. at Holy Name Parish, 1689 Centre Street, West Roxbury. The Mass will include the renewal of vows. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Register online (www.BostonCatholic.org/WeddingAnniversaryMass) or at the Rectory by November 5th to be included in the Mass program. A formal invitation will be mailed to registered couples beginning in September. For more information please contact Liz Cotrupi (cotrup_e@rcab.org) or 617-746- 5801. Read more


remains in desperate need of donations. The situation is urgent especially for many families with small children who are facing heating expenses. You can bring your contributions of food to the school during regular school hours (8:30 A.M.-2:00 P.M. Monday through Friday) or to the Pavilion when you come to Mass. I am most grateful for your generous response to this prolonged appeal for food, and I know that the officials of Catholic Charities and the recipients of the food are most grateful to you as well. Reverend Monsignor William M. Helmick Pastor


Hymnal sponsorships are still available at $20.00 per book. The memorials are a wonderful way to honor birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and holidays. Each week at Mass, parishioners can remember in prayer the person to whom their hymnal is dedicated. Please print off a form using the link below and complete the information and return to the rectory with your donation. You can also fill out the form that will be in next weekends bulletin. We thank you for your generosity. Your loved ones will be remembered in the prayers of all those who use these Hymnals at all the Masses celebrated at Saint Theresa of Avila Parish. Read more


Dear Parishioners: All the Parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston are called to participate in a process which is called Disciples in Mission, the Pastoral Plan that was set in motion in 2012 by His Eminence, Cardinal O’Malley. It is an attempt to use the resources of Parishes in the most effective manner possible to advance the Church’s mission of evangelization. To achieve that goal, the 288 Parishes of the Archdiocese are being organized into 135 collaboratives. Most collaboratives involve several parishes. You will recall that in the original plan for the Disciples in Mission program, going back to 2012, Saint Theresa Parish was linked with Saint John Chrysostom Parish. To this date, 53 collaboratives have been established. This month, 10 additional collaboratives are being added to the list throughout the Archdiocese. This has been a gradual process. The implementation of Disciples in Mission is happening in a series of phases. Saint Theresa’s Parish and Saint John Chrysostom Parish have been assigned by the Archdiocese to Phase Seven, which will go into effect on June 1, 2019- - - two years from now. There has been a great deal of realistic and honest assessment of the realities of parish life over the past five years as the phases have gone into effect throughout the Archdiocese. This process of honest and realistic assessment will continue. Over the next two years, I will be keeping you advised about any developments which occur, and, when it is appropriate and will be helpful, I will be happy to meet with you to get your ideas as we move forward. Reverend Monsignor William M. Helmick Pastor Read more







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