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

Pavilion - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA


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.


Each month, the packet of weekly offertory envelopes that you receive at your home includes an envelope marked “School Support”. Some Parishioners return this envelope each month with a donation, and for that I am extremely grateful. These donations directly support the cost of operating our school. From the beginning of our current fiscal year on 7/1/16 to 6/6/17 you have donated $12,786.00 This is a great help to the cause of Catholic Education here in our own Parish. The expense of running the School this fiscal year will exceed two million dollars, and tuition covers less than 85% of expenses! So, we are very dependent on donations and fund-raising to make up the difference. I would like to extend my special thanks to the School PTA and the School Staff and to all those who work so hard on the fund raising programs. Knowing all of this, I hope that you will continue to keep Saint Theresa’s School in your thoughts and prayers. My thanks to all of you who donate to our School and be assured of a remembrance in my prayers and Masses. Even though school is closed for the summer, our fundraising efforts must go on. The next three envelopes are scheduled for July 1, August 13, and September 10. Reverend Monsignor William M. Helmick Pasto


Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I cannot thank you enough for your most generous contributions to the 2017 Catholic Appeal for the Archdiocese of Boston. I am grateful to one and all. We have exceeded the goal assigned to us by the Archdiocese of Boston, thanks to your willingness to help Cardinal O’Malley provide the resources for the good works and ministries of the Catholic Church beyond the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Boston. I am sure the Cardinal joins me in thanking you!! 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


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


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







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