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

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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


What is happening at St Theresa School



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!


October Devotions During the month of October, the Month of the Rosary, recitation of the Rosary and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin will take place each weekday in the Chapel beginning at 3:30 P.M. All are most welcome to attend.


Increased Offertory Many thanks for your participation in our Parish Increased Offertory Collection Program. As of Wednesday, October 12 we have received 91 commitment forms, and the Offertory Collection for the past three weeks has totaled almost $36,000. This is all very encouraging as, with your help, we get our house in order, pay our bills, maintain our parish activities, and, in general, keep our act together for the good of our parishioners- - - the young, the elderly, and everyone in between. If you have not returned your commitment form, you can do this by dropping it in the collection basket at Mass, or by mailing it or dropping it off at the Rectory. If you do not have the information about the Increased Offertory Program and the Commitment Forms, they are at the doors of the Church as you leave Mass. Reverend Monsignor William M. Helmick Pastor


World Mission Collection Special Collection October 22/ 23 The second collection next weekend, October 22/ 23rd supports Catholic World Missions. By Baptism, all Catholics are called to participate in the mission of the Church and share their faith as missionaries. World Mission Sunday gathers support for the pastoral and evangelizing programs and needs of more than 1,150 mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and remote regions of Latin America. The funds gathered on World Mission Sunday are distributed in the Pope’s name by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith—a Pontifical Mission Society. Please visit www.propfaithboston.org for more information. Read more


Life Line Screening Once again, Saint Theresa Parish will host Life Line Screening in the School gym on Saturday, November 5. This screening is very beneficial for people who are high risk for health problems. To register and receive a $10.00 discount, please call 888-653- 6450 or visit www.LifeLineScreening.com/community-partners. Read more

VETERANS DAY MASS - 11/06/2016

Veterans’ Day Mass November 6, 2016 12:00 Noon Sunday, November 6, the Sunday before Veterans’ Day, we will have a special Mass at 12:00 Noon, in the Main Church to observe Veterans’ Day. The homilist at the Mass will be Chaplain, Brigadier General Richard M. Erikson. Chaplain, Brigadier General Richard M. Erikson is the Mobilization Assistant to the Air Force Chief of Chaplains, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He is principal advisor to the Chief of Chaplains for training, readiness and sourcing the Air Force Reserve Chaplain Corps. He assists in developing the Chaplain Corps Strategic Plan, Total Force Policy, and strategic planning objectives. He assists the Chief of Chaplains in coordinating Air Force Reserve matters. Chaplain Erikson is a member of the Armed Forces Chaplains Board, the Reserve Chaplain Corps Council and the Air Force Reserve Chaplain Development Team. Chaplain Erikson was commissioned a second lieutenant on June 10, 1982. He has served 30 years in the Air Force Reserve including seven years as an active duty chaplain. His previous assignment was the Mobilization Assistant to the Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains. In his civilian position, Fr. Erikson is pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Sudbury, Mass. He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest on 8 June 1985. He is author of Late Have I Loved Thee: Stories of Religious Conversion and Commitment in Later Life (Paulist Press, 1995; St. Paul’s Press, 1998). He is an avid lover of music and has compiled, produced and published liner notes in over a dozen compact discs. He deployed to Balad, Iraq in Jul-Sep of 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. We invite all our Veterans and the families of the men and women for whom we pray at Mass every week to be at this Mass. All are most welcome!.

FROM THE CHOIR LOFT - 10/18/2016

Attention all singers! The St. Theresa of Avila Parish Choir is resuming activities and we are actively seeking new members to join us. If you enjoy singing and would like to consider joining our community, please speak with Brandon Santini, the music director, after any weekend Mass for more information. All ages, from late teens and beyond, are welcome. Hope to meet many of you soon!


THE CATHOLIC CHARITIES FOOD PANTRY remains in desperate need of donations. The situation continues to be urgent for many families . You can bring your contributions of food to the rectory office, Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. On the weekends, please leave your food donations on the tables in the Pavilion. 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

A WORD ABOUT RCIA - 09/11/2016

RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a process by which adults “after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God….By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and…..will receive the sacraments fruitfully.” The RCIA is for: people who were never baptized, or those baptized in another faith, or those who were baptized Catholic but have never received the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation. If you are interested in the Catholic faith, or have a friend or relative who may be interested in exploring the possibility of making this journey of faith, please invite the person to email sttadultfaith@gmail.com for more information. Meetings begin in the Fall.


Jim Bochiechio will be working on setting up the advertising sponsorships for our bulletin during the Month of September. Please consider advertising in our bulletin. Advertisements can be purchased for a business, family, or a sponsor ad can be purchased supporting community service organizations like emergency pregnancy counseling or the battered women’s shelter, etc. We need and appreciate your help. If you are interested or would like more information, please call Jim directly at (800)477-4574 Ext.6389. Thank you in advance for your generous support, and please patronize our advertisers!







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