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





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!

THE GIVING TREE - 12/10/2016

Giving Tree ornaments were available in the Pavilion and at the doors of the Church this past weekend, December 3 / 4. The wrapped gifts, with the completed ornament attached should be brought to the Pavilion next weekend, December 10/ 11. As always, we appreciate your extremely generous response to this program, which helps people celebrate Christmas, who might not be able to do so without your generous help.


Thursday, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday at 4:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. and on Thursday at 6:30 A.M., 9:30 A.M., 12:15 P.M., and 7:30 P.M. There will be no 4:00 Mass on Thursday, December 8.


We invite you to attend our Annual Mass for Deceased Parishioners on Saturday morning, December 17, at 9:00 A.M. in the Main Church. At this Mass we remember and pray for all those for whom Funeral Masses were offered here during the past year as well as for our deceased loved ones. We hope that this Mass will offer some comfort to those who are saddened at Christmas time by the death of a loved one. Everyone is most cordially invited.


There will be only one envelope for the Christmas Collection which will be used for the Clergy Benefit Fund. When a priest is ordained for service in a diocese, he makes a commitment to his bishop and to the local Church to give his life in service to the People of God. Giving up the comfort and security of family and career for the sake of the kingdom, the diocesan priest relies on the Church's commitment to care for him when age or health dictate. Most priests do not have personal or familial resources to pay for healthcare and living expenses in their senior years, nor do they have children or spouses who will meet their needs. The Church is their spouse and the Clergy Funds are their retirement plan. Senior Priests live in many different situations as their personal situation dictates. Some live in parish rectories, providing assistance to the pastor. Others may keep private homes or live with family. Still others live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. And many live at Regina Cleri, a residence for retired priests of the Archdiocese of Boston, which provides the equivalent of assisted-living care up to full nursing care. Caring for Senior Priests in a dignified way is expensive and grows more expensive each year. Your generous support of the Christmas Collection for the Clergy Benefit Fund will help us meet the cost of caring for our Senior Priests. We thank you for your kindness.

RCIA WELCOME - 12/05/2016

Last week at the Noon Mass, two participants in the parish RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), Kaitlyn and Jeffrey, were welcomed as Candidates for Confirmation and Eucharist. Katelyn is preparing to complete the process of initiation in the Catholic Church that began when she was baptized as an infant. Jeffrey, a baptized Christian, is seeking full communion in the Catholic Church. God has touched the hearts of these two people who now journey with us toward reception of the sacraments at the Easter Vigil. This journey in faith is not one that Kaitlyn and Jeffrey make alone. They will be formed by their experience of this faith community, Saint Theresa of Avila Parish. The Introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults states: ….the people of God, as represented by the local Church, should understand and show by their concern that the initiation of adults is the responsibility of all the baptized. Therefore, the community must always be fully prepared in pursuit of its apostolic vocation to give help to those who are searching for Christ. … . Hence, the entire community must help the candidates and the catechumens throughout the process of initiation. (para.9. emphasis added) Please keep Kaitlyn and Jeffrey in your prayers this year.


Many thanks for your participation in our Parish Increased Offertory Collection Program. As of Friday, November 18, we have received 109 commitment forms . 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


The 2016 Annual Collection for Saint Theresa’s Parish is doing well. As of November 29, we have received $82,816 from 236 donors. The Annual Collection is the back-up for all we do here, which makes it a very significant part of our parish life. If you would like to make a contribution, envelopes are available at the doors of the Church or in the Rectory. We thank you in advance for your generosity to the 2016 Annual Collection.


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







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