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!

2016 CATHOLIC APPEAL UPDATE - 09/06/2016

As of Wednesday, August 9, we have received $78,539.82 from 319 parishioners. This is 95% of our parish goal of $83,004.46- - - we are only $4,464. 64 short!! If you have been meaning to contribute to the 2016 Catholic Appeal and have not done so yet, it Read more


Registration for Religious Education will take place on Wednesday evening, September 14, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. in the Pavilion. Please note that First Communion and Confirmation are both two year programs. Students in Grade 1 and Grade 9 need to register to receive their Sacraments. Classes are scheduled to begin for Grades 1-6 on Sunday, September 25 at 10:00 A.M. The Opening Mass for Grades 7-10 will be held in the Chapel on Tuesday evening, September 20 at 7:00 P.M. Classes for Grades 7-10 will begin on Tuesday evening, September 27 at 7:00 P.M.

His Excellency Most Reverend Emilio Sime - 09/18/2016

His Excellency Most Reverend Emilio Simeon Allué, SDB Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, Emeritus cordially invites you to a Mass of Thanksgiving Saint Theresa of Avila Church West Roxbury, Massachusetts to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood and the Twentieth Anniversary of his Ordination as a Bishop Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 12:00 Noon Saint Theresa of Avila Church West Roxbury, Massachusetts Reception immediately following Mass in Monsignor Donahue Hall Saint Theresa’s School


The Heart of Saint Padre Pio Schedule of Relic Tour: Wednesday, September 21 Immaculate Conception Parish, Lowell, 9am-5pm Veneration throughout the day with Holy Mass at Noon St. Leonard’s Church, North End of Boston, 7pm-Midnight Holy Mass at 7pm, followed by veneration until Midnight Thursday, September 22 Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Boston, Braintree, 9am-5pm Veneration throughout the day with Holy Mass at Noon Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, 7pm-Midnight Spanish Holy Mass at 7pm, followed by veneration until Midnight Friday, September 23 (The Feast of Saint Padre Pio) Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, 9am-Midnight Holy Mass at 9am, followed by all day veneration Holy Mass with Cardinal Seán O’Malley at 7pm, followed by veneration until Midnight Directions to Sites: Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston (click HERE for Directions and Parking information) Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Boston, Braintree (click HERE for Directions and Parking information) Immaculate Conception Parish, Lowell (click HERE for Directions and Parking lot is on Brown Street, Lowell) St. Leonard’s Church, North End of Boston (click HERE for Directions and Parking is available at the parking garage on Sudbury Street (directly across from the Haymarket "T"). The price of tickets are $1.00 for the first 2 hours, $3.00 for 3 hours. Sundays are FREE until 1:00pm. Tickets must be validated after Mass or other Church activity) Information about St. Padre Pio Biography of St. Pio, EWTN Novena to St. Padre Pio, Pray More Novenas Information about Popular Piety and Veneration of Relics The Catechism on Popular Piety Besides sacramental liturgy and sacramentals, catechesis must take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful. The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church’s sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, the stations of the cross, religious dances, the rosary, medals, etc. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1674) Why do we venerate relics?, EWTN Relics, Catholic Answers Read more


His Eminence, Sean Cardinal O’Malley, OFM invites all couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2016 to the Silver and Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The Mass will be celebrated on September 25th at 11:30 A.M. and will include a renewal of vows. Family members and friends are welcome to attend. For more information and to register, please visit bostoncatholic.org/ WeddingAnniversaryMass. Please register by September 2 to have your name included in the printed list of anniversary couples. A formal invitation and more information will be mailed to each registered couple in September. So as not to compete with the Cardinal, we will no longer have our parish Wedding Anniversary Mass. This will give our parishioners an opportunity to be in the Cathedral and to attend Mass with Cardinal O’Malley.

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!

FROM THE CHOIR LOFT - 09/06/2016

Attention all singers! The St. Theresa of Avila Parish Choir is resuming activities after a summer vacation, 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!







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