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
Pastor

 

 

 

The Church

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The Altar

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Church Pavilion

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Choir

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The Chapel

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The Sacristy

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Parish News

 

 

 
 

COME TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF OUR CHURCH - 11/08/2016

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 - 02/01/2017

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.

LENTEN REGULATIONS - 03/01/2017

ASH WEDNESDAY and GOOD FRIDAY are days of fast and abstinence. FRIDAYS OF LENT are also days of abstinence. FASTING is to be observed by all 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed. ABSTINENCE is observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted. Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - 03/17/2017

Confirmation Retreat MARCH 18 SERVICE DAY: Grades 9&10 will offer a day of service at the V.A. Hospital in West Roxbury from 3:00-5:45 P.M. Please RSVP to Ellen Klein (eklein001@gmail.com) if you would like to participate. Meet in Saint Theresa School. Enter through school hall doors.

SCRUTINIES - 03/19/2017

Scrutinies This week, and the following two weeks, Elizabeth, our catechumen who is preparing for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist will participate in the Scrutinies at Mass. The ritual explains that, “The scrutinies … are rites for self-searching and repentance and have, above all a spiritual purpose. The scrutinies are meant to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the elect; to bring out, then strengthen, all that is upright, strong, and good…. The scrutinies are celebrated in order to deliver the elect from the power of sin and Satan, to protect them against temptation, and to give them strength in Christ. Because they are asking for the three sacraments of initiation, the elect must have the intention of achieving an intimate knowledge of Christ and his Church and they are expected particularly to progress in genuine self-knowledge through serious examination of their lives and true repentance” (RCIA 141-142) The Scrutinies will be celebrated here during the 10:30 Mass on Sundays: March 19, 26, and April 2. Please continue to keep Elizabeth in your prayers

ADULT FAITH FORMATION LENTEN SERIES - 03/17/2017

REMINDER: The Pivotal Players series resumes on March 21, when Bishop Robert Barron will talk about the life of Blessed John Henry Newman. Join us in the pavilion on March 21 at 7:00 P.M.

HYMNAL SPONSOR SHEET - 02/15/2017

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

CATHOLIC CHARITIES FOOD PANTRY - 02/15/2017

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

 

 

   

 

 

 

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