Welcome to the Saint Theresa of Avila Parish

We are a Roman Catholic Parish of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Please join Fr. John Connolly for Sunday Mass on this fifth Sunday of Lent  - March 29th, 2020

In today's videos, Fr. John Connolly invites you to pray with our Holy Father on this Feast of the Annunciation.

Fr. Connolly also shares some important information regarding outreach to our fellow parishioners who are in need of assistance during this time of social distancing and isolation. If you are interested in volunteering to assist fellow parishioners or if you are in need of assistance, please call the parish office at: 617-325-1300 or email: sttoffice24@gmail.com (please note that the second video highlights the correction made to the email information shared in the original message from Fr. Connolly).

Wishing you and your loved ones health and peace.

Administrator's Welcome

Welcome to the St. Theresa of Avila Parish webpage. 


Please read this important letter from Bishop Uglietto which addresses food uncertainty during this public health crisis and Cardinal Sean's message regarding absention from meat on the remaining Fridays during Lent. 


My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  

Our plans for Lent this year have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis.  In support of the efforts to limit further transmission of the virus we have all been asked to give up many of the everyday activities we take for granted, including our usual participation in the life of the Church.

One of the effects of the current events is uncertainty regarding what food products are available on any given day. At this time, we are called to make the best of what we have at hand or is available for purchase. Many people are using what they have stored in their freezers and on their shelves. Others are depending upon pre-packaged meals or food delivered through support agencies, which are providing an important service for individuals and families in our communities, especially for children and our senior citizens.

In light of these circumstances, Cardinal Seán is dispensing all Catholics in the Archdiocese from the obligation of abstaining from meat during the remaining Fridays of Lent.

The Cardinal encourages those who can partake of this traditional Lenten practice of abstention to do so and to offer it up for those who are suffering in any way from the pandemic we are experiencing.

Please be assured of my continued prayers and remembrance in my daily private Mass. May Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us and watch over our Church.  

Sincerely in Christ,

+Peter J. Uglietto

Most Rev. Peter J. Uglietto, S.T.D.

Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia

Archdiocese of Boston



Join Cardinal Sean on a Virtual Lenten Retreat this week, beginning this evening, 3/23/2020 at 7pm. See below to learn more. All are welcome.




Parish News



Pope Francis is inviting Believers throughout the world to join him in prayer tomorrow, Friday, March 27, 2020, at 6:00 pm Rome time, 1:00 pm here in Boston. The ceremony will consist of readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. The blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter. Read more


Please take a minute to view this message from Reverand John J. Connolly Jr. Read more


Please click the read more link below to view the message from Cardinal Sean Read more


Saint Theresa of Avila School will be closed for the next two weeks due to the state of emergency. Due to the current health situation and the state of emergency the following events have been cancelled by the Archdiocese of Boston until further notice: All regularly scheduled Masses and Religious Services Lenten Confessions Adoration and Benediction The First Communion Parents Meeting The Middle School Wyldlife meeting Saint Theresa Travelers trip to Encore Casino The Saint Patrick’s Day Mass and Breakfast at the Irish Social Club All Religious Education and CCD classes

PARISH BAPTISMS - 03/14/2020

During the month of February, we had 6 Baptisms here at Saint Theresa’s. Those who were Baptized are as follows: Rowan Soriya Mitchell Declan Rainsey Mitchell Lia Jayde Bilodeau Sebastian Angel Centeno Monroe Parker Lee Giblin Aoife Louise Schwartz May the Lord, Who has begun a good work in them, bring it to completion in their homes and families.


You can bring your contributions to the rectory M-F 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. On the weekends, please leave your donations in the Pavilion. I am most grateful for your generous response to this appeal for food Father John Connolly Parish Asministrator


This weekend, we officially launched the 2020 Catholic Appeal in our parish. Each year, we are called to make a gift to the Appeal so that we can support the Archdiocese and the many Central Ministries that make our parishes, schools, and communities stronger. This is our Church and every gift to the Appeal makes an important difference in the lives of so many. If you would like more information, or to make an early gift online, please visit the new and improved Catholic Appeal website at bostoncatholicappeal.org. Thank you in advance for your generosity! Read more


Dear Parishioners, Families, Students and Friends of Saint Theresa of Avila Parish and School: I write today in the midst of this unprecedented time of uncertainty and anxiety for all of us as we struggle to face the COVID-19 Pandemic. So many people of good will and good faith across all walks of life are doing their best to help us respond as well as we possibly can to the challenging realities of coping with the effects, known and unknown, of this devastating virus. I want to inform you of how we here at Saint Theresa of Avila are responding at the moment. At Cardinal Sean’s direction, based on guidance from State and City officials and the Public Health experts whose advice and guidance we are all striving to heed and follow, all public Masses and Religious Services have been cancelled until further notice. Our Parish School also is closed for the time being. The Chapel of Saint Theresa Church will be open for individuals to come to pray Sundays through Fridays from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. There will be opportunities for individuals to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confession, on Wednesday evenings during Lent from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm in the Reconciliation Room at the rear of the Chapel. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available for individual penitents on Saturday afternoons from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered on the Wednesday evenings of Lent during the same hours of 6:30 – 8:00 pm, as well as on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. Benediction will not be celebrated at the conclusion of Exposition and Adoration, due to the moratorium on Religious Services. Our Parish Maintenance staff will be cleaning and disinfecting the Chapel and the doors and door knobs/handles of the Chapel on a regular schedule multiple times throughout the day. Although the Chapel will be open during these hours for individuals to pay a visit and spend some time in prayer and/or adoration, please refrain from entering the Chapel if you personally feel sick or are experiencing any symptoms whatsoever of ill health. Please be cognizant of and adhere to the directives and guidance offered by medical and public health officials. For the families of our Parish School, Mrs. Leahy and individual teachers will be in touch from time to time to update you all about lessons and to address other questions and concerns that may arise. Despite the necessary decision to suspend the celebration of Masses publicly, we can all find ways to make time for God and keep holy the Sabbath Day. For many of us whose work or school schedule has been curtailed, or our commute eliminated if we are able to remain at home, we will have a greater freedom of schedule that allows us some more time and opportunity, especially in this Lenten Season of Grace, to spend some time in prayer and reflection before the Lord. For those who have this time and opportunity, spending more time in prayer will assist us and others as we implore God’s blessing and guidance in these distressing days. I encourage individuals and families to be particularly mindful of engaging in some spiritual and devotional activities on Saturday evenings and Sundays in the absence of attending Mass. A family recitation of the Rosary, praying the Stations of the Cross, or reading the Sunday Scriptures and discussing them together, praying together the Prayer Pope Francis offered to Our Blessed Mother for protection and deliverance from Covid-19 (quoted below), are just some examples of how we might be intentional about making time for the Lord on the Sabbath. As Catholic Christians we realize that we are part of a community of believers and of neighbors. With that in mind, I strongly encourage each parish family to be aware of your family members, friends and neighbors, especially those who are seniors, individuals living alone, or families with a medically fragile child or vulnerable adult. Please check in by telephone, e-mail or social media regularly during these days with one or more members of your circle of family, friends, neighbors and parishioners who might fall into one of these categories. If it is within your own capabilities to offer them support or assistance directly and personally, please make the effort and maintain the commitment to do so. If your own circumstances do not permit you to provide the necessary support or assistance to others, please contact us here at Saint Theresa of Avila Rectory at 617-325-1300 or at sttoffice24@gmail.com, and we will do our best to help those whose needs you bring to our attention. No issue or concern is too small or too great to bring to our attention. In times like these, we need to pull together to love and serve Our Lord by loving and serving each other, especially those most in need. Captain Darrin Greeley and the Boston Police Officers of Area E-5 are also ready, willing and able to help in ways great and small during these challenging times, and may be reached at 617-343-4560. In closing, I invite all of us to unite ourselves in prayer with Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, by praying daily seeking the powerful, maternal intercession of Our Blessed Mother in these trying times: O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen. Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. With gratitude for your attention to this letter, and asking God to bless you and all whom you hold dear abundantly with the graces of health and hope, I am Sincerely yours in Christ, Reverend John J. Connolly, Jr. Administrator






Important announcement:

Due to the current health situation and the state of emergency the following events have been cancelled by the Archdiocese of Boston until further notice:

All regularly scheduled Masses and Religious Services

All Religious Education and CCD classes








Lenten Confessions and Exposition/Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–8:00 pm in the Chapel. On Saturdays, Exposition/Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place between 9:00am - 12:00pm and Lenten Confessions will be in the afternoons between 3:00-4:00pm. There will be no Benediction.



Saint Theresa of Avila School will be closed through the end of April, reopening no sooner than May 4, due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts.



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