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

Saint Theresa of Avila - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

The Altar

Alter - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Church Pavilion

Pavilion - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA


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!


Feast of the Assumption Holy Day of Obligation Wednesday, August 15, is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Our Lord, into Heaven and a Holy Day of Obligation. The Mass schedule for the Holy Day is as follows: Tuesday, August 14: 4:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. Wednesday, August 15 6:30 A.M., 9:30 A.M., 12:15 P.M., and 7:30 P.M. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO 4:00 PM MASS ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15TH..

PARISH BAPTISMS - 07/15/2018

Parish Baptisms During the month of July, we had 7 Baptisms here at Saint Theresa’s. Those who were Baptized are as follows: Samuel Franco-Gil Charlotte Lynn Ledo Grayson John Baxter Conan Antonio Dynes Adrianna Grace Walker Sean Patrick Rumley Ambrose Walter Monahan May the Lord, Who has begun a good work in them, bring it to completion in their homes and families.

CATHOLIC APPEAL - 07/17/2018

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! As of Tuesday, July 10, the parishioners of Saint Theresa’s Parish have contributed $91,636.00 to the 2018 Catholic Appeal for the Archdiocese of Boston- - - $8,995 above our assigned goal of $82,641. This assures that we will receive a rebate which will help us to meet our parish expenses. I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone who helped us reach and surpass our goal. Your amazing support is very humbling and I appreciate the sacrifices you have made to help your parish and the Archdiocese, Reverend Monsignor William M. Helmick Pastor Read more


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

A WORD ABOUT RCIA - 07/15/2018

A WORD ABOUT RCIA: 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.” In other words, the RCIA is a Catholic Church’s way to bring together adults who are curious about faith. In a comfortable, conversational setting, weekly discussion aims to help participants draw closer to God, learn about the Bible, prayer, and the tradition and life of the Catholic faith. 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.


City Service: 311 311 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects you ith highly-trained Constituent Service Center representatives who are ready to help you with requests for non-emergency City of Boston services and information. Request everything from missed trash to pothole to no heat and more. Taxi Coupon Get a discount on taxi cab rides with taxi coupons. These coupons offer a 50% discount on rides. Riders must be: 65 and older or disabled Have proof of ID, and be a Boston resident. Coupons can be purchased at the Elderly Commission or various locations in the city. Coupon books must be paid in cash and limited to two books per month. Call for locations and questions: Elderly Commission, City Hall Room 271, 617-635-4366


Monthly Pro-Life Mass in memory of Fr. Raymond Helmick, SJ Wednesday, March 28 Wednesday, April 25 Friday, May 25 Monday, June 25 Wednesday, July 25 Monday, August 27 Tuesday, September 25 Thursday, October 25 Tuesday, November 27 Wednesday, December 26 St. William Chapel— 9 Lake St— Brighton, MA Located at the Boston College (School of Theology & Ministry) Simboli Hall . From Commonwealth Ave turn onto Lake St, take the very first right up a driveway. You will see 9 Lake St/Simboli Hall on the right at the top of the hill (with a cupola on top) St. William’s Chapel is on the first floor, straight ahead from the entrance. For more information, please call Cathy at 617-921-8076.


Attention On -Line Donors!! Parishioners who make their Offertory donations online using Parish Pay will soon be transferred to our new online giving program WeShare Verifying Your New WeShare Account If you currently give online through ParishPay, your account will soon be transferred to WeShare, our new online giving provider. This transfer ensures that your scheduled transactions will continue to be received by the parish as scheduled. The security of your personal information is important to us. If you want to make any changes to your account or adjust your giving amount, WeShare requires a onetime security verification to provide you access. To successfully complete the verification process you will need:  Your ParishPay User Name  The last four digits of the bank account or credit card that is currently being used for your donations And ONE of the following two options:  The email you used to register with ParishPay  A collection name and the specific amount donated in the last six months. Once verification is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to our new WeShare site. Please bookmark or save this link for future access. If you would like more information about online giving we encourage you to contact WeShare at http://www.4lpi.com/church-online-giving/ Read more


THE CATHOLIC CHARITIES FOOD PANTRY remains in desperate need of donations. The situation continues to be urgent for many families with small children who are home for the summer. 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




Mass Times

Confessions:                                                        3-4 PM on Saturdays & 4:45 PM on Thursdays before First Fridays

Eucharistic Adoration:                                   7:15 AM-3:30 PM on Saturdays--ends with Benediction


Feast of the Assumption Holy Day of Obligation Wednesday, August 15, is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Our Lord, into Heaven and a Holy Day of Obligation. The Mass schedule for the Holy Day is as follows: Tuesday, August 14: 4:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. Wednesday, August 15 6:30 A.M., 9:30 A.M., 12:15 P.M., and 7:30 P.M. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO 4:00 PM MASS ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15TH.


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