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Welcome to the St. Theresa of Avila Parish webpage. 

Sincerely,

Father John Connolly

 

 

 

 

The Church

Saint Theresa of Avila - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

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 - 10/03/2018

Please take a minute to tour our beautiful church with the virtual tours you see above.

LETS BE A RAINBOW AT ST THERESA SCHOOL - 11/18/2018

PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO VIEW THE ATTACHED VIDEO OF AN AMAZING VIDEO OF THE ENTIRE SCHOOL COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER TO PAINT A BEAUTIFUL RAINBOW. Read more

EMAIL SCAM - 02/10/2019

Dear Parishioners, It has come to our attention that several St. Theresa of Avila Parish employees have received fraudulent emails that are part of a “spear phishing” scam. These particular emails appeared to come from Fr. John Connolly. Spear phishing is an email that appears to be from an individual or business that you know, but it isn’t. Instead, the email is from criminal hackers who are trying to trick you into giving away your credit card/ bank account numbers, passwords and/or personal information. These types of scams are becoming more frequent in general, including in parish and school communities. We wanted to make you aware of this scam in case you receive a similar type of email from St. Theresa Parish or any other entity. The RCAB Risk Management Office advises that you take the following steps to reduce your risk of being a victim: * If a “friend” emails and asks for a password or other information, call or send a separate email to that friend to verify that they did indeed contact you. Do not “reply” to the suspicious email. Remember to STOP – CALL – CONFIRM. * If you ever receive an urgent notice from your bank, the FBI, or the IRS, delete these emails. None of these entities uses email to contact its users/customers. Confidential business is not conducted via email. * If you do not know the sender, delete the email. * Even if you know the sender, if the email asks for sensitive info, delete the email. * Do not follow or click on any unsolicited links. * Do not send personal information. * Never reveal your passwords, account numbers or PINS. * Do not respond to emails requesting to be “removed from their list.” Simply delete the email. * Remember that information shared by email is never completely private. We hope this serves as a timely reminder to be vigilant in protecting your personal and financial information. Please do not hesitate to contact the Rectory at 617-325-1300 if you receive any questionable or suspicious email communication which appears to be from Fr. Connolly or any other parish employee. Sincerely, The St. Theresa of Avila Parish Business Office

FISHER HOUSE DONATIONS - 02/07/2019

The families of Veterans who are staying at the Fisher House, located on the grounds of the V.A. Hospital in West Roxbury, are required to provide their own food or receive donations. The first Thursday of each month is the day for our parishioners to provide some food for these families. If you would like to bring food items to Fisher House, please call in advance to let them know (857-203-4000). Thursday, February 7 is the next day for Saint Theresa’s food donations. The families staying at Fisher House are most grateful for your kindness. Thank you for any help you can offer.

FROM THE DESK OF FR JOHN CONNOLLY - 12/31/2018

As our Christmas Season continues and the New Year of 2019 quickly approaches, I have three messages I would like to share with you. First, I want to express my sincere thanks to all of our parishioners who contributed so generously to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society Advent Boxes, the Giving Tree Program and the on-going Catholic Charities Food Pantry Collection. Your compassion and kindness have made the Christmas Season a bit merrier and brighter for families in need. Second, I want to let you know that we are going to start accepting Memorials and other Mass Intentions for our Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses at Saint Theresa of Avila Parish. Although this has not been the practice previously, it seems to me that having a Mass said for a deceased family member or members, or for a special intention, may be more easily attended by you and your family over the course of our Saturday Vigil and Sunday Mass schedule rather than merely at our Daily Masses at 6:45 A.M. or 4:00 P.M. We will also, as needed, book more than one intention for a particular Mass in order to accommodate the number of requests that come in. We will begin making this opportunity available as of the first weekend of the New Year, January 5-6, 2019. You may request to schedule these Masses in the customary manner by contacting Mrs. Carol O’Brien in the Rectory office. I hope you will find this a welcome change. Finally, I am aware that the practice of having an additional “second” collection taken up at the Offertory of each weekend Mass was instituted here at Saint Theresa’s beginning this past July. I want to thank those of you who have generously and sacrificially contributed to this innovative and well-intentioned effort to reduce the anticipated budgetary shortfall for our Parish. Your contributions have resulted in well over $52,000 being added to our balance sheet since July of this year. Despite this positive cash flow, I am very ill at ease with continuing this practice. Quite frankly, I simply do not like the idea of balancing our parish budget by placing an increased burden on the financial resources of our most faithful and devoted Mass-going parishioners, many of whom are retired and on fixed incomes. I hope in the coming months and years, with your help as well as that of our Finance and Parish Councils, to attempt to develop other mechanisms to increase our revenues and to reduce expenses in order to balance our budget. Therefore, after consultation with members of our Parish Finance Council and our Parish Business Managers, I have decided, effective February 1st, to abolish the practice of the additional “second” collections instituted this past July. In its place, we will instead schedule four additional collections annually on a quarterly basis, to attempt to reduce our budgetary shortfall. I hope to communicate clearly and effectively about where we are and where we need to be before those collections take place. I hope you will consider the abolition of the additional second collection a belated Christmas gift, and I likewise hope it relieves many of you of any burden or duress you have felt. Thanks to all of you for all you do to bring to life the Light and Love of the Christ Child through the mission and ministry of Saint Theresa of Avila Parish. On behalf of Fathers Bradford, Nolan, and MacDonald, as well as myself, please be sure of our prayers and best wishes for you and yours throughout both our Christmas Season and the New Year of 2019. Reverend John J. Connolly, Jr. Administrator

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - 12/31/2018

Grade 9 Confirmation Retreat All Grade 9 students in Public, Catholic, and Private Schools must attend the Grade 9 Confirmation Retreat on Sunday, February 10 from 5:00—8:00 P.M. This is part of the 2 year preparation to receive the Sacrament in Grade 10. We remind our Religious Education students in Grades 1-6 that Classes resume today, February 3, after the 9:00 A.M. Mass.

PARISH BAPTISMS - 12/16/2018

During the month of December, we had 5 Baptisms here at Saint Theresa’s. Those who were Baptized are as follows: Brenna Gail Flaherty Caden Thomas Melvin Nylah Emery Vermenton Avery Reese DeRoma Tala Mae Roxas May the Lord, Who has begun a good work in them, bring it to completion in their homes and families.

PARISH/SCHOOL ANNUAL REPORT TO PARISHIONERS FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING 6/30/2018 - 09/01/2018

Click the read more link for the Parish/School Annual Report to Parishioners Fiscal Year End 6/30/18 Read more

CATHOLIC CHARITIES FOOD PANTRY - 02/13/2019

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

PRESIDENTS DAY - 02/18/2019

PRESIDENTS’ DAY: In observance of Presidents’ Day, the rectory offices will be closed on Monday, February 18 and there will be no 4:00 P.M. Mass.

 

 

   
 

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

PRESIDENTS’ DAY: In observance of Presidents’ Day, the rectory offices will be closed on Monday, February 18 and there will be no 4:00 P.M. Mass. 

 

Upcoming Mass 

Celebrants weekend mass schedule for this month:

 (Subject to Change)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019
4:00 P.M.-FR. NOLAN
5:30 P.M.-FR. CONNOLLY
for February, 2019
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019
7:30 A.M.-FR. MACDONALD
9:00 A.M.-FR. CONNOLLY
10:30 A.M.-FR.CONNOLLY
12:00 NOON-FR. NOLAN
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019
4:00 P.M.-FR. CONNOLLY
5:30 P.M.-FR. NOLAN
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019
7:30 A.M-FR. CONNOLLY
9:00 A.M.-FR. NOLAN
10:30 A.M.-FR. MACDONALD
12:00 NOON-FR. CONNOLLY
 

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