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

Chapel - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

The Sacristy

Sacristy - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA



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!


A NOTE FROM MONSIGNOR HELMICK For the convenience of our parishioners who were not at Mass at Saint Theresa’s last weekend, printed below are my words at all the Masses. ************************************************************************************************************************************************ As Mass begins ( ends) today, I am here to announce that I am retiring as the Pastor of Saint Theresa’s Parish. This is something I have hoped and tried hard not to do, but I have, in recent months and weeks, come reluctantly to the realistic conclusion that my time to retire as the Pastor of this holy place has come, and is at hand. I want as many parishioners as possible to hear this from me. You have my gratitude for the inspiring persistence of your Faith in Christ, especially now, in these very troubling times for the Catholic Church in the United States. You have my gratitude also for your most generous support of Saint Theresa’s Parish, and your support of the good works, activities, and programs of this Parish. So many of you have been and still are volunteers in the good works, activities, and programs of our parish. You have my gratitude for your unfailing kindness to me during the nearly 31 years I have been privileged to be the Pastor of this wonderful Parish and I am so grateful for your great kindness to and support for my brother, Father Raymond Helmick, of the Society of Jesus and Boston College, who died just over two years ago. The effective date of my departure from Saint Theresa’s is November 6, 7 weeks from this Tuesday. His Eminence, Cardinal O’Malley, has appointed Father John Connolly, now in South Boston and Dorchester, to be the Administrator of Saint Theresa’s Parish, effective on November 6. You will have to bear with me until that date! You will always have my prayers and my gratitude. Whenever I think of the parishioners of Saint Theresa’s, my thoughts will be Thank You! Thank you! Thank you! ************************************************************************************************************************************************ And, as a footnote to what I said last weekend, my final Sunday Masses will be on Sunday, November 4, and there will be an Open House in Monsignor Donahue Hall following the 12 o’clock Mass which I will celebrate one last time as the Pastor of Saint Theresa’s Parish. Reverend Monsignor William M. Helmick Pastor


GRADES 7-9 OPENING CLASS will take place on Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 P.M. Please meet in the Pavilion for a brief introduction, followed by Mass at 7:30 P.M. Dismissal will follow at the conclusion of Mass at 8:15. Registration for Classes will take place in the Pavilion from 6:15-7:00 P.M. for any students who have not yet registered. GRADE 10 OPENING CLASS will take place on Tuesday, October 9th.


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


On-line registration is now available for Grades 1-10. Please visit our webpage: https://sttheresaparishboston.com/41#Registration for more information on how to register. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION GRADES 1-6: Classes will begin on Sunday, September 9. Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 A.M. Following Mass, students and parents will proceed to the school gym for a brief meeting with Sister Marie-Julie. Parents may register their children at this time and the students will spend a short time in the classrooms and meet their teachers. 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.


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.


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


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




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



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