Welcome to the Saint Theresa of Avila Parish

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

Please join Fr. Connolly for Palm Sunday Mass.



Please read this important letter from Rev. John J. Connolly, Jr., Administrator: 

April 3, 2020                                     

Dear Parishioners, Families, Students and Friends of Saint Theresa of Avila Parish and School:

As I write to you today we as a community of faith, find ourselves on the threshold of Holy Week.   This weekend we Catholics and Christians of every denomination will celebrate the Liturgy of Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.  It will mark the fourth weekend in a row when our need to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 prevents us from coming together in our Parish Church of Saint Theresa of Avila to offer praise, honor and glory to God as well as to pray with and for one another, our families, friends, neighbors, school mates, and our sisters and brothers locally, nationally and internationally as together we contend with the devastating impacts of this virulent scourge.  In short, as we prepare to prayerfully commemorate and reflect upon the Sacred and Saving Passion and Death of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, on Palm Sunday and Good Friday of the fast approaching Holy Week, we are all experiencing a global shared experience of the Passion of Our Lord in a manner that few of us anticipated when our Lenten Season began just over a month ago on Ash Wednesday. 

Even in the midst of the fear, anxiety, uncertainty, sickness, loss and pain with which we are all struggling, there have been countless reminders and expressions of the Light, Life and Love of God in these difficult days.  The valiant doctors, nurses, technicians, researchers, care-givers and support staff who have stepped up to put their own lives on the line to serve and save those most directly affected, together with our emergency medical personnel, police officers, firefighters, members of our Military Services and the National Guard, as well as other First Responders, are forever in our debt for the courage and commitment they demonstrate in this unprecedented time of need.  Our civic officials and public health authorities, and all who work with them, are providing all of us with difficult but necessary guidance and direction about how we have to work together, thinking not only of ourselves as individuals, but of all of us together as brothers and sisters in the human family, created by God, to mitigate the effects of this virus.  Individuals and families, parents, children, grandparents and other care givers are doing their best to adjust to working remotely at home and practicing physical distancing.  So many men and women who remain on the job outside the confines of their homes in order to maintain and staff the essential businesses upon which the rest of us depend in these uncertain times truly deserve our gratitude as well as our respect.  Taken together, even as the darkness that is the Coronavirus casts so lengthy a shadow over our world, our shared response is a world-wide living out of Our Lord, Jesus Christ’s Great Commandment of Love: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. … You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22: 37, 39).  The best and most important way that we can love the Lord and our neighbor in the midst of this pandemic is to do all that we can to care for ourselves and each other by practicing social distancing, frequently washing our hands and remaining in place unless there is an urgent and necessary need to go out.  Thankfully, most of us are responding appropriately.

I am well aware that all of us are being impacted in many ways by COVID-19 and the strong measures that have been implemented in response to it.  The economic impact throughout the world, throughout our nation and in the daily lives of each of us and our families cannot be overstated.  Our Parish and School communities likewise suffer the economic impact.  Many of you or family members and friends close to you are facing the fiscal fallout from the closures and quarantines imposed in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.  I recognize that the anxiety and uncertainty brought on by this new and developing economic reality compound the often already precarious financial stability of many families and individuals in our Parish and School communities.  Please be sure to take care of your own and your family’s daily living needs first.  If you find yourself in dire or threatening financial need and you are not sure what to do, you can access City Hall resources on line at boston.gov or by calling 311.  If you are still in need of assistance in finding resources, please e-mail us at: sttoffice24@gmail.com or call us here at the Rectory at (617) 325-1300, and we will try to connect you with someone who can be of assistance.

 Saint Theresa Parish, like most Parishes throughout the Archdiocese, relies on the generosity of all of you, the faithful parishioners and friends of St. T’s, in the weekly Offertory Collection.  As I noted, many of our faithful and devoted parishioners and friends, who have supported our Parish financially for so long, may not be in a position to do so for some period of time.  Please do not let that be a burden to you.  We understand, and we, like so many of you, will have to make adjustments and make sacrifices. 

As together we face these difficult days and work together to do our part to combat the effects of COVID-19, I am enormously grateful to those committed parishioners who have made the extra effort to mail or drop off your weekly Offertory envelopes at the Rectory, as well as to the committed faithful who continue to support us through on-line giving, accessible through our parish website:   https://sttheresaparishboston.com/.  Some of you may find that this is now the right moment to register for on-line giving and you can do so easily by clicking the following link:

St. Theresa of Avila Parish On-line Giving

For those of you who do have the means to continue to support Saint Theresa of Avila Parish financially, I cannot thank you enough.  Your generosity and continued stewardship of our Parish in these frightening and uncertain months will play a tremendous part in ensuring that we will be able to maintain the mission and ministries of St. T’s throughout this crisis and on into our shared future.  In particular, again only for the consideration for those whose means allow, I would respectfully and humbly ask you to consider the possibility of making a more substantial gift at this time.  If you are so able and willing, such a contribution will play an important part in stabilizing the financial security of our Parish and will serve as a bridge that will allow us to move forward together through this crisis and into a brighter future.

 Another way in which you may be able to support our Parish in this dire moment is by participating in a new initiative, “90 Days Now - For Your Parish”, that was launched last week by a committed and caring member of another parish in the Archdiocese.  Details about this targeted and timely way to support Saint Theresa Parish can be found on-line through the Archdiocesan website by clicking the following link:  90 Days Now - Donate To Your Parish where you can select Saint Theresa of Avila Parish, West Roxbury. Any donation made on-line through this initiative goes directly into our Parish Savings Account and is immediately available for our Parish needs.  A link to the same initiative will soon be posted on our parish website.  Thanks to all of you who make the sacrificial effort to continue to offer your financial support along with your prayers and good works.

As we move forward together this Holy Week through our Commemoration of the Passion and Death of Our Lord that was His path to the Glory of His Easter Resurrection and our Salvation, may we trust in Our Risen Lord’s Abiding Presence and Merciful Love.  Prayerfully joining our collective suffering from the manifold effects of COVID-19 to the Saving Sacrifice of Christ Jesus, Crucified, let us continue to trust in His promise to remain with us always as we look forward to the day when we can return to the rhythms and routines of our daily lives and anticipate the Joy and Hope of our participation in His Resurrection.

With gratitude for your attention to this letter, and asking God to abundantly bless you and all whom you hold dear with His graces of health and hope throughout this Holy Week and Easter Season, I am


Sincerely yours in Christ,

Reverend John J. Connolly, Jr., Administrator


Please read these important announcements from Rev. John J. Connolly, Jr., Administrator:

April 4, 2020

1.  In light of the projections made by Governor Baker this week that the peak/surge of COVID-19 in Massachusetts likely will occur between the tenth and the thirtieth of April, and with the permission of Cardinal Sean, I have made the decision that, effective at 4:00 pm today, April 4, 2020, the Chapel of Saint Theresa of Avila Parish, like the Church, will be closed until further notice, at least through the end of this month.  I am sorry to make this decision on the threshold of Holy Week, but I believe it is the safest choice for all of us and allows us to each do his or her part to more fully heed the guidance and direction of our civic leaders and public health authorities. 

We still have the capability and responsibility to stay close to the Lord in prayer.  We are working hard to be present to our Parish and School Communities by enhancing our presence on-line.  For the last two Sundays, and again tomorrow on Palm Sunday, April 5th, Mass from Saint Theresa of Avila Parish is being recorded and uploaded to our Parish Website, You Tube Channel and Facebook accounts.  We anticipate that Palm Sunday Mass will be available for your on-line participation at or around 10:00 am tomorrow.

Over the last week and continuing into the next, we have engaged a company to update the infrastructure of the Church so that we will be able to live stream the Mass initially from the Church and eventually from the Chapel.  We anticipate this work to be completed before the end of this coming week, and therefore we anticipate being able to live stream Easter Sunday Mass on April 12th, and perhaps in time to broadcast the Liturgies of the Sacred Triduum on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday directly to you for your active participation on-line.  As we see how the work goes, we will be sure to update you on what will be available on-line.

2.  It should come as no surprise to any of us that during these challenging days the demands of local food pantries are even greater.  Our long-time commitment as a Parish to collecting food for the Catholic Charities Food Pantry is perhaps even more important now than ever before.  Therefore we will open one of the bays in the garage next to the Rectory for anyone who wishes to drop off donations of food for the Catholic Charities Food Pantry twice a week from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm every Tuesday and Thursday.  This practice will remain in effect until the Pavilion of the Church, our customary drop-off point is re-opened.  Please do not gather in groups in the garage and please maintain physical distancing.  Thanks to all of you who so generously and faithfully share from your abundance with our neighbors in need.


Please view this encouraging message and prayer from Fr. Connolly.

Father also announces plans for Palm Sunday.  - 4/1/2020


Please join Fr. John Connolly for Sunday Mass on the fifth Sunday of Lent - 3/29/2020 

Sunday Mass - 3/22/2020



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 all religious services and events have been cancelled.

Please view the messages below regarding how we are supporting you, as our beloved parishioners, moving forward. 

Please click on the following link for the Holy Week schedule announced by Cardinal Sean. All services will be broadcast on CatholicTV.  


Please visit our YouTube channel: 

(by searching: St. Theresa of Avila Parish, West Roxbury)  which offers you the ability for on-line participation in Mass as well as receiving important updates from Fr. Connolly. We are in the process of implementing a new technological infrastructure which will allow us the capability to live-stream Masses from the main Church and eventually from the Chapel. We are hopeful that this project will be completed in time to allow you to virtually participate in the Sacred Tridium on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. We also look forward to your joyful participation in our Easter Sunday Mass on April 12, 2020. 

More information and updates to follow. 








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