St theresa church west roxbury
Sunday mass – 3/29/2020
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Twenty-seventh sunday in ordinary time
The Needham Line is a commuter rail line that runs through Boston. One block from the intersection of Centre Street and St. Theresa Avenue is the West Roxbury station. From downtown Boston (South Station, Back Bay, the South End, and Roxbury) or Needham, this line is convenient.
Roxbury Latin is accessible through the MBTA bus system. Take the Charles River bus or the Stimson via Belgrade from Forest Hills Station. At St. Theresa Lane, exit on Centre Street. On the right, at the top of the hill, is the School.
Take the “Route 109, Dedham” escape (Exit 16A). For 3.7 miles, follow Route 109 toward West Roxbury to the traffic light at St. Theresa Avenue. (St. Theresa Church will be on the right in front of you.) Take St. Theresa Avenue to the right. Roxbury Latin is on the right at the top of the hill. At the main entrance to the school, there is a sign.
Take the Jamaican Expressway. Bear right onto Route 1 South at the second rotary. Pass the Faulkner Hospital and turn right onto the V.F.W. Parkway at the bottom of the road (still Route 1 South). Turn left onto LaGrange Street at the Carrigg (Cemetery) Monument display. Switch right at the light at the intersection of Centre Street and Blanchard’s. At the first traffic light, turn left onto St. Theresa Avenue.
Second sunday of lent – february 27 and 28, 2021
I came upon the parish plant of St. Theresa of Avila in West Roxbury, on the outskirts of Boston, on a rainy day a few months ago in early Fall. It’s a magnificent work by Charles Maginnis of Maginnis and Walsh, an unjustly overlooked protagonist of the early twentieth-century flowering of American Gothic revival, and a strong taxonomic specimen of the better sort of suburban Catholic parish church of the time. A strange hyrbid Gothic-Deco school building with finely realized features contrasts with a mostly stripped exterior on the site. Although the church interior is quite simple, likely due to budget constraints, it does have some nice marble work around the altar and side chapels, one of the best font covers I’ve seen, and a beautiful day chapel with a wide stained-glass window above the altar that looks, rather strangely, into one side of the main church’s chancel. In any case, it was a nice surprise. I was unable to get some close-up shots of the sanctuary because an auxiliary bishop was celebrating evening mass when I stopped by.
The imposing Romanesque Revival church, one of the largest and most distinguished buildings in Boston’s western district, dominates the rotary where it is located and offers a fascinating contrast to the Gothic St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, a mile down Centre Street. Holy Name Church is a fairly large congregation. It has two levels, and although the upper church is larger, mass can be said on either. [requires citation]
Fr. William P. McNamara, the parish’s first priest, founded the parish in 1927. In 1929, plans for a new large Romanesque Revival church were obtained, and construction began. The basement church was ready for Midnight Mass in 1929, but the superstructure took longer to complete, and the church was not finished until 1939. [requires citation]
Edward T. P. Graham, who designed many Roman Catholic churches in Boston and the Midwest, was the church’s architect. The dome in the main sanctuary is modeled after the one in the Basilica di San Clemente in Rome. When Holy Name was created, St. Clemente was the titular church of Boston Cardinal William Henry O’Connell. [requires citation]