Saint Anthony of Padua Parish 12 Rev Nazareno Properzi Way, Somerville, MA02143 Founded in 1915, this Catholic church sits just off of Somerville Ave. The Rev. Moacir Balen leads the congregation, and…More services are held in both English and Portuguese. The Missionaries of St. Charles, a Catholic order of brothers and priests also known as the Scalabrinian Fathers, staff the parish. The Saint Anthony of Padua School is right next door.
This Roman Catholic Parish laid the cornerstone for its church in 1908, and 12 years…More later had built what some now call “the gem of the Boston archdiocese.” Its elegant marble arches, colorful stained glass and many artful details—including the Stations of the Cross crafted in white alabaster—pay homage to the European churches that inspired its design. A self-described “warm, friendly and supportive” congregation, they gather both for mass and many church activities. Adult and children’s choirs, a young adult social group and charitable work are among them.
Built from 1897 to 1899, this stately Romanesque Revival-style church sits grandly on Medford St. A Roman Catholic…More parish, it offers daily mass, and Sunday mass is held in both English and Haitian Creole. Rev. Brian J. McHugh is Pastor, Rev. Thomas B. Corcoran is Parochial Vicar and Rev. Gabriel Lormeus leads the Haitian Ministry.
Saint Joseph Parish 264 Washington St, Somerville, MA02143 This massive Catholic Church is right on the edge of Union Square, directly facing the infamous Somerville Ave –…More Summer St – Washington St mashup. As a result of its crowded locale, there isn't much in the way of parking, but St. Joseph's maintains a dense schedule of liturgies and masses to help make your day of obligation as convenient as possible. Look out for St. Joe's attractive statue garden.
The Greek Orthodox Church is a Christian denomination within the greater Orthodox Church, which is the world's second…More largest organized Christian body after the Roman Catholic Church.
In Somerville, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church proudly notes its immigrant history. Founded in 1916 (originally on Bow St.), the church was formed by Greek immigrants who came to work in Somerville's meatpacking plants. They settled in the Brickbottom area of Somerville (which was a close-knit neighborhood before being razed for City and factory use) and they worshipped at Dormition—all while making their way in a new land.
Today, the Church draws members from throughout Greater Boston. A very active, very Greek and very warm community, they are led by Rev. Fr. Panteleimon Klostri. The congregation pursues charitable work, offers numerous youth programs including Greek School and Church School and maintains an all-ages choir. In addition, a Golden Club brings together members over 50 to socialize and undertake charitable work, and a Health Committee organizes exercise classes and health talks. Their annual Greek Festival, held the second weekend of September, draws members and neighbors, as well as foodies looking to sample the homemade Greek treats like grilled kebabs, spanikopita (spinach pies) and sweet baklava.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America states that, "Orthodoxy believes that God has revealed Himself to us, most especially in the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom we know as the Son of God. This Revelation of God, His love, and His purpose, is constantly made manifest and contemporary in the life of the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Founded in 1926, this private Catholic school strives to offer students in grades PK-8 "the best possible educational…More program and to develop attitudes that will foster growth spiritually, intellectually, culturally, socially, emotionally, and physically within the framework of a caring and safe Christian atmosphere."
The school draws a diverse population of students from over a dozen area towns. The PTA is active and involved, and an afterschool program offers a balance of homework and play as well as arts and craft activities. For sports, the school makes use of both their own gymnasium and facilities at the St. Catherine of Genoa Church across the street. In keeping with a tradition of compassion, students frequently take part in community service activities.