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The History of St Patrick Parish The story of Catholicism in Greater Boston is, in large measure, a chronicle of immigrant families following ancient roads to distant communities where they could find work and practice their creed free from the discrimination they had faced in the city.
Over time, many of the remote areas around Boston grew into distinct centers of Catholic life, even as the metropolis itself was becoming a stronghold of the Faith.
Saint Patrick Parish of Watertown is one of the oldest and largest of those suburban oases. Her history, bound inextricably with that of the Diocese within which she was formed, typifies the struggle and the glory of those early immigrant families and the generations that have followed them.
Probably the first Catholics to settle in Watertown were Acadian refugees who arrived in the late s after the destruction of their homes in Minas and Grand Pre, Nova Scotia. InWatertown hosted an historic meeting between patriot leaders and those Catholic Indian tribes who had been invited by George Washington to join the fight for American independence.
Delegates from the Passamaquoddie, the Penobscot, and the Saint John's tribes came to confer with the Massachusetts General Assembly which convened in a building at the corner of Common and Mount Auburn Streets.
Ambrose Var, chief of the Saint John's tribe, opened the conference with the salutation "We are thankful to the Almighty to see the council. Gratified at this interest in religion, the Assembly readily agreed to try to locate the priest though they did not know where to find one. The Indians joined the war and fought well.
In the late s, the colonial alliance with France prompted a change in the Massachusetts constitution granting religious freedom to Roman Catholics. Soon, Masses were being celebrated in Boston by chaplains from the French fleet, and in regular Sunday services began.
Matignon arrived in Boston in with the responsibility of unifying the fractious congregation and paying off its debts. Four years later, he was joined by Fr.
Together the two priests ministered to a parish that included all of New England. Although the Catholic population in Boston at the turn of the nineteenth century was still tiny — about one thousand souls by contemporary estimates — Frs.
Matignon and Cheverus foresaw steady growth and committed the parish to the building of a cathedral. Completed in and situated on Franklin Street, the first cathedral of the new diocese was dedicated by Bishop Carroll of Baltimore.
Cheverus was appointed the first Bishop of the Diocese of Boston, a position he held until when he was transferred home to France to head an archdiocese there. It was during the Cheverus period that the first wave of Catholic immigrants from Ireland broke on Boston's shores. InCatholics were granted full political liberty in the Commonwealth.
Under the administration of Bishop Fenwick, who succeeded Bishop Cheverus and held the post until his death inthe Catholic share of Boston's population rose from five to twenty-five percent. This rapid increase precipitated an anti-Catholic backlash which manifested itself in a series of violent acts in the s and s.
The most notorious of these was the burning down of the Ursuline convent in Charlestown now East Somerville in No degree of bigotry, however, could impede the church's expansion.
As Catholics fanned out from the capital into the suburbs Bishop Fenwick established missions to serve them. Ina district mission was formed that included Watertown, Waltham, Weston, and surrounding towns. A fifty by thirty-five foot building was erected on land later known as the Old Catholic cemetery in Waltham.
The congregation was ministered to by priests from Boston until when Rev. Fitzsimmons moved out to Waltham and took charge.
Ina separate station was begun in Watertown. For the next decade, Masses were said, when possible, in private homes by priests from Boston. The first Mass ever celebrated in Watertown was done so in a house on Pleasant Street next to the Corcoran residence near the foot of Church Hill.
On Sundays, a priest came to the house and celebrated Mass on the kitchen table for all the Catholics who could attend. Because he had to travel such a great distance to reach the town, the priest arrived on Saturday evenings.
There being only one bedroom for the boarders, the inhabitants emptied a large closet for the priests to sleep in. Due to the remoteness of diocesan power, district missions tended to develop strong local groups of laymen to handle ecclesiastical affairs. Often, when a newly arrived pastor tried to exert his official authority, he came into conflict with these local groups.
One such disagreement at the Waltham mission hastened the formation of Saint Patrick Parish. James Strain began construction of a rectory on a lot adjacent to the little church.
Many parishioners, particularly those who traveled great distances, objected to the project because they had been accustomed to hitching their horses in that space when attending Mass and no other area was available. Owing in part to what an Archdiocese historian called Fr.John Terry Gordon, 92, of Silver Spring, Maryland, passed away on January 29, , peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his close initiativeblog.com was born in Dallas, Texas, on March 16, He graduated from Arlington High School and continued on to receive a degree in mathematics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
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A Song of Service Contest; Story of the Four Chaplains; Operation: #GoAboveAndBeyond plus extracurricular activities that make their college essays noteworthy does not leave much time for Jewish teens to reflect on their connections to Jewish life and their own Jewish identities.
Anna Khomina is a student at Brandeis University and an. Aboard the DORCHESTER were four U.S. Chaplains - Protestant, Catholic, Jewish - who each in his own way answered the call to serve GOD and man.
With arms linked, symbolic of their common bond, the FOUR CHAPLAINS remained praying on the deck until it sank into the black waters of everlasting glory.