St. Mary’s Parish Family consists of 2200 families and over 6000 souls. We are the oldest Catholic parish in Winchester, established in 1875, and located near the town center. We are in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.
In recent years, parts of Immaculate Conception Parish in Winchester and St. Joseph’s Parish in Woburn have been combined with the St. Mary’s Parish Family. The people who have come to us have been a welcome addition and a number have joined in various lay ministries.
Under the Archdiocesan Disciples in Mission plan, St Mary’s Parish will be joining St Eulalia’s Parish as a Collaborative during the next few years. We will share a Pastor, a Pastoral Team and a Pastoral Council. The members will be encouraged to work together, but each Parish will remain open and maintain its own identity – its own name, buildings and finances.
A successful Capital Campaign has enabled us to update our church and other facilities with new heating, air conditioning, painting, carpets, pews and other necessary repairs. The church and parish hall are handicap accessible.
We have active CCD and Youth programs as well as a Parish school serving children in Pre-K to grade five. Currently we have over 1100 students in CCD and 160 volunteers involved in their Catholic education.
Our young people serve a number of charitable facilities in the Greater Boston area. Each summer, a good number attend a one week service retreat called “Encounter the Gospel of Life” in Washington, D.C.
St. Mary’s Catholic Community strives to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, “love one another.” Jesus is the heart of our community and Sunday Liturgy is the center of our worship. With Mary as our patroness and model, we open our hearts and community to all. As we journey in faith, we grow through our sacramental life, Christian education, and opportunities for spiritual enrichment.
Our vision is expressed in a commitment to peace and justice, respect for all life, appreciation for the unique gifts of every person, and outreach to those in need. Our parish family affirms all members in their search for truth as they meet the challenge of being Catholics in this modern world.