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Saint Athanasius
300 Haverhill Street
Reading, MA 01867-1810
781-944-0330
 
 
 
 
 
 

Archdiocese of Boston

 
 

66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184-3839
Telephone: 617-254-0100
Snow Phone Line – (617) 746-5991

Pastoral Center Information:

Office/Staff Directory 
Directions 
Bethany Chapel
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Pastoral Center Gift Shop 

It is the goal of the Pastoral Center to remain open during inclement weather unless travel conditions make it hazardous to get to work. In the event the offices are closed or there is a delay in opening, an announcement will be sent out via the IRIS system. In addition, notice will be recorded on the Snow Phone Line –  (617) 746‐5991 – no later than 5:45 am.

 
 

Reconfiguration

Welcome to the website section for Reconfiguration. This tool has been designed for pastors, parishioners and staff to foster communication during a challenging time for parishes. You will find a section on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in the left navigation.

Bienvenido a la sección de nuestra página Web para la Reconfiguración. Esta herramienta se ha diseñado para párrocos, parroquianos y personal, para fomentar la comunicación durante este tiempo de prueba para las parroquias.  Aquí encontrará una sección (FAQ), anuncios de reuniones, noticias recientes e información de contacto. La información de última hora se actualizará aquí una vez a la semana como mínimo. 

Due to declining numbers of clergy, changing Catholic demographics and financial pressure, the Archdiocese of Boston began the process of parish reconfiguration in January of 2004. Through this process, the Archdiocese has sought to serve the needs of area Catholics by building parish communities with resources to match needs. As of September 2005, 62 parishes were closed or merged as part of the reconfiguration process.

Blessed Sacrament Is Closing 
A Devout Catholic's Perspective Through Poetry

Quite naturally our hearts are sad,
As we gather together at Mass each day.
To say goodbye to Blessed Sacrament Parish,
Our special place for us to pray.
After many years in the parish fold,
Our church is one that has to close,
But after praying I faced the truth:
Our allegiance is to our religion and not
A parish roof.
So, though I know my heart will grieve,
I'll attend each service before we leave,
Until the day when we depart
With love for God, our new parish,
And faith in our hearts.

Written by Evelyn Sweeney-Toner in 2004 after hearing the news that her parish was closing during the Reconfiguration Process