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Archdiocese of Boston


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

Pastoral Center Information: 

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 a.m.


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Building the Church in Boston

Building Church in Boston

By Robert Johnson Lally
Archdiocesan Archivist and Records Manager

The next time you’re downtown, stroll over to 24 School Street, around the corner from the Borders Bookstore. There is a plaque on the wall indicating that this was the site of the first Catholic Church building in Boston. On November 2, 1788, the Abbé de la Poterie, a former French naval chaplain serving Boston, celebrated the city’s first public Mass in a converted Huguenot chapel located here. He renamed the building Holy Cross Church. It had been eight years since the freedom to worship as a Catholic had been codified in the Massachusetts Constitution.

By the turn of the century, Fr. Francis Anthony Matignon and his assistant, Fr. Jean Louis Lefebvre, both refugees from the French Revolution, were ministering to a growing Boston Catholic population. They determined a new church building was needed and raised the funds to build The Church of the Holy Cross. President John Adams was one of the financial contributors.

Neither of the first two Holy Cross Churches is still standing. But they were the building blocks of what was to come.