St. Thomas is new Catholic HQ

April 15, 2011
By

John Ruch

St. Thomas Aquinas Church is the new headquarters of Jamaica Plain’s three Catholic parishes, which recently unified under the leadership of a single pastor.

Rev. Alonso Macias took over the St. Thomas Aquinas, Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) and St. Mary of the Angels parishes on March 1. OLOL originally was announced as the new triple parish headquarters.

But Macias now has his residence and parish offices at St. Thomas at 97 South St., the pastor said in a letter to the Gazette.

“I ask for the prayers of all [of the churches’] parishioners that I may faithfully serve them in fulfilling my responsibilities to the Catholic community,” Macias wrote.

Services continue at all three churches, but it remains unclear whether any church buildings might close following the leadership consolidation. Macias’ use of the St. Thomas rectory appears to keep that building in the fold. The Boston Archdiocese did not respond to a request for comment.

The former pastors of St. Thomas and of St. Mary at 377 Walnut Ave. left when Macias took over. Rev. Michael Sevigny, the former pastor of OLOL at 54 Brookside Ave., remained on staff as a “parochial vicar.”

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