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Parishes slated for closure
 
 CLOSING
 City/townChurchAtten.* Index Founded Notes
Arlington Saint James the Apostle 543 268 1914
Arlington Saint Jerome 378 322 1934
Bellingham Assumption 547 295 1927
Belmont Our Lady of Mercy 735 260 1926
Beverly Saint Alphonsus 561 317 1968
Beverly Saint Margaret 341 339 1905
City of Boston
  Brighton Our Lady of Presentation 421 292 1909 School closing
  Charlestown Saint Catherine of Siena 633 255 1887 Spanish Mass
  East Boston Our Lady of Mount Carmel 304 279 1905 Italian parish
  East Boston Saint Mary Star of the Sea 529 236 1864 School stays open
  Fenway Saint Ann N/A 312 1945 University parish
  Hyde Park Saint Adalbert 175 353 1913 Polish parish
  Hyde Park Saint Joseph N/A 355 1938
  Jamaica Plain Blessed Sacrament 752 231 1891 School closing
  Roxbury Saint Mary of the Angels N/A 336 1904 Spanish Mass
  South Boston Saint Augustine N/A 46 1868 Historic chapel
  South Boston Saint Peter N/A 297 1904 Lith., school closing
  South End Holy Trinity 243 357 1844 German parish, Latin
Brockton Saint Margaret 1,133 144 1902 Portuguese Mass
Brookline Infant Jesus-St. Lawrence 306 347 1999
Cambridge Blessed Sacrament 220 325 1905
Cambridge Immaculate Conception 114 353 1926 Haitian Mass
Cambridge Immaculate Conception (Lith) N/A 279 1910 Lithuanian parish
Dedham Saint Susanna 641 268 1960
Everett Saint Therese 703 250 1927
Framingham Saint Jeremiah N/A 292 1958
Gloucester Sacred Heart 275 257 1946
Gloucester Saint Peter 555 181 1928
Lexington Sacred Heart 609 236 1931
Lynn Saint Michael 307 331 1906 Polish parish
Malden Saint Peter 364 310 1972 Italian parish
Marlborough Saint Mary N/A 260 1870 French parish
Medford Sacred Heart 581 264 1937
Medford Saint James 442 304 1919
Milton Saint Pius X 1,767 229 1954
Natick Sacred Heart N/A 352 1891
Newton Mary Immaculate Lourdes 425 319 1870
Newton Saint Bernard N/A 161 1876
Norwood Saint George 341 264 1912 Lithuanian parish
Plymouth Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha 405 302 1982
Quincy Star of the Sea 393 322 1945
Revere Our Lady of Lourdes 383 247 1905
Rockport Saint Joachim 390 288 1849
Peabody Saint Thomas the Apostle 670 155 1927
Salem Saint Joseph 725 179 1873 French, school open
Scituate St. Frances Xavier Cabrini 804 296 1960
Stoughton Saint James 742 328 1962
Sudbury Saint Anselm 377 334 1963 Deaf community ctr.
Wakefield Saint Florence 734 138 1947
Waltham Saint Joseph N/A 328 1894 French parish
Watertown Sacred Heart 497 289 1893
Wellesley Saint James the Great 560 331 1947
Weymouth Saint Albert the Great 1,222 131 1950
Winchester Immaculate Conception 548 239 1931
Woburn Saint Joseph 308 281 1906
 
 PARISH CLOSES church becomes a chapel
 City/townChurchAtten.* Index Founded Notes
Boston/N. End Sacred Heart 358 271 1888 Italian parish
Lincoln Saint Joseph 269 348 1946
Marlborough Saint Ann N/A 170 1921 Italian parish
Rochester Saint Rose of Lima 389 350 1980
Stow Saint Isidore 499 328 1961
 
 MERGING
 City/townChurchAtten.* Index Founded Notes
City of Boston
  Dorchester Saint John-Saint Hugh 379 339 1901 Nigerian Mass
  Dorchester Saint Margaret 822 151 1893 School merges
  Dorchester Saint William 1,429 101 1909 School merges
  Roxbury Saint Francis/Saint Philip N/A 341 1867 Jesuit-run
Brockton Sacred Heart 435 292 1891 French parish
Brockton Saint Colman of Cloyne 583 185 1891
Concord Our Lady Help Christians 944 262 1907
Concord Saint Bernard 715 242 1863
Quincy Most Blessed Sacrament 752 224 1915
Quincy Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton N/A 220 2001

* Attendance
Notes: Attendance was determined by a census in October 2003. The index is a rank among all 357 churches in the Boston Archdiocese. It is based on the number of people married, baptized, and funeral Masses.
Information from the Archdiocese of Boston
Chart by Kathleen Hennrikus, Michael Paulson, James Bennett, and Jim Karaian of the Globe staff
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