Saturday, August 13, 2005

Good churches in Boston

Amy does this a lot. I don't, but a reader writes:

I was wondering if you could recommend any good churches in Boston, from both an architectural and devotional point of view.

My answer:

I'd start out with the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, from both points of view.

(Email the Keely Society for specific architectural information -- the link's on the website -- and tour information.)

Ditto for The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (a.k.a. "The Mission Church.") Its website is much more informative.

Devotionally, for Sunday Mass, there is Holy Trinity Church which celebrates the Latin Mass at noon (for's slated for closing).

And devotionally, you simple can't go wrong with Saint Clement's Eucharistic Shrine.

Finally, for week-day Masses, I favor Saint Francis Chapel. Not for Sundays or holy days though -- it's totally different. The key word is "weekdays." Adoration begins after the 12:35 pm Mass...Benediction at 4:30 PM. Follows is the Rosary.