Welcome to the website of St. Paul Catholic Church in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. We hope you will explore the various features of the site and get to know what St. Paul's is all about. We are an unusual parish in that we include, first, a family of parishioners coming to worship at St. Paul's from the area around Harvard Square as well as from the city of Boston and from many suburbs and even from other states. In addition to our eucharistic celebrations, we offer programs in religious education, special lectures, an active youth group, opportunities for spiritual growth, and volunteer efforts to serve the poor, the hungry, and the suffering.
Music has always been integral to our life at St. Paul's, and the Saint Paulís Choir School, the only Catholic boys' choir school in America, provides for the church's Choir of boys and men. This rare traditional Choir of boys and men sings great Catholic music in service to the liturgy at the 11:00 a.m. Mass each Sunday of the School term, while one of the boys' Choirs sings at the 12:10 p.m. Mass Tuesday through Friday, the Saturday 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass, and Vespers at 5:15 p.m. each Wednesday. The volunteer parish adult Choir sings at the 9:30 Mass each Sunday, September through June.
The third component of St. Paul Parish is the Harvard Catholic Center, an active chaplaincy to undergraduates and graduate and professional students at Harvard University and other academic institutions in the area. A special Mass for students is held Sunday evenings at 5 p.m., and other liturgies are celebrated at the various Harvard graduate schools. Please see the links to Harvard Catholic websites.
I invite you to visit St. Paul's when you are in the Cambridge area (a map is available) and to become part of our community of believers. Our website includes a parish calendar that will let you know of the various events taking place at St. Paul Parish.
You can also find materials for Parish Stewardship and support.
Confession is available on the Wednesdays of Lent, March 12, 19, 26, and April 2, 9, 16, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the upper church. For more information, please visit
Parish Spirituality Survey. Last fall we conducted a survey focusing on spirituality in the Parish. The survey was completed by a large number of individuals in the Parish and the responses and comments reflect the strong desire to grow in the spiritual life of our Roman Catholic tradition. Parishioners Angela Jones and David Sand worked diligently for a number of months with Father Drea to compile and chart the results -- a monumental task, but one they engaged with tremendous generosity of time and talent. The results of the survey are now published in the format of six installments and available online by clicking on the links below. Printed copies are available in the vestibule of the church. Please be sure to read the results and pray about them as to how they can help our entire Parish community grow in relationship with our risen Lord Jesus.
Parish Spirituality Survey Installment 1
Parish Spirituality Survey Installment 2
Parish Spirituality Survey Installment 3
Parish Spirituality Survey Installment 4
Parish Spirituality Survey Installment 5
Parish Spirituality Survey Installment 6
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