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St. Leonard Church Closing for Interior Renovation

Front of St. Leonard Church and Alter

St. Leonard Church will close for an extensive restoration beginning on January 2, 2017. Located in Boston’s North End at 320 Hanover Street, the iconic Roman Catholic church will be under construction for several months and perhaps longer. The news was posted in this week’s church bulletin:

We can finally announce with confidence that we will be ringing in the New Year with hammers and nails!!!

The last Mass at St. Leonard’s will be on Sunday, January 1, 2017. After that, all Masses will be held at Sacred Heart Church in North Square. Mass times will remain the same, but the parish will operate out of Sacred Heart during the restoration of St. Leonard. The Gift Shop and Church Office will remain open.

Saint Leonard Church, founded in 1873, is the first Roman Catholic Church in New England built by Italian immigrants. As a result of the reconfiguration that took place within the Archdiocese of Boston in 2004, Saint Leonard became the Parish Church encompassing Sacred Heart Italian Church as well as Saint Mary’s Chapel and Saint Stephen Church which remains under the Missionary Society of Saint James the Great, together they form the North End Catholic Community of Churches.

For Mass times and more information on St. Leonard of Port Maurice Parish, see

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One Reply to “St. Leonard Church Closing for Interior Renovation

  1. I’m sorry to see it close for long, but the church needs it. I grew up in the North End, my family was Christened in that church, was married there and buried there. It holds very dear memories to me. It will be back in all its glory.

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