Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (East Boston, Massachusetts)

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
View of the church facade in 2011.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is located in Boston
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
Location in Boston, Massachusetts
42°22′13″N 71°02′03″W / 42.3703°N 71.0343°W / 42.3703; -71.0343Coordinates: 42°22′13″N 71°02′03″W / 42.3703°N 71.0343°W / 42.3703; -71.0343
Location 128 Gove Street
East Boston, Massachusetts
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
History
Dedication Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Architecture
Status Church
Completed 1905
Administration
Archdiocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a Roman Catholic church located at 128 Gove Street in East Boston, Massachusetts.

History[edit]

The church was built in 1905 and was a focal point of the local Italian American community until it was ordered shut down by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston in late 2004.[1]

On October 10, 2004, as the final mass was celebrated, parishioners claimed that a statue of the Virgin Mary fell to the ground from its perch in front of the altar. Some proclaimed that this was a sign.[2]

At first, the church was occupied by parishioners day and night, marking the longest such occupation in the history of the Roman Catholic Church in United States.[3] [4] Today, after appeals to the decision through the courts and the Vatican, attempts have been unsuccessful and the waning enthusiasm and aging of the occupiers has left the church empty, except for Sunday Mass and occasional prayer services. [5]

Parish school[edit]

East Boston Central Catholic School, on the Most Holy Redeemer Parish site, is the Catholic K1-8 school designated for this parish.[6] The school is managed by a board from the Our Lady of the Assumption, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Most Holy Redeemer and Sacred Heart parishes.[7]

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