Santo Christo Church (Fall River, Massachusetts)

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Santo Christo Church
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Santo Christo Church (Fall River, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Santo Christo Church (Fall River, Massachusetts)
Santo Christo Church (Fall River, Massachusetts) is located in the US
Santo Christo Church (Fall River, Massachusetts)
Location Fall River, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°42′1″N 71°9′48″W / 41.70028°N 71.16333°W / 41.70028; -71.16333Coordinates: 41°42′1″N 71°9′48″W / 41.70028°N 71.16333°W / 41.70028; -71.16333
Built 1924
Architect Murphy & Hindle
Architectural style Gothic Revival
MPS Fall River MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP February 16, 1983

Santo Christo Church is an historic church located at 240 Columbia Street in Fall River, Massachusetts, dedicated to the Lord Holy Christ of the Miracles. The parish was formally established in 1889 to serve in the local Portuguese community, after two decades of itinerant services by priests from New Bedford.[2]

The Gothic Revival-style church building was built in 1924-27 to a design by the architectural firm of Murphy & Hindle. It is stylistically subdued, but has fine stained glass windows, a tile roof with copper coping, and cast stone pinnacles.[2]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1] A building restoration project began in late 2013.[3] The current pastor is Rev. Gastão A. Oliveira.

Masses are celebrated in English Sunday's at 9:30am and Portuguese Saturday at 4pm and Sunday 8am and 12pm (Summer hours: 8am and 11am).[4]

Mission Statement

 Welcome to the Mother Church of the Portuguese Parishes in the Diocese of Fall River Our Mission Statement is,

The Santo Christo Parish Community opens wide its doors to you. We hope that you feel at home and among family. Our Wish is that you might feel your time among us prayerful, inspiring and uplifting.

 If you have been away from the Church for a time, we rejoice that you have decided to be with us today. If you are a separated or divorced Catholic, please know that you belong here, that you are and always will be a member of the Church family. If you are divorced and remarried, and wish to annul your first marriage, please ask the Parish Priest to explain the procedure to you.
 Feeling a part of Church family is very important, and if you are interested in joining this parish community, we would be honored to support you in making that decision.

RECTORY: 185 Canal Street · Fall River, MA 02721-1405 Phone: 508-676-1184 Website:

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "MACRIS inventory record for Santo Christo Church". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  3. ^ Fall River Herald News, October 20, 2013
  4. ^ Parish website