The Decree of Consolidation, from the Archdiocese

I hereby decree the merger of Saint Mary Parish, Saint Andrew Parish, and Saint Theresa of Lisieux Parish to form one new parish to be known as SAINT MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST PARISH. The just and serious reasons that motivate this action include the need to have a single faith community capable of more effectively sustaining itself, while evangelizing and sharing the resources of the Catholic Community of Billerica.

– Cardinal Seán O’Malley
May 29, 2020



Excerpt from Father Aveni’s assignment letter to our new Parish

I am writing to advise you that, in line with the Decree effective at 12:01 AM on August 1, 2020, which forms the new parish of Saint Matthew the Evangelist Parish in Billerica, I am ending your assignment as Pastor of Saint Mary Parish in Billerica, Saint Andrew Parish in Billerica, and of Saint Theresa of Lisieux Parish in Billerica, and I am appointing you as Pastor of Saint Matthew the Evangelist Parish in Billerica. This parish will work as a collaborative as outlined in Disciples in Mission. This assignment will take effect on August 1, 2020, and will be for a period of six years.

– Cardinal Seán O’Malley
June 29, 2020