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In the mid-1960s, an increasing number of young families began moving into "Turkey Hill" in Arlington and "Pepper Hill" in Winchester, increasing the Catholic population in those areas and creating a need for a new parish.

Cardinal Richard Cushing decided to build a new church to serve the two communities.

St. Eulalia parish soon became known for its contemporary music ministry, particularly its Wednesday night masses, but it also became known for its strong participation by laypeople and women religious, as well as its commitment to social outreach, supporting human rights and encouraging programs to support the less fortunate and those facing prejudice.

The 50th-anniversary year opens with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter J. Uglietto on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m.

Throughout the year, the parish plans to host a series of events, and all are welcome to attend.

Events include a lecture series about the evolution of the Catholic Church over the last 50 years, as well as a parish reading and discussion of Matthew Kelly’s book [The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic.

There will be social events, including a family festival, a fashion show sponsored by the youth ministry, a social-justice project with an African ministry and a gala dinner at the Café Escadrille in Burlington.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley will celebrate Mass at St. Eulalia’s on Sunday, Oct. 16.

For more details, please see St. Eulalia’s website.


This announcement was published Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016.