Photos: Msgr. Helmick Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Priesthood

Msgr. William Helmick has served St. Theresa's Parish since 1987.


In the beautiful stone gothic church where he has presided at Mass for the past 24 years, Msgr. William Helmick celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood this past Sunday. 

Two bishops, classmates and native sons from who became priests joined him for the happy occasion at noontime service.

Helmick grew up in Arlington in a family of three children. After graduating from Matignon High School in Cambridge, he entered St. John Seminary.  He was ordained on February 2, 1962 at the hands of Cardinal Cushing at Holy Cross Cathedral.  He offered his first Mass in his home parish, St. Agnes in Arlington. 

In his homily, Helmick reminisced about his career which included only four assignments: eight years as parochial vicar at St. Francis Cabrini Parish in Scituate, 11 months on the marriage tribunal, 17 years as secretary and master of ceremonies to the late Cardinal Medeiros and Cardinal Law and becoming the eighth pastor of St. Theresa’s in December, 1987. 

Following the Mass, the good pastor greeted parishioners at a luncheon in the parish hall. 

Do you know Msgr. Helmick? Share how he has helped you, your family and the community in the comments section.

Marti Mahoney-Wilson February 07, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Although we have moved, I keep up to date on the goings on in W.Roxbury via your great postings on my email. I enjoy it so much...thanks!
Marti Mahoney-Wilson February 07, 2012 at 02:04 PM
When we lived in West Roxbury, we loved going to Mass at St. Theresa's. Everyone was so friendly. St. Theresa's really is a community of one. Msgr. Helmick was always nice...looked forward to seeing him after Mass, particularly on Sundays at noon. Our son, now a pro-hockey player, recalls writing his background letter for his confirmation class and how Msgr Helmick went out of his way to compliment him on a life well-lived. That always meant a lot to him and us. Thanks and congratulations to a wonderful priest. We miss you! Marti Mahoney-Wilson
David Ertischek February 07, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Msgr. Helmick is a great man and leader. St. T's and West Roxbury is to have him here.


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