Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records for Brockton, Lexington, and South Boston

Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa at The Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

Today we have added 10 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include the parishes of St. Casimir in Brockton, St. Brigid in Lexington, and Our Lady of Czestochowa in South Boston. This update includes over 1,350 pages, and over 66,000 searchable names.

St. Casimir Catholic Church dated back to 1898, a parish established by Lithuanian immigrants. The church was originally named St. Rocco, and it was the founding home of the national Knights of Lithuania which was organized in 1913. The building is between Ames Street and St. Casimir Avenue in Brockton.

The Lexington parish began as a mission of St. Peter’s in Cambridge, then became a mission of Arlington. In 1865, a building was bought to serve as the first Catholic church in Lexington. In 1886 St. Brigid’s became their own parish.

Our Lady of Czestochowa is the Polish parish in Boston, which began in 1893 when a Polish priest, Father John Chmeilinski came to Boston. Initially this congregation worshiped at Holy Trinity, the German parish, before building a church of their own. The parish is named after a prominent icon of the Virgin Mary that hangs in a monastery in Czestochowa, Poland.

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The new volumes are listed below:

  • St. Casimir (Brockton) Baptisms, 1900-1909
  • St. Casimir (Brockton) Deaths, 1900-1920
  • St. Casimir (Brockton) Marriages, 1900-1906
  • St. Brigid (Lexington) Baptisms, 1886-1910
  • St. Brigid (Lexington) Baptisms, 1911-1920
  • St. Brigid (Lexington) Confirmations, 1908-1920
  • St. Brigid (Lexington) Marriages, 1886-1916
  • St. Brigid (Lexington) Marriages, 1916-1920
  • Our Lady of Czestochowa (South Boston) Baptisms, 1893-1902
  • Our Lady of Czestochowa (South Boston) Marriages, 1893-1903

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