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  • Stop 9: St. Mary's of the Assumption Church

    5 Lindens Place
    Brookline, MA 02446

    St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church was the first Catholic Church in Brookline. St. Mary’s parish first began in 1852 when neighbors gathered at the corner of Boylston and Washington Streets to worship. The Catholic Church purchased the land on Harvard Street to begin building the Church that stands today in 1878, and the Church was completed in 1886. It was built in the Lindens neighborhood, which is the earliest planned development in Brookline. It was intended to be a garden suburb for those who wanted to get away from the bustling city of Boston. Today, the Church holds JFK’s Baptismal font, which the Catholic Archdiocese moved from St. Aidan’s Church, when it closed in 1999.