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St. John's Church
44 Temple Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Established in 1834, St. John’s Church is the oldest Catholic Church in Worcester. For over 180 years our church has been living its mission to reach out to the poor by providing sustenance and dignity to anyone in the community who comes to our door. Father John F. Madden is the current pastor.
St. Francis Xavier Center
20 Temple Street, Worcester, MA 01604
St. Francis Xavier Center is the home of St. John’s Food for the Poor Program. For many years, the people of St. John’s Church have been serving needy families in Worcester through the St. John’s Food for the Poor Program. This new facility replaces the one-stove soup kitchen which was located in the church basement.
The dedication and ribbon-cutting celebration on May 31, 2013 was the culmination of two-and-a- half years of fundraising efforts to accumulate $1.5 million for the reconstruction. The funds were raised primarily through two star-studded Celebrity Galas held at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, in addition to generous community donations in the true spirit of neighbors helping neighbors.
The 5,500 square-foot building, located adjacent to St. John’s Church, was designed by Lamoureux Pagano Associates Architects. It features a state-of-the-art kitchen with the capability to serve over 700 hot, nutritious meals per day. A spacious food pantry provides 10,400 food boxes per year.
St. Francis Xavier Center Building Expansion
On May 4, 2016 we cut the ribbon at the new food and storage area. The extension was funded with the help of a $100,000 grant from the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts. It houses:
- Walk-in refrigerator
- Walk-in freezer
- More storage area
- Additional space for food preparation
In 2005, the rectory at St. John's was transformed into a transitional sober housing program for men named in honor of Bishop Timothy Harrington. The program houses 16 men along with Fr. Madden and Fr. Brice. The men must remain clean and sober, pay a program fee of $300 a month and are responsible for the maintenance of the buildings and grounds.