Photo by Bill Brett
SOUTH BOSTON — A couple of people walk into the St. Augustine Cemetery on Dorchester Street trying to stay out of the rain on Sunday.
There will be a Mass next month to mark the 200th anniversary of the cemetery.
From the Boston Irish Reporter:
The Catholic parishes of South Boston will join together in celebrating the rich history of St. Augustine Chapel & Cemetery beginning on Sept. 15, with a 4 p.m. Mass celebrated by Cardinal Sean O’Malley. The chapel, now in the care of the Gate of Heaven and St. Brigid Parish Collaborative, is still a very active worship site celebrating funerals, baptisms, weddings and a weekly Saturday vigil Mass.
A statement posted by the parishes said: “It is believed more than 1,000 people are buried within the Cemetery grounds, many of whom are early immigrants from Ireland. Restoring and beautifying the grounds and Chapel will ensure the existence of this site for many generations to come.
“We are currently in the planning process for celebration ideas throughout the year to honor the past 200 years of the Cemetery Chapel and its significance within the Archdiocese of Boston, as well as the South Boston community.