From the middle of June there have been dramatic changes at Ashmont. The parish is undertaking a complete restoration of the building envelope, together with the updating of interior systems and finishes and the addition of an elevator and an entry ramp.

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It is this last item that is most clearly evident from Ashmont Street. The original granite steps of the north and main entrance from Ashmont Street into the church have been removed and salvaged for resuse, the area for the ramp excavated, footings and ramp walls poured, and forms and rebar set for the reset granite steps and for the rest of the ramp.

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The original steps were typical for the era when they were installed: there was no railing and the floor of the narthex issued directly onto the top step, not onto a landing. The new accessible entrance will provide a landing at the top of the stair and a ramp will go east along Ashmont Street to another landing and then to a final ramp going south along side the tower to the parking lot grade. We anticipate this new accessible entrance will be open and ready for use in September.

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Other visible changes include the erection of scaffolding at the west side of the church along Bushnell Street, at the south side along Lombard Street, along the east side of the church, as well as scaffolding at the parish house. This scaffolding will support the workers as they completely repoint the granite and sandstone exterior walls of the church, repoint much of the yellow brick and sandstone of the parish house, and as they remove for complete restoration all of the windows in the church, both the figural windows at the clerestory and at first floor, as well as the "temporary", rose-colored diamond quarry windows in the clerestory.

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The Great Window above the main entrance to the church, the first to be removed for restoration, is already making its way piece-by-piece to a Dorchester glass studio.

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Invisible from the street, but no less important is the renovation of the former nursery on the basement level of the parish house into fully accessible men's and women's restrooms.

 

 

The work heats up

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Service Times

Sundays

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Low Mass
9:00 a.m. Adult Christian Education*
10:00 a.m. Solemn Mass
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour

* during the academic year

Weekdays

Low Mass
Wednesday 10 a.m. *
Friday 7 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.

* followed by coffee hour

 

Location and Parking

209 Ashmont Street
Dorchester MA 02124
(617) 436-6370

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All Saints is located in the south Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, just off Peabody Square, at 209 Ashmont St. and is a very short walk from the Ashmont T station on the Red Line. (Click icon for map.)

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The five principal levels of our buildings are handicap accessible, served by a five-stop elevator. Handicap access into both buildings is by a walkway and ADA-compliant ramp from the parking lot to the Ashmont Street door of the church.  There are handicap accessible bathrooms on four levels of the church and parish house.

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There is a private parking lot for 47 cars and on-street parking on both Ashmont Street and on the other streets surrounding the church.

Four of these spaces are reserved for Zipcars.

Parish of All Saints, Ashmont

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Our emphasis at the Parish of All Saints is on sacramental worship (the Mass or Holy Eucharist) celebrated in a traditional Anglo-Catholic style, with strong orthodox teaching and preaching, supportive pastoral care, a caring parish family, and responsibility to our community and the greater world.

 
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