0.9 min readBy Published On: October 18th, 2017Categories: News10 Comments on No more shrubs for St. Monica Church

If you are driving, walking or biking down Old Colony Ave. today you might notice some changes at St. Monica’s. No, it’s not closing but it is getting some landscaping done. The high bushes and shrubs out in front of the church were being used to mask drug use and other activities that don’t necessarily promote neighborhood health or hygiene! Just last Wednesday they found 6 needles in the bushes and people have been seen shooting up in them as parishioners walk up the steps to Mass.

Hopefully the landscaping will lead to a cleaner, safer neighborhood for people and pets to walk in, children to play and for all the joggers that are out and about in our neighborhood. St. Monica’s is also looking into improving the lighting around the church to increase safety and to make the church more welcoming. The church is host to both English and Spanish language Masses every week and to thirteen AA meetings weekly.

St. Monica’s is located at 331 Old Colony Avenue; to learn more about the church or the recovery meetings, email Javier at [email protected]


  1. Typical Millenial October 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to hear how all the locals will tie this to us “yuppies” ruining the neighborhood. Pretty sure it’s your kids running around doing heroin and not us… just my two cents.

    • Kevin Cox October 19, 2017 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      I’m 4th generation and we have 3 children still living here, we don’t blame anything on other people, when I hear that it pisses me off. My only complaint would be I wish you kids would stay and try to raise a family here. Realizing it very expensive.

      Welcome to the neighborhood..

      • New to the hood October 20, 2017 at 9:20 am - Reply

        Very Fair. $1 million for a condo & $40k annually for private school isn’t a great “raise a family” environment.

        • wtf021 October 23, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

          Then skip living in Southie and move directly to Milton.

  2. Deirdra October 18, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    “People have been seen shooting up in them as parishioners walk up the steps to mass”

    Wow. If that’s not Christ at work I don’t know what is. He gives parishioners plenty of meat for prayers as they walk into mass lest we forget that that could be any of us… “The last shall be first. ” Divine mercy.

  3. New to the hood October 18, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    What happened to St. Vincents? That is a beautiful church and it doesn’t seem like there are any plans to fix it since it was deemed “structurally unsafe.”

  4. ALS October 18, 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    I have lived down the block for 3 years. MUCH brighter lighting on Preble Street and maybe an officer actually present in the neighborhood, especially around meeting times, would be a welcome change. The amount of activity on the block before and after meetings is sad. I can hear the conversations from my window, sobriety isn’t their main topic to say the least. I see them shooting up on my stairs asking to take along their needle and soda cap and not leave it on my steps. I know there is a drug house down the block. However fret not, my rent is increasing and the condos are being filled. When are we going to start putting more focus on the people already in the neighborhood struggling?

  5. Stephen pArece October 18, 2017 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Yeah I’m from so.boston southie people pick up your dog shit you disgusting fucked I hate yuppies

  6. Girl October 20, 2017 at 8:14 am - Reply

    you guys know “Yuppie” means “Young Urban Professional”, right? So, assuming you’re employed, you’re a yuppie too. get over yourselves.

    • New to the hood October 20, 2017 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Well they also have to be young…which usually isnt the case. We just need these “neighborhood associations” to die. NIMBY’s out that yayo trying to stop anything and everything.

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