The Roman Catholic communities in Bethlehem and Woodbury were established as missions of Saint John the Evangelist in Watertown. After more than a century of living separate histories, these two faith communities have come together becoming Prince of Peace Parish to build a common future together as one people with two churches. It is Christ who is our peace, and who makes the two communities one by breaking down the barrier of differences that kept us apart. (cf. Eph. 2:13-16)

Prince of Peace



The opening prayer (Collect) for Monday’s Mass for the first week in Advent goes, “Keep us alert, we pray,  O Lord our God, as we await the advent of Christ your Son, so that, when he comes and knocks, he may find us watchful in prayer and exultant in his praise.” Being watchful in prayer is what a disciple of Jesus does. This watchfulness in prayer enables us who are disciples to wait in joyful hope for the new ways the resurrected Christ may enter our lives.

Please pray this Advent season that God will call forth parishioners who can come together and plan our parish’s future. It would be a new coming and a new birth of the Prince of Peace in Prince of Peace.

O Prince of Peace, help us to prepare for your coming. We pray that in our parish you would: fortify our strengths, mercifully remove our obstacles, give us courage to face our challenges, fulfill our hopes, and inspire us to respond to your call. Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Be watchful in prayer by counting down the days to Christmas with this Advent calendar.

Merry Advent!


Mass Times

Sat. 3:00 p.m. Saint Teresa of Avila

Saturday Vigil 4:00 p.m. Saint Teresa of Avila

Sunday 8:00 a.m. Church of the Nativity
10:00 a.m. Saint Teresa of Avila
11:30 a.m. Saint Teresa of Avila

Weekday Masses 8:15 a.m.
Monday & Tuesday Saint Teresa of Avila
Thursday & Friday Church of the Nativity

Church of the Nativity
48 East Street (Route 132)
Bethlehem, CT 06751

Saint Teresa of Avila Church
146 Main Street South (Route 6)
Woodbury, CT 06798

Weekday Masses are cancelled when Region 14 delays or cancels classes during the winter months.

The Mass intention for any cancelled Mass will be moved to the next available Mass.

Office Hours

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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The USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People mandates every employee and volunteer in our parish participate in the Virtus Protecting God's Children for Adults and completes a Background Check prior to beginning their work in ministry. Every student in our Religious Education Program must attend a Child Lures Program during classes once a year.


I have decided that the proper care of souls requires the merger of Saint Teresa of Avila Parish and Nativity Parish and the creation of a new juridic entity named, Prince of Peace Parish.” … “The rich legacies and histories of Saint Teresa of Avila Parish and Nativity Parish will be promoted and honored at Prince of Peace Parish with two church buildings: Saint Teresa of Avila Church and the Nativity Church.”      -- Decree by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair

Read the entire decree by Archbishop Blair.