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St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Church was initially formed in 1828 to serve the burgeoning Irish Population of Charlestown. The magnificent 1200 seat structure, designed by P.C. Keely in the Tudor-Gothic style, was dedicated in 1892. The distinctive ceiling is of a hammerbeam design; above it, massive timber trusses obviate the need for columns and allow unobstructed views. The acoustics are also quite sumptuous. The large-scale brass light fixtures from the 1890’s were originally designed to be used for gas or electricity because electric lighting was considered experimental at that time. Perhaps the most striking features of St. Mary’s are the many large stained-glass windows. Mayer of Munich, who manufactured the windows, remains in operation today and run by the fifth generation of the family. The Church is an intentionally inclusive community welcoming all of the many people who make up the diverse neighborhood of Charlestown. The Church strives to build a vibrant parish that develops and strengthens their faith and worship. With a goal of being community-oriented, the parish is involved in the local and global issues of our times and are dedicated to service, action, and compassion. The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is dedicated to helping all needy members of the local community regardless of religious affiliation. Established by the parishioners of the St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Harvest on the Vine is located in the former St. Catherine’s Annex build