St. Catherine of Siena

845 Woodbury Ave.

845 Woodbury Ave.

This church has been removed from sacred use.  As such there are no liturgical services conducted here.  All services are now provided at Immaculate Conception Church, 98 Summer St.

Note that the parish offices are located here  open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday.

Directions to this parish campus

For Google map directions, click here.

For narrative directions:  To St. Catherine of Siena Church, 845 Woodbury Ave. from I-95

From the north

Exit 7, Market St.  At the bottom of the ramp, turn right (Market St.)  Proceed about .75 miles (get in the left lane) to the third traffic light (Woodbury Ave.); you will see a Rite-Aid pharmacy on the left and Market Basket grocery on your right.  Turn left onto Woodbury Ave,, proceed about .75 miles to the church on your left.

From the south

Exit 6, Woodbury Ave.  At the bottom of the ramp, turn left (Woodbury Ave.)  Proceed about .5 miles to the church on your right.


A brief history of this church/parish.

St. Catherine of Siena parish was established on August 14, 1951, to serve the Catholic community in the north and west sections of Portsmouth.  The patroness was chosen by its first pastor, Rev. P.J. Kenneally, who chose St. Catherine in honor of his mother.  Land on Woodbury Avenue was purchased and presented as a gift to the new parish by Immaculate Conception Church, its mother parish.  While the church was under construction, the new parish attended Mass at the Colonial Theater downtown.

During a period of parish consolidation in the Diocese of Manchester, coincident with the 2005 retirement of St. Catherine’s last pastor, the beloved Msgr. Lawrence E. Burns, the parish was “twinned” with St. James Parish.  In June 2006, St. Catherine, St. James, and Immaculate Conception were merged into a single, united Catholic parish in Portsmouth, Corpus Christi Parish.  On June 23, 2017, St. Catherine was removed from sacred use.  The church will be converted into a parish hall on the main floor and meeting spaces in the basement.  Also, the parish offices, located at St. James Church since June 2006, moved to the 845 Woodbury Ave. campus in November of 2017.