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January 16, 2013

A moment in time

Capsule retrieved from demolished church


All sacred objects have been removed from the church by the Archdiocese of Boston, according to the pastor. Soon after the parish closed in 2004, a large crucifix inside St. Joseph was transferred to St. James.

The cornerstone also will be taken over to St. James, Sheridan said.

There are plans to hang one or two stained-glass windows from St. Joseph inside the community room in the four-story apartment building that will be built on the church property, according to the developer, the Planning Office for Urban Affairs. Construction on the $20.7 million project is scheduled to begin next month.

Although the time capsule is a small item, Sheridan hopes it will have meaning to parishioners.

It represents “a bit of mystery” along with “a sense of continuity and a chance for an unfettered look at the past ...” the priest said.

“I hope it brings some closure, too, because we need that — some closure and a little bit of hope.”

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