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St. Francis Xavier Church
Ranked #9 of 34 things to do in Hyannis
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Owner description: Summer church of the Kennedy's
Hyannis, Massachusetts
1 review
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“Clarifications”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

As one of the docents for the St. Francis tours, I wanted to clarify a few things I read above. The President and Jackie Bouvier were NOT married at St. Francis, as they were married at the church of the bride in Newport, RI. However, Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzeneggar were married there. Also Joe Kennedy Sr.'s funeral was held there, Patrick Kennedy was baptized there and the funeral of Eunice Shriver was held there.

Nor is the pew in which the President sat still draped in a flag or the stars and stripes. The flag bunting is only draped on the pew during tours for purposes of identification. The only permanent reminder is the plaque attached to the side of the pew in which Jack Kennedy sat during his presidency.

The tour does convey many little know facts about the first family's attendance and has many wonderful photos of their time spent there. Thus it is well worth 15 minutes or so of your time to visit and to spend a few more minutes in the gift shop.

Visited August 2012
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Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States
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7 reviews
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“Beautiful, welcoming, and convenient.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

I like the fact that the Masses are timed conveniently. The church is large enough so that there is usually enough seating for everyone even on busy weekends. If you're lucky and into celebrity spotting you may see and occasional Kennedy or two.

Visited May 2012
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Riverton, New Jersey
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34 reviews
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“Love this church.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

I attend Mass every year at this pretty little church. The altar is beautiful. The atmosphere is serene and peaceful, and the pastor is great. Very welcoming to visitors and regulars alike.

Visited July 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
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“Quaint”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

The church was very quaint and lovely. Mass was an enjoyabl;e experience

Visited July 2012
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East Islip, New York
2 reviews
“Disappointed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

We were locked out. There was no one available to open the church. Apparently they the care taker was "let go" after 20 years and there's no one there to assist visitors. Very sad.

Visited July 2012
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