Wednesday, March 19th
Our Lord Jesus Christ employed thirty years assiduously obeying Joseph and Mary. This humble obedience of the Son of God teaches us that the dignity of St Joseph is above that of all the other Saints, except that of the Queen of Saints. As Our Lord was pleased to be subject to St Joseph upon the earth, so He is now pleased to grant whatever this Saint asks for in heaven. We should be particularly devout to St Joseph, that he may obtain for us a happy death.
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Patron Saint of the Universal Church
[ All events in the lower church ]
7:15 am Mass
11:30 am Sung Mass followed by the Litany of St Joseph
6:00 pm Solemn Vespers and Benediction
Sunday, March 30th
Lenten Day of Recollection
Father Peter Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
author, educator, editor of The Catholic Response
3:00 to 4:15 pm – Talk: “The Sacrament of Penance: Its Biblical and Theological Meaning” followed by Q&A (shrine)
4:30 to 5:30 pm – Talk: “The Passion Narrative according to St John: A Meditative Guide” (shrine)
5:45 pm – Solemn Vespers & Benediction (church)
6:30 pm – Holy Mass (church)
Wednesday, March 5th
Ash Wednesday begins the liturgical season of Lent, which formerly began with the First Sunday and comprised only thirty-six days. The addition of Wednesday and the three following days brought the number to forty, which is that of our Lord’s fast in the desert. In the Old Law ashes were generally a symbolic expression of grief, mourning, or repentance. In the early Church the use of ashes formed part of the public penances. The blessing and imposition of ashes was originally instituted for public penitents, but is now intended for all Christians, as Lent should be a time of penance for all.
The imposition of ashes will take place in the lower church (shrine) at the regularly scheduled morning Masses (7:15 & 11:30 am) and at a Liturgy of the Word (not Mass) at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to receive ashes (whether Catholic or not), but only practicing Catholics in the state of grace are permitted to receive Holy Communion at Mass.
Because of winter storm Nika, the morning Masses for Wednesday, February 5th, have been cancelled. The shrine will remain closed until the roads and sidewalks have been cleared. Our cancellation policy can be found on the ‘Mass Schedule’ page (click HERE).
Monday, February 3rd
Today is the memorial of Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr. He was bishop of Sebaste in Armenia in the fourth century and was beheaded during the persecution of Licinius. While in prison, he miraculously cured a small boy who was choking to death on a fishbone lodged in his throat. Saint Blaise is invoked for his protection against any physical ailment of the throat.
The blessing of throats will take place at the end of Mass today.
Sunday, February 2nd
This Sunday, forty days after Christmas, we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. The feast recalls the scene in the Gospel of Luke when Mary and Joseph bring the baby Jesus to the Temple as Mary receives ritual purification after childbirth as the Law required. There Jesus is recognized by Simeon as the one who is to be “a light of revelation to the Gentiles.” February 2nd is also known as Candlemas Day because of the special blessing of candles and procession that are included in the liturgy. If you have candles that you would like to have blessed for devotional use, please bring them with you to church this Sunday. The blessing of candles, procession, and solemn Mass will begin at 10:00 am. You are welcome to join the procession carrying your newly blessed, lit candle.
Because of the winter storm, the morning Masses for Wednesday, January 22nd, have been cancelled. The shrine will remain closed until the roads and sidewalks have been cleared. Our cancellation policy can be found on the ‘Mass Schedule’ page (click HERE).
Wed. & Thurs., January 15th & 16th
Because of the priests’ convocation (see Fr Kocik’s message in the BULLETIN), there will be no Masses here at St Anne’s on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Those wishing to attend Mass in the city on those days must go either to St Bernadette’s (8:00 am) or St Anne’s Hospital chapel (11:30 am). On those days the shrine will be opened later than usual, at approximately 7:30 am.
Upcoming Catholic school open houses
St. Michael School
209 Essex Street, Fall River
508-678-0266 / www.smsfr.org
Wednesday, January 22nd
9:00 to 11:00 am
12:00 to 5:00 pm
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Holy Trinity School
64 Lamphor Street, Fall River
508-673-6772 / www.holytrinityfallriver.com
Sunday, January 26th
12:00 to 2:00 pm
Espirito Santo School
143 Everett Street, Fall River
508-672-2229 / www.espiritosantoschool.org
Sunday, January 26th
1:00 to 3:00 pm
St. Stanislaus School
37 Rockland Street, Fall River
508-674-6771 / www.saintstanislaus.com
Thursday, January 30th
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Sunday, January 12th
The parish priests will hear the first confessions of our 2nd-grade Religious Education students this coming Sunday in the shrine beginning at 1:00 pm.