Paschal Triduum schedule

Holy Thursday, April 17

The Mass today specially commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the ordained Priesthood at the Last Supper. Because it is a Mass of joy and thanksgiving, the Church lays aside the penitential purple and assumes festive white vestments; the altar is decorated; the Gloria is sung.

10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Confessions (shrine)
7:00 pm – MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER (upper church) followed by Eucharistic procession to the altar of repose in the Rosary Chapel. The church will remain open for visits to the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 pm. Shortly before closing, we will pray Compline, the Church’s official night prayer.

Good Friday, April 18

Today’s special liturgical act solemnly commemorates the Passion and death of our Lord.

10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Confessions (shrine)
7:00 pm – 122nd annual Way of the Cross (upper church)

Holy Saturday, April 19

Holy Saturday is liturgically a day of deepest mourning, as the Church meditates on our Lord’s sacred Passion and death. There is no Mass in the morning or afternoon; the sacred altar is bare. The celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection begins at sunset tonight with the Easter Vigil Mass.

10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Confessions (shrine)

Easter Vigil

7:00 pm – SOLEMN EASTER VIGIL (upper church)

Lenten Day of Recollection

Sunday, March 30th

Lenten Day of Recollection

IMG_2364Father 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)

Saint Joseph’s Day

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

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 5th

ash-wednesdayAsh 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.

Blessing of throats

Monday, February 3rd

2_3_blaseToday 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.

Candlemas Day

Sunday, February 2nd

purificationThis 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.

No Masses this Wed. & Thurs.

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.

Open houses

Upcoming Catholic school open houses

St. Michael School

209 Essex Street, Fall River
508-678-0266 /

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 /

Sunday, January 26th
12:00 to 2:00 pm

Espirito Santo School

143 Everett Street, Fall River
508-672-2229 /

Sunday, January 26th
1:00 to 3:00 pm

St. Stanislaus School

37 Rockland Street, Fall River
508-674-6771 /

Thursday, January 30th
6:00 to 8:00 pm