Saint Anne’s online giving


Online Giving is convenient giving

Online Giving provides a convenient way for Saint Anne’s parishioners to make financial contributions. It also relieves church staff from managing secure account information. Online Giving is a web-based offertory solution that allows parishioners to make donations electronically from any location at any time. Administration is simple and easy.

.• Anytime, anywhere access
• Regular contributions, automatically withdrawn on the date specified
• One time gifts for special occasions or visitors who are not registered
• Special intention gifts
• Pledges as part of a campaign or as committed regular contributions
• Event payments for dinners, auctions, field trips and more
• Parishioners may continue contributions while traveling or unable to attend Mass
• College students, extended family, or vacationers may contribute from any location
• Diocesan appeal contributions
• Complement to offering envelope programs
• Parishioners may start, stop and change contributions at any time
• Parish staff may select credit card and/or ACH (direct deposit) options for the system
• Parishioners may use multiple accounts for giving, including both credit cards and bank accounts
• Select gift frequencies for each contribution fund: Includes monthly, every two months, quarterly, twice annually and annually
• Online Giving contains a full complement of reports for both parishioners and parish staff
• The QuickGive feature provides visitors a way to make a contribution without registering in the system
• Mobile optimization allows parishioners to give via any computer, tablet or smartphone.
• The system automatically notifies givers that gifts will be processed and confirmation that they have been processed
• The system automatically notifies givers that credit cards are about to expire. Click on the link and support your Church Saint Anne’s online giving

Feast of Saints Anne & Joachim


Sunday, July 26th



10:00 am  Mass.

After Mass, within the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament we will have the chaplet of Saint Anne devotion for our particular needs and quiet reflection. It is an opportunity to silently adore Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist through the intercession of Saint Anne. We will be looking for parishioners to participate as a committed hour adorer and/or substitute adorer between 11 am and 6:00 pm. Please consider having your group sign up.

Devotions to Good Saint Anne with veneration of St Anne’s relics.
Chaplet and novena prayer to St Anne immediately
follows all Masses from July 17-26

The Anointing of the Sick will be provided at the individual request before or after Masses

6:15 PM Benediction and the Chaplet of Saint Anne devotions

6:30 PM Solemn Mass, procession around the Shrine concluded with the veneration of St Anne’s relics.

Novena prayer (begins July 17)

The Mysterious Relics of Saint Anne
On Easter AD 792, Charlemagne discovered the relics of Saint Anne with the help of a deaf handicapped boy. It’s a wonderful tale for this feast day of Saint Anne.
Below is the account, preserved in the correspondence of Pope Saint Leo III, concerning the mysterious discovery of the relics of Saint Anne in the presence of the Emperor Charlemagne.
Fourteen years after Our Lord’s death, Saint Mary Magdalen, Saint Martha, Saint Lazarus, and the others of the little band of Christians who were piled into a boat without sails or oars and pushed out to sea to perish — in the persecution of the Christians by the inhabitants of Jerusalem — were careful to carry with them the tenderly loved body of Our Lady’s mother. They feared lest it be profaned in the destruction, which Jesus had told them was to come upon Jerusalem. When, by the power of God, their boat survived and finally drifted to the shores of France, the little company of saints buried Saint Anne’s body in a cave, in a place called Apt, in the south of France. The church, which was later built over the spot, fell into decay because of wars and religious persecutions, and as the centuries passed, the place of Saint Anne’s tomb was forgotten.
The long years of peace, which Charlemagne’s wise rule gave to southern France, enabled the people to build a magnificent new church on the site of the old chapel at Apt. Extraordinary and painstaking labor went into the building of the great structure, and when the day of its consecration arrived [Easter Sunday, 792 A.D.], the beloved Charlemagne, little suspecting what was in store for him, declared himself happy indeed to have journeyed so many miles to be present for the holy occasion. At the most solemn part of the ceremonies, a boy of fourteen, blind, deaf and dumb from birth — and usually quiet and impassive — to the amazement of those who knew him, completely distracted the attention of the entire congregation by becoming suddenly tremendously excited. He rose from his seat, walked up the aisle to the altar steps, and to the consternation of the whole church, struck his stick resoundingly again and again upon a single step.
His embarrassed family tried to lead him out, but he would not budge. He continued frantically to pound the step, straining with his poor muted senses to impart a knowledge sealed hopelessly within him. The eyes of the people turned upon the emperor, and he, apparently inspired by God, took the matter into his own hands. He called for workmen to remove the steps.
A subterranean passage was revealed directly below the spot, which the boy’s stick had indicated. Into this pas sage the blind lad jumped, to be followed by the emperor, the priests, and the workmen.
They made their way in the dim light of candles, and when, farther along the pas sage, they came upon a wall that blocked further advance, the boy signed that this also should be removed. When the wall fell, there was brought to view still another long, dark corridor. At the end of this, the searchers found a crypt, upon which, to their profound wonderment, a vigil lamp, alight and burning in a little walled recess, cast a heavenly radiance.
As Charlemagne and his afflicted small guide, with their companions, stood before the lamp, its light went out. And at the same moment, the boy, blind and deaf and dumb from birth, felt sight and hearing and speech flood into his young eyes, his ears, and his tongue.
“It is she! It is she!” he cried out. The great emperor, not knowing what he meant, nevertheless repeated the words after him. The call was taken up by the crowds in the church above, as the people sank to their knees, bowed in the realization of the presence of something celestial and holy.
The crypt at last was opened, and a casket was found within it. In the casket was a winding sheet, and in the sheet were relics, and upon the relics was an inscription that read, “Here lies the body of Saint Anne, mother of the glorious Virgin Mary.” The winding sheet, it was noted, was of eastern design and texture.
Charlemagne, overwhelmed, venerated with profound gratitude the relics of the mother of Heaven’s Queen. He remained a long time in prayer. The priests and the people, awed by the graces given them in such abundance and by the choice of their countryside for such a heavenly manifestation, for three days spoke but rarely, and then in whispers.
The emperor had an exact and detailed account of the miraculous finding drawn up by a notary and sent to Pope Saint Leo III, with an accompanying letter from himself. These documents and the pope’s reply are preserved to this day. Many papal bulls have attested, over and over again, to the genuineness of Saint Anne’s relics at Apt.
Excerpted from Canterbury Tales. Taken from the catholicculture [dat]org

Chaplet of Saint Anne
1. In honor of Jesus, say 1 Our Father… and 5 Hail Mary’s.
Then say, “Jesus, Mary, Anne, grant us the favor we ask.”
2. In honor of Mary, say 1 Our Father… and 5 Hail Mary’s.
Then say, “Jesus, Mary, Anne, grant us the favor we ask.”
3. In honor of Saint Anne, say 1 Our Father… and 5 Hail Mary’s.
Then say, “Jesus, Mary, Anne, grant us the favor we ask.”

Remember O Saint Anne, whose name signifies grace and mercy, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, and sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto you, good and kind mother; before you we kneel, sinful and sorrowful. O holy mother of the immaculate Virgin Mary, despise not our petitions, but hear us and answer our prayer. Amen.

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2015 Catholic Charities, Diocese of Fall River

The Catholic Charities Appeal for the Diocese of Fall River and our parish entered its final stage for this year and you have given more than $ 10,679. We still have not reached our goal of the last year $ 13332. If you have not already donated, please prayerfully consider giving as generously as you can.  If you have not yet made your personal contribution please be sure to do it.  Your example of charity is a powerful testament to the importance of helping our local needy.

This short video will give you some idea of the type of work charitable agencies of Fall River Diocese do and with your support Catholic Charities can ensure that these works will continue and grow. Making a positive impact on those around us is what lies at the heart of Living Catholic. Touching interviews with  less fortunate neighbors and friends in the Fall River Diocese. For more information visit

Online Giving

Dear Parishioners,

You may have questions about Online Giving, especially during the initial platform launch on July 1, 2015.

Is Online Giving Safe? Online Giving meets the highest banking-level security standards set forth by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) to ensure safe and confidential transactions. In fact, your banking information is encrypted in the system and is not accessible to any users or administrators of the Online Giving system. When you manage your own account information, your church never needs to handle checks or worry about locking up documents containing your account information. And you’ll always be certain that your gifts are direct-deposited into your church’s account. What are the advantages of Online Giving? It makes it easy to give, even when you are unable to attend church. You never have to bring cash or checks to church. Giving electronically also helps the church save money and plan its budget! How are my contributions automatically deducted from my account? Once you complete the online registration form, the contribution amount you specify will automatically be transferred from your bank account to the church’s bank account. When will my contribution be deducted from my account? Your electronic contribution will be debited on the date you specify on the “My Gifts” page of the Online Giving system. If I do not write checks, how do I keep my checkbook balance straight? Since your contribution is made at a pre-established time, you simply record it in your check register on the appropriate date. Electronic contributions are recorded for you on your bank statement as well as your online reports. Without a canceled check, how can I prove I made my contribution? Your bank statement and the Online Giving system both provide reports that document your electronic transactions. Can I put different amounts in offerings and have all of them withdrawn at different times? You can contribute to different offerings at different times; however, you will have to do each one separately. You will receive a receipt for each one. What if I change bank accounts? Log in and update your account information in the My Payment Methods window. Each checking/savings/credit/debit card can be changed using the edit button, deleted completely, or new accounts can be added on the right side of the screen. How much does Online Giving cost? It costs you absolutely nothing! What if I try Online Giving and don’t like it? You can cancel your authorization by cancelling your gifts and donation dates at any time. How do I sign up for Online Giving?

1. Visit your church website at 2. Click on the Online Giving link 3. Complete the online registration form

To: Parents of Students in the Religious Education Program

Mary_Rosary-3MAY IS THE MONTH OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER. We encourage each parishioner to make a special effort to pray to Mary, particularly the Rosary, during the month of May. We have many intentions for which to pray and Mary will intercede with the Lord for all of us. Thanks to all who pray the Rosary, particularly those who do so in Saint Anne’s Shrine right before our Daily Mass, Monday. – Friday



To: Parents of Students in the Religious Education Program

Dear Parents,

As the summer approaches and we take a break from our weekly religious education classes, I would implore you to please consider how to continue your child’s religious education and growth during the next few months of their summer vacation.

We hope that your child has found our weekly classes rewarding and nurturing as they grow to be children of God and hopefully lead a religious life through their daily actions and treatment of others. However, the most effective way for your child to continue this growth is through receipt of the Sacraments of the Church through attending the celebration of the Mass on a weekly basis.

As has been shared through the ages by past Saints and Popes, I would like to share the following with you:

  • During Holy Mass, you kneel amid a multitude of Holy Angels, who are present at the Eucharistic Sacrifice with reverential awe.
  • Through Holy Mass, you are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.
  • Through Holy Mass, you are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes, which should otherwise have befallen you. You shorten your purgatory at every Mass.
  • One Holy Mass heard during your life will be of more benefit to you than many offered for you after your death.

These are just a few of the benefits received by attending and participating in the Holy Mass, but as important, you establish through personal example to your children the importance of attending weekly Mass.

I hope you all have a very safe and blessed summer, and one which is also reverent to Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior who provides for all good things in our life. Thank you very much for your consideration of this request and for your great example as parents in raising your children toward a life based in Christ’s teaching.


Parish Staff and Fr Chris


The Ascension of Our Lord

Beginning with the Ascension Thursday May 14th, 2015 we have been celebrating  Masses in the Shrine due to the necessary UpperChurch inspections. We will post you when the inspection occurs. The complete engineering report we may expect in a few months. We are sorry for any inconveniences.


The Ascention of Our Lord, which occurred 40 days after Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter, is the final act of our redemption that Christ began on Good Friday. On this day, the risen Christ, in the sight of His apostles, ascended bodily into Heaven according to Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19 and Acts 1:9-11. Our holy day of obligation Mass is celebrated at 11:30 AM and 6:30 PM in the Shrine.

Saint Anne’s First Holy Communion

Please remember 2015 Catholic Charity Appeal  in your charitable giving. Support your Catholic Charity Appeal with a recurring monthly or quarterly gift, or make a one-time donation to:

Catholic Charities Appeal Office
P.O. Box 1470 Fall River, MA 02722
Ph: 508-675-1311 Fx: 508-676-6591

The word ‘communion’ means ‘to be united with’. Catholics believe that in Holy  Communion, we are united in a special way with Jesus Christ. “Take this and eat, this is my body”, Jesus said of the bread he shared among his followers at his last super. Then taking a cup of wine he said, “take this and drink, for this is my blood”.

Catholics believe that in a mysterious way, when we receive Holy Communion, we are sharing in the body and blood – the very life – of Christ our Savior. Holy Communion, and the whole service (Mass) is also known as Eucharist, from a Greek word meaning thanksgiving.

Congratulations to our second grade on the occasion of them making their First Communion. Boys and Girls, Jesus loves you, very much just like your mothers and fathers. Everytime you come to Mass with your family, you may receive His blessings. Always remember you want to be the best boy or the girl you can be. Again, congratulations! May the Lord bless you and your family. Fr. Chris

Holy Week and Paschal Triduum schedule

 Holy Week,

In the west, it is  the last week of Lent, and includes Passion Sunday, Holy Wednesday (Spy Wednesday), Holy Thursday, Good Friday (Holy Friday), and Holy Saturday. It does not include Easter Sunday, which is the beginning of Easter and another liturgical week. Holy Week begins with what our Church calls Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. In the Roman Rite, before 1955 it was known simply as Palm Sunday. Our Solemn Mass will be celebrated with CCD students leading the procession at 10 am.

Holy Thursday,

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.

11:00 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 for the family prayer.

Good Friday,

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

11:00 am to 12:00 pm – Confessions (shrine)
7:00 pm – 123rd annual Way of the Cross (upper church)

Holy Saturday,

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.

11:00 am to 12:00 pm – Confessions (shrine)


Easter Vigil

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

Easter Vigil Mass does satisfy the obligation for Easter Sunday. Actually Easter Vigil is the Highest Mass of the entire year. It is during the Easter Vigil Mass that the catechumens and candidates are baptized, confirmed, and welcomed into the Church. That is such a wonderful time for the Church! Only after the solemn vigil during the night, held in anticipation of the resurrection, does the Easter celebration begin, with a spirit of joy that overflows into the following period of fifty days.

Easter Sunday Mass schedule

10 am and 6:30 pmHomilybp

Bishop da Cunha’s 2015 Easter Message


Dear Friends,


When I was growing up, I remember how important Holy Week was, especially Good Friday. It was not only a day of fasting and abstinence, but also a day of quiet, a day of prayer, reflection on the Lord’s passion and death. We were not supposed to watch television or listen to music, but spend the day in prayer and reflection on the passion of Jesus. So it was indeed a different and special day. It seemed that, at least in our culture and our time, we gave more emphasis to Good Friday than to Easter Sunday.

Although Good Friday is a very important day in our Christian tradition and in our spirituality, Easter is truly the summit of our feasts and it cannot be second to any other liturgical celebration. We are Christians not because we believe in suffering and death, or Lent and Good Friday, but because Christ rose from the dead, and therefore we believe in life, love, and joy.

Easter is the mystery of God the Father rewarding Jesus for his sacrifice, suffering, and his obedience to all that the Father asked him to do. Easter is the proof of God’s love for humanity and our assurance that God wants all of us to be raised up after our own death and to live with him forever.

“If there is no resurrection of the dead, then neither has Christ been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then empty (too) is our preaching; empty, too, your faith.” (I Cor. 15:13). The celebration of Easter is our way of saying, professing, and celebrating the victory of good over evil, of grace over sin, and of life over death. It is a time for us to know and celebrate not only Christ’s victory, but our own as well. We rise the moment we begin to climb out of whatever hole we are in, the minute we begin to get over whatever is holding us back.

Easter means the passage from the old to the new. It means a new beginning, leaving sin behind, and covering ourselves with the new grace of Christ. It means putting away the darkness of ignorance and putting on the light of his truth. Easter is when we are washed clean in the waters of baptism, our lives are renewed, and we are never the same again.

When Jesus conquered death in his body, he conquered it in ours. We are called to live a life of appreciation of the Resurrection of Jesus and of our own. Ultimately, it is the Resurrection that gives meaning to life. Life doesn’t make sense unless we can make some sense out of death, and death does not make sense without the Resurrection.

As I celebrate my first Easter as the servant of God’s people here in the Diocese of Fall River, my hope and prayer is that this Easter of 2015 will bring renewed hope to all of us, so that we may  continue living and practicing our faith and rejoicing in the abiding presence of our loving God. Happy Easter! Feliz Páscoa! !Felices Pascuas de Resurrección!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ Edgar M. da Cunha

Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.

Bishop of Fall River

Saint Joseph’s Day

Thursday, March 19

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 ]


11:30 am Mass followed by the Litany of St Joseph