Catholic Schools Week in Fall River January 25- 31, 2015

Fall River Diocese celebrates the distinctive spiritual, academic, and social mission of Catholic education. In Fall River, a Catholic Schools Week Mass celebrated by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha for students and staff from schools will take place at St. Anne Church in February. His Excellency, together with priests, deacons, staff and students will focus on the “Faith, Knowledge and Service” theme. Through different events, we emphasize the important value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our multidimensional and personal integration.

Catholic Education Center
423 Highland Avenue
Fall River, MA
(508) 678-2828

Bishop Connolly High School
373 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA
(508) 676-1071

Espirito Santo Parochial School
143 Everett Street
Fall River, MA
(508) 672-2229

Saint Stanislaus School
37 Rockland Street
Fall River, MA
(508) 674-6771

Holy Name School
850 Pearce St
Tel. 508-674-9131, FAX 508-679-0571

Holy Trinity School
64 Lamphor St
Tel. 508-673-6772, FAX 508-730-1864

St. Michael School
209 Essex St
FALL RIVER, MA 02720-2996
Tel. 508-678-0266, FAX 508-324-4433

SS. Peter & Paul School
240 Dover St
Tel. 508-672-7258, FAX 508-674-6042

Seton Academy for Girls
1262 North High Street
Fall River, MA
(508) 672-4274

St. Vincent’s Residential/Special Education Treatment Center
2425 Highland Ave
Tel. 508-679-8511, FAX 508-672-2558

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First Confessions

Sunday, January 4th

The parish priest will hear the first confessions of our 2nd-grade Religious Education students this coming Sunday in the Shrine beginning at 11:30 am. Many blessings to you ! Just let him know it’s your first Confession; he will put you at ease and help you through it and be so glad you’ve come to receive the graces of our Lord.

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Thursday, January 1st

Mother of God

On New Year’s Day, the octave day of Christmas, Holy Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Mary is rightly called “Mother of God” because the Son she bore is the Father’s eternal Word, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, God the Son, Who while remaining God became man: Jesus Christ our Lord.

Holy Day of Obligation

Masses in the Shrine at 11:30 am and in the upper church at 4:00 pm on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31st, and on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1st, at 10:00 am.


By Martha Noebel. It’s that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? IsCrèche with Baby Jesus it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, special dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas?

Christmas is the gift of Jesus offering us salvation. For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

Through the sins of Adam and Eve, we have all inherited that sin nature. We need to have that removed. The only way is through Jesus. Jesus came so He could die on the tree of the cross for ALL of our sins. If we believe that Jesus died for our sins, we can ask Him to come into our hearts and forgive us. Then, we are clean and made whole. We can know that by Jesus’s salvation we inherit eternal life. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” I John 1:9 We can truly be happy at Christmas! No matter what may be happening, we can know that we are His children. We become sons and daughters of God.

Then, look at Christmas in a new way this year. This is the year to invite Jesus into your heart. You will then have a “Merry Christmas.” The joy and peace you will receive will last all year as you look to God for all your needs to be met.

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season! Rejoice!


Wendesday, December 24th  ✶  Christmas Eve

11:00 am – Confessions (shrine)

3:00 – 3:30 pm – Confessions (shrine)

4:00 pm Vigil Mass (preceded by choir concert)

Thursday, December 25th  ✹  Christmas Day

10:00 am Solemn Mass with incense


Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Monday, December 8th

Mary’s being conceived without original sin distinguished her from the holiest of the saints, since they, one and all, were sinners. Her perfect sinlessness—a singular privilege and grace of almighty God—was the source of all her glory; it was this which opened the door to the unlimited graces that she received from God; it was this that qualified her to be the mother of our divine Savior and hers, and raised her to her throne as Queen of heaven.

Patronal Feast-day of the U.S.A.

[ All Masses in the lower church ]

7:15 am Mass

10:45 am Confessions

11:30 am  Mass

6:30 pm  Mass

Fr Chris on the Franciscan Thanksgiving

Approching thanksgiving may be occasion to focus our attention on franciscan understanding of this family event.  Reading a story of St. Francis we need to realized how much we need to be grateful for our lives. How much more we can do by looking at our life as a gift. St. Francis drawn to God by real people particularly poor, minors of society gave them new hearts, new lips. we can understand a little bit better how great renewal had been taken in the Middle Ages. How much contribution Francis has for the whole humanity.  In the simplicity of imitating Jesus St. Francis was able to transform lives of many.

Life can often send us unwanted sufferings and pain. But if we follow in the footsteps of Jesus as St. Francis understood the Gospel, denying himself and taking up his cross, we experience God’s power in our lives.  In St. Francis life “ Whenever Christ’s crucifixion came to his mind, he could scarcely contain his tears and sight.” BON 1.4(189). It is at those times what we may find it hard to pray and to be in God’s presence. And yet even then – especially then – Christ is right beside us, sharing our suffering and pain. Often he asks us the same question. “What is it you want me to do for you? “And how do we answer? – “Take away my pain? Make me whole again?”

And then we can experience God in the person of Jesus. It was in faith, and love for the Crucified Lord,  that St. Francis experienced God. In such right relationship there is a new way of seeing, new personal way of being with God and God’s creations. Everyone of us, as a person has the dignity of being children of God. God’s love realized in every form of creation. It is especially realized in self-actualization of the human person. This is what comes to our mind while reflecting on “The Life of St. Francis.” One person complies with another person and shares that power of God with his very person. In that context of being responsible for another human being, call him brother. Even talking to the fire as a friend while undergoing the brother doctor’s cauterization: “My brother fire, whose beauty is the envy of all other creatures, the Most High has created you strong, beautiful and useful. Be kind to me in this hour, be courteous! I beseech the great Lord who created you to temper your heat for me so that you will burn gently and I can endure it.” BON 5.9(224-225)

St. Francis for a Christian is a person whose deeds and actions speak the same. He perfects himself and his brothers according to God’s thoughts. Leaving himself without conditions and by being in  relationship with God and to others, drawn into the sacred and the mystery of creation. Francis lived with all forms of creation as  gifts. It a is unique way of being in the world. His lifestyle calls our attention how we treat people around us especially the poor, who are worthy of respect every moment of their being. St. Francis was able to acknowledge God in the silence of God’s transcendence. For him humility is truth, and truth is humility. It is true that God is our God and that everything we have comes from God. But how hard it is to understand for someone who is not spiritually a child. So we need to ask ourselves: does my soul proclaim the greatness of the Lord? His life is the call in the direction of humanization of our relationships. St. Francis treated his brothers with the dignity of children of God. This needs to be realized  in us and through us . And this performing of our free will directed toward God, especially by our actions is the heart of Francis’ teaching.  We are called to live up to our potential. In all of this we have the help of God.  That’s why our process of self-actualization is the process of realizing God’s thoughtfulness in the act of thanksgiving.

Cousins, Ewert, ed. Bonaventure: The Soul’s Journey into God -The Tree of Life – The Life of St. Francis. New York: Paulist, 1978.

All Souls’ Day

 November 2nd

mass-req On All Souls’ Day we pray and offer Mass for all the souls in the purifying state of Purgatory, but especially those of our relatives, friends, benefactors, and enemies. It is a pious belief that God manifests to them our prayers for them, that they also may pray for us. 10:00 am  and 6:30 pm Solemn Masses will be offered in the upper church.

The Pipe Organ Concert 2014, November 2, 2:30 PM


Our Sunday’s concert offered in the loving memory of Mr. George R. Schenck, Saint Anne’s golden benefactor is the special occasion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the installation of the Casavant pipe organ. The Casavant organ has been considered the oldest organ manufacturer in North America. Nevertheless, all of the organ controls are labeled in French. Because of the 4518 pipes Saint Anne’s organ was one of the largest souths of Boston in 1964. The 1960s “redefined” organ’s amplitude embraces beautifully the classic as well as the romantic music and is evident in the sounds emitted by the organ installed in Boston’s Holy Cross Cathedral. Casavant at St. Anne’s with its 58 stops is still considered the largest instrument in the area. Enormous church, some 250 feet long, accommodates a tremendous behavior of sound and wonderful acoustics.diane.s

Today’s dedicatory recital is presented by organists Kyle Medeiros  and Scott Lariviere.

Kyle’s first teacher was his godfather, Rev George Almeida. Mr. Medeiros started studying organ with Mr. Michel Labens and remained his student until 1979. His affiliation with St Anne’s became evident in 1976 when he met Mr. Normand Gingras. Other teachers included Ms. Diane Bish and Dr Charles Callahan. Kyle also served as parish organist at Mt Carmel Church, New Bedford in years 1973-1978. In 1981 he moved to Providence RI while studying choral conducting and assisting Dr C. Alexander Peloquin at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter & Paul. Then in1990 he moved to Newport and became organist at St Augustin’s Church where he still holds the position today. Mr. Medeiros is very much honored to be on the staff at St Anne’s too! He often refers to the words of St Augustin, “cantare amantis est….Singing belongs to one who loves.

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Marche – J. A. Lefeburne -Wely

A Thanksgiving Suite – C Callahan

Priere a Norte – Dame – L. Boellmann

Fanfare – N. J. Lemmens

Scott Lariviere (choirmaster and organist) studied organ technique with Mrs. Madeleine Grace, Cathedral Director of Music and Organist. He also studied sacred music with Mary Zema and Matthew McMullen. Scott is our musician for 9 years and obtained important tips and tricks from well known Saint Anne’s retired organist Mr. Normand Gingras. Mr. Gingras assisted also here at installation of 4518 pipes of these magnificence organ 50 years ago. Scott has been St. Anne’s choirmaster and organist since November of 2011.

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Siciliano – J. S. Bach/arr. Nicholas

Basse at Dessus de Trompette – Clerambault

Agadio in Gminor – T. Albinoni/arr. Smith

 Minuets Finale from Royal Fireworks – G. F. Handel

Saint Anne’s Mass for peace on Columbus day.

Mary_Rosary-3More than 2000 faithful Christians with parish priests participate in the annual candlelight procession and Saint Anne’s Mass for peace on Columbus day. Previous years, marchers met 5:45 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, corner of Spring and Second Streets, Fall River, to march approximately one-half mile to St. Anne’s Church. The procession begins at 6:00 p.m. Marchers with Diocesan Bishop da Cunha will carry candles, recite the rosary and sing Marian hymns in various languages. At approximately 7 p.m. Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., will celebrate a Mass for Peace at St. Anne’s Church. Those who are disabled or handicapped should proceed directly to St. Anne’s Church, where a special area near the baptismal font will be designated for them. The Procession and Mass for Peace has been held annually in the diocese since 1975.