St. Joseph the Worker Shrine


St. Joseph the Worker Shrine

We who minister at the Shrine are committed to work collaboratively with one another and with you. Our aim is to provide a place of prayer, conscious reflection, and social action that is hospitable to and calls forth the gifts of all who come to the Shrine. We do this in the spirit of Jesus Christ and of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Our mission is based on Matthew 11:28:

Come to me all you who labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.”

St. Joseph the Worker Shrine

Mass Times

Daily Mass

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 12 noon - 5:30 pm

Weekend Mass

8:00 am - 12 noon - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 am - 12 noon

Holiday periods may affect these times
Confession Schedule at end of page

Light a Devotional Candle
at the Shrine

If you are unable to visit the Shrine in person and would like to have a devotional candle lit, click on the image below.


Fr. Terry O'Connell Memorial Digital Bulletin Board

July Holy Hours

Holy Hour for Life
Monday, July 22 @ 4 pm
Monday, July 29 @ 4 pm

Weekly Bulletins

Summer Confession &
Gift Shop/Bookstore Hours


  • Weekdays: 10:30-11:45 and 4:30-5:15
  • Saturdays 10-1 and First Wednesdays 7-8 pm

Gift Shop/Bookstore: 

  •  Monday –Saturday 9-4 

St. Joseph the Worker Shrine Reaches Out During the Lowell Fok Festival
July 26-27-28

The annual Lowell Folk Festival is the 2nd largest such Festival in the United States—it draws an estimated 100,000 visitors to our city during the last weekend in July—this year July 26, 27, 28. 

 The Oblate Shrine of St. Joseph the Worker participates in the festivities—our location somewhat removed from heavy foot traffic provides a gathering place where folks can cool down, relax and comfortably consume the delicacies they purchase at the many nearby ethnic food booths.  Our family-styled picnic tables outfitted with shade umbrellas arrayed along the area fronting the Shrine are much appreciated.  Such oases are few and far between during the Festival!  Shrine volunteers welcome folks  and attend to keeping the tables ready for all comers.

We also open the air-conditioned Shrine itself for those who might want the opportunity to view its beauty or say a prayer or light a candle; soothing chant music enriches this uplifting experience and volunteers welcome and guide our visitors.  Since city streets are closed to vehicular traffic during the Festival, our location in the heart of the city, and our convenient schedule of weekend Masses, further provide an opportunity for workers and Festival goers alike to participate in Sunday worship.

Please consider volunteering a couple hours of your time to help promote the Shrine during the Festival. The display in the lobby  explains how you may help.

This Week's Message
from Fr. Amesse
July 21, 2024


I can’t wait for the Holy Year.  The Jubilee!  It will be from December 24, 2024 until the January 6, 2026. That’s a long time.  Our goal will be to live Psalm 35:1-2,  Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” 

Father Tremblay a month ago asked me if an Oblate had called, because of a certain situation.  I wasn’t ready to talk about it.  So, I lied.  I said no.  I told Father, later on, I fibbed.  Trust has corroded, a little, between us.  These things, that happen in our families, build up. 

The Jubilee is a time for us to tear down the acts that cause alienation between us.  Sometimes we can’t get rid of the memory of the sins we have committed in the stupidity of our youth.  The Jubilee presents the first two verses of Psalm 35.  Can we take advantage of the grace of the Holy Year?

To the first human couple, God entrusted the task of subduing the earth and exercising dominion over every living creature.  We messed up what God gave to Adam and Eve.  We can always “begin again.”  We subdue the earth and exercise dominion, but not in a despotic or reckless manner.  I’m looking forward to the Holy Year.

I remember you at Mass!


Catholic Conversations

2023 St. Joseph the Worker Christian Worker Award winner Dr. Rebecca Duda speaks with Brother Richard of St. Josepht the Worker Shrine and Irene Tremblay, Director of Pro Maria Committee, about Brother Richard's forthcoming book, Our Lady of Beauraing, Queen of the Golden Heart

2024 Christian Worker Recognition  Award  

Nominations for the annual Christian Worker Recognition Award are now being accepted until August 5. 

Information and nomination forms were inserted in last week’s bulletin, will continue to be available at the display found in the Shrine Confessional lobby and can be downloaded HERE 

Please help us select a worthy recipient for this year’s award.

July is the Month of the Precious Blood


The faithful are encouraged to honor the Precious Blood always and especially during the month of July. 

Consider entering this devotion every day this month—such as an Act of Consecration to the Precious Blood of Jesus and the Litany of the Precious Blood as an act of love and reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The Precious Blood courses through the Church, giving life to the Body of Christ. It was the cleansing agent that allowed the holy saints and martyrs to wash their robes clean. It is the price of our redemption, the object of our salvation, and the assurance of our eternal inheritance.

As we honor the Precious Blood of Jesus in union with the Church this month, may it awaken in our hearts a love and gratitude for Christ’s gift to us, for He has saved us by His blood.

Christmas in July

The concept of Christmas in July is usually celebrated on the 25th of July and is gaining in popularity.  The phrase originates from the 1940’s film of the same name.

For the people of Beauraing (pronounced Bow-Rang) Belgium, the Advent/ Christmas season of 1932-1933 were grace filled days in anticipation of the Birth of Christ.  On thirty-three occasions, during that period, the Grace of God was made manifest by the presence of the Mother of God, and Queen of Heaven, Our Lady of Beauraing. The five children who described seeing a “Lady in White” walking on a railroad bridge on the evening of November 29, 1932, heard the Virgin Mary utter the words every  good mother tells her children to “Always be Good.” Words appropriate for Belgian children anticipating the feast of St. Nicholas, the real Santa-Claus! 

“The request to “always be good” was meant not only for the five children but for all. It has been said that this was a very trite remark for the Virgin to make. Those words should be the guiding principle of our lives. Always be good means to love God, to keep God’s laws, to attend Mass, to frequent the sacraments. These are the things we must do if we are to save our souls. Nothing could be more important,” says Br. Richard Cote, O.M.I., Editor of a recently published book entitled: Our Lady of Beauraing—Queen of the Golden Heart.


Br. Richard invites all to attend a “book signing” that will take place at St. Rita Church, 158 Mammoth Rd, Lowell, on August 22nd beginning with Mass for the Queenship of Mary at 6:00 p.m.  Copies of “Our Lady of Beauraing—Queen of the Golden Heart” will be available for purchase at a discounted rate.  

Lenten Appeal Update


This year’s In-House Lenten Appeal project is underway. The stated goal of our annual appeal for 2024 was to refurbish the inside back wall of the Shrine, beautifying it and outfitting it with wall mounts to accommodate Memorial plaques for years to come.

The first step in that restoration work was the removal of the last row of pews in the Shrine – that has been completed, enlarging the aisle space in front of the back wall.

So as not to discard the solid oak pews that were displaced, Angel Torres, our dedicated custodian/maintenance man, created 2 smaller pews from that stock (the names of the original donors of those pews remain attached) – those will be arrayed near the side entrances at the rear of the Shrine to accommodate folks who might like to pray in those more intimate devotional nooks.

The remaining segments of the original pews shortly will be fashioned into several yet smaller sized units that folks might like to install in their homes as a Shrine memento. More information in the coming weeks on how these might be made available.

The wall mounts are scheduled to arrive by the end of July/mid-August; once those are in place, a prayerful message will be scrolled above them, and the project will be completed.

Thank you for your patience as this work unfolds to completion.

                    Shrine Gift Shop and Bookstore

First Communion - Confirmation 

Fine quality religious mementos to commemorate these milestone events
in the lives of loved ones are on display and available for your hands-on
consideration and purchase.

Visit us today!


Legion of Mary
at the Shrine

Meetings are held in the downstairs Conference Hall each week after the Sunday 12:00 noon Mass.

The Legion of Mary is a Marian movement founded in Ireland in the 1920’s. It is currently the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis’ July
Prayer I

We pray that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick confer to those who receive it, and their loved ones,  the power of the Lord and become ever more a visible sign of compassion and hope for all.

Pure in Heart

Pure in Heart (young adults ages 18-35) meets at 7pm in the Shrine Conference Room on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. The next session will be July 23. Learn more

  • 5:30 - Mass at the Shrine
  • 6:15 - Social
  • 7:00 - Meeting

Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Brazil

Four young Oblates from the Eastern U.S. arrived in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1945, after difficult travel in the immediate post-war period.  The Superior was Lowell native, Father Walter Mooney, OMI.  Beginning with ministry to the English-speaking colony of the area, they and succeeding U.S. Oblates were assigned to outlying priest-less districts and the desperately poor urban favela slums of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, and Belen in the Amazonian north.

Several Oblates were targeted by the authoritarian regime for imprisonment and even torture because of their championing the interest of the indigenous people and the poor of the city of Recife whom they served.

Joined the 1960’s and 1970’s by Oblate missionaries from the Central U.S., Canada, France, Belgium and Ireland and an increasing number of Brazilian Oblates, the Brazilian Province now numbers 65 priests, Brothers and seminarians in four districts.  They work to extend the Word and Work of the Gospel through pastoral ministry, social services, and the formation and support of Basic Christian communities throughout the vast country.

The vast favela slums of the cities where Oblates have lived and served.

At the foot of the cross, on that Good Friday, you realized God’s wonderful plan for you. 

St. Eugene de Mazenod, lead us to Jesus through the trials of life.

St. Joseph
Model of Artisans
Pray for us!

Full Litany of St. Joseph

Downes Parking Garage Ticket Validation

  • Available in the Gift Shop /Bookstore on Monday through Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm.
  • Sunday street parking is always free
  • Those attending the Saturday 4 pm Vigil Mass who park in the Downes Garage can still validate their ticket in the Gift Shop before Mass.

Ring the Bells of the Shrine

Everyday of the year, the “Bells of St. Joseph” ring-out God’s praise for all to hear!

Our Carillon can play Special Hymns of your choice any day of the year. At your request, our chimes will ring in honor of loved ones for the entire community to hear and prayerfully remember.Your offering of $20.00 will be greatly appreciated and will assist us in maintaining the Shrine and its ministries. Thank You!

Bell-ringing selections may be reserved for specific days & times throughout the year(s) in the Shrine Gift Shop/Bookstore.

St. Eugene de Mazenod’s Prayer to the Sorrowful Mother

 O Lord, Almighty God, you endowed the Blessed Virgin Mary with the fullness of every gift and grace. By allowing her heart to be pierced with the deepest sorrow, you crowned her merit and placed her at the head of countless legions of martyrs who, for love of your Son Jesus Christ, have shed their blood. Through the painful martyrdom endured by this gentle Mother seeing her beloved Son dying as a Victim because of his love for us, grant us the grace to bear with fortitude the disappointments and setbacks in our life, and not to fear torment or death itself, when we are called to confess our faith in Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Shrine Memorial Plaques

Since 1868, this holy place - dedicated to the honor of St. Joseph - has been a treasured oasis of prayer and serenity in the heart of the city of Lowell. For generations, many have found great solace and experienced healing and reconciliation for themselves and their families within this holy sanctuary.

In gratitude many have chosen to memorialize their loved ones by inscribing their names on the very walls of this grace-filled place.  To inscribe the names of loved ones on our newly expanded Remembrance Wall, please make arrangements in the Gift Shop/Bookstore – at the same desk where Masses are registered.

Confession and Adoration


Mon - Friday
10:00 am - noon
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

First Wednesday of the month

Eucharistic Adoration





The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration on -

Saturday after the noon Mass until the 4:00 pm Mass
First Fridays after the noon Mass until the 5:30 pm Mass

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Gift Shop, Office and Museum Hours

Business Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Rebecca Duda, Bulletin Editor
Jessica Rauseo, Business Office Manager

Gift Shop & Bookstore

Aurea Torres, Gift Shop Manager

Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
First Sunday of each month 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

If for any reason you're still unable to visit the Shrine or Gift Shop and you'd like to book a Mass Intention request please call the Gift Shop Manager at 978-459-9522 x213 or email

Oblate Historical Museum

Brother Richard Cote, Museum Curator

Saturdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sundays 8:30 am -1:15 pm
During Lent - Wednesday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm