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

June Holy Hours

 Holy Hour for Life
June 24 @ 4 pm



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

Weekly Bulletins

Fr. Terry O'Connell Memorial Digital Bulletin Board

                    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!


This Week's Message
from Fr. Amesse
June 16, 2024

What is the mission God entrusted to us at Baptism?  To love Him…to love others as we love ourselves.  On Saturday, June 22, the group who organized the procession last month will meet  at 2 pm in the conference room near the Gift Shop.  We will go over the procession.  How can we make it better for next year?   

Besides the procession, I would like our focus at the meeting to be on three future events.  The first is the Holy Year of 2025.  The second is May 1st, our feast---St. Joseph the Worker.  Then, finally, the third thing will be next year’s Memorial Day Procession.  Every 25 years, the Pope calls us to have a Holy Year!  I’m 72.  This will be only my third one.   

What can we do so that during the Jubilee of ’25 we will love God and our neighbor better than we do now?  Pope Francis is calling us to reflect on Romans 5:5—Hope does not disappoint.  The Holy Father is a realist.  He is aware that each of us suffers.  How can we take that suffering and realistically grow in grace?   

St Paul writes in Romans 5: 3-4, “We boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”  Which brings us back to verse 5 of Romans—Hope does not disappoint.  Would you like to join with us next Saturday, June 22 at 2 pm, down by the Gift Shop? 

I remember you at Mass!


The Immaculate Heart
of Mary
June 8

The Immaculate Heart of Mary signifies, first of all, the great purity and love of the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary for God. This purity is manifested in her “Yes” to the Father at the Incarnation, Her love for, and cooperation with, the Incarnate Son in His redemptive mission, and her docility to the Holy Spirit, enabling her to remain free of the stain of personal sin throughout her life.

Mary’s Immaculate Heart, therefore, points us to her profound interior life, where she experienced both joys and sorrows, yet remained faithful, as we, too, are called to do. In 2024, we celebrate the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 8.

Catholic Conversations

Oblate Associate Rebecca Duda talks with Br. Richard Cote, of St. Joseph the Worker Shrine, about why May is the month of Mary. 

June is the Month of The Sacred Heart 

Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, reveal Your Father to all men.

Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the Womb of the Virgin Mother, send the Holy Spirit into our hearts to fashion them according to Your Heart.

Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, grant us always and in all times to praise and glorify You.

Prayer from : Invocations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Feast of Saint Anthony
June 13

St. Anthony of Padua was born to a wealthy family in Lisbon, Portugal. At age fifteen, St. Anthony went to study at the Abbey of Santa Cruz. A few years later, he was ordained a priest and served at the Abbey where he was responsible for hospitality. After spending some time with the Franciscans he became attracted to their charism and later became a Franciscan friar. St. Anthony is one of the Doctors of the Church and he is the patron of lost things.

"The great danger of the Christian is to preach and not to practice, to believe but not to live according to what is believed." -St. Anthony

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’ June
Prayer I

We pray that migrants fleeing from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys full of danger and violence, find welcome and new opportunities in the countries that receive them.

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 9. 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.

You were deprived of education in exile but God sent you Fr. Bartolo Zinelli in Venice to guide your path.

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

St. Joseph
Most Obedient
Pray for us!

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.

Light Up Shrine Candles Online

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Thank you!

Please choose your donation amount. $5.00 is the standard donation per candle online


Archdiocesan COVID protocols lifted
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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