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

Weekly Bulletins

Upcoming Holy Hours

Holy Hour for Life
Monday, April 22nd at 4 PM

Holy Hour for Vocations
Monday, April 29th at 4 PM

Holy Hour to End Human Trafficking
Wednesday,  May 8 at 4 PM

Holy Hour for Life
Wednesday, May 22 at 4 PM

Holy Hour for Vocations
Wednesday, May 29 at 4 PM




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
April 21, 2024

The anniversaries of 3 priests who serve you are approaching.  What does it mean to be a priest?  To answer that question would take more space than I am allowed.  So much can be said about the priesthood.  I’ll offer my 2 cents worth by stating a priest is a lot like St. Mary Magdalene. 

She longed to be with the Lord.  Mary spent time in prayer.  She also was the apostle to the apostles.  Magdalene was the one who told them Jesus rose from the dead.  Her favorite place was being at the feet of Jesus.  Perhaps, for us, being at the feet of Christ means, offering Mass and absolving sinners.   

When Father Conserva was studying in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, he went out, every weekend to help at a local parish.  When Father Gene was studying in Washington, D.C. he offered Mass and heard confessions at the Basilica of the National Shrine, located across the street from where he lived. 

Mary Magdalene also kept busy.  At Bethany, while Martha, her sister, prepared the meal, Mary sat with the Savior.  At the home of the leper, Simon, she broke the vase of precious ointment, pouring it over Jesus’ feet.  Mary bathed those feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.   

Ten years before I was ordained, a priest told me via a letter, “If you give yourself wholeheartedly to Christ, your life will be a happy one.  You will suffer, there will be setbacks, gripes and disappointments.  But, giving yourself to Jesus Christ as an Oblate priest, your life will be filled with hope and meaning.”  

I remember you at Mass!


April is the Month of the Holy Eucharist

The month of April is dedicated to both devotion to the Eucharist and devotion to the Holy Spirit. This tradition has developed because Easter Sunday often falls in April, and when it does fall in March, the Easter season continues on through all of April. In essence, April is a month of Easter, and during the Easter celebration, we remember the Eucharistic sacrifice Christ gave us and the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which would come after Jesus's resurrection.

Faith in the Eucharist

 O my God, I firmly believe that You are really and corporally present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. I adore You present here from the very depths of my heart, and I worship Your sacred presence with all possible humility. O my soul, what joy to have Jesus Christ always with us, and to be able to speak to Him, heart to heart, with all confidence. Grant, O Lord, that I, having adored Your divine Majesty here on earth in this wonderful Sacrament, may be able to adore it for all eternity in Heaven. Amen.

Catholic Conversations

2023 Saint Joseph the Worker Award winner Dr. Rebecca Duda talks with Br. Richard Cote, of St. Joseph the Worker Shrine in episode 2 in a 2 part series about Holy Week. Click on image to view.

Feast of St. Mark
pril 25

Much of what we know about St. Mark, the author of the Second Gospel, comes largely from the New Testament and early Christian traditions. Mark the Evangelist is believed to be the 'John Mark' referred to in the Acts of the Apostles, the history of the early Church found in the Canon of the New Testament.  He was the son of Mary of Jerusalem (Acts 12:12) whose home became a meeting place for the apostles. He is also the cousin of St. Barnabas (Colossians 4:10), a Levite and a Cypriot.

Mark joined St. Paul and St. Barnabas on their first missionary journey to Antioch in 44 A.D. When the group reached Cyprus, Christian tradition holds that Mark left them and returned to Jerusalem, possibly because he was missing his home (Acts 13:13). This incident may have caused Paul to question whether Mark could be a reliable missionary. This created a disagreement between Paul and Barnabas and led Paul to refuse Mark's accompaniment on their second journey to the churches of Cilicia and the rest of Asia Minor.

However, it can be assumed the troubles between Paul and Mark did not last long, because when Paul was first imprisoned, Mark, who was at the time in Rome with plans of visiting Asia Minor, visited him as one of his trusted companions (Col 4:10).

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’ April
Prayer I
is for the role of women

Let us pray that the dignity and worth of women be recognized in every culture, and for an end to the discrimination they face in various parts of the world.


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 April 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.

On that Good Friday, standing at the foot of the Cross, you were led to understand your vocation to give yourself to the service of your Savior through the gift of your whole life as a priest.

 St. Eugene, guide us to the Savior in our time of need!

St. Joseph
Chaste Guardian of the Virgin
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

Click to Light a Candle 
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