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

December Holy Hours
Holy Hour to end Human Trafficking
Friday, December 8th at 4 PM
Holy Hour for Life
Friday, December 22nd at 4 PM
Holy Hour for Vocations
Friday, December 29th at 4 PM

Weekly Bulletins

At St. Joseph the Worker Shrine Gift Shop/Bookstore, we  have the Real Christmas!

We have a wonderful selection of Advent Wreaths, Nativities, Angels, Jewelry, Books, Ornaments and Christmas Cards to celebrate the spirit of the season - the Real Christmas. Please stop by!

  • On Sunday, December 3rd, and again on Sunday, December 17th, we will open during morning Mass times, from 9 am to 1 pm, for your extra Christmas shopping convenience.

Please watch for our advertising and bulletin notices for additional seasonal promotions. 

This Week's Message
from Fr. Amesse
November 26, 2023

On December 12th, I’ll renew the consecration I made, and make each year, since 1999.  I was in Tewksbury.  I felt compelled to consecrate myself totally to Mary Immaculate.  The path I chose was the way of St. Louis de Montfort.  This year I have changed.  I’m following St. Maximilian M. Kolbe.

 Why December 12  (The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe)?  When I was in the seminary, a classmate noticed I did not have an image of Mary in my room.  He brought to me one of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  I was disappointed that it was not of Our Lady of Hope.

But, when I decided to consecrate myself totally to Mary Immaculate, in ’99, I chose the date of December 12.  Little did I know that in less than a year I would be moved from Tewksbury to New Orleans, serving at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  After 5 years, I was sent to take care of Mexicans, who love her.

On this feast of Christ the King, we honor and adore the Eternal Son of the Father.  Our Father in heaven regards us as His children.  Our Brother gives us the dignity of having His Mother as our Mother too.  Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  We are God’s children; Mary’s too. 

I remember you at Mass.

Catholic Conversations

2023 Saint Joseph the Worker Award winner Dr. Rebecca Duda sits down with Fr. Steve Conserva to discuss November Holy Souls and the Altar of the Dead. Click on image to view.

Today is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe

The feast of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 in answer to the world’s  secularism - a way of life which leaves God out of man's thinking and living and organizes his life as if God did not exist. This celebration is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ's royalty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations.

Today's Mass establishes the titles for Christ's royalty over men: 1) Christ is God, the Creator of the universe and hence wields a supreme power over all things; "All things were created by Him"; 2) Christ is our Redeemer, He purchased us by His precious Blood, and made us His property and possession; 3) Christ is Head of the Church, "holding in all things the primacy"; 4) God bestowed upon Christ the nations of the world as His special possession and dominion.


November: Month of the 
Faithful Departed

The month of November is dedicated to prayer for the repose of the souls of our faithful departed. The Shrine has once again sent out a mailing,  asking that you submit the names of your beloved departed family and friends so they can be added to our basket of prayerful remembrances. If you are not on our mailing list, you can find the these special request forms in the Confessional Lobby display. Please return those prayer requests as soon as possible.

Once each month throughout the year, a Mass is celebrated in remembrance of those  named loved ones - listed as ‘All Souls SBI‘ on the Mass schedules. The weekly Mass schedule is posted in the lobby display case, is included in the weekly bulletin, and is posted on our website.

Museum Christmas Display

Baby Boomers, those people born between 1946 and 1964, may remember a film of 1949 starring Loretta Young and Celeste Holm entitled “Come to the Stable.” On a cold December night in deep snow, two French nuns, Sister Margaret (Loretta Young) and Sister Scholastica (Celeste Holm) arrive unannounced at a stable-barn studio in rural Connecticut. Miss Amelia Potts is surprised to see the nuns and does not recognize their religious habit. The Sisters come to fulfill a promise made to American soldiers for having liberated their convent and hospital during W.W. II - the promise was to build a children’s hospital in the United States. The film tells the true story of the founding of the Abbey of Regina Laudis, (Queen of the Morning) in Bethlehem, CT. The Abbey is where Hollywood actress and film star Dolores Hart found her true calling in life as a Benedictine Nun. 

Br. Richard Coté, OMI, museum curator, with help from the Oblate Associates, has set up an exhibit of over 65 nativities from around the world, and invites Shrine patrons to “COME TO THE STABLE(S)” on display in the Museum located on the 4th floor.  The display begins with the FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 3rd and runs through January 7, 2024.  Admission is free, however, a free-will offering will help us continue this tradition in the future.

National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette

 Day Trip to Attleboro
Sunday, December 10, 2023
$100 per person 
Learn more

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.

Say NO to Physician Assisted Suicide in Massachusetts

“The Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts stand united in our strong opposition to Physician Assisted 
Suicide. It is an affront to life and a dangerous precedent for determining end of life issues. Physicians are trained to care for the ill, not to hasten death.” 

Learn more

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 November 28. Learn more

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


November Hidden Apostle
Brother Robert Belliveau, OMI

Brother Robert Beliveau, OMI, our “Hidden Apostle” for November, was born on December 1, 1898, in Nicolet, Québec - 86 miles east of Montréal on the St. Lawrence River.  Bro. Robert is pictured on left with Bro. Joseph Boisclair, middle, and Bro. Donat Joyal who also served at St. Joseph’s. 

Brother Beliveau entered the Oblate Novitiate then in Hudson, New Hampshire; he pronounced final vows there on July 25, 1926.  Brother Robert served as Sacristan at St. Peter’s Church, Plattsburgh, NY and did maintenance work at St. Joseph High School Seminary in Columbia (Colebrook) NH.  From 1942 to 1946 he was Sacristan and Porter (doorkeeper) at St. Joseph (Jean Baptiste) Rectory in Lowell. 

Brother was then assigned as Printer of “Le Missionnaire Oblat,” a French news magazine that he supervised in the St. Joseph Workshop at Our Lady of Grace Shrine in Columbia, NH.  Brother Beliveau was also a veteran of World War I and served in France.  He was known for his quiet, conscientious and faithful service to the Oblate community.  Br. Bob died on April 2, 1986 in Columbia, NH.

In February 1956, at the request of our Shrine’s founder, Fr. Eugene Noury, OMI, Brother Beliveau moved his printing equipment to the refurbished Shrine basement.  In December of the same year, a bookstore and religious articles store (pictured right) opened in time for Christmas.  The store was placed in the very capable hands of Ms Delia Thellen and Ms Lillian Moisan and was practically a ‘one-of-a-kind’ institution in Lowell. It was immediately successful.   

Today, we know this store as St. Joseph the Worker Shrine Gift Shop/Bookstore. The gift shop has undergone several renovations over time, most recently under the  guidance of Fr. James Flavin, OMI, Director from 2006 to 2009. 

Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the Phillipines

The first seven OMI missionaries from the U. S. reached the Philippines on September 25, 1939, to establish a mission in predominantly Muslim and very remote Cotabato and Sulu provinces.  Many of these first Oblates, only a few years after arriving, were prisoners of war under the Japanese occupation and three were killed.  Since that time four Missionary Oblates have suffered martyrdom, including Bishop Benjamin DeJesus of Jolo – victims of the still-existing religious divisions in the territory.

The Oblates, released at the end of the war, returned to their missionary labors.  These first Oblates and new arrivals from the U.S. and Ireland would travel by boat and by land for days to be present to God’s people living on the remote islands and in the surrounding mountains. 

The population today remains Muslim in the great majority.  This led to the establishment by the Oblates of more than 60 secondary schools, including today Notre Dame University in Cotabato. All the schools bear the name “Notre Dame”.  Muslim and Christian youth attend school together, sharing friendship and dreams for a prosperous future.

Today, 85 years later, there are more than 100 Filipino Oblates who serve in the Philippines, the Thai-Lao Delegation in China and beyond.  These include several bishops and Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, Archbishop Emeritus of the city of Cotabato.

First Missionaries from U.S. and those who joined them from Canada and Ireland

You experienced the intimate love and closeness of the Savior’s presence in the Word of God - you nourished yourself on it each day and led others to the same source of nourishment.

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

Joseph most faithful
Pray for us!

-Litany of St. Joseph

Pope Francis’ November Prayer Intention

Throughout November, we pray for our Holy Father Pope Francis as he fulfills his mission, that he may continue to accompany the flock entrusted to him with the help of the Holy Spirit.


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
Learn more here


Confession and Adoration


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

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Eucharistic Adoration

The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration on -

Saturday after the noon Mass until the 4:00 pm Mass, approximately 12:45 pm - 3:45 pm

First Fridays after the noon Mass until the 5:30 pm Mass, approximately 12:45 pm -5:15 pm

Gift Shop, Office and Museum Hours

Business Office Hours:

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

Ed Wilk, Office Manager/Bulletin Editor
Jessica Rauseo, Administrative Assistant

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 [email protected]

Oblate Historical Museum

Saturdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sundays 8:30 am -11:30 am