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.”
From the Director's Desk
This Week's Message
from Fr. Amasse
June 26, 2022
Courage International (CI)…To be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in a chaste Christian life, and to encourage one another in forming and sustaining these friendships (Goal 4). When we were teenagers, we did almost anything to make friends. What others wore; we wore. (T shirts and blue jeans). Today, the jeans are torn.
Our friends had to put up with our mood swings. We had to put up with theirs. However, we longed for friendship. We needed to be accepted. Our parents struggled. We made life difficult for them. As we matured, we learned, much better, the true meaning of friendship. The 4th goal is about friendship. The 5th is about being a role model.
During the last week of “Pride Month” I wish to encourage Courage International. It is a wholesome group of men and women. They go against the flow. They see their homosexual tendencies in the light of the Sacred Heart. They strive to live Goal 5: to live lives that may serve as good examples to others.
I’m in touch with a few members of Courage International who met at the Cathedral in Brownsville. I served as chaplain. They live the 5 goals. They are men of deep and lasting joy. Father Harvey, the founder of Courage never used the word “gay” to describe the members. He knew, they who did not live the goals, lost out on joy.
They who strived, with the grace of God, found joy in Christ. We live lives that may serve as good examples to others. Not a few reject the methods of Father John Harvey. They wanted him to adopt “Pride”. He remained steadfast. God, give us courage to be devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I remember you at Mass.
Flags of the Faithful to Fly:
Quebec - June 24th- St. Jean Baptiste Day
Canada - July 1st- Canada Day
Puerto Rico - July 4th - Independence Day
Religious Book Fair and Garage Sale
REMINDER - THIS WEEKEND
Religious Book Fair and Garage Sale
Next weekend (Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th) the Shrine will conduct a Religious Book Fair of gently used books on mostly religious topics. These books were gathered from overstocked book shelves of local Oblates. The books contain a lot of wisdom, and their contents have inspired lots of folks. Rather than tossing them in a recycling bin, we offer them to serious readers. The basic ground rule is ’a donation of a buck a book’.
New this year is the addition of a mini Garage Sale that we will run out of the Shrine residence two bay garage. We are offering a variety of items resulting from our downsizing and de-cluttering of Oblate living spaces. These items no longer serve us, but may well be useful for the right person. Goods available include electronics, DVDs and CDs, household and kitchens utensils and miscellaneous appliances, office gadgets, picture frames and kitsch of all sorts.
Please pass the word to your friends and family that we are planning this event, and let them know that there may well be items that they would be interested in. Also, the air conditioned Shrine will be open during these events - this could provide an opportunity to introduce outsiders to the Shrine.
Will Miracles Never Cease?
Not in the case of Maria Van-Laer of Turnhout, Belgium
The first miracle attributed through the intercession of Our Lady of Beauraing was to Maria Van Laer. She entered the Franciscan Sisters of the Holy Family and was known as Sister Prudentia. For sixteen years, Sister suffered from a serious Staph infection in the region of the cervical vertebra and in the right leg which had progressed to the final stage and deemed incurable. On the twenty-fourth of June 1933, the day after she made a pilgrimage to Beauraing for the purpose obtaining a cure, she was cured instantly, perfectly and of a supernatural nature.
On July 2nd, 1949, Andre-Marie Charue, Bishop of Namur, declared that the cure of Sister Prudentia had been attributed to a special intervention of God through the intercession of Our Lady of Beauraing. He also decreed that her miraculous cure be made public for the honor of God, the glory of Our Lady, and the edification of the faithful.
Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul
Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul
Wednesday, June 29
Veneration of the two great Apostles, Peter and Paul, has its roots in the very foundations of the Church. They are the solid rock on which the Church is built. They are at the origin of her faith and will forever remain her protectors and her guides. To them Rome owes her true greatness, for it was under God's providential guidance that they were led to make the capital of the Empire, sanctified by their martyrdom, the center of the Christian world from where would radiate the preaching of the Gospel.
St. Peter suffered martyrdom under Nero, in A.D. 66 or 67. He was buried on the hill of the Vatican where recent excavations have revealed his tomb on the very site of the Basilica of St. Peter's. St. Paul was beheaded in the Via Ostia on the spot where now stands the basilica bearing his name. Down the centuries Christian people in their thousands have gone on pilgrimage to the tombs of these Apostles. In the second and third centuries the Roman Church already stood pre-eminent by reason of her apostolicity, the infallible truth of her teaching and her two great figures, Sts. Peter and Paul.
This is Mission Appeal Weekend!
Every year, members of various missionary groups come to spread the word about their missionary work and to appeal for donations.
This weekend, the Shrine welcomes Fr. Isaia Kariuru from the Archdiocese of Nyeri, Kenya. Please be as generous as you can in the special collection that will be taken up in the pews at Offertory time. Please make any checks payable to St. Joseph the Worker Shrine with memo line: ‘Mission Appeal’.
Next Friday, July 1st, is First Friday.
We will conduct Eucharistc adoration after the noon Mass from 12:45 until 5:15PM.
Next Saturday is First Saturday and there will be Anointing of the Sick after noon Mass. Following the noon Mass, there will be Eucharistic adoration from 12:45 until 3:45 PM.
Please make some time in your day to spend with Our Lord.
The Oblate Mission in Vietnam
The Missionary Oblates were allowed by the Communist government to enter Vietnam in 2010 to perform limited missionary work; but they had been there unofficially since 2001. Some Vietnamese French priests secretly came to promote vocations. They recruited 72 members who worked with ethnic minority groups and migrant workers in remote areas. The Oblates were assigned their first parish in 2016, marking a watershed in their development and integration in the communist state.
There are 97 professed Oblates – priests and brothers. A source of great pride for members of the Vietnam mission is that there are 57 Oblate seminarians currently in the country discerning a calling to religious life. This is the largest number of Oblate seminarians in any country.
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 12 Noon - 5:30 PM
8:00 AM - 12 Noon - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - 12 Noon
Live Stream Mass - Sunday 10:00 AM
Confession and Adoration
Mon - Friday
10:30 AM -11:45 AM
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration on -
First Fridays after the noon Mass until the 5:30 PM Mass, approximately 12:45-5:15
Saturday after the noon Mass until the 4:00 PM Mass, approximately 12:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Bro. Craig Bonham, Business Manager
Ed Wilk, Office Manager/Bulletin Editor
Gift Shop & Bookstore
Aurea Torres, Gift Shop Manager
Monday - Saturday 9:00AM - 4:00PM
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 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Sundays 8:30AM -11:30 AM
Covid Variant Protocols
Reserved seating is available for those who choose to mask
and/or keep social distancing;
**the center aisle blue arrows designate those reserved areas**