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

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 March 28. Learn more

Weekly Bulletins

View the current presentation displaying on
The Fr. Terry O'Connell Memorial
Digital Bulletin Board

Upcoming Holy Hours
for March
All Holy Hours begin at 4 PM

Wednesday, March 22nd
 To end abortion
 Wednesday, March 29th
 For priestly and religious vocations
Wednesday, April 10th
To end human trafficking

This Week's Message
from Fr. Amesse
March 19, 2023

Lent has not been easy, has it?  We’re half way through. We began Ash Wednesday and made promises.  It’s been tough trying to uphold them. The Founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, Father Bruno Lanteri, instructed priests to be very merciful after people confessed their sins. 

Go to their chapel, in downtown Boston at the Prudential. Or visit St. Clement Shrine near Fenway from 11:30 till Mass at noon. Father Confessor will give comfort by telling you, “Begin Again”. We still have 3 weeks to go. You don’t have to travel to Boston. We are here at the Shrine, urging you to “begin again”. 

 St. Eugene de Mazenod O.M.I., asked priests, in the confessional, to treat others as they would want to be treated when it comes to receiving absolution. Is God pleased with us, halfway through Lent?  Tomorrow is the feast of St. Joseph. God permits us to treat the day as if it were a Sunday. 

On 1 condition: that we continue to begin again. St. Joseph began over and over again to please God. An angel would speak to him while he slept. You can buy an image of sleeping St. Joseph, down at the Gift Shop. Joseph guarantees that God keeps His promises. We begin again to be faithful to ours. And I remember you at Mass.

The Annunciation of the Lord March 25th

The Solemnity of the Annunciation celebrates the coming of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce to her the special mission God had chosen for her in being the mother of His only Son.

We are continually reminded of the importance of this feast to our salvation in various devotional prayers. Two examples that highlight the importance of this feast are the joyous mysteries of the Rosary and the  Angelus.

The feast of the Annunciation began to be celebrated on this day during the fourth and fifth centuries, soon after the date for celebrating Christmas was universalized throughout the Church. This feast celebrates the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity and the salvation of all mankind. This point of our salvation was deeply discussed by many of the Church Fathers, in order to explain it to the faithful and to show the deep love God has for us. Some of the church fathers who wrote on this were St. Athanasius, St. Gregory of Nyssa and St. Augustine.

Women’s History Month

Since 1987, the month of March has been designated as Women's History Month. It is an occasion to pay tribute to the countless women who have made significant sacrifices and contributions to society throughout history and today. One woman who made a significant sacrifice, that of her own life, was Ms. Jean Marie Donovan, an American lay missionary from Westport, CT.  She was beaten, raped and murdered along with three fellow missionaries, Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, and Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel.  All four women were found dead on December 2, 1980, victims of the miliary of El Salvador.  

Donovan completed the lay-missionary training course at Maryknoll, New York and then traveled to El Salvador in July 1977, where she worked with Sister Dorothy Kazel providing help to the poor refugees of the Salvadoran Civil War. In the weeks before she died, Donovan wrote a friend:  “The Peace Corps left today and my heart sank low. The danger is extreme and . . . I must assess my own position . . . several times I have decided to leave El Salvador. I almost could, except for the children, the poor, bruised victims of this insanity. Who would care for them? Whose heart could be so staunch as to favor the reasonable thing in a sea of their tears and loneliness? Not mine, not mine.”

2023 Lenten Appeal

The Shrine in-house Lenten Appeal is underway. This year funds will be used to install a fixed camera system to more professionally livestream our 10:00 AM Sunday Mass for those who are homebound. The upgrade will feature two permanently mounted cameras. The second aim is to acquire an A.E.D. defibrillation unit for cardiac emergencies. Thank you for your generosity.

Donations can be made online using this link ‘Give Online with WeShare’, choose 'Special' and
specify that the donation is for the 2023 Lenten Appeal.

Donations can also be mailed to:
St. Joseph the Worker Shrine
37 Lee Street
Lowell, MA 01852-1103

Please read the 2023 Lenten Appeal Letter here. 

Mite Boxes

As we approach the mid-point of Lent, a reminder to all those who have chosen to fill a Mite Box with coins during these 40 days of Lent (in imitation of the poor widow’s mite contribution in the Gospel), to please continue to collect your loose change in these donation boxes – it would be appropriate to return them during Holy Week.

At the end of Lent, these sacrificial alms will be deposited in our St. Anthony Fund and distributed to works of charity to benefit the poor.

Forty Days of Lent at St. Joseph Shrine
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Every Wednesday 
Extra confessions from 7:00-8:00 PM

Every Friday
       Stations of the Cross after the noon Mass

Every Saturday
 Recorded Stations of the Cross
 during morning confession time – 10:00AM-1:00 PM
  Eucharistic Adoration
12:45-3:45 PM

Lenten Reflections

From Ash Wednesday to Good Friday,
St. Eugene Speaks will provide daily reflections for your Lenten spiritual journey. 

For reflections in English
For relections in Spanish
For reflections in French 
To receive reflections by e-mail, write to [email protected]

Daily Lenten Reflections Written by Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Lenten Pilgrimage 
National Shrine of The Divine Mercy
Day Trip to Stockbridge
Saturday, March 25, 2023
$125.00 per person

Please join us for a Lenten pilgrimage out to the Berkshires. Trip includes transportation and luncheon at  Michael’s Restaurant, all taxes and gratuities.

At the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy we will participate in Confessions and Adoration, followed by a Celebration of Mass, with time at the end for a visit to the Chapel of The Divine Mercy and the Shrine’s gift shop. We would love to have you come along.

To view full pilgrimage and registration information click here.

Praying with the Stained Glass Windows of
St. Joseph the Worker Shrine

Part I - The 100 Year+ Windows Series
Part II - The St. Joseph Windows

Pope Francis’ March Prayer Intention is for Abuse Victims

We pray for those who have suffered harm from members of the Church; may they find within the Church herself a concrete response to their pain and suffering.

St. Joseph most just
Pray for us!

-Litany of St. Joseph

Oblates Celebrate 25 Years in Cuba

An historic event took place on December 15, 2022 on the island of Cuba - the 25th anniversary  of the arrival of the first group of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Their objective then and today remains the same: “To incarnate ourselves in the people and in the Church of Cuba.”

The first missionary group was composed of two priests from Mexico and one each from Argentina and Haiti.  After their arrival, the Oblates participated in an inculturation workshop for all foreign agents entering Cuba.  The Oblates in Cuba had the joy of welcoming Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis.  On the occasion of these three visits, faithful returned in large numbers to the Church and the Sacraments.

New missionaries were assigned in 2014 to shore-up the mission.  Fr. Roger Hallee, O.M.I., from Waterville, ME, (provincial superior of Haiti), opened the mission in 1997 and Fr. Nicholas Harding, O.M.I. (who once served here at the Shrine) later spent a year there in support of the mission.

The Oblates owe their success in Cuba to Nuestra Senora de la Caridad del Cobre, (Our Lady of Charity of Cobre) patroness of Cuba, for protecting and sustaining her Oblate missionaries in Cuba for the past 25 years.

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.

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 testimony to their answered prayers and remembrances, many have chosen to memorialize their loved ones by inscribing their names on the very walls of this grace-filled place. Over time, the Remembrance Wall in the confessional lobby has been completely filled with these memorials. For that reason, we have installed and illuminated new mounts for additional memorials on the inside back wall of the Shrine. The mounts can be expanded to accommodate additional remembrances throughout the coming years.
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


Confession and Adoration


Mon - Friday
10:00 AM - Noon 
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

First Wednesday of the Month
Every Wednesday during Lent
7:00 PM - 8:00 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, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Closed Thursday

Bro. Craig Bonham, Business Manager
Ed Wilk, Office Manager/Bulletin Editor

Gift Shop & Bookstore

Aurea Torres, Gift Shop Manager

Monday - Saturday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
First Sunday of the Month
9:00 AM -1:00PM

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