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

Thanksgiving Day at the Shrine

Thanksgiving Day Mass on Thursday, November 24th, 2022 is at 9:00 am ONLY.

We invite you to bring non-perishable food items for our food pantry. We will deleiver these items to Catholic Charities for distribution to the poor.

Upcoming Holy Hours 

Please join us at the following Holy Hours to be celebrated in November and December

Tuesday, November 22nd at 4 PM - Holy Hour for Life
Tuesday, November 29th at 4 PM - Holy Hour for Oblate Vocations
Thursday, December 8th at 4 PM - Holy Hour to end Human Trafficking

Our Gift Shop has many beautiful Nativity sets, Advent wreaths, books, cards, medals, rosaries and other religious goods in stock for the Christmas season. 


Ring the Bells of the Shrine

Select a day or week, a time and a hymn that is personally significant to you. At your request, our carillon will ring in honor of a loved one, or in celebration of a special event for the whole area to hear. Reservations for specific times and dates can be made in the Gift Shop.

Praying with the Windows of
St. Joseph the Worker Shrine

Part I - The 100 Year+ Windows Series

Part II - The St. Joseph Windows

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

This Week's Message
from Fr. Amesse
November 20, 2022

What kind of king is Jesus? He is not a despot. He is not a dictator. He does not directly oppose the authorities of his time. Jesus was not a man seeking power. He had all the power in the world, as God. He was a humble servant. He washed the feet of the apostles. He called them his friends. He wants us to be his friends.   

It’s the feast of Christ the King!  For the 1st time in 70 years, a king sits on the throne in England. Charles III (third). Charles III cannot do what Jesus can. Only Christ can give us salvation. We cannot spend time with King Charles. We can spend a lot of time with Jesus. Especially at Mass. Becoming like Christ the King is our goal.   

Many don’t have the time to spend with Jesus in prayer. Jesus, however, is always with us. Thus, we can send the Lord “spiritual text messages” throughout the day. “Jesus, Mary, I love you, save souls.” A long time ago I would come here to confession. Father Jean Vallieres, OMI, would often give me a penance of saying, 15 times, “Jesus, I love you.”     

And our Lord has a sense of humor. A man went to Jesus. “Can I smoke while I pray?” Jesus responds, “No, you cannot smoke while you are praying. But you may pray while you smoke.” Jesus wants us to be joyful Christians. Who would have thought of the Lord choosing a criminal to be the first one to be with Him in heaven? 

I remember you at Mass.

We Remember the Holy Souls In November

November is the month when we remember our beloved deceased family members and friends. Our prayer for the Faithful Departed should always be a part of our life of prayer. The church never fails in every celebration of the Eucharist to pray for the Faithful Departed and so we also should keep them always in our love by our prayer for their eternal repose.

1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: “Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin.”609  From the beginning, the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them; above all in the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.610 The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead. (95813711479)

Let us help to truly commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, who can doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.

Taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

St. Joseph the Worker Shrine invites you on a
Christmastime pilgrimage
to the
National Shrine of
Our Lady of La Salette
 Saturday, December 3, 2022
 $78.00 per person

Upon arrival at the Shrine, we will participate in Confessions, followed by a Celebration of Mass. After that, people will have time to visit the spectacular International Creche Museum with time to visit the Gift Shop. Everyone will then enjoy a full Buffet Dinner followed by Smores over the Fire Pits. Then for the climax of our trip, everyone will have a chance to view the incredible display of Christmas lights and decorations around the property before we head home. We hope you will consider coming with us, we would love to have you along. View complete details here.

Starting in January, the young adult group Pure in Heart will resume.  Father Terry O’Connell began this program years ago.  It will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  The first meeting will be on Tuesday, January 10th.  Any questions, contact Fr. Amesse.  We will study the ideas of St. John Paul II regarding Pure in Heart!

Oblates in Korea

He has been awarded the Ho Am Sang Prize, the Korean Nobel Prize for community service. He has never stopped wearing the apron of a helper-cook in his oasis on the outskirts of Seoul, called ‘Anna’s House’. He is Father Vincenzo Bordo, a missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate. Since 1990 Father Vincenzo Bordo, OMI has been providing shelter and care services to the homeless in the suburbs of Seoul.

From the beginning of 1993 until today, Anna’s House has offered 3,119,137 meals, an average of 550 per day. Not counting the more than 20,000 health care interventions and 707 legal consultations. and the service of a shuttle bus that four times a week goes out at night to minister to young people living on the streets.  There is the service of a shuttle bus that four times a week goes out at night to minister to young people living on the street, so much so that since 2015; 39,759 young people have been rescued.

Holiday Snowscapes Display
November 27 - January 6

During the Christmas season this year (from the first Sunday of Advent through the Feast of the Epiphany), in addition to the annual Shrine Museum display of some 62 Nativities from all over the world, we will also feature a display of Holiday Snowscapes.                                              

These creations - hand crafted by Fr. Ron Meyer and motivated by the ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ sentiment - will be arrayed in the Shrine’s downstairs Hall.

Entrance to the Snowscapes display will be available through the Gift Shop/Bookstore on Monday through Saturday – from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Sunday hours will coincide with the morning Mass schedule from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Come and enjoy these meticulously crafted and illuminated Holiday Snowscapes, and perhaps enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while perusing these fascinating winter scene creations.


Each Christmas at the Shrine we put a Christmas tree in the back corner that contains tags with desired gift items for children and families in need. These gifts are then carefully collected and distributed to the many children and families in need in the greater Lowell area. 

Future bulletins will provide details on the last possible dates these gifts should be brought into the Shrine in order to get them to each family in time for Christmas.  Of course current financial circumstances make your expected generosity more important than ever. As always, we thank you for your kindness!

Christmas Nativity Display
Shrine Museum
November 27 - January 8

Come to the Stable is the name of a 1949 film starring Loretta Young as Sister Margaret and Celeste Holm as Sister Scholastica. On a cold December night, the two French nuns arrive unannounced at Miss Amelia Potts barn-art studio and proceed to recruit the townspeople to help them build a children’s hospital.  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 film star Dolores Hart found her true calling in life.  Dolores Hart is the actress who gave Elvis Presley his first kiss in the movies. 

Br. Richard Coté, OMI, Curator of the museum, with help from the Oblate Associates, invites all Shrine visitors to “COME TO THE STABLE(S)”. This display is available from next Sunday, the FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, through January 8, 2023, and consists of over 60 nativities from around the world. Admission is free, however, a free-will offering will help us continue this tradition in the future.

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


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

Office 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

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

Prayer of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Click on the Image to view the prayer