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/April
All Holy Hours begin at 4 PM

 Wednesday, March 29th
 For priestly and religious vocations
Monday, April 10th
To end human trafficking
Monday, April 24th
To end abortion



Palm Sunday, April 2nd
Vigil Mass: Saturday at 4 PM
Sunday Masses at 8 AM, 10 AM, 12 PM

Holy Thursday, April 6th
Morning Prayer at 8 AM

Confessions: 10 AM - 12 Noon
(double confessors)

Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7 PM
followed by Adoration until Midnight

Holy Week at the Shrine of St. Joseph the Worker

Good Friday, April 7th
Morning Prayer at 8 AM

Confessions: 10 AM - 12 Noon & 2 PM - 3 PM
(double confessors)
Midday Stations of the Cross 12 Noon
Divine Mercy Novena 12:30 PM

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
 3 PM

Twilight Stations of the Cross: 7 PM
Bring a flashlight to light up the stations. Some flashlights will be available.



Holy Saturday, April 8th

Morning Prayer at 8 AM
Confessions: 10 AM - 1 PM
(double confessors)

Divine Mercy Novena 12 Noon

Easter Vigil and Mass 7 PM

Easter Sunday, April 9th  

Masses: 8 AM, 10 AM & 12 Noon

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. 

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

When we listen to our conscience, we hear God speaking to us. Conscience! We must obey our conscience.  Many people are fond of quoting St. John Henry Newman regarding conscience. He called conscience, “the aboriginal Vicar of Christ.” I think of a man in a jungle when I hear “aboriginal”.

However, even “uncivilized” men and women have a conscience. Many do a great job in following it. The Vicar of Christ (the pope) instructs us. Our conscience, “the aboriginal pope”, instructs us too. Therefore, we must treat conscience with the reverence we show to the Holy Father.

I love how the Catechism puts it in #1779: “It is important for every person to be sufficiently present to himself in order to hear and follow the voice of his conscience.” Let’s face it, there are so many distractions in life. It is not easy to hear clearly the voice of our conscience. So, try at least twice a day to do what St. Augustine asks…

Return to your conscience, question it…Turn inward, and in everything you do, see God as your witness. 

My conscience never allows me to forget to 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

St. Joseph most just
Pray for us!

-Litany of St. Joseph

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

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