If someone asks, October 2020 is proving to be full of devotions, events, and Masses. We are certainly blessed to be able to present these activities for the enrichment of the spiritual good of Fall River and surrounding areas!
As a reminder, our live, current, and up-to-date calendar of activities can always be found on our home page under Ministries Calendar of Events.
Mr. Scott Lariviere was officially named as Director of Music for St. Anne Shrine at the Society Board of Directors meeting on Monday, September 28, 2020, acknowledging formally a position he has held since the Shrine was reopened in 2019.
Mr. Lariviere has been involved in music ministry in the Diocese of Fall River for over 10 years, learning his craft under the direction of Madeleine Grace of the Cathedral of St. Mary for organ technique and theory, the late Normand Gingras for organ functionality and stop registration, Matthew McMullen for music theory, and Mary Zema for piano.
He is fully versed in all styles of liturgical music and his skills and sensibilities have added a new dimension of beauty to liturgies, devotions, and worship activities at St. Anne.
Additionally, he is responsible for coordinating cantors and other artists who wish to perform at St. Anne with the full support of the Board of Directors of St. Anne Shrine. Congratulations Scott!
Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. But who are these mystical creatures that we call the angels of God? What is their purpose in God’s plan? Today will be part one in a two part series that takes a deeper look into who angels are.
Contrary to popular culture, angels are not human beings and human beings do not “become angels” after death. The church teaches us that angels are spiritual creatures created by God to serve him. Angels have intelligence and free will. Saint Augustine tells us that “angel” is the name of their office, however what they are is spirit. With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God (CCC 329)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states angels have been present since creation and throughout the history of salvation. Announcing this salvation from afar or near and serving the accomplishment of the divine plan (CCC 332).
Tradition tells us there are nine ranks or choirs of angels, with each rank having a specific function. They are: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Principalities, Powers, and Virtues, Archangels and Angels. The highest of the order being the Seraphim whose sole job is to adore the throne of God.
We will continue our discussion on angels on Friday as we celebrate the memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels.
“Last night, at the prayer meeting here, I spoke to my prayer group of my being led to promote a healing ministry here at St. Anne Shrine. Irene Cote told me that she had received a prophecy two months ago that St. Anne Shrine would once again become a place of healing, greater than ever.”
Journal entry of Very Rev. Pierre E. Lachance -July 19, 1978
Brothers and sisters today we celebrate the twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In today’s readings the Lord is talking to us about doing His will over our own, and what challenges it may pose. In the gospel, Jesus gives us the parable of the two sons asking which did the father’s will. Friends, our world is so full of noise that we all too often forget that we should be doing God’s will. Our world is filled with me, myself and I. What “I” want to accomplish in “my” life. Friends lets take a moment today to read the scripture passages assigned to today’s liturgy. Let us reflect, on what the Lord’s will is in our lives and strive each day to be beacons of that light to the world.