What is a Shrine, and what makes a shrine different?
Shrines are places set apart, designated for spiritual growth and healing. They are places of pilgrimage and worship. We are grateful to Bishop Edgar DaCunha S.D.V. for permitting St Anne’s to be a holy place where the Sacrament of Reconciliation can be celebrated for the pilgrims and faithful who visit.
Beginning this Thursday, January 4, 2024, confessions will be available on Thursday afternoons from 2:00-3:15pm every week. (Unless otherwise noted). Please use the confessional on the left hand side of the Shrine near the statue of St. Padre Pio. Confessions are available anonymously or face-to-face as the penitent desires.
We are also grateful to the rotation of priests that have so graciously agreed to help us in this ministry. Please pray for them and for the shrine in this necessary ministry.
To enable our volunteers and staff to spend time with their families as we await the coming of Our Savior, the St. Anne Shrine of Fall River’s holiday hours leading up to Christmas are as follows:
Friday, December 22, 2023: Open 10AM – 4PM
Saturday, December 23, 2023: Open 10AM – NOON
Sunday, December 24, 2023 (Christmas Eve): CLOSED
Monday, December 25, 2023 (Christmas Day): CLOSED
We will reopen at our normally-scheduled time on TUESDAY, December 26, 2023 at 10AM.
The members of the board of the Preservation Society, the volunteers, and clergy who contribute to the liturgical life of the Shrine wish you a joyous, happy, and wonderful Christmas Day, and pray that 2024 brings you health, prosperity, and peace.
Seeking a new way to make time for God during the busyness of the season? Join us for our annual Advent Solemn Evening Prayer Series!
They take place during the first three Sundays of Advent at the Shrine in the lower church. The schedule is as follows:
- Sunday, December 3 at 3:00pm: First Sunday of Advent Vespers
- Celebrated by Rev. Pinto Paul, CSC
- Includes sung evening prayer, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction, and Confession
- Sunday, December 10 at 4:00pm: Second Sunday of Advent Vespers
- Celebrated by Very Rev. Riley Williams
- Includes traditional sung evening prayer
- Sunday, December 17 at 4:00pm: Lessons & Carols
- Celebrated by Rev. Michael Racine
- Includes beloved congregational carols & hymns sung in the context of evening prayer
If you have any questions, please contact the Shrine at 508-678-1510, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by messaging us via our social media pages @StAnneShrineFR.
Father Edward Murphy, chaplain of St. Anne Shrine, has announced the schedule of Healing Masses for the Winter/Spring cycle of 2024. All dates are THURSDAY evenings, starting with the Holy Rosary at 6:00PM with the Sacrament of Reconciliation available, followed by the Mass, Healing Service, and Benediction and Exposition at 6:30PM. The dates are listed below for your convenience. Please make a note of them on your calendar!
We do ask you to use alternating pews (unavailable pews will be ribboned-off) so Fr. Murphy and his assistant can attend to everyone during the healing service portion of these services. All are invited to attend this beautiful liturgy.
After years of anticipation, the St. Anne Shrine Preservation Society officially began repairs on the south side of the roof of Saint Anne Shrine of Fall River this past week. A combined crew from J.G. Vandal Roofing and Starck Architects of Fall River began setting up scaffolding in the adjacent parking lot on Wednesday, October 25, and repairs began in full swing on Friday, November 10.
The Preservation Society is thrilled to have arrived at this important stage of restoration, and looks forward to the hopeful reopening of the upper church. Jeff Montigny, Vice President of the Preservation Society, said: “Over the past year, we [studied] the roof in detail [and] discovered that the gutters and downspouts were failing. We decided to take a phased approach to the repairs aimed at repairing the worst damage first. This year, we’re repairing and replacing the upper gutter and downspouts on the hospital side of the building. We will then focus our efforts to other areas on the roofline as a next phase.”
Montigny expressed his gratitude for the community’s support of the Shrine’s restoration efforts. “I would like to thank all of our donors… from the major donors to daily visitors who come to the Shrine to purchase a candle. All those funds are being utilized for the preservation of this building… for generations to come.”
The Preservation Society still needs financial support to continue the repairs. Those wishing to make their tax-deductible donation can do so in person at the Shrine’s gift shop (located in the lower church), mail it to Saint Anne Shrine (818 Middle Street, Fall River, MA 02721), or complete it online at https://st-annes-shrine.org/donation/.