Keeping with our observance of the 125th anniversary of our beloved shrine, Bishop Edgar da Cunha, SDV, DD, has graciously accepted the preservation society’s invitation to celebrate the Solemn Mass on the Feast of St. Anne on July 26, 2021. As the necessary arrangements are made, we will be updating the website and notices through our social media channels and public media.
St. Anne’s Shrine Preservation Society is honored that our ordinary will be with us on this auspicious occasion, and we welcome Bp. da Cunha with grateful appreciation for his presence and acknowledgement of our efforts to preserve and restore this place of peace and worship in the Diocese of Fall River.
Bishop Edgar da Cunha, SDV, has graciously given his permission for Fr. Andre Feian, FI, from Our Lady’s Chapel in New Bedford to preside over the annual St. Anne Novena, July 17-25, 2021, in our beloved shrine. Additionally, Bp. da Cunha has extended the permission for a daily Mass to be celebrated during the Novena in preparation for the Feast Day of Good St. Anne.
Your preservation society is grateful for our bishop’s generosity and concern for the care of the souls under his care, and we hope that many will take advantage of this outpouring of God’s graces on us as we celebrate this 125th Anniversary of this shrine to the mother of our Blessed Mother.
The Society will be applying, with Bp. da Cunha’s permission, to the Apostolic Penitentiary for the granting of a Plenary Indulgence under the usual conditions of of Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayers for the Holy Father’s intentions for pilgrims during the month of July. We’ll have more as preparations are finalized.
This is an important and necessary step prior to the ordination to the Transitional Diaconate. Four men from Fall River made this important step at St. John’s…and are a blessing for the people of our diocese. May their numbers increase!
Mr. Maxwell Chukwudiebere (Boston) Mr. Mark Gadoury (Providence) Mr. Matthew Laird (Fall River) Mr. Derek Mobilio (Worcester) Mr. Patrick O’Connor (Boston) Mr. William J. O’Donnell ( Fall River) Mr. Gregory Quenneville (Fall River) Mr. Nathaniel Sanders (Boston) Mr. Nicholas Stano (Boston) Mr. Laurent Valliere (Fall River)
They are the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday occurring four times per year: in the first week of Lent, in the octave of Pentecost, in the third week of September, and in the third week of Advent. An easy way to remember is: Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy (Lent, Pentecost, Triumph of the Cross, and Feast of St. Lucy).
The Ember days are traditionally observed as days of fasting and abstinence (fasting and partial abstinence in the USA on Ember Wednesdays and Saturdays, with fast and complete abstinence on Ember Fridays).
We’re performing a little housekeeping on the site, and have established email addresses for contacting the various functions of the Shrine. These will be listed in the Contact Us tab on the main menu.
General Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liturgy and Devotions: email@example.com
Building and Physical Plant: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shrine Archives and Research: email@example.com