Yesterday evening, we gathered for the Diocese of Fall River’s Annual Procession & Mass for Peace on the steps of St. Anne Shrine.
Members of our staff and Board of Directors joined the large crowd that sang hymns and prayed the Holy Rosary, processing down South Main St. from the Shrine all the way to the Cathedral of St. Mary. There, Bishop da Cunha celebrated Mass, joined with Fr. Edward Murphy (our Chaplain) and other concelebrants.
While this beautiful event is over for this year, we continue to ask Our Lady’s intercession for peace in our world during this Month of the Rosary, especially in the war-torn areas of Ukraine, Taiwan, Israel, and Gaza.
You are invited to join us for the Deo Optimo Maximo Capital Campaign Annual Gala on Thursday, October 19, at 6:00pm at McGovern’s Restaurant in Fall River, Massachusetts! The Gala raises funds for the ongoing restoration of Saint Anne Shrine of Fall River. Please use this secure form at Donorbox to purchase tickets or sponsorships of the Gala, visit the Shrine during normal business hours, or call 508-678-1510 for more information.
Fr. Leo Patalinghug, a Catholic priest, celebrity chef, and host of EWTN’s Savoring our Faith is this year’s Gala keynote speaker. To find out more about him, see the video below on his YouTube channel. Want to meet Fr. Leo in person? Get your Gala tickets now!
Thank you for your generous support of the effort to restore our beloved St. Anne Shrine, and we hope to see you at the Gala!
The relics of St. Andre Bessette, known worldwide for his devotion and healing of visitors to the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal, will be visiting St. Anne Shrine on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 in the lower church.
St. Andre was a lay brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross and a significant figure among French-Canadians, credited with thousands of reported miraculous healings associated with his pious devotion to Saint Joseph.
He was declared venerable in 1978 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1982. Pope Benedict XVI approved the his decree of sainthood on February 9, 2010, with the formal canonization taking place on October 17, 2010.
It is reported that St. Andre visited St. Anne’s during his trips to Fall River to visit with relatives, and the Shrine gratefully welcomes him back to the shrine dedicated to the patroness of Quebec. The schedule of events is listed in the poster above.
Fr. Edward A. Murphy, Chaplain of St. Anne Shrine, has announced the schedule for his Healing Mass ministry in the Shrine. Please make note of these dates and plan to attend these uplifting and spiritually fulfilling events here at St. Anne.
The feast day of St. Dominic is celebrated on Tuesday, August 8. Known for his self-denial, apostolic zeal, and holiness, St. Dominic (Dominic de Guzman) was born in 1170 and ordained a priest at age 24. In 1216, St. Dominic established separate women’s, men’s and lay orders as the Order of Preachers, which later became known as the Dominicans.
The charism of the Dominicans is to proclaim the Word of God by preaching, teaching, and example while sustained by common life of prayer and study. Known as a joyful friar, St. Dominic conveyed enthusiasm for the Gospel. People came to St. Dominic because he offered them hope.
Along with establishment of the Order of Preachers, St. Dominic is associated with preaching on the daily devotion of praying the Holy Rosary. During the time of the Albigensian heresy, which believed that adultery, fornication, and suicide were praiseworthy and there is no heaven, no hell, and no defined moral code, St. Dominic went from town to town in Southern France preaching the TRUTH through the Word of God. Having little luck in converting the Albigenses, St. Dominic prayed fervently to Our Blessed Lady for direction and help. In Prouille, France, in 1208, The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in an abbey to St. Dominic, instructing him in the prayers of the Angelic Psalter, to be later known as the Holy Rosary. The late Dominican Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP, who was a mentor and teacher of Pope St. John Paul II when he was a student at the Angelicum in Rome, stated: “Our Blessed Lady made known to St. Dominic a kind of preaching till then unknown which she said would be one of the most powerful weapons against future errors and in future difficulties.” That St. John Paul II was devoted to the Rosary his whole life is testament to the power of this devotion.
Just as the Dominican Order continues in these missions today, St. Dominic dedicated himself to preaching the Word of God through the pursuit of Truth in His Son, Jesus Christ and encouraged daily praying of the Rosary.
St. Anne’s was privileged to have the members of the Dominican Order minister here since soon after the founding of the parish; the effect of their steadfast devotion and love of our patroness continues today as we work to reestablish the Shrine as a place of pilgrimage, hope, and peace.