2012 marks the 125th anniversary of our Shrine's celebration of its annual Novena to Saint Anne. Begun in 1887, it has continued uninterrupted every year beginning on July 18 and culminating on July 26, the Feast of Saint Anne, when we honor our blessed patroness, mother of the Blessed Virgin, grandmother of Jesus, and wife of Saint Joachim, Good Saint Anne.
In 2011, over 400 of the faithful participated each evening enjoying the beauty and rich tradition of this Catholic devotion in solidarity with the many pilgrims of all faiths, cultures and generations. The music was uplifting and the speakers, celebrants and homilists were inspiring. The schedule for the events of the 2011 Novena is shown below.
Fr Peter, A.A., invites everyone to join him at the very special 2012 Novena as we celebrate its 125th anniversary! Bishop Robert J. McManus will dedicate the Shrine's new Generations statue and its memorial grounds at 6:30 PM on July 18th. All are most welcome to attend this special event!
2012 NOVENA TO SAINT ANNE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, July 18 Rosary at 7:00 PM Mass at 7:30 PM
Bishop Robert J. McManus, Bishop of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts
Thursday, July 19 Rosary at 7:00 PM Mass at 7:30 PM
Rev. Nick Desimone, Saint Joseph Church, Charlton, MA
Friday, July 20 Rosary at 7:00 PM Mass at 7:30 PM
Rev. Alex Castro, A.A., Assistant Novice Master, Augustinians of the Assumption
Saturday, July 21 Rosary at 7:00 PM Mass at 7:30 PM
Rev. Tam Bui, Our Lady of Vilna Church, Worcester, MA
Sunday, July 22 Rosary at 5:30 PM Mass at 6:00 PM
Rev. John L. Franck, A.A., Assistant General, Augustinians of the Assumption
Monday, July 23 Rosary at 7:00 PM Mass at 7:30 PM
Rev. Malumba Matsongani, A.A. and Rev. Anthony Mpagi (concelebrant)
Tuesday, July 24 Rosary at 7:00 PM Mass at 7:30 PM
Rev. Jose Rodriguez, Saint Joan of Arc Church, Worcester, MA
Wednesday, July 25 Rosary at 7:00 PM Mass at 7:30 PM
Rev. Peter R. Precourt, A.A., Director Saint Anne Shrine, Pastor Saint Anne - Saint Patrick Parish, Fiskdale, MA
Thursday, July 26 11:00 AM Anointing Service and Mass
7:00 PM Rosary Procession 7:30 PM Closing Novena Mass
Most Rev. George E. Rueger, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Worcester