Remember the story some time ago about the beautiful Shrine of St. Anne in Fall River, MA, that was scheduled for closure? It looked grim for the magnificent church. A group of lay people got organized, worked something out with the diocese and they’ve kept it going. The lower church is open and many people are coming to visit and to pray. Tonight the local bishop will say Mass and they will have a procession.
One of the people who has saved the church is a regular commentator here and a ham radio operator!
He has sent photos. They’ve been scrubbing and cleaning and organizing and finding old treasures.
Local news story HERE
A relic of St. Ann. Bp. Morlino, who had a real devotion to her, would have loved that.
The upstairs.. which needs work…
I am told that people are coming in, staying, praying, buying candles. They are making some money and momentum.
Our friend found the chalice his grandfather gave to the church. It’s all polished up and ready for the Mass tonight.
See the crutches?
Ready for the procession.
Yes, it can be done.
It takes tears and sweat and patience and diplomacy and prayers on top of prayers. And I think that Bp. Morlino is smiling on this one.
The local bishop, who had wanted to close the place, will say the Mass tonight. The people with whom he had the tussle invited him.
Never never never underestimate the power of an invitation. Pray to their Guardian Angels tonight to continue to soften hearts.
St. Anne, pray for us.