In Lowell, there is the St. Joseph the Worker Shrine. This was the first parish established in the city to serve the French-speaking Canadian immigrants who came to work in the citys mills. Father James Flavin oversees the shrine and said 100,000 people a year visit, with confessions a big draw. We probably do 15,000 a year, he said. Three hours a day, four people doing them. Its like a time warp, like something youd see back in the 50s. Its very satisfying. So is the shrine motto: Come to me all who labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.
37 Lee St., Lowell, 978-458-6346, stjosephshrine.org.