St. Joseph Mass League
100 YEAR CELEBRATION
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the St. Joseph Mass League, first launched in St. Louis by Redemptorist Fr. Christopher McEnniry, C.Ss.R. The League began in the context of the “Great War” which had just ended and the world-wide influenza pandemic. Never had there been a time of greater need for prayer and healing. In the ensuing hundred years the Mass League has become an important and beloved aspect of Redemptorist spirituality. Fr. McEnniry conceived the League as a perpetual sharing of prayers and Masses.
Through the Mass League, people ask for our prayers in many of their circumstances: marriage, birth of a child, sickness, death. They ask for peace, protection, and faith for themselves or their children. Since 1919 the St Joseph Mass League has been a way people connect to God’s grace through the prayers and works of the Redemptorists. Through these Masses said at St. Clement, people enjoy the gifts the Eucharist offers.
Fr. McEnniry identified the mission of the Mass League: “To help people in times of joy and sorrow.” The League is a vehicle for all the faithful who wish to deepen their faith and honor loved ones. Given the continuing turmoil in today’s world the need for the St. Joseph Mass League remains strong. Echoing the words of Fr. McEnniry, we ask everyone now to “foster this league and spread word of it.” The Redemptorists at the St. Clement Center fulfill the obligations of the Mass League with a daily concelebrated Mass. The intention of this Mass is for all the members living and deceased.