Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Have a mother honored on Mother's Day with a beautiful Carnation placed at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

On Mother's Day, thousands of carnations will be on display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Each carnation will represent a beloved mother, someone who has made an indelible impact on her children. I would like to share with you the story of one of these mothers.

Maria Gaspar is the mother to seven children, all sons. Her eldest son is Fr. Juan Gaspar, O.M.I. the Director of Hispanic Ministry here at the Shrine. Father Juan was ordained in 2013, but his mom has been an active member of the Oblate family for a much longer time.

Maria and her late husband, Benjamin, were active members of the Oblates' Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Houston, Texas when Fr. Juan was born in 1977. When Fr. Juan was a baby, Maria joined a prayer group at her parish to pray for vocations. Around that time she also began donating regularly to the Oblates' seminarian program. Little did she know that her prayers and donations would one day benefit her son!

Father Juan entered the Oblate formation program as a pre-novice in 2006. He was ordained in 2013. At Fr. Juan's ordination Maria beamed with pride, as you can see from the photo. I'll never forget what she told our Provincial during that special day, "My prayers and donations got him this far, now he's your responsibility."

Maria is still an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, where she is a Eucharistic Minister. She also continues to promote Oblate vocations. The strength Maria receives from her faith and family was on display last summer when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, flooding much of her home. Maria was able to rebuild with the helping hand from family and friends.

On Mother's Day I will place a carnation near the altar of the Shrine for Maria as we celebrate a beautiful Mother's Day Mass. Maria is truly a remarkable mother. Is there a remarkable mother, or mothers, in your life that you would like for me to honor the same way?


Send the name of your mother and other special mothers. Their names will be placed in the Mother's Prayer Capsule here at the Shrine where they will be prayed for by the Oblates and Shrine pilgrims until Mother's Day 2019. In addition, they will also be prayed for at a special Mother's Day Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

Mother's Devotional Gifts


Mother's Day Cards

Mother's Day Blessing Card    

Mother's Day Votive Candles


Mother's Day Memorial

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