Follow Your Heart...

Follow Your Heart...

Happy Birthday! I mean...Happy St. Valentine's Day!

My birthday is nine days before St. Valentine's Day, so the two events have always gone hand-in-hand in my mind. I considered myself blessed to have so much love surrounding my special day.

My sisters and cousins have birthdays in warm-weather months. So growing up, I always felt a little down since my memories of childhood birthdays seemed to always include snow. I know many kids would take a "snow day" any day, but the snow often meant no birthday party for me. After all, no parent wanted to risk a drive in the snow to bring my friends to my birthday party.

Valentine's/Birthday CakeMy parents felt bad, I suppose, that my parties sometimes fell short. To make it up, my mother would bake a heart-shaped birthday cake. Talk about baking with love! Because of this tradition, for years I felt as if my birthday was a celebration of Valentine's Day. My family wanted to show the love they had for me. And I certainly felt it! Thanks Mom and family for always helping me to feel loved.

This Valentine's Day, I want to help you feel loved too.
I pray that you know God loves you unconditionally...and so do I!

Show your love for the special persons in your life. Say "I love you" in a special way! When you do - you'll also show your love for our brothers and sisters served by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

This St. Valentine's Day I pray you know how much God loves you - and that I love you too!



Send your prayer requests so they can be remembered at our special St. Valentine's Day Mass. The Missionary Oblates would be honored to remember your loved ones in the St. Valentine's Day Mass on February 14, 2020 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

Include my St. Valentine's Day Petitions.

St. Valentine's Devotional Gifts

Select one or more of our featured St. Valentine's Day devotional gifts that you can enjoy yourself or send to a loved one. These are gift you're sure to LOVE!

Heartfelt Embrace Magnetic Bracelet           

St. Valentine's Card

Send a St. Valentine's Day card so they can be remembered in a Mass on St. Valentine's Day at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois.


Votive Candle

For a donation of $25 or more I will see that a St. Valentine's Prayer Candle is lit for you or a loved one here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.



Request a memorial at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

Donation Amount

  • $15.00
  • $20.00
  • $40.00
  • Other$

How often would you like to give?


Select the appropriate value from the drop down and then enter the name of the person on whose behalf you are giving.