Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Honor a special mother with a beautiful carnation displayed at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

Monica Streetman loves her son so much, that's why she has barely talked to him in nearly a year.

Monica's son, Chris, is an Oblate novice, living here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Monica and her family live just 20 minutes down the road in Breese, Illinois. But she keeps her distance from her son, because she loves him and the Missionary Oblates.

"It's hard on me not seeing him," said Monica. "But I have to let him be, because he needs to be with his Oblate family now."

As an Oblate novice, Chris is spending a year away from family, friends and loved ones to discern his calling to religious life. In the summer, he will make first vows and continue his journey to the priesthood as a scholastic.

Monica told me Chris had health problems as an infant and wasn't expected to live past the age of one. But he survived and mom's strong Catholic faith made her a regular pilgrim to the Shrine. Young Chris would tag along and told his mom when he was 8 years old that he wanted to become a priest.

As he grew older, Chris' faith grew thanks to his mom, his family and the Oblates at the Shrine. When he decided to take the first step to the priesthood, he looked at several options. But eventually he knew in his heart that he belonged with the Oblates.

Today, Chris calls the Shrine home. And on Mother's Day, he is going to remember his mom in a special way by placing a carnation for her at the Shrine altar.

You too can honor your mother by placing a carnation at the Shrine altar in her honor. You can also honor other remarkable mother's in your life - daughters, aunts, mothers-in-law and more. Just follow these simple steps to make Mother's Day a special day for these extraordinary mothers:

MOTHER'S DAY PETITIONS

Send the name of your mother and other special mothers. They will be prayed for at both the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth.


MOTHER'S DEVOTIONAL GIFTS

Select one of our beautiful Mother's Day devotional gifts in appreciation for your donation.

             

Mother's Day Cards

Send a Mother's Day card to those special mothers in your life. They will be prayed for every day for an entire year at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, until Mother's Day 2022. They will also be prayed for at a special Mass celebrated on Mother's Day at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

Mother's Day Blessings Card     Blessings to you on Mother's Day Card   

Mother's Day Votive Candles

Have a Mother's Day Votive Candle lit at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

   

Mother's Day Memorial

Honor a beloved mother forever by having a Memorial engraved for her at the Shrine. Her name will appear on a stainless steel plaque at the Mother's Memorial Wall, and a Mother's Day Candle will be lit for her at the Basilica of the Annunciation.

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