"Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted."

Do you often struggle to find the right words to comfort someone who has lost a loved one? I certainly do. That is why I would like to send you these Oblate Sympathy cards. These cards are a beautiful way to remind someone who is grieving that they are not alone, and that they can find comfort in God's loving embrace.

In addition to providing words of comfort, these cards also lift up the departed loved one through the power of prayer in three special ways:

- Remembrance during a Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

- A Votive Candle, symbolizing the eternal life that we receive from God, will be lit at the Shrine in honor of the departed loved one.

- More than 75 elder and infirmed Oblate priests and brothers will lift up the departed loved one during their daily prayers at three communities (Tewksbury, Massachusetts; Belleville, Illinois and San Antonio, Texas).

I recently sent an Oblate Sympathy card to the family of Fr. Alejandro (Alex) Roque, O.M.I. During my pastoral internship in the seminary, I lived for ten months at the Florida parish where Fr. Alex was the Pastor. He inspired me to be the best Oblate and pastoral man for God's people.

Father Alex was born in Cuba. When he was 9 years old, his parents smuggled him out of the country. They feared the Communists would abduct him and send the youngster to the Soviet Union to be brainwashed.

Young Alex was part of a secret airlift to get children out of Cuba. In Miami, he lived in a type of refugee camp for children before relatives could be located. Five years later he was finally reunited with his parents after they escaped Cuba.

As an Oblate priest, Fr. Alex ministered in parishes and in our formation programs, inspiring seminarians like me. When I learned that he had been assigned to the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, I was looking forward to again ministering with my former Pastor.

But then tragedy struck. Three months before he was scheduled to arrive at the Shrine, Fr. Alex was diagnosed with stage three pancreatic cancer and passed away just a few months later. In the days that followed his death, I grieved for my brother, and also thanked God for having him in my life.

When I lit a Votive Candle in memory of Fr. Alex, I began to feel at peace. The flame of the candle reminded me that Fr. Alex's life had not been extinguished. Instead, he had transitioned into Eternal Life as he had preached for many years.

Who in your life is grieving and could us a gift of comfort? Simply follow these steps to bring them peace:


The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate will remember you and your loved ones in prayer. Send your petitions in to be remembered in Mass

Have the name of a deceased loved one placed on the Missionary Oblates' Sympathy Prayer Chain. They will be remembered in prayer by Oblates and friends around the world.

Sympathy Devotional Gifts

I have chosen some sympathy gifts that you can send to someone who is grieving. The Visitor From Heaven Bracelet is particularly inspirational as the cardinal is a symbol that a visitor from Heaven is near.

Visitor From Heaven Bracelet    Joseph's Sutido Angel with Dove Statue    Archangels Comfort Rosary with Pouch   Warmest Thoughts Gift Set

Sympathy Cards

When you send a Missionary Oblate Sympathy card, a Votive Candle will be lit in memory of the departed loved one. They will also be prayed for at Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and at our three communities for elder and infirmed Oblates.

Wishing You Comfort & Peace Card    

Votive Candle

A Votive Candle will be lit in memory of the departed loved one. The deceased will also be remembered in Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and at our three communities for elder and infirmed Oblates.

Votive Candles    

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