Birthday Blessings

Birthday Blessings

Help Fr. Clarence Celebrate His 100th Birthday!

Shhh, can you keep a secret?

Father Clarence Zachman, O.M.I. will soon be celebrating his 100th brithday. And I need your help to make this milestone celebration extra special.

O.K., so you are probably wondering, who is Fr. Clarence? Well, let me tell you about this wonderful man and incredible missionary priest.

Father Clarence grew up in a family of eight children and attended grade school at an Oblate parish. At his First Communion, young Clarence asked Jesus what He wanted him to do when he got big. Jesus responded, "Be a priest."

Father Clarence has been a missionary priest for 72 years! Most of his early years were spent as a teacher. In 1961, he joined the Air Force as a Military Chaplain and served for the next 20 years in countries around the world.

In 1981 he began ministering a the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows where he spent endless hours talking, counseling and praying with pilgrims. Earlier this year he moved into an assisted living facility at the age of 99. But he hasn't slowed down. The grounds-keeping crew repeatedly has to stop Fr. Clarence from raking leaves, shoveling snow and planting flowers!

"What keeps me young is that I am always looking to improve my personal relationship with God," said Fr.Clarenc. "God has always had a plan for me. And I know that He will continue to have a plan for me for as long as I live. It's simple, just let God be God, because God is love. I am always being reminded of His love. God has taken care of me every single day, and He will do so for every day to come."

Father Clarence truly is the embodiment of God's love on earth. Is there someone in your life that is also the embodiment of God's love? Just follow these simple steps to make their birthday celebration something special:

Send Your Birthday Petitions

Send your birthday message to Fr. Clarence and after you do so, include your personal prayer need. Father Clarence and all of the Oblates here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows will lift your needs up at Mass and in our prayers.

Send your Birthday petitions

Birthday Devotional Gifts

Your donation for these gifts will be used by the Missionary Oblates to improve the lives of poor and needy people around the world.

Let Your Spirit Soar Butterfly Pin  Best Friends Angel Figurine   Our Lady's Bug Rosary with Pouch and Prayer Card Set   hail Mary Prayer Ring

Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing and delivery of your item.

Send a beautiful Birthday Card to your loved ones.

These cards include the Gift of Prayer, a priceless gift that never goes out of style. The recipient will be remembered in prayer at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome and the Nationa Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. I will also have a Votive Candle lit at the Shrine your loved one's honor.

 the greatest gift of all is Love Card

Birthday Votive Candles

Votive Candles    

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