Honor Your Loved Ones with a

Honor Your Loved Ones with a "Rose to Remember"

On All Souls Day I am going to honor an incredible Missionary Oblate who passed away in December - Fr.Joe Corriveau, O.M.I. Allow me a few minutes to tell you about this wonderful man.

Father Joe was ordained in 1961 and two years later accepted an assignment to Haiti. The poorest country in the Western Hempisphere would be his home for the next 56 years.

When Fr. Joe first arrived in Haiti he began his ministry at a rural parish. Flooding, disease and hunger constantly brought suffering and death to his parishioners. In addition to these difficulties, Fr. Joe also had to deal with immense violence in the neighborhood. He presided at countless funerals for victims of the violence, including children.

In 2010 a massive earthquake destroyed much of Haiti. Father Joe led the efforts by the Oblates to rebuild their parishes, schools and other mission sites. The rebuilding took years.

"People were ready to work to rebuild if they only had the money." said Fr. Joe at the time. Fortunately for us we had the money because of our generous benefactors in the United States."

For more than four years, Fr. Joe raised funds and oversaw the rebuilding of his beloved parish of St. Anthony of Padua in the mountain town of Fon Elese. Shortly after it was completed, a hurricane destroyed much of the new construction. It took several more years of fundraising and work for the parish to be rebuilt. But Fr. Joe persevered and today the parish is a true beacon of hope in the community.

In 2019, Fr. Joe returned to the United States for medical care. When the Covid-19 pandemic began, he could not return to his beloved Haiti. Tragically, Fr. Joe died of complications from Covid-19. In Haiti, parishioners at St. Anthony were devastated when they heard the news, and gathered for a virtual funeral Mass to say good-bye to their beloved Pastor.

Although Fr. Joe's earthly ministry has concluded, he is still with his parishioners every day, in their hearts and minds. That is what we celebrate on All Souls Day, the promise of eternal life because of our faith.

On November 2, I will honor Fr. Joe by having a rose placed in his honor at the All Souls Remembrance Mass held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. And I want to do the same for the loved ones in your life who are now experiencing eternal life.

Father Joe often sent emails to his brother Oblates updating us on his work in Haiti and making sure that our benefactors knew how important they were to our success. In one of his last emails from Haiti, he wrote:

"Please make sure the donors know that we appreciate their prayers and their sharing with us and the people of Haiti. Their interest and missionary spirit gives us the courage to keep going. My fellow Oblate priests and brothers and I are grateful for their generous help and the concern they manifest for us. Make sure they know we are remembering them in our prayers and daily Mass. May they be generously blessed by the Lord!"

And today I echo Fr. Joe's thoughts. May God bless you for your generous heart.

Petitions

Send me your Prayer Petition. You will also be remembered in prayer during the All Souls Novena at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.


All Souls Devotional Gifts

Honor your loved ones by having Roses to Remember placed at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows. For a donation of $10 or more, for each rose, I will see that roses are displayed in honor of your deceased loved ones at the All Souls Remembrance.

All Souls Rose of Remembrance   Purple Ladder Rosary

Annual and Perpetual Enrollments

Honor your loved one by having them prayed for in 730 Masses a year. This special gift of prayer is reserved for people who have been honored with an Annual or Perpetual Enrollment. the names of those perpetually enrolled will be recited aloud at the Shrine Church on All Souls Day and can be viewed that day at oblatesusa.org/live

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Votive Candles

A Candle of Remembrance is a beautiful way to honor someone who has passed to eternal life. I will have a Candle of Remembrance lit for your departed loved one at the Shrine for a donation of $25 or more.

Votive Candles

Engraved Memorial at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

Memorials are available at numerous devotional sites at the Shrine and are a wonderful way to remember the impact of a departed loved one. To receive a Memorial Brochure contact 1-888-330-6264.

 

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