Follow Your Heart...

Follow Your Heart...

Brother Steven Montez, O.M.I. recently told me about a wedding he observed at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville, Texas. Immediately, I knew Ihad to share it with you before St. Valenteine's Day.

Marielisa Huerta and Andre Benavides had their perfect wedding planned for April 25. But when the Covid-19 pandemic began, evertyghing went into disarray, especiallyt when the reception venue had to cancel.

At the cathedral, Fr.Mike Amesse, O.M.I. was getting calls from couples wanting to push back their weddings. But when Marielisa and Andre caled, they wanted jut the opposite - to push up their wedding.

Mariselisa and AndreThe couple explained that their love for one another superseded everything else. They didn't need a packed cathedral or a big reception. They just needed each other. So Fr. Mike offered a suggestion: "How about you get married tomorrow?"

The next day, March 25, Marielisa and Andre got married in a nearly-empty cathedral. In attendance were their parents, best man, maid of honor, Fr. Mike and Bro. Steven. As Marielisa walked down the vacant aisle, Andre teared up, and so did Bro. Steven.

"In the midst of all this darkness in the world, here was this couple who said more than anything, 'We want to be together,'" said Bro. Steven. "For me, they were a light in the darkness, and they reminded me just how important it is to be the light in the darkness for those we love."

This St. Valentine's Day, I ask that you be the "light in the darkness" for someone you love.



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, 2021 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 Our Lady Rosary            

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.