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National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows:

Our Lady of the Snows Statue  An Oasis of Healing and Hope

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate live and work with poor and needy people all over the world. Here in the United States they serve at parishes, shrines and retreat centers for those seeking God’s Word.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows was established by the Oblates in 1958. Located in Belleville, Illinois the Shrine stands as an oasis of healing and hope for faithful pilgrims worldwide. More s primary mission is to help people be healed and, through that, to find hope. Hundreds of programs and spiritual events are hosted at the Shrine each year, including enrichment programs for youth, adult spirituality programs and liturgical celebrations.

Perhaps the most popular spiritual programs at the Shrine are the nine-day Mass novenas. The Shrine offers 11 annual novenas that celebrate Marian devotions, saints, holy days and family. Novenas are typically held to help us come into closer union with God. The number nine is said to be symbolic of suffering or grief, with the ninth day of a novena being a celebration or feast. Novenas are categorized as novenas of Votive Candles mourning, preparation, prayer or indulgence. The Shrine’s Annual Healing and Hope Novena is a solemn celebration of Our Lady of the Snows. Thousands of faithful people flock to the Shrine to ask for Our Lady’s healing intercession in their lives and to find God’s healing mercy. Each night the novena features music, special preaching, healing rituals and prayers – and ends with a candlelight procession. This traditional devotion in 2014 marks its 71st year and will be held July 28 through August 5 – the feast of Our Lady of the Snows.

Annual Healing and Hope Novena at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Amphitheatre


2014 – 15 Novenas at the National Shrine of
Our Lady of the Snows

  • Father’s Day (June 7 – 15)
  • Our Lady of the Snows/Annual Healing and Hope Novena
    (July 28 – August 5)
  • Holy Rosary (September 29 – October 7)
  • All Souls (October 25 – November 2)
  • Immaculate Conception (November 30 – December 8)
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12 – 20)
  • Christmas (December 25 – January 2)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes (February 3 – 11)
  • Feast of St. Patrick (March 9 – 17)
  • Easter (April 5 – 13)

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