But first, here is a beautiful prayer composed for this Mass which was offered upon the Extended Family of Saint Andre Bessette. I was so moved by this prayer that I want to share it with you and I pray for this blessing on you too!
God of the living,
although Saint Andre was a man with a vow of chastity,
nonetheless a great family now claims him as their own.
May the members of his family
cherish his memory,
and keep alive the flame of his story.
May they be inspired by his example,
to welcome the stranger with open hands;
attend to the sick with comforting words;
and be a light of hope to those
whom life has beaten down.
And one day, when they have received God's summons,
may they find Brother Andre, heaven’s doorkeeper,
waiting for them with open arms,
welcoming them into the courts of the King of Heaven,
where they will meet Jesus Christ, their Lord and Savior,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
by Father Charles Corso, CSC
Following the mass the relatives of Saint Andre were invited to a wonderful Reception. What a joyful day it was!!! Thank you God and thank you to all the friends of Saint Andre at the Oratory!
First here are a few photos of our drive to the Oratory.
We have just arrived and Mike is standing outside of our car