Here’s the story.
In 2017, Fr. Joe Pichai, from the missionary Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian), founded by St. Vincent de Paul, was asked by the Bishop of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador, Canada to work among the Innu indigenous people in Sheshatshiu, Our Lady of Snows Parish. The Innu people have a long history of strong faith with the Catholic Church, since they were evangelized in 1615. More about the Innu Catholic community history HERE.
Last year one of my parishioners, Simon Andrew, had a liver transplant in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I prayed for him and the transplant was successful. Simon returned home after the operation. Beginning of June 2020, I remember opening my iPad and while browsing through, I found a movie on St. Sharbel. I watched the whole movie, and then a desire sprouted in my heart to pray to St. Sharbel for his intercession for the healing of the many sick people in my community. I googled and found the email address of The Family of Saint Sharbel. I wrote them an email requesting a medal and holy oil for my friend Simon Andrew. To my surprise I got a quick reply and also a small parcel with all the things I requested.
My friend Simon was not feeling well in the fall of 2020. So he travelled to see the liver specialist at the Health Sciences Hospital in St. John’s, Newfoundland, at the beginning of October 2020. On the basis of his routine monthly blood tests, Simon was told that his body was rejecting the liver transplant. He was very upset about it. He called me that day, I told him not to lose heart and that I am praying for him and moreover I am going to start praying a Novena to St. Sharbel, especially for him. I started the Novena to St. Sharbel on October 3. Simon and his wife Tina returned from St. John’s by car, a three-day trip. By this time, he was so physically unwell that he was unable to drive. He got back to our town and went straight to the Labrador Grenfell Regional Hospital in Goose Bay Labrador and was admitted overnight. He was again told that they could do nothing for him, but they increased his anti-rejection drugs anyway. They did the blood work and reported that his kidneys are not working well. He was devastated. He was really down and gave up hope. I gave him hope. I asked him to join in the 9 days of the Novena prayers and on the last day of the Novena I anointed him and gave him the medal I received from The Family of Saint Sharbel.
The following day, I met him in the grocery store, and he told me that the doctors from St. John’s called him and told him that there was NO problem with his liver. It is perfectly well. An hour after this call, the doctors from the local hospital called him and said that the blood work that was done lately shows that his kidneys are perfectly alright. They concluded that he has nothing to worry about. He shared the news with me, and I began to cry with joy and thankfulness. I told him to wear the medal of St. Sharbel all the time possible.
Simon believes in the power of St. Sharbel to heal. He has not made a public testimony, but I have shared the story with the parishioners, who are encouraged in their faith.
There were many people who have experienced healing after receiving the anointing with the holy oil of Saint Sharbel. That happens only by the mercy and love of God through the intercession of St. Sharbel. Glory to God. Amen.
On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, the community will be screening a movie about Saint Sharbel. The next day Fr. Joe will start the novena to Saint Sharbel, followed by prayer for healing. The novena ends on the 22nd of January. You can check the announcement HERE.
The Family of Saint Sharbel contributed to Fr. Joe’s efforts to acquire a 52-inch statue of Saint Sharbel. Fr. Joe’s hope was that he could install this statue in his church on December 24 which is Christmas eve and the memorial of the death of Saint Sharbel. The statue was delivered on December 21 and installed on December 24; thanks be to God.
. Sheshatshiu is an Innu federal reserve in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, located approximately 30 kilometers north of Goose Bay.
. Our Lady of Snows-Sheshatshiu: https://www.facebook.com/Our-Lady-of-Snows-Sheshatshiu-1053670304790206/