Assumptionists, Friends, and Family of Fr. Oliver Blanchette, A.A.,
Most of us could not attend the funeral on Saturday, May 16, 2020 due to precautions related to COVID-19. The few that attended tried to capture as much of it as possible through video and pictures.
This video is one hour long and has 5 parts:
1. The Wake – 0:00 to 1:22 – Pictures are shown during this chapter. The background music is from the Requiem by French composer, Gabriel Fauré sung by Tenebrae accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra. We'll listen to the first part of the “Introit et Kyrie.”
2. The Mass – 1:22 to 41:25 – The video captures as much of the Mass as we could reasonably record. Fr. Dinh Votran, A.A. delivers the Mass; Fr. Peter Omwoyo, A.A. concelebrates. You might need to turn your sound up to hear it better.
3. The Funeral Procession – 41:25 to 45:14 – It was about a 30 minute drive from the Sitkowski & Malboeuf funeral home in Webster, Massachusetts to St. Anne Cemetery in Sturbridge. We'll give you a little taste of it while Fr. Oliver's first cousin twice removed, Jake Connelly, sings the "Magnificat" by George Dyson, with the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys conducted by the late Dr. John Scott. Jake was 12 years old at the time and is the principal treble (soprano) soloist throughout the piece. Today, he is a baritone.
4. The Cemetery – 45:14 to 57:10 – Fr. Dinh, Fr. Peter, and Fr. Alex Castro, A.A. lead us through the graveside service where several of us sprinkled holy water on the casket.
5. The Highlights – 57:10 to 60:00 – A recap in pictures as we hear “In Paradisum,” again from Fauré's Requiem. About his Requiem, Fauré wrote, "Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest."
thank you so much for sahring this. praying for our fr. oliver.
Thank you so much for sharing this video since we all couldn’t be there to say goodbye to our dear Fr Oliver!
It is with heartfelt Thank You for sharing this most holy, intimate video. Although we could not be all together at this time, we were there in spirit. God Bless The Assumptionist Community. Rest in Peace Fr. Oliver. You will remain forever in our hearts.
Thank you all for your kind words. It is the sincere hope of the small group of us who were able to attend that you may view the recording and see what we saw, hear what we heard, and hopefully feel moved by it in your own way. Please share your thoughts.
Thank you so much for having shared this. I have seen and listened now I believe. Kizito, a.a.
Thank you for sharing Fr Oliver's funeral Mass . He was a regular attendant at Taize when we celebrated at Assumption.
You're welcome, Gloria. Thanks for viewing and commenting.
Carol and I were Fr. Oliver's next door neighbors when we lived at 41 Old English from 2010-2014. We enjoyed watching him take his afternoon walk. He always had a joyful wave to share with us. Requiescat in pace, O serve fidelis!
My brother Fr Camillus Thibault a.a. Lived with Fr. Oliver at Old English Rd. For several years. I have known Fr Oliver for over 60 years and always admired him as a true and faithful religious. I was amazed at his memory of people and his wisdom. He is with the Lord! I will never forget his warm smile and greetings. Rest In Peace Fr. Oliver!