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FEAST DAY WAS CELEBRATED THROUGHOUT VISITATION PROVINCE IN VARIOUS WAYS…

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OTTAWA: We gathered at Serenity Renewal for Families around a beautifully prepared centrepiece that reflected the theme of "Women in Winter" which follows on our "Women in Spring" theme last May. It was a chance for those gathered to reflect, pray and share life experiences around the theme of winter literally and metaphorically in the life of Marguerite Bourgeoys and as experienced in our own lives. This was followed by a light meal and chance to socialize. Kathy Kelly, Associate

KINGSTON: St. Marguerite’s Feast Day was celebrated in Kingston on Monday, January 12th, 2015 at the Providence Motherhouse. We began at 4:00 p.m. with Mass in the beautiful chapel celebrated by Father Mac Burke and attended by the Congregation of Notre Dame sisters and associates and the sisters from the Sisters of Providence and the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph. Mass was followed by a delicious supper in the Sisters’ dining room during which Mother Bourgeoys (AKA Sr. Pat Arsenault, CND) made a visit to those present bringing blessings and greetings from our friends in Heaven. This surprise visit was a highlight of the celebration. Diane Foley, Associate

NEWFOUNDLAND: Despite the harsh, cold, snowy January weather of Newfoundland, about forty courageous parishioners joined us to celebrate our feast day on Monday evening. Bishop Peter Hundt was delighted to be with us and to preside at Eucharist. A tangible spirit of joy surrounded us as the love our people have for Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys was made visible. We presented them with the new cards of Marguerite Bourgeoys, Woman of Compassion. Since 75% of our people belong to the Qalipu Mi'Kmaq First Nations Band, their delight was very touching. We concluded the evening with a pot luck supper, the spread of food that only Newfoundlanders can cook up. Never a fear of running out when they come to celebrate! We sent out our prayers and greetings to all the CND community and associates far and wide. Sisters Mildred and Donna, CNDs

NEW BRUNSWICK: In New Brunswick, Woodstock and Fredericton Associates attended Sunday morning Mass, January 12, in Woodstock, then gathered at the Ross home for a pot-luck dinner. Marjorie Ross led the group in a shared prayer; then we wrote cards for sick members and members who have moved away. We called Winnie Odo (in Sydney) and passed around the phone so everyone talked with her. It was a lovely sunny cold day – no storm – and Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys was well feted. Eleanor McCloskey CND

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: The PEI sisters gathered with the Notre Dame Community at Andrews on January 12. During our prayer service in the community room, we sang with guitar accompaniment, prayed, reflected and shared. Three clusters of Marguerites (daisies) were placed in a vase to symbolize Pope Francis’ invitation “to make grateful remembrance of the past, to embrace the future with hope and to live the present with passion.” We prayed Psalm 21, a joyful Psalm, reminding us of Marguerite Bourgeoys’s Maxim to “make it a joy to walk always in the presence of God.” Excerpts from Ann Deignan’s book, “The Love of Lover,” provided ample inspiration for reflection and sharing.

We shared a delicious noon meal prepared and served by the staff at Andrews in the activity room. Some of us viewed a 3- minute video clip presented by Sue in which four of our sisters were interviewed. We are grateful for this community-building experience on this first feast of St. Marguerite celebrated at Andrews. Sisters of Notre Dame Community at Andrews 

 

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