On January12, 2016, the Truro associates gathered at the home of Joan Fraser to celebrate the Feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys! There was music, shared prayer, with 'exerpts' from the "suggested program" to honour St. Marguerite. There was a lovely Gospel Reading and sharing of the written word. Then, we all shared and read the wonderful writing Sr. Pat Simpson did on St. Marguerite, entitled "She Went on Her Way Rejoicing: Marguerite’s Gift of Joy to Us.” We concluded with discussion, shared Intentions, fellowship, and refreshments We surely enjoyed Marguerite's Gift of Joy to us.
To the chorus of the hymn to St. Marguerite Bourgeoys written by Sister Rita Clare, many Congregation of Notre Dame sisters and associates and laity paid respect on her feast day. The church St. Marguerite Bourgeoys named in honor of her patroness Saint Marguerite celebrated a mass and exposition of her relic on Jan 12, 2016 in Sydney, N.S. Father Bill Burke expressed his joy in such a large crowd attending this mass on a cold winter's night.
On January 12, the beautiful feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys was well attended by many sisters, associates and parishioners. The statue of Marguerite was placed near the altar. The relic of St Marguerite was placed near the statue of Marguerite by Sr. Dolores Kennedy. Deacon Robert Coleman’s beautiful sermon showed us how Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters influenced his life. He was taught by them. One of his aunts was a CND sister. Fr. Bill Burke spoke about how many great things have taken place in the parish since the church was renamed “St Marguerite Bourgeoys”.
She is certainly walking along with us all.