It was on the occasion of Bishop Tom Dowd's official pastoral visit to the parish, that the Pastor, Father Vittorio Tucci and the parishioners of Holy Cross Parish chose, Sunday, October 19, to honor and celebrate Sister Dorothy Maher's more than 28 years of dedicated service in the parish. Many parishioners, past and present, as well as a good number of Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters attended the celebration. Bishop Dowd, assisted by Fathers Tucci and Joe Cameron celebrated the Eucharist.
On Sunday, October 19th still filled with the enthusiasm of her participation in the People’s March for Climate Change in New York, Monica Lambton shared her experience of the event at the monthly gathering of the Sisters and Associates. She said she was impressed with the immensity of the march, the intensity of it and the number and variety of people who took part in this now world-wide movement. Monica spoke of Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND who has been researching the relationship between Marguerite Bourgeoys and those who have been involved in the pursuit of remedies for climate change as far back as St. Francis, and as recently as Thomas Berry and Thomas Merton. Kathleen sees Marguerite Bourgeoys’ era as an Age of Destruction as is ours today. In Marguerite’s time the way of life of the aboriginal peoples in the New World was being destroyed and Marguerite set about building up an alternative life.
On Sunday, October 19, 2014, Father Bill Burke spoke of the need for someone like Marguerite Bourgeoys at a time of great changes in the Church, in our Diocese and in Canada.
Sisters and associates from the Sydney area as well as Mabou, Antigonish, and Prince Edward Island gathered with the parishioners and friends at the former St. Joseph Church in Sydney. Bishop Brian Dunn celebrated Eucharist and dedicated the church to Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys. He blessed the two beautiful statues of Marguerite, one located outside the church and the other in the foyer. The relic of St. Marguerite was carried in procession and placed in the altar. In renaming and officially placing the parish under the patronage of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Father Bill paid tribute to Marguerite and to all her daughters who contributed to education in Cape Breton and in the rest of Canada. He invited all sisters present to stand and be acknowledged.