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January 11, Eve of the Feast of Saint Marguerite. We celebrated the feast with our residents at Windsor Court. Father John Jennings presided at Mass. John is a retired professor of History and Religious Studies at Saint Thomas University and so was very familiar with Marguerite, having taught of this notable Canadian Saint. We followed the regular Liturgy, but substituted for the First Reading a short reading on Saint Marguerite, and the Responsorial Psalm with David Haas' version of the Magnificat. After the gospel I spoke a few words on my experience "being a member of the CND,” on Marguerite's difficulties, her strengths and perseverance, and her charism. I had brought along the plaque of the “Vie Voyagere,” as well as the visitation statue of Mary and Elizabeth. They were great inspiration! I was very happy to be able to anticipate the Feast in this way.

Charlotte Lockhart, CND 


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St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish in Brookfield held a brunch on Sunday from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. St. Marguerite was honored by an 8th grader who dressed up like her and went around to the tables passing out Holy Cards and Prayer Cards. The DVD that was made was used and played in three locations continuously. There was a nice turnout. On Tuesday, there was a Mass televised in Honor of St. Marguerite. Five of our sisters attend along with Father Richardson who gave the sermon on her life.

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Good news from the Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters

A new and delightful biography of their founder is now available, The Seed that Became a Garden: The Story of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys by Louise Finn, CND and illustrated by Francis Back. Geared to young adults and older, it tells how Marguerite left her home in France as a young single woman to travel to 17th-century Canada. Her amazing adventures will expand your vision of her world—and our own. Available at Amazon as a paperback and Kindle, and at B&N as a Nook, the book can also be purchased at ST. PAULS, SI, NY (1-800-343-2522). Thank you, Sr. Louise Finn

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