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Bread and Soup

Simone Abbass, CND

Bread and Soup: Little did the parish and Pastor of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish realize when they served bread and soup at the luncheon on the feast of their Patron Saint, that they were carrying on a legacy of our Saint. Sunday, January 15, they were honouring Saint Marguerite and her daughters in a beautiful celebration of commemoration and gratitude. The soup and chowder were prepared by the pastor who was actually unaware of the significance of the bread and soup offered to us as they recreated the spirit of Marguerite. Father Bill Burke is to be commended for his efforts in promoting the knowledge and respect for Mother Bourgeoys. He himself, like Marguerite, is faced with rebuilding the church after the disastrous flooding as well rebuilding parish community after the closure of the three parishes which form the new St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish. He commented that this coming together to honour Marguerite and her daughters has proven a community builder. In coming together to honour us they honour their own efforts to become a new parish. People were meeting and speaking to other parishioners for the first time. Bread and soup proved to be another catalyst in the process.

The liturgy was presided over by Bishop Dunn and concelebrated with Fr. Burke and Fr. Lathigee. Sister Millie MacNeil carried the relic of Mother Bourgeoys in the entrance procession. Much care and preparation went into this celebration. Sisters and Associates from the area were in attendance as well as the parishioners who were participating in their Sunday Liturgy. Because of the recent flooding in their church they are using St. Theresa Church for their Sunday liturgies. There was a wonderful spirit of joy and gratitude both at the Mass and at the luncheon which followed at the parish centre. It was certainly a well-organized event with members of the CWL welcoming the sisters and escorting each of us to a special head table in our honour. Soup, chowder, tea and coffee were served by the men. The statue of Mother Bourgeoys was transported from the church to the hall and occupied a prominent position at the front.


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