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Halifax Associates Gather in December

Submitted by Coordinator Anna Rowley

Halifax Associates gathered at the Bedford office on Sunday, December 9. Frankie MacCormack, Gloria Dempsey, Josie Ritcey, Sr Eileen McQuaid and Anna Rowley participated in a beautiful Advent service prepared by Sr. Connie MacIsaac entitled The Advent Dance of Waiting in Darkness. Through prayer, song, reflection and discussion we deepened our personal Advent journey. Sr. Eileen updated the group on preparations for the 400th Anniversary of the birth of St Marguerite. Anna talked about the activities she and Marjorie have worked on and will be working on in the coming year. We ended with a delicious potluck meal and catching up on everyone’s Christmas plans.

Sydney and Area Associates Gather at Parkland Cape Breton for Christmas Pageant

Submitted by Associate Dianne MacAskill

The Associates from New Waterford, New Victoria, Holy Angels, Holy Redeemer and Sydney Mines held their annual Christmas Pageant at Parkland Cape Breton on December 12 for the CND Sisters and residents. Winnie Odo welcomed guests at the door and they were seated to hear a renewal of the Nativity story. The MC was Lorette Campbell who made the festivities very joyful. The afternoon began with carolling led by Sr. Elaine Hawrylak. The associates acted in various roles, reminding us of the trip Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem for the birth of their son, Jesus. Santa Claus (Angela MacKinnon) surprised the audience, presenting "the true meaning of Christmas" using various props. Before leaving, the group listened to a poem entitled “A Christmas Prayer" read by Dianne MacAskill. A spontaneous chorus of “We wish you a Merry Christmas” closed the delightful afternoon. In true Cape Breton fashion, the celebration ended with refreshments and sweets.


By Sr Della Gaudet, CND


Marguerite Bourgeoys describes prayer very succinctly in her Writings. It arises from the heart, its center, and carries over into our words, thoughts and actions. (p. 169 mid-page).

From the very beginning of her “new” life, God was enough. “If this was of God… (p. 166, par 1).

Even in business dealings, Marguerite turns to prayer: Holy Virgin, I can bear no more (p. 193).

If we are captured, we will go… where we will find God. (p. 40)

Why should I mistrust the guidance of God’s providence which has directed me so successfully for more than 50 years? (p. 42 mid-page).

It would be quite usual for us to describe our inner state using symbolic language. We might say: I am dry as a desert, or I feel free as a bird. We use those words because we have experienced the imagery in our body-spirit.

Marguerite prays with ordinary things found in nature and in life experiences. We accept her invitation to make those symbols our own. We enter into them as completely as we can.

-The Sanctuary Lamp Symbol of the Love of Union (p. 60)

-The Congregation of Notre Dame (a small plot) in the Garden of the Church (p. 63)

-The Blessed Virgin is compared to Crystal Clear Water (p. 64)

-We are charcoal ready to be kindled (p. 204)


Marguerite left Troyes in February 1653.

The ship sailed for Canada in July.

Marguerite tells us of the time in the interim.

Truth is stranger than fiction, especially when we read her account of the difficulties for a woman travelling alone. (p. 33-34, p 66, p. 24)



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