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Feast Day of Marguerite Bourgeoys January 12, 2018

*Before beginning, place a cloth on the prayer table.  Items will be added as we pray.

Introduction

Leader:  Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the foundress of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal. (Place a picture or statue of Marguerite on the prayer table)  In 1653, Marguerite Bourgeoys, a native of Troyes, France, came to a tiny and beleaguered Ville-Marie, (now Montreal, Canada) still undergoing its birth pangs.  In 1659, when Marguerite's first companions joined her on a return voyage, her Congregation of Sisters began to educate and guide the children and women in New France. Marguerite, an Extern (type of Associate) with the Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters in France taught poor children and brought the spirit of that movement to the women in New France

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Marguerite Bourgeoys's Feast Day at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish in Brookfield, Connecticut

On January 12, 2020, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish in Brookfield will mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of Marguerite Bourgeoys.

Following the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday Masses, the newly formed St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Sodality will be hosting a birthday party!  A “French” breakfast will be served (crepes, quiche, croissants, French toast), and there will be activities for the entire family.

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CND presence still felt in Caraquet New Brunswick

Caraquet is an Acadian village on the Bay of Chaleur in Northern New Brunswick where Congrégation de Notre-Dame Sisters lived, loved, laboured and prayed for 125 years... from 1874 to 1999. I felt their presence there yesterday when I attended a Christmas Concert in the parish church where the Little Stars of Marguerite Bourgeoys sang like angels and were a featured part of the program. There in front of the church is the former convent which burned many years ago, the statue of Our Lady and the Convent Park. The memory of Marguerite and her Sisters is very much alive. It is worth a visit to Caraquet to go and see for yourselves.

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