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August 31, 2009
Special Mass offertory included a paper crucifix and original paten from France
The French chalice, plus a bilingual explanation of its significance, was presented to Archbishop Smith
WCR PHOTO | CHRIS MILLER
Sr. Cecile Goyere, general superior of the Sisters of Charity of Notre Dame d'Evron, cuts a ribbon to a new subdivision in Trochu called Evron Place.
"We didn't think the bishop would use the chalice and paten because it was very tarnished - but he did use it," she said.
Three generations of men (grandfather, father and son) brought forward statues of Our Lady of Pontmain.
"Pontmain, where Mary appeared, is recognized by the Vatican. In Pontmain, France, she appeared to schoolchildren in 1871. Before the sisters left France, they placed their Canadian mission under the patronage of Our Lady of Pontmain," said Haggarty.
"The school in Trochu that was opened and staffed for many years was called Our Lady of Pontmain, and it's absolutely amazing how the spirit of that school persisted," said O'Neill.
"In fact, they closed that school at the end of June this year. Even after it became public, it still remained Our Lady of Pontmain School.
"The tradition from the very beginning was that the superior of the convent would always come to the school on Jan. 17, which is the feast of Our Lady of Pontmain.
"She would tell the story of Pontmain to the children and give them some bonbons. Amazingly enough, the former students at that school continued the tradition year after year. It was a beautiful tradition."
The fourth item was the sisters' history book, yet another meaningful offering.
"I know the history book was brought up by the first lay minister in Trochu," said O'Neill.
Of the Mass, Haggarty said, "It was just outstanding and beautiful. There were more people than the church could hold. We had it set up with video downstairs for the excess."
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