Symbolon: Knowing the Faith explains the essentials of the Catholic Faith in a way that will inform our minds and inspire our hearts. Too often we try to live a faith we don’t know or understand. Some of us stumble along with it, going through the motions. Others simply walk away.
A 10 session program beginning January 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the parish office for the men of our parish. The sessions will be presented every second and fourth Wednesdays.
Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys January 12th
Marguerite is often referred to as the ‘Mother of the Colony’ for her contributions to the establishment of Ville-Marie, the place we know today as Montreal.
Born in France in 1620, Marguerite crossed the Atlantic in 1653 to join in the colonizing efforts begun by Monsieur de Maisonneuve. Her mandate was to develop educational opportunities for aboriginal children and for the families of the French settlers in Ville-Marie.
Marguerite received the help of Jeanne Mance, founder of the Hotel-Dieu Hospital. Other women joined her and the group formed an institute of uncloistered sisters, the Congregation of Notre-Dame.
Marguerite was well loved. She died in 1700 at the age of 80 and was declared a saint on October 31, 1982. In 1997, archaeologists uncovered the foundation of the chapel Marguerite built in Ville-Marie 325 years earlier. Marguerite is a patron saint of poor people.