|Sr M Luke, taken at St Patrick's Convent, about 1962|
Sunday, 29 December 2013
“Passed peacefully away at Presentation Motherhouse, St. John's, on Friday, December 27, 2013, Sister Mary Luke, daughter of William and Mary Parsley of Harbour Main, aged 94 years. Predeceased by her sisters - Sister Mary Nano, PBVM, Sister Mary Mark, RSM, Catherine Ford and Ursula Kavanagh; her brothers Samuel, John, James, Edward and William. Left to mourn and celebrate her life are the Presentation Sisters, many devoted nephews and nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces. The wake will be held at Presentation Convent, Cathedral Square with visiting hours on Saturday, December 28th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; on Sunday, December 29th from noon - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. with a vigil at 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist on Monday, December 30 at 11:30 a.m. with interment at Presentation Cemetery, Cathedral Square.”
I am posting this notice, which appeared in today’s newspaper, because I think many of you will want to know the times of visitation and the time of the funeral. I know that there will be a lot of people who will feel sad to hear this news but who will also feel very blessed to have known Sr Luke.
Sr Luke came to St Patrick’s Convent, St John’s, in 1959. She taught Grade 8 for some years and eventually became Principal. Sr Luke was an exceptional teacher and proved to be an excellent leader in the role of Principal. She was loved and respected by pupils and staff alike.
St Patrick’s girls will not be the only ones remembering Sr Luke today. Nuns go where they are sent and so after many years at St Patrick’s Sr Luke moved on to other schools and parishes. Such places as Cape St George, Trepassey & Holy Heart of Mary were graced with her gentle presence.
So, on 27th December, after a long and faithful life of service, Sr Mary Luke passed away at Presentation Motherhouse, Cathedral Square. A true daughter of Nano Nagle, Sr Luke will be remembered with love and gratitude by those of us who have had the great privilege of knowing her. For myself, I will certainly miss my visits with Sr Luke but I will always treasure the memory of them.
Sunday, 22 December 2013
This post comes courtesy of Lulu Tucker. Lulu, better known to most of you as Marylou Mallard, is a St Patrick's girl with a talent for writing poetry. Lulu's lovely Christmas poem puts the emphasis where it belongs - on the birth of Jesus and the message of love which He brought. Thank you Lulu and may you all have a very Happy CHRISTmas.
CHRIST'S WISH FOR CHRISTMAS
As willow white snowflakes fall to the ground
With a cool breeze blowing all around
The only skin showing is rosy red cheeks
Christmas will be coming to our town.
The beauty of this wondrous season,
Pretty colours peeking through the snow,
Many tired shoppers rushing all around
With perfect Christmas parcels all in tow.
As this Holy Season approaches we have to reflect
On the blessings that's presented to us
From a little child named Jesus placed in a MANGER
He is trying to teach us we really should not fuss.
The presents He wants us all to give
Come from our beautiful hearts within
Faith, Hope and Love as we all help each other
Then forever we'll stay closer to him.
Friday, 20 December 2013
|FIGURE OF INFANT JESUS FROM ST PATRICK'S |
CHURCH CRIB, CHRISTMAS 1948
Once again it is almost Christmas and I have a very special Christmas picture to post. Some of you will have no recollection of the wonderful living Nativity scenes that were re-enacted at Midnight Mass in St Patrick's Church long ago.
However, I have no doubt that many of us not only remember but have very fond memories of those Christmases of our childhood. If my memory serves me correctly, the children from Kindergarten and grade 1 were chosen to play the parts of Mary, Joseph and the Angels. At the beginning of Midnight Mass (and it actually was MIDNIGHT Mass in those days!) priests, altar boys, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus and all the Heavenly Host processed into the church. The crib was blessed and the Holy Babe lovingly placed in the waiting manger. It was a simple yet beautiful and moving ceremony. Despite the years and the miles between now and that very happy childhood experience, the memory of it still adds a warm and happy feeling to my Christmas Mass.
Are you ready for this? As promised, here is that very special picture. It was taken at Christmas 1948 and in it we see Mary and the Heavenly Host.
|MARY, ANGELS AND INFANT JESUS - ST PATRICK'S CHURCH, CHRISTMAS 1948|
FRONT ROW: Carol Ann Maddigan, Constance Jackman, Judy Murphy, Bernice Everard, Judy Whiffen
BACK ROW: Roseann Bulger, K Jardine, Catherine Simms, Peggy Bradbury
A very big "THANK YOU" to two wonderful St Patrick's girls, Cathy and Betty Simms, for this beautiful picture. Cathy is the proud owner of the picture and Betty obtained the picture and Cathy's permission to post it here. Thank you both for sharing it. I think it will provide a very pleasant walk down Memory Lane for a lot of people this Christmas.
A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO
ST PATRICK'S GIRLS AND BOYS
MAY 2014 BE FILLED WITH MANY BLESSINGS FOR EACH AND
EVERY ONE OF YOU.