Sunday, 1 August 2021


 July was a very exciting month for our resident poet, Mary Lou (Mallard) Tucker.  She has spent most of her working life caring for and loving children but on 16 July Louie retired.  She has sent us a poem to mark the occasion and I am happy to post it here.

Up to 65 years it has been an awesome journey 
As part of my work life comes to a close,
From working in an office for the first seven years
To loving and kissing my little babies toes.

Thirty six years of children attending my day home
My love grows so deep with these tiny little ones,
To teaching these darlings to love, care and share
Hopefully they will continue on once my work is done.

I feel blessed that faith, hope and love has gotten me through life
With my family and friends this gift will never cease,
My thought is that money certainly doesn’t buy happiness
Also forgiveness and giving brings the greatest peace.

I’ve been so thankful for my wonderful husband Robert
As we will celebrate 46 years of marriage in June,
My awesome son Bobby, his darling Tash and our grandkids
When we get to see them safely it will never be too soon.

This place in time I am truly blessed with my beautiful mom Helen
Who will soon celebrate the big 93,
Her living children and her very close family and friends
I thank God in Heaven for the blessings we all see.

Not all my family and friends have made it to this age
I thank God for my 65 years,
Some are granted a very short visit to earth
We are not told how long we’ll be here.

From Stephen Street, to Mckay St., to Brine Street
St. Patrick’s, to Holy Heart of Mary and Business Ed,
From United Nail and Foundry, to dedicating my life to Child Care and St. Bon’s
I agree it’s hard and busy but a most rewarding job as people have said.

I will now be entering semi-retirement 
As my last precious children leave my door,
I’ll certainly be praying for all of you through the next chapter 
My love will be an extension to my babies forever more!! 

For all my babies from three months to over thirty,
Your Louie, always!!! 

I know that the parents will miss Louie's kindness and expertise and I am equally certain that Louie will miss her beloved and cherished charges. 

We wish Louie years and years of healthy and happy retirement with plenty of time to enjoy Robert and all her wonderful family.  God bless you, Louie, and your big kind heart.  Thanks for all your support and contributions to this blog.  Please keep in touch and we look forward to more of your poems (when you get time🍷🍷!) 

Saturday, 20 March 2021


Ronnie Doyle, R I P
We are all saddened by the news of the sudden passing of Ronnie Doyle, such a well loved presence in St Patrick's Parish. Ronnie's friend, neighbour, and fellow parishioner has put pen to paper to offer a tribute to Ronnie.  Mary Lou (Mallard) Tucker has shared her lovely poem with us.


How many tears can one cry to Heaven
For someone so special we have loved and lost,
The shock and stress of his death that happened
The feeling of numbness and helplessness is the greatest cost.

The friendliest family man who loved chatting to everyone
He was that pleasant person we will never soon forget,
Everyone was greeted with his contagious smile and a wave
He was someone many are thankful to have met.

He was so much like his angelic parents, Mary and Kevin,
The family home is still next door to Robert and me
His dad and Ronnie wore a path from St. Patrick’s to Brine Street
Doing good for others that many did not see.

Ronnie was the very energetic sort
Who felt there was never enough time to get things done,
The best maintenance and grounds worker that St. Patrick’s would ever see
But he certainly made time for his family and loved ones.

Ronnie and Ros were blessed with two children, Kevin and Courtney, 
They will always be their special pride and joy,
When two grandchildren were to come from Kevin and Sarah
They were blessed with a beautiful girl and darling boy.

All the siblings from both sides loved him dearly
He was always just a phone call away,
He will be so missed by the priests and co-workers
And by all of us every hour of every day.

Ros, his beautiful soul is now in Heaven
With his loving family who have passed on before,
Jesus smiled and said, “COME MY SON”
You have earned your walk through Heavens door.
Hugs to Heaven Ronnie 

Thank you, Mary Lou, for this touching tribute to  Ronnie Doyle.  He was a well loved man who will be missed by so very many people.  To Ronnie's dear wife and devoted family, we extend our sincerest  sympathy. May God's love support you all in this ordeal and may  Ronnie's gentle soul rest in Christ's peace.

Thursday, 25 February 2021


I have received some happy news from Wayne Lynch regarding his Aunt, Sr Brendan Lynch.  Wayne tells me that Sr Brendan celebrates her 90th Birthday today, 25 February, 2021.    Sr Brendan, we all wish you a wonderful Birthday and, were it not for this Covid situation we find ourselves in, I am sure there would be a steady stream of St Patrick's girls making their way to Presentation Convent to greet you on this special day. 

Sister Mary Brendan came to St Patrick's in 1967 and began to work her musical magic. She found an abundance of talent at St Patrick's and she certainly honed and polished it into a thing of beauty.  Awards and accolades came thick and fast for Sister and her choirs(here).  (To see other news of Sr Brendan and her choirs, just enter her name in the search box in the top left corner of the blog.)

Gertrude Lynch was born to Agnes and Patrick Lynch on 25 February 1931 in Grand Falls-Windsor. Sadly, Agnes passed away when Gertrude was just a child. Gertrude, Gen Murphy and Kay McDermott all started school together and became fast friends. The girls went through school together and eventually graduated together.  The beautiful thing is that the three are still friends and this year they all celebrate their 90th Birthdays. Happily for us, Gertrude joined the Presentation Sisters and was given the name Sr Mary Brendan. Sr Brendan taught in various schools across the Island sharing her talents and instilling the love of music and song in her charges.

Wayne has kindly shared some photographs of Sr Brendan with us.  I will post them here because I think many of Sr Brendan's pupils will be wishing her well today. 

Wayne, thank you so much for making  it possible for us to let Sr Brendan know that she and her music always will be special to her St Patrick's girls.

Happy Birthday, dear Sr Brendan, and may God bless you today and always.

Tuesday, 22 December 2020


My friend Carole sent this video to me several days ago and I am still laughing.  I have forwarded it to many relatives and friends - I hope they are still my friends!  Because I believe we can all do with a good laugh during this Covid Christmas, I am posting it here for all to enjoy.πŸŽ…πŸŽ„


Saturday, 21 November 2020


Today, 21 November, is the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the temple at Jerusalem or as we know it, Presentation Day.  It is a day that is special to Presentation Sisters all over the world.  It is special to St Patrick's girls and boys too because it was the Sisters of the Presentation who established St Patrick's Convent School and taught there for well over one hundred years.  (Some of us can even remember when Presentation Day meant a holiday from school!)  

The school closed in 1999, but although many years have passed since we sat in the desks at St Patrick's, those days and the Sisters continue to influence our lives. 

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known in the East as the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, is a liturgical feast celebrated on 21 November by the Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, and by some Anglo-Catholic Churches. The account of the Presentation of Our Lady into the temple is based on the Protoevangelium of St James.  The Protoevangelium has been dated by historians prior to the year 200 AD. It relates that in thanksgiving for the birth of their daughter, Joachim and Anne decided to consecrate her to God. When the child was three years old, her parents brought her to Jersusalem where she was presented in the temple.

Dolls depicting how the PBVMs used to look
That the Sisters of the Presentation are no longer a presence in our Parish is sad.  The contribution of the PBVMs to St Patrick's School, Church, and Parish is immeasurable. The whole of the West End of our beloved City is better for their coming.

Saturday, 14 November 2020


I owe this post to Sean of "FAIR AND SQUARE HANDYMAN SERVICES".

Fair and Square Handyman Services

Sean's mother came across a very old school book which had belonged to her aunt. The aunt, Mary (May) Williams, happens to be my aunt too. 

Mary (May) Williams and her younger sister
standing behind their parents

Mary Williams attended St Patrick's Convent School more than one hundred years ago so she would have been taught by some of the Presentation Sisters who had come over from Ireland on the Newfoundland Mission!  

Mother M DeSales Walsh (1866-1968)
Among the Irish Sisters was Mother Mary DeSales Walsh who was born in Tralee, Co Kerry, in 1866. Mother DeSales was just 16 years old when she arrived in St John's to join the Presentation Sisters at Cathedral Square. Mother DeSales had a long and distinguished life. She taught at various schools, including St Patrick's, and served two terms as Mother General of the Presentation Sisters in Newfoundland. She was also one of May's favourite teachers!  Mother DeSales died at Presentation Motherhouse on 1 March 1968. She was 102 years old.

English textbook used by St Patrick's pupils
more than 100 years ago
Now back to that book! The book is an English text book that children of that time used in school. Sean has taken pictures of some of the pages where we can see where May marked the pages to be studied. Homework, perhaps? He has also taken pictures of the front cover and of the inside back cover. On the inside back cover, May has written her name and the date. At this time, so soon after our commemoration of the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918, the pictures set me thinking about the children who learned from copies of this textbook. They would have lived through the dreadful years of WWI. Many of them would have been in the thick of it, fighting in the mud and blood of the trenches. Sadly, so very many of them would never again return to their beloved Newfoundland. May lost her first beau just days before the Armistice was signed. He died in a military hospital in France at the tender age of 17.  

A peek inside an English textbook from the early 1900s

Could you handle this at 11 or 12 years of age?
Once again, thank you Sean, for the pictures and for others that you have kindly sent to me over the years. I must not forget to thank Sean's mother, my sister Doreen.  She too gets a vote of thanks for keeping the book safe and keeping alive the memory of a 12 year old St Patrick's Girl who studied at our school over one hundred years ago.

Inside back cover with May's signature and the date

Tuesday, 15 September 2020


Now this is what I call a "WOW MASK"! I received an email from Teri Healey Evans with this delightful photo attached.  

The Unique "Wow Mask"
For a better view of the mask, just click on the picture and that should enlarge it.

Teri said that she had the mask made for her Class Reunion on 11th September 2020.  (Even pandemics can't keep those loyal St Patrick's pals apart - well about 2 meters apart perhaps?)  The friends met at The Rooms for Afternoon Tea and Teri said "I had a lovely time 'sipping' my tea and tasting the sweet and savory treats.  And, of course, enjoying the company of my former St Patrick's classmates who were able to attend."  

Thank you, Teri, for sharing news of your get together and for letting us all enjoy this wonderful mask.  I hope we will hear from some of the other friends who attended and see some more pictures of the happy post lock-down event.

Monday, 24 August 2020


It is always with a sense of pride that I highlight the many talents of our St Patrick's schoolmates.  Today  I am very pleased to share with you some lovely photos which attest to the talent of JoJo Connors.  By the way, this little story also has a bit of intrigue, which crosses international borders and even an ocean!  Read on.

This story begins in the USA.  St Patrick's graduate, Paula Florey (McAllister), who is currently living in the States, was looking for a special Birthday present for her mother, Pat, in St John's.  St Patrick's folks always seem to keep in touch and Paula contacted school friend JoJo Connors and asked her if she could make one of her beautiful creations for Pat.  Kindly, JoJo agreed. 


Well, this lovely gift had to be paid for and delivered.  A bit difficult for Paula in the good old USA (especially with Covid 19 and all the travel restrictions).  And there was also that inconvenient little matter of American currency and Canadian currency.  So, what's to be done?  Never fear, Paula and JoJo were on the job and hatched a plan.  Now the intrigue begins!

Paula's cousin, Heather, in St John's, is always happy to lend a helping hand so they got her in on the Birthday Caper.  As they say in all the very best novels, "the plot thickens".  Through some 'cousinly' agreement, payment to Heather was arranged. Then Heather contacted Pat, innocently inquired if she would be at home on the following Monday (Pat's Birthday, remember) and asked if she would do her a big favour.  Heather told her trusting Aunt Pat that she was expecting a parcel but, because she had to work, she wouldn't be at home to receive it.  Could she ask them to deliver it to Aunt Pat's address?  ("Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive.""Of course" replied Aunt Pat, trustingly.  The deceit continues.  Heather handed Aunt Pat an envelope and instructed Pat to give it to the lady who would deliver "the parcel".  If you haven't already figured it out,  the envelope contained payment - in Canadian currency of course - for JoJo, who had generously offered to deliver the Birthday Gift. 

At last the big day arrived and so did JoJo. Needless to say, Pat was surprised and delighted with JoJo's delivery.

Now we skip across the Atlantic to Pat's sister-in-law (yours truly) in Wales.  On the Birthday afternoon, being mindful of the three and a half hour time difference, we phoned Pat to wish her happiness on her Birthday.  She was indeed delighted with her special day, having received calls, cards, gifts and dining invitations from loved ones near and far.  Indeed, Pat was naturally very happy with everything but she enthused about her phone chat with Chris and Grayson and Paula's gift.  I became curious and requested a photo of her surprise gift.  A couple of emails later and I had the photos and the tale.  I was extremely impressed with JoJo's beautiful arrangement, and so I felt compelled to let you all enjoy it.  I didn't realize that I had such resourceful (sneaky?) nieces either.  Nice work, Paula and Heather. 

I think that just about sums up this post.  Thanks to the scheming of family and friends - and JoJo's amazing talent, one St John's Mom had a wonderful Birthday surprise.

JoJo's work is so beautiful I just had to share it with you.  Well done JoJo! No doubt about it, you are a  very talented lady.  Thanks for allowing me to use your photos.

Friday, 5 June 2020

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Monday, 1 June 2020


The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost.  The Feast will be observed this year on Friday, 19th June.
Sacred Heart Statue, 
St Patrick's Church
The Feast of the Sacred Heart was approved for specified dioceses by Pope Clement XIII in 1765, and extended to the whole Church by Pius IX in 1856.  In 1889 Pope Leo XIII elevated it to the rank of first class and, through an encyclical in 1899, dedicated the whole Catholic world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In addition to this liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Of all devotions, devotion to the Sacred Heart remains one of the most widespread and popular in the Church.

In the 1670s, in a series of revelations to a French Nun, St Margaret Mary Alacoque, Our Lord made twelve promises to those who honour His Sacred Heart.  Jesus promised St Margaret Mary that those who propagate devotion to His Sacred Heart shall have their names written in His Heart, never to be effaced.
The 12 Promises
Sacred Heart of Jesus, 
we place our trust in Thee.

Saturday, 30 May 2020


As the month of May, Mary's month, draws to a close, I thought we could see it out with this old Irish prayer.  It is a short prayer to Our Lady of the Wayside.
"for the sake of the Child 
you hold in your arms"
"Our Lady of the Wayside,
for the sake of the Child
you hold in your arms,
take hold of my hand
for the rest of the road."

Although the Covid 19 virus appears to have lessened in some places, it is still causing suffering and death around the world.  We certainly can do with Our Lady's help "for the rest of the road". Don't take any unnecessary risks and stay safe, everyone.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Remembering Father Shea

Some of us remember Fr Shea when he served at St Patrick's Parish. He was a wonderful man of God and he was taken far too young. May he rest in eternal peace.  Thank you, Fr Ray, for the lovely tribute to Fr Shea.

Monday, 18 May 2020


Here we are more than half way through Mary's month of May.  At the beginning of the month we threw out a little challenge - a Rosary a day for the month of May!  Did you take up the challenge?  If you did, how are you doing with it? 
"Pray the Rosary every day"
The word "bead" is from the Old English, "bede".  It means "to request in prayer".  There are still two weeks left in May, so come on, let's "request in prayer".  Pick up your "Beads" and get praying the Rosary.  As long as this Covid 19 continues to devastate the world, every prayer is needed.
Stay safe, keep well, and may God and His Holy Mother Mary protect us all.

Saturday, 16 May 2020


Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, 
now and at the hour of our death. 


As our Covid 19 world has been spinning around

and putting this earth on hold,
People are told to be careful and to self distance
We are trying to accept what we have been told.

It has become heart wrenching on our loved ones
Not to be able to give a hug or touch an arm,
As this deadly virus moves and glares at us
And can bring us so much harm.

God Bless our government for reassuring us
To stay calm and stay in our bubble,
If all went out of this small circle
You can bring to our home so much trouble.

Schools, Churches, and activities in this uncertain world
Were told to shut their doors,
But the internet has brought prayer services on line
It will rock this virus to the core.

Essential workers are definitely God's angels
To do what they have to do,
To go directly to the line of fire
We are so thankful for all of you.

In our near future, this will be written in books
So many have lost their precious lives to this,
As I bow my head before God in Heaven
I pray for our good health and happiness.

Written by Mary Lou Tucker (Lulu)

A sincere "Thank You" to Lulu (Mallard) Tucker for sharing in this poem her thoughts on the terrible Covid 19 Virus which is still raging in the world.   Stay safe everyone and remember, May is Mary's Month, so ask her help with a Rosary a day.