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St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church

Winnie Odo

A new name, a new altar and a new statue helped usher in a new beginning for Sydney area Catholics on Sunday October 19, 2014 at the 10:00 am Eucharistic Celebration.

Diocese of Antigonish Bishop, Brian Dunn, presided at Sunday mass at St. Joseph’s Church where he officially changed its name to St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church. The name change reflects the coming together of four churches.

Pastor Fr. Bill Burke said the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame generously donated a large statue of Marguerite Bourgeoys that now stands outside the church, mounted on a large stone. Bishop Dunn officially dedicated the statue Sunday. It was a time of great celebration as the beautiful choir began the festivities with a song written by Sister Rita Clare, CND, entitled “Hymn to St. Marguerite Bourgeoys”.

At the closing of Mass, Fr. Burke spoke of the wonderful work done by the many sisters who have served the Cape Breton area and invited all CND Sisters present to stand, at which point the gathered faith community broke out in continuous applause for them. Associates Frances Gordon and Winnie Odo were humbled to be part of the procession, living mutuality with Sisters Mary Cecilia MacDonald, Mary Murphy and Catherine MacDonald who brought in the relic of St. Marguerite that was placed in the new altar which contains a replica of the first stable school house. 


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