Celebrating the Feast of St. Marguerite

Written on: November 1, 2021

Sister Ellen Marvel, Province Leader of the Redeemer Sisters, invited the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart to a Eucharistic celebration for the Grey Nuns 100th anniversary year on October 17th at their Redeemer Chapel in Meadowbrook. Father Ed Brady presided at the Mass and gave a heart-felt homily filled with gratitude for the ministries and mission of the Grey Nuns.

Although the number of those invited was limited because of Covid restrictions, there were at least 25 Grey Nuns in attendance. The Redeemer Sisters invited us to partner with them in preparing and participating in the liturgy. Sister Julia Lanigan prepared and led the music, which included The Cry of the Poor, a hymn we often choose since it reflects the commitment to serve the poor that began with St. Marguerite. Sisters Maria Christi Drysdale and Barbara Schiavoni carried the candles in the entrance procession and recessional. Sister Cathy Bleiler was one of the lectors and Sisters Pierrette Remillard and Mary Finnick brought up the gifts at the offertory.

Sister Cecelia Cosgrove gave a beautiful introduction to the Mass, briefly summarizing Grey Nun history.  Following Mass, we enjoyed conversation with each other and our host Redeemer Sisters over coffee and Danish pastries.

Sister Ceil pointed out that this celebration was perfectly timed, since the Feast of St. Marguerite d’Youville, our Foundress, is October 16th. On behalf of all Grey Nuns, Sr. Ceil also said,

And – today we thank the Sisters of the Redeemer, (Holy Redeemer Sisters,) not only for your thoughtfulness in scheduling this Liturgy but for all the caring and sharing over many long years. We are very grateful for your kindness and the gift you are for us.

View photos of the Liturgy and celebration here.

More from the Feast Day. . .

On Friday, October 15th some of our GNSH employees delivered Feast Day gift bags to our Sisters in Philadelphia on behalf of Leadership.

Daisy bouquets were made by the Yellow Daffodil flower and gift shop in Langhorne. This shop is part of Woods Services and employs people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), emotional and behavioral concerns, cerebral palsy, and other physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. The shop shared with us that every bouquet was made by their staff – and they were beautiful!

Also included in the gift bag was an individual “Bundtlet” cake from a local Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery. The employees were thrilled to deliver the gift bags and to see some of the Sisters’ reactions.

Our Sisters in New York received either an Edible arrangement of fruit and chocolate or a gift tower of cookies and chocolate goodies.

D’Youville College also had their annual Mass in celebration of the Feast Day on Oct. 20. Most of the Sisters in Buffalo were able to attend. The celebrant, Father Andrew Lauricella is a D’Youville alumnus which made the celebration extra special.

And, last, but not least

The Potsdam Associates celebrated the Feast of St. Marguerite on October 31. They reaffirmed their commitment as Grey Nuns Associates at the 11 o’clock Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam with Fr. Joseph Giroux accepting the commitments. Sr. John Helen Main join us for Mass.

(Pictured are Sr. John Helen, Joe Tebo and Rose Preston)
After Mass, the Feast Day was celebrated with lunch and also Rose’s birthday. This group always has a meal! In the beginning Sr. Eunice Lalonde had another commitment after the associates meeting, so those gathered would have a covered dish after the meeting. This month it was tossed salad, garlic rolls, chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and ice cream cake. Many thanks to Joe Tebo for keeping us informed about the Potsdam Associates!


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