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Shawinigan, Quebec
Report on the Activities from St. Pius X Priory, Fall 2009

Women retreatants on front steps of St. Pius X Priory

Women's retreat in October

Over the past months, several retreats were preached in Shawinigan, two in French and two in English, notwithstanding the Oblate Sisters’, skilfully preached by Fr. Peter Scott, from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy, Wilmot, ON.  Then, in view of our land sale and development project (see October letter of Fr. Wegner to the faithful), there was some activity on our property grounds.  The most visible was the cutting of a number of trees that had to come down to make space for a future street.  For a few days, we could hear the noise of chain-saw and timber-jack. But don’t worry; we still have plenty of trees on our 20 hectare property!  For the record, the city Council of Shawinigan gave their approval to the project only two days before the prorogue in view of the Municipal elections of November 1st.  That is a sensible proof that Divine Providence always blesses works undertaken under obedience to lawful superiors.

tractor clears trees

Bush clearing in Shawinigan

The feast of Christ the King is always a special feast day for the faithful from at St. Joseph Church as it is on this day that we have our yearly parish dinner.  Some of our young people were proud to dress up like saints.  As usual, we had a raffle, and the money collected on that occasion was used to offer Masses for the souls in Purgatory.  This year, the dinner was enhanced by a special guest of honour, Mr. André Frament, from Action Familiale et Scolaire (AFS) in France, who spoke about the great importance of the early years for the education of young children.  By the way, Mr. Frament also gave very inspiring talks in Shawinigan and in Ottawa.

Fr Boulet with parishioners

Christ the King Feast in Montreal

As in Montreal, our young and young-at-heart faithful dressed up like saints on the very day of the feast of All Saints.  May they imitate the saints not only with what they wear, but also with the practice of virtue?  Over the past few months, our priests had the joy of giving the sacrament of baptism to several souls, including two adults: may they also become saints!

children dressed up as saints

All Saints Day party in Ottawa

children dressed up as saints

Adult baptism


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