Christmas Opportunities for Gratitude

Frances Brady, OLM and Mary Gauthier, OLM Christmas dinner at Presentation Manor

Christmas for our sisters at Presentation Manor and Providence Healthcare began early as both residences provided many opportunities for advance festivities: prayers services, parties, entertainment and musical presentations.

Colourful and traditional decorations were displayed early, and by the fourth week of Advent the remaining Advent symbols were replaced by Christmas ones.

At Presentation Manor Christmas Eve for OLMs and many other residents began with Mass in the chapel, followed by a social where we shared wine and cheese and exchanged Christmas greetings.

On Christmas morning a second Christmas Mass was celebrated with family members and friends of residents. Our guests then joined us for a delicious Christmas dinner.

Family visit (L-R) Paul, Sarah, Mary G., OLM, Beth and Frank

Our religious and social celebrations this Christmas provided many opportunities for gratitude – for God’s very personal presence in our lives today – and for the people and relationships through whom we receive and express God’s love for all.

Best wishes for a peaceful and blessed New Year.

-Sr. Frances Brady, OLM

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