From 2018-01-30 to 2018-02-14

Delia Birthday February 4th

I visualize anew that special day in the heart of God, the birth day of the Foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, the Venerable Délia Tétreault. I see the Lord discussing with his Mother on the most appropriate place for her to be born.

First of all, it was essential and fitting that the one who was later to become an ardent apostle of the Mother of the Lord be born in a town dedicated to the Mother of God. The Lord and his Mother agreed on what that place would be. Besides, must have remarked the Blessed Virgin, Marieville is located a short distance from Montreal, the city once named Ville-Marie in her honour.

That whole day of February 4, 1865, snow fell on Marieville in soft, quiet flakes. Light and fluffy, it wrapped the entire countryside in an immaculate coat that glittered like a million twinkling stars in the last rays of the dying sun.

It was in this atmosphere reminiscent of a bed of lilies that Célina Ponton, the wife of Alexis Tétreault, gave birth that evening to her twins, a robust little boy, Roch, apparently as sturdy as his name, and a frail little girl who seemed rather on her way to a premature death.

Exhausted by this difficult childbirth, the mother nevertheless remained perfectly clear-minded. There was already talk of the Baptism in the next room. In those days, infants were baptized without delay. Uncle Jean Alix, the husband of the mother’s sister Julie, was considered the most obvious choice as the godfather of the strong little boy. Being financially comfortable, he could eventually take charge of him if something unfortunate happened…

The Lord’s plans are necessarily realized by means of human beings and in the eyes of the latter, they sometimes appear disconcerting. Thus, the mother deemed it proper to intervene and manifested her intention to have uncle Alix stand for the little girl as her godfather, for she felt that she would need it more. Everyone bowed to the wishes of the dying woman, not wanting to contradict her.

From 2018-01-16 to 2018-01-31

Unity Week

Our Father, we thank You for our Church Family.  Thank You for calling each of us to serve Your Kingdom through this wonderful church. Thank You for using our individual gifts and talents to manifest Your Kingdom here on earth as it already is in heaven.  Lord, we are thankful for the freedom to worship You, our God.  Thank You for Your bountiful blessings.  Thank You for increasing Your presence, power, anointing, and abundance in our Church Family. You are great and greatly to be praised. You are to be feared above all gods. The earth is Yours and everything in it; the world and all its people belong to You. You laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.  Lord, no pagan god is like You!  None can do what You do.

Loving Father, we declare that we will love You with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength.  As a Church Family, we confess that we will love one another, as ourselves.  As Your children, we proclaim that we have all put on Christ, like putting on new clothes and we will walk in unity and love with one another. It is because of this love that we exhibit for each other that people will know that we are Your disciples.  Your Word tells us that if we love You, we must also love our Christian brothers and sisters, too.  Therefore, we declare that we will not look out only for our own interests, but we take an interest in each other’s needs.  We declare that we will live in harmony with each other and resist division.  We will be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. We declare that as a Church Family we will turn away from evil, and do good; we will search for peace and work to maintain it.  We confess that we will encourage and build each other up.  Above all things, we decree that we will put on love which is the bond of perfection.