In section: SNJM Life

Music, lectures and light-hearted activities in the spotlight at Maison Jésus-Marie

2017-2018 Program

After starting the year with an enjoyable activity - a sand bag game - the residents of Maison Jésus-Marie were invited to attend the first conference in the "Portrait of a Woman" series which will take place on Wednesday, September 27.

As part of Montreal's 375th anniversary, Ms. Monique Beaucage, co-director of the Centre Jeanne Mance and associate of the Religieuses Hospitalières de Saint-Joseph (Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph), will give a lecture on the Venerable Jeanne Mance, known as the co-founder of Montreal. The event will be held in the community room of Saint-André Pavilion. Ms. Beaucage will use a Power Point presentation for her lecture, which promises to be very interesting and relevant in the current historical context.

Music to delight the heart and soul…

Activities will not be lacking during autumn with the presentations of several concerts. So, beginning on October 1st, we will have the Chœur Polymnie, directed by Louis Lavigueur. Accompanied on the piano by Anne-Marie Denoncourt, this choir established 40 years ago, began its rehearsals in the Salon Bleu at Collège Durocher under the direction of Raymond Laforge, assisted by Sister Maryse Moisan. This musical presentation is part of the Journées de la Culture (Cultural Days) and will undoubtedly help the audience to experience some wonderful moments.

After a two-year absence, the SNJM Seniors Choir will be back this fall. Some 32 people have registered to participate in the activities of this group, created for the pleasure of singing and sharing joyful moments together. The vocal ensemble will gather in the chapel on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm, under the direction of Sister Maryse Moisan, and their season will begin on October 4th.

  • For November, two other concerts are scheduled. The first, Piano four hands, will be presented on November 12 with the participation of two young Japanese women, Tomako Inui and Haruyo, former students of Sister Natalie Pépin at the Université de Montréal.
  • A choir of sacred music “Chorale Vox”, under the direction of Alain Vadeboncoeur, will present an acappella concert, on Sunday, November 26, in the chapel.
  • The month of December will be dedicated to music with Christmas concerts when the English-speaking Sisters and Associates will be welcomed. Under the direction of Sister Lorna Cooney, the singing of Christmas Carols takes on a festive atmosphere and promotes the sharing of traditional songs during the holiday season. Mark December 2, on your agenda!
  • The Arc-en-Ciel Choir, under the direction of François Julien, with be introducing its new show, on December 10. When this article was written, this event had yet to be confirmed.
  • The choir from the Maison des Enfants Marie-Rose from Beauharnois will be returning on December 16. With their customary spontaneity and their energy, the young people from this organization bring a breath of fresh air. Under the direction of Janine Lefebvre, an SNJM associate, the young people will provide moments to be treasured.
  • To end the season in style, the SNJM Seniors Choir will present their Christmas concert on December 22nd. This will be a great opportunity to discover the talent of our older Sisters.

Activities for learning … and for having fun

The program of the Recreational Committee of Maison Jésus-Marie consists of several activities, including the Lecture Series which makes it possible to learn about other Religious Congregations in the area. Sister Juliette Bonneau, accompanied by another Sister, will present the charism, history and works of the Filles de la Providence (Daughters of Providence). This event will be held in the community room of the Saint-André Pavilion at 2:30 pm on October 18th.

Other activities planned include Bingo on Friday, October 27th. This activity is always appreciated by the Sisters who are given the chance to win prizes while having fun. It is also an opportunity to meet the Sisters from the other floors of the house and to share in a little "gastronomic surprise".

Another activity is also planned for those on the floors at Saint-Charles Pavilion on October 31st. It goes without saying that there will be a Halloween theme on this particular day.
On November 17, the game "Who Are You? will be featured. This is a fun-filled quiz which brings enjoyment to all those who participate.

As can be seen, the Recreation Committee of Maison Jésus-Marie has put together a diversified program for this autumn season. In addition to this program, there are several other events and activities organized by other committees or groups including the knitting exhibition, on October 20, just before World Mission Sunday.

The program for the second half of the year will be announced later.

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