The Sisters from Maison Jésus-Marie were treated to an extraordinary recital on March 8. In fact, in the presence of their mother Youkari Morgante and their grandmother, Mary Chouinard, a well known poet, Floria (7 years old), Lélia (6 years old) and Dalia (3 years old) gave their recital in the community rooms on the main floor (Pavillon St-André) and on the second floor (Pavillon Saint-Charles).
You just had to see the seriousness of these three young sisters, each of whom played a different musical instrument (cello, piano and violin). The trio interpreted a number of pieces some of which are well known such as “Marie a un petit mouton/Mary had a little lamb” and “Ah vous dirai-je maman”.
They also played classical pieces such as “Allegretto 1” by Czerny, “Chœur des chasseurs” by Weber and “Les deux Grenadiers” by Schumann.
To see these girls at such a young age playing with such aplomb, filled the Sisters present with joy. They were attentive to the performance and were swept along by the enthusiasm and joy of these three sisters who are receiving arduous formation.
Beside the courses given by experienced teachers, the three girls benefit from the unconditional support of their mother, who, every evening, makes them practice. The latter, an engineer by profession, who holds a management position at Hydro-Québec, supports them in their love for music.
Some of the Sisters present, having taught music in the past, acknowledged the need for long hours of learning before eventually embarking on a musical career. They were well aware of the great effort that these three young girls have made to improve their skills and talents, as well as their mother’s devotion.
This wonderful performance brought a lot of joy and pleasure to the hearts of all the Sisters, on this March 8, International Women's Day.
“A Toast to Life” was the theme of this year’s Celebration of the Birthdays of the Sisters and Associates of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM). This annual festive and inspiring event was held at Maison Jésus-Marie on February 10th.
To set the tone for this party, all the participants received an inspirational message about life and a booklet with songs, upon their arrival.
The program was designed to celebrate with song and dance; to share on life experiences based on a text and phrases that had been provided, and to enjoy the festive refreshments.
Mr. Gerry Gauthier, who was entrusted with managing the social aspect, succeeded in getting everyone to sing along using the provided booklets and to dance to well-known music. There was an energy in the air ... resounding in laughter and joy.
Reading Joeliah's text, entitled "Life is Luck", paired with individual messages, served as a catalyst for lively, incessant and enthusiastic sharing. It's easy to become immersed in the mood with this phrase: "... life is what we make of it, every thought, every word comes back to you, be aware of what you are conveying ...” You can read the full Pdf text of the reflection (In French only)
Refreshments were served simultaneously in the different dining rooms in the house. This promoted sharing between the Sisters living at Maison Jésus-Marie and those from elsewhere in Quebec.
To see the joyful expressions on the participants’ faces at the end of the afternoon, says a lot about the happiness experienced during this wonderful party. A huge success by the organizing committee led by Sisters Claudette Bastien, Suzanne Brault, Pierrette Désilets and Léa Dulude.
A group of poets came to present their poetic creations to the Sisters at Maison Jésus-Marie on February 13th. To the delight of the Sisters living there, the poetic gathering took place in the various community rooms.
This original activity has always been very appealing to the Sisters. This type of presentation puts them in touch with the concerns of today’s world. Through their poems, members of the group share their thoughts about their families, their loves, nature, and many other topics that inspire them to want to learn more.
As was pointed out by the new literary association, poets play an important role in society. "They sing of life, they sing of love and sparks of light spring forth from their pens." It was in this spirit that the group participated in this activity.
The poets included Johanne Bissonnette, Michel Lebreton, Philippe Robitaille, Jean-Guy Giguère, Hélène Viens and Rose Lévesque, the foundress of this new association.
A twenty-page collection of poems was given to each Sister present. The focus on this new literary circle has been greatly appreciated by the Sisters. The session ended with a discussion period during which light refreshments were offered by the Recreation Committee. It was a great opportunity to share impressions and to engage in friendly conversation.
We are reminded that this activity has taken place four years in a row, and given the interest shown each time, we can only assume that it will be back next year. In the meantime, the young literary association, known as "Les Amis de la Poésie de Longueuil", offers a place for budding poets to share their views. Through monthly meetings, members are invited to talk about their creations and meet other artists who have already published some of their poems.
Photos - Sister Gisèle Lalande