HERITAGE DAY 2012

Sunday, August 5th, 2012 proved to be a full day of events - spiritually, culturally and socially during our 100th Anniversary celebrations.  Father Boland celebrated morning mass in the Parish of Cape St. George and returned just in time to open his famous (or infamous) Frence Crepe Cafe in the Centennial Room of the Parish Church complex.  As usual he employed two of his former sous-chefs and served a wide array and variety of crepes, the most popular seemingly to be bakeapple.  A steady flow of customers kept them busy throughout the afternoon.

The Crepe Cafe was forced to suspend business shortly after 4:00PM to allow the Pastor to prepare for a Parish Mass at 5:00PM where a special "Blessing of Relationships" was bestowed upon the congregation.  The Lourdes and Mainland Church choirs greatly added to the solemnity of the occasion.

Immediately after mass the congregation and members of the general public gathered at Our Lady of Lourdes Auditorium where a smorgasbord feast awaited them.  Hotdogs, hamburgers and pop was also available for those whose tastes leaned in that direction.  The highlight of the reception was the arrival of the Mi'Kmaq drummers, singers and dancers from the Qalipu Band in St. George's.  They set up a display of their cultural regalia, drums and spiritual items.  The audience got to enjoy preparing their own Mi'Kmaq "tobacco ties" and listening to cultural and spiritual, as well as sacred, Mi'Kmaq drumming and singing.  A few members of the public, including Father Boland and Liz Snook, were seen drumming frantically as well and even received spiritual names from a M'Kmaq elder.
 

With traffic control and fire safety provided by the Lourdes Regional Fire Department,the Mi'Kmaq drummers, singers and dancers, as well as the growing number of onlookers, left the Auditorium and gathered in the Church parking lot around a bonfire, and once again were treated to the drumming, singing and dancing of our Mi'Kmaq brothers and sisters.  The general public was invited to join in and the looks on the faces of those gathered around said it all.  The children were led in a cultural dance around the bonfire by a Mi'Kmaq dancer.  It was clearly evident that the atmosphere traversed ages, languages and cultures. As soon as darkness fell everyone was treated to a spectacular fireworks diplay for 30 minutes, sealing the sense of commnity and comradeship prevalent throughout the evening.

As with every event throughout our octave of Centennial celebrations, this day was only made possible due to the generosity and giving of all our volunteers and parishioners, including members of the Lourdes Regional Fire Department and, of course, our Mi'Kmaq brothers and sisters who took time out of their busy schedules to be with us to both educate and entertain.

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