2011 Dedication Ceremony

Helen MacDonald reported that the Dedication Ceremony was a huge success with approximately 350 in attendance.

The Mass service was led by Bishop Greeco, who led the congregation to the cemetery after the service.  The Bishop bestowed an Episcopal blessing and reconsecrated the cemetery, blessing every gravestone in the cemetery.  The Bishop was supported by Father John Melena.  We were also honored to have Andy MacIntosh, of the Canadian Armed Forces, provide traditional bagpipe music.

CLICK on the photo to start a slideshow of the service.  Following the service, a social was held at the Parish Hall, with food, a 50/50 dray, and a slide show of the restoration.

Who's in the pictures?

#1 - Bishop Greeco and Father John Melena blessing the stones
#2 - Helen MacDonald, Anne Kells, Bishop Greeco, Ray Malone , Father John Melena
#3 - Theresa Wilson,  Bishop Greeco, Hubert MacIsaac
#4 - Emily Montgomery, Lydia MacDonald, Rebecca Lambie- Altar Servers, Bishop Greeco, Father John Melena, Piper- Andy MacIntosh

July 30, 2011 - Hello everyone, we are very pleased to announce some major work and events.  On July 28, we hired a professional landscaper to remove a large area of dense brush and small trees, and there is now an unobstructed view of the ocean from the cemetery.  This landscaping achievement is credited to the vision and hard work of Jim Reggie MacDonald, who made the case for this work, and who organized and managed the work effort.  The initial comments of this work were overwhelmingly positive.  Pictures will be posted shortly.

On July 31, a dedication service for the cemetery was organized, with Bishop Greeco, from Charlottetown and Father John Melena to attend.  A large crowd is expected to attend a Mass Service, Cemetery Dedicaiton, and Parish Social event.

June 27, 2011 - Hello everyone

We have just posted some news on the work that is underway this year - you can access the details in the 2011 Restoration and also the 2011 News menus on the left.

We expect to have a great summer.   Some news for you:

We have hired a summer student for 8 weeks - Carolyn MacDonald - the daughter of Gene “Bornish” MacDonald, and who has ancestors buried in the cemetery.  She will help us in many areas over the summer, and look forward to having her.  Be sure to say "hello", if you drop by the cemetery.

Stone restorations are underway, as documented in the restoration section.  This task is very challenging as the stones are extremely damaged.

Grounds improvements.  We continue on the progress made last year, with planting, maintenance and some more clearing work.  Eventually, you will be able to sit at a bench in the cemery and have a nice ocean view as well!