St. Patrick’s Day celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Senator Dennis Dawson, St. Patrick’s parish trustee Terry J. Kerwin, St. Patrick’s Cemetery committee member Marie Blanchet, CQSB commissioner Stephen Burke and his wife Denise Drolet (standing), Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix and Mgr. Jean Pelletier (seated) attended the St. Patrick’s Day Banquet.

Irish eyes were smiling last Friday evening as some 150 people gathered in McMahon Hall of St. Patrick’s Church following the St. Patrick’s Day Mass, celebrated by Cardinal Lacroix, the Archbishop of the archdiocese of Quebec. Not all eyes were Irish but, as they say, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! 
Joe Lonergan, president of Irish Heritage Quebec, was the emcee for the evening. Once he had everyone’s attention and all were seated at the gaily-decorated tables, he opened the evening with a joke about an Irishman who had been stopped for speeding. (Long story, short….) His excuse to the policeman for not pulling over as soon as he saw the red light and heard the siren…. His wife had ran away with a policeman many years ago and he thought this policeman was bringing her back!

Lonergan welcomed several dignitaries who were present, including Cardinal Lacroix; Father Réjean Lussier, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church; and Monseigneur Jean Pelletier, former pastor of St. Patrick’s parish. Also present were Agnes Maltais, MNA for Taschereau; Stephen Burke, chairman of the Central Quebec School Board and Grand Marshal of this year’s Défilé de la St. Patrick; Senator Dennis Dawson; Dr. Mohib Marcos of the Coptic Orthodox Church; Rev. Katherine Burgess of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church; and Michael Hackett of the American Consulate. 

To pass time between courses of the delicious meal, prepared by the Traiteur des Anges, more Irish jokes were bandied about. Before saying Grace, even Cardinal Lacroix shared one, in French.  “De quelle couleur sont les parapluies quand il pleut?” What colour are umbrellas when it rains? “Ils sont tous ouverts.” They are all open or (sounds like ... “Ils sont tous verts.”) They are all green! It’s funnier if no explanation/translation is necessary.    

Musicians David Parker, Paul Hinton and Andrée Bilodeau kept the party going after dessert was served and everyone was invited to sing along, using the song sheets on every table. 

The organizers of the event are to be complimented for their efforts, particularly Kay Bergeron, Patricia Shallow and Andrée Lemieux of the Catholic Women’s League. 
The St. Patrick’s Day Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Lacroix, the Archbishop of the archdiocese of Quebec. Photo by Andree Lemieux 
Frank and Rosemary Scardina, Bruce Gaulin, Maxi Machungwa, Ron Charest, Joanne and Tom Leonard and Bob Brochu enjoyed the St. Patrick’s Day banquet in McMahon Hall. Photo by Cassandra Kerwin
Benjamin Walsh, Kim Perry and Laura Palladino were all dressed up for the Irish holiday. Photo by Cassandra Kerwin