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Shrine Dedication and the Mass of St. Thérèse

At 7:00 p.m. on October 1, 2007, a new shrine was dedicated to St. Thérèse. The dedication took place after the homily, during the fully sung Mass of St. Thérèse at St. Justin's Church in London, Ontario. Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Maurice Charbonneau and Fr. Richard Hurdle. Fr. Moe sang the Eucharistic Prayer. After a motivating homily by Fr. Rick, he blessed the new shrine and dedicated it to St. Thérèse in hope that the example of her 'Little Way' might serve as a model for all. The candles at the new shrine were openly welcomed by everyone, and there has been a constant vigil since the dedication. (Vigil candles were not previously available at St. Justin's).

For the first time, the music was accompanied by a string ensemble, made up of students from Catholic Central Secondary School. The St. Justin's Folk Quartette and a small choir of volunteers also participated. All students are, or have been members of the parish of St. Justin's. The composer, Dan Rutledge, is also a former student at Catholic Central.

Many thanks to all involved and especially to the students who's masterful presentation added significantly to the contemplative beauty of the mass.

About 500 attended the mass and enjoyed a coffee social afterward in the Fred Merrill Hall.

The following pictures were taken before and after the mass.


A close up of the picture of St. Thérèse.


Carolyn, Mitchell, Brittnie, Matthew, Katyryn, Dan and Fr. Moe at the St. Thérèse shrine.


The Catholic Central String Ensemble.

Many thanks to Mitchell, Brittnie, Kathryn and Matthew for sharing their talent. A very special thank you to Carolyn for her leadership and dedication.


The Choir - Mass of St. Thérèse 2007


Dan, Marianne and Karen with the choir: Paul, Clarinda and Dan, with Matthew in the forefront.


Marianne and Karen in harmony, with Kathryn and Brittnie in the background.


Suzanne and Jim at the shrine.


Fr. Rick at the shrine.


Dan and Marianne at the shrine.


~JM~ Images © 2007, J. Martinelli, London ON Canada. Used with Permission
~JF~ Images © 2007, J. Furneaux, London ON Canada. Used with Permission
~FRH~ Images © 2007, Father Richard Hurdle, London ON Canada. Used with Permission
~/~ Images © 2007, Dan Rutledge, London ON Canada.

Thanks to all for their dedication, planning and hard work.

Hear (MP3) 'Prayer To St. Thérèse'

Dear St. Thérèse, will you please let fall a rose.
A petal of the flower that you shower upon those,
who try to find the 'Little Way', and take the path you chose.
And if we stray along the Way, please send another rose.

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