It was indeed a glorious day on January l8 at Holy Family Residence! After several weeks of chapel renovations, people gathered to celebrate a Mass of Blessing. Archbishop Emeritus Harry J. Flynn, loyal friend of the Little Sisters and recipient of the First St. Jeanne Jugan Award, was the main celebrant. He was accompanied by Fr. John Paul Erickson, Master of Ceremonies and brother to a Little Sister, and several other priests from the home and the area. With dignity and solemnity, the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Color Guard lead the entrance procession into the Chapel. Reminiscent of Good Friday, the Holy Family Chapel was bare. The altar was uncovered, the vigil light was out and the tabernacle was empty with the door open. Archbishop Flynn, in a most relevant homily, spoke of the building of the Temple. As always, he took time to acknowledge and show his gratitude for every person who had a role in the Mass. His grand Irish wit and sense of humor emerged just at the right time. After the cantor chanted the Antiphon, “My house shall be called a house of prayer, alleluia,” the relic of St. Jeanne Jugan was placed in the altar. The altar, the four corners of the Chapel, and the participants were then blessed. In preparation for the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the altar was then made ready for the gifts and the Mass continued. The beautiful, joyful music, thanks to the organist and cantor from the Cathedral of St. Paul, greatly enhanced this very special occasion. After the Mass, Archbishop Flynn greeted each person. He then joined the Little Sisters and special guests for a delicious luncheon, prepared by the Home and served by the staff and Association Jeanne Jugan members. We are so very grateful to Archbishop Flynn and our generous supporters who made the renovation possible. Our chapel, which represents the very core of life here at our home, is a magnificent place of prayer where we can all worship in comfort, safety and simple beauty.
Blessing of Newly Renovated Chapel