Friday, 16 March 2018


Some of you weren't even born when the following picture was taken.  To let you younger folks see how it used to be, I am posting a photo which I have posted on other occasions but it is one that makes me gasp - no matter how often I see it.  It was taken at the mens' Mission held at St Patrick's Church during Lent of 1953.  A full house or what?
Mens' Mission, St Patrick's Church, Lent 1953

Perhaps some of you weren't even born when this notice appeared in a Sunday Bulletin. However, there are still many of us who remember those austere days of bygone Lenten Seasons.  
From St Patrick's Church Bulletin, Passion Sunday, 1968

I found it on the St Patrick's Parish website.  It is an excerpt from the Sunday Bulletin for Passion Sunday, 31st March 1968.  It clearly illustrates how seriously Lent was taken and how the Church helped us prepare for the celebration of Easter.  

Just in case the children thought Easter was all about eggs and rabbits, their spiritual welfare was also well provided for, as this note from the same Sunday Bulletin confirms.
Boys and girls are not forgotten
Perhaps Lent isn't quite as austere as it used to be but it is still a time for reflection and renewal.  Fortunately for us, the Church still helps us along the path that takes us to the real and joyful meaning of Easter.

Just in case you are wondering what "Passion Sunday" is, follow this link and all will be revealed.

Saturday, 10 March 2018


I have two great photos to post today and they span quite a few years.  Have a look and see how many names you can add.

The first photo comes from Teri Healey Evans and it was taken in the 1970s.  It is of some of the members of one of Sr Brendan’s amazing Choirs and the incomparable Sr Brendan herself is here with her girls.  The photo was taken at a Convent that they visited when the Glee Club travelled to Ottawa to perform.  Teri informed us that on one of their outings between performances, they visited this Convent and they all crammed into a room and sang for the Sisters there.   Teri is sitting directly in front of Sr Brendan; to her right are Helen Mallard and Karen Mugford.  To Teri’s left is Heather Ann McDonald (wearing glasses).  Teri can’t name the rest but perhaps you can?  If you can, would you please drop us a note at

*21st March 2018
This nice little addition to Teri's photo comes to us, via email, from Yvonne Cullen McIsaac:  "I enjoyed seeing the photo so much on fb. I was there also (YVONNE CULLEN was my maiden name now YVONNE MCISAAC). The Keating girls were there. Peggy Keating is the girl in the blue with glasses.

I live in Ottawa now and occasionally drive past the convent we visited on Montreal Road. Beautiful memories for sure." 

Thanks for getting in touch, Yvonne. We appreciate and enjoy every scrap of information that we can gather.  Have you ever dropped into that Convent and told them your story?  It might be a pleasant memory for somebody there also.  Just a thought!

Sr M Brendan and her girls
The second picture was sent to us by Debbie Thomas Meyer.  This beautiful photo was taken in 1950.  Debbie’s mother, PAULINE MCDONALD, (now PAULINE THOMAS) is seated, second right.  Debbie’s aunt, SHIRLEY MCDONALD (now SHIRLEY McCOLLUM of Marion, Indiana) is in the back row, fourth right.  
Debbie's lovely Mom and Aunt with their
Grade 8 classmates
Debbie, because my sister, Doreen McAllister, is in this photo, I can add a couple of other details.   This is Grade 8 and the teacher was Miss Carew.  Some of the other girls in the photo are;
Lorraine Nugent, kneeling right
Helen Power, seated 5 left
Doreen McAllister, seated 6 left
Mary Hawco, back row 5 left

Thank you very much Teri and Debbie for these two lovely photos.  They span a lot of years and I am sure they will bring back some rich memories for a lot of people.  If you have any other photos or stories that you would like to share with us, I would be more than delighted to post them.  As I stated above, you can send anything you have to Thanks again Debbie and Teri.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018


Christine Butler has written with details of the upcoming 5th Annual Gathering which also happens to be the 50th Anniversary of the Grade 3 Class of 1967-68.  Here is Christine's email, including details of events and contact address and phone number.  It sounds like a great time awaits you all.  We wish you all a grand reunion!

Hi there, hope things are good.
Just letting you know that we will be having our 5th annual gathering, which will also be the 50th Anniversary of our grade 3 class of 1967-68. This gathering also includes any graduates of the 1973-74 school year. Here is information I would like you to post on blog and Facebook page, please and thanks.
Grade 3 Class, 1967-68
GRADE 9 CLASS OF 1973-74

(Bring along whomever you like)
12 NOON - 4PM
Hotdogs, hamburgers provided
(We'll sort that out closer to event)
Bring your refreshments
(Non -alcohol)
We'll also have munchies

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018
2 PM - 5 PMish
We will order in
Have a couple of desserts also

Contact: Christine Butler
Phone: 709-689-8798

Thank you very much.

Christine Butler 

We have just received another photo from Christine so I will add it here and update the post.  
Another photo from Christine
What a lovely picture this one is and it has all the names, including the teacher's. 
The names!

Saturday, 3 March 2018


Sr Mary Rose Mulally was the first Newfoundland born Presentation Sister.  She was also one of the four founding Sisters of our own St Patrick’s Convent.   On 3rd March 1903, Sr Rose Mulally died at Renews and was laid to rest in the Presentation Cemetery there.  Sr Rose was 79 years of age.

Grave of Sr Rose Mulally, the first Newfoundland born Presentation  Sister


Rhonda Denine Peddle sent us a picture of St Patrick's Church.  I think it is a very beautiful picture so I asked Rhonda if she could find out a little about the picture and the artist.  Rhonda came through with flying colours!  She contacted the artist and some very interesting details emerged.
Rhonda's picture
Rhonda's picture is a print of an oil painting by talented local artist Deirdre Jackson.  Although Deirdre lives in the Goulds, she has a special connection to St Patrick’s Parish.

Deirdre’s mother was Joan Gosse from Hamilton Avenue.  Joan’s sisters were Loretta and Irene Gosse.  Joan attended St Patrick’s from the time she was three or four years old and, after she married, Joan Gosse Dinn continued to attend with her husband and children. Joan passed away last year at the age of 95.
There is a touching little story behind this beautiful painting.  Deidre’s niece was living in Ireland but in 2008 she came home to be married at St Patrick’s Church.  As a surprise wedding gift, Deidre created the painting and actually presented this thoughtful and loving gift to her in the church, at the wedding rehearsal! 

The original painting is now in Carlow, Ireland, with Deidre’s niece and family but 11 x 14 prints can be purchased from Deidre.  You can contact Deidre at  As well as St Patrick's Church, you will find some really lovely work there.

Rhonda, I am so pleased that you shared your picture with us and very grateful for all you did to find out the details behind it.  Knowing about the artist and the background of the painting makes it all the more interesting.  So, thanks Rhonda and Deidre for sharing and for your help.

Monday, 19 February 2018


Some folks are in need of a little assistance today.  Can you help?

Our first plea is from Paula Cowan-Vineham.  Paula’s message goes, “To all the St Patrick’s Ladies that have graduated 1979 from Holy Heart, this is reunion in 2019.  We are trying to gather as many as we can.  Please join our group HHM 1979, married and maiden name and feeder group.”  

This is the link

Holy Heart Yearbook, 1978/79

Next we hear from Donna Constantine Walsh.  Donna says;      "I'm looking for girls who are in this picture, St Patrick's Girls' School 1968 or graduated from this school in 1974.  If you know of anyone in the following list, would you please tag them or send them an email to get in touch. 

Rosalind Stewart, Sharon Power
Judy Murphy, Sharon Peddle
Pamela Norton, Janet Martin
Cathy Donnelly, Maureen Kinsella
Madonna Hearn, Veronica Pitcher
Pam Barrington, Bonnie Mullins
Eileen Mullins, Yvonne Cullen
Frances Hynes, Heather Martin
Louise Osmond, Annette Graham
Beverly Simms, Darlene Thomas
Patsy Keating, Cathy Walker
Dianne White, Rhonda Mackey
Patsy Brown”
Donna's class photo from 1968
From the USA, comes an email from Bernadette Murphy Andrejco.  Bernadette also seeks a little help.  “So happy to have found this!  A friend recommended the blog!  I was in Miss Murphy’s class 1949.  Does anyone have a photo?  My name is Bernadette Murphy Andrejco.  I have lived in the states since age 15 and was very excited to have my grandchildren visit this past summer of 2017.  They loved it and now want me to write about my childhood in St John’s.  Thanks for any help.”
The School where Bernadette would have attended
Miss Murphy's Kindergarten Class
Bernadette lived on the corner of Shaw St and Warbury St and I hope that someone out there can give her a little help.  She hasn't left a contact for us but, if you have any info for her, please leave it here in the comments or email it to me at and I will get it to her.

Thanks everyone for your help with all of this.  I hope we can get some good results.

Saturday, 21 October 2017


Pat Hurley McDonald has once again kept us up to date with news of another get together.  This get together was in honour of Sheila Moriarty Amos, who was on a visit home from Cape Breton.

On October 6th school friends Maureen O’Brien Roche, Cynthia Murphy Downey, Sheila Moyst O’Neill and Nancy Stanley Cook welcomed Sheila home. The ladies met for lunch at Fionn MacCool’s Pub on Kenmount Road and, by all accounts, it was a great get together. I think the photo confirms that!
Maureen O'Brien Roche, Cynthia Murphy Downey,
Pat Hurley McDonald, Sheila Moriarty Amos,
Sheila Moyst O'Neill, Nancy Stanley Cook
lunching  at Fionn MacCool's Pub

I hope Sheila had a lovely time at home and I am sure she was delighted to meet up with her dear friends again.  Way to go girls – keep the friendships firm.  They are indeed precious.

Thanks once again Pat.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

Monday, 2 October 2017


St Patrick's Convent School, Patrick St
Sixty four years ago today, on 2nd October 1953, the Corner Stone of the new St Patrick's Convent School on Patrick St was blessed by His Grace, Archbishop P J Skinner. 

Archbishop P J Skinner, Archbishop of St John's

Just look at that gleaming floor!
Didn't we (under Sr Immaculata's watchful eye) do well?
Thanks to Pat Hurley McDonald for this photo of the interior of Lakecrest School (formerly St Patrick's Convent School). Would you believe that the gleaming floor you see here is the original?  Yes it is an amazing sixty-four years old.  It is the same one we mopped and never, ever walked on with our muddy, wet boots!  Sr Immaculata would be so pleased!

Thursday, 21 September 2017


Pat Hurley McDonald has sent us a nice photo of herself and some St Patrick's school mates who recently shared a very enjoyable lunch date. On 12th September the friends dined at The Royal Canadian Legion Restaurant in Pleasantville.  
Lunching Ladies
The ladies are L-R:
Sheila Moyst, Lila Mercer, Judy Comerford, Carol Cromwell, Pat Hurley, Cynthia Murphy 

As always, a good time was had by all and another get together is now being organised. 

Thank you Pat.  We are always pleased to receive news of what St Patrick's girls (and boys) are doing these days.  So, please keep meeting up and please keep us informed.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


Fr Wayne Dohey is the well loved parish priest of St Patrick's who, sadly for St Patrick's, is moving on to continue his good work in another parish.  Fr Wayne, his enthusiasm, his kindness, his dedication and his brilliant smile will be sorely missed.  Thank you Fr Wayne and may God bless you abundantly.
The Incomparable Father Wayne Dohey
Mary Lou Mallard Tucker has sent us this touching tribute to Fr Wayne. 

"Father Wayne Dohey
St Patrick’s Parish

Can anyone predict what is in God’s  plan
When we arrive to this uncertain  world?
Unforeseen circumstances do  sometimes happen
Which can put one’s life in a twirl.

Father, all that you have been  through,
You have been through many tests.
God definitely sees the whole  picture
As Satan hates Christian happiness.

God presented us with a wonderful  man of the cloth
Who will always go that extra mile.
You try to preach to Cod’s children  everywhere
With a compassionate heart, which  is so your style.

Your brilliant mind teaches all of us
We should live out God’s holy word.
In the future we will try to  remember
Your powerful words which we  have heard.

You are going where you are  needed now
Your full time work at St Patrick’s  done.
It is with deep sadness that is felt  in all of our hearts
As our parish priest, you are our  special one.

We will all miss you!

Mary Lou Tucker and Family"

Mary Lou, thank you for sharing this lovely poem. Fr Wayne will indeed be missed.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Pat Hurley McDonald has sent us some really great pictures that will cause all our memory banks to go into overdrive!

Pat tells us that she and her sister, Catherine Hurley Teed, visited St Patrick's last week. As you are all aware, St Patrick's is now Lakecrest, a very well respected independent school. Pat said that the Principal graciously allowed them to tour the school which, understandably, brought back some great memories.

Pat has kindly shared her lovely photos of their visit. Get your hankies ready!

The beautifully maintained Lakecrest School, formerly St Patrick's Convent School
Pat Hurley McDonald  visiting her Alma Mater
Catherine Hurley Teed  visiting her old school
Thanks to Sr Immaculata, to us and our hours of mopping, this original floor still looks like new.  Be proud all you "moppers".
Catherine and Pat at the School door and not a "Rubber Bag"
in sight!
Pat, thank you very much for sharing these delightful pictures with us. Having seen them, all our heads will be buzzing with memories.

Friday, 8 September 2017


We are long overdue for a Holy Cross Post so here is one from 1960.  Do you know anyone on it?

Young Champs!  How many can you name?

We have some names but we hope someone can fill in the blanks for us.
FRONT, L-R: Fred Noftall, ?, ?, James Murphy, Paul Meaney,?, ?,
Back, L-R: Tom Healey, ?, John Whitty, ? Healey, Kevin Walsh, Br Fahey
Br Fahey, the coach .  (Nice Brush Cut!)

Friday, 1 September 2017


It is that time again!  Time to say good bye to the "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" and get down to study again as schools across the Province reopen. I am sure we all remember that "butterflies in the stomach" feeling as we trudged off to school on the first day back in September. Who will be our new teacher?  Will she be nice?  Will we be in for a tough year?  Will we have to hide her slapper? 
It was a memorable experience heading off to Holy Heart of Mary for the very first time. Leaving St Patrick's was a sad and difficult time for some girls.  I know I left with sadness & with just a little fear and trepidation.  Holy Heart was such a big school and so far away. No more racing through Thompson's Field in an effort to make it to St Patrick's on time. No more dawdling up Leslie Street, scuffing through the multi-coloured Autumn leaves as we made our way home for dinner.  Oh well, life goes on and so does school!  And, Holy Heart wasn't so bad once you got used to it.  It wasn't St Patrick's, but it was pretty good.

Well this photo, from an old ad from St John's best know Shoe Store, Parker & Monroe, will bring back some memories for ladies of a certain age.  I for one absolutely hated those Saddle Oxfords! How did you feel about them?  In any case, I loved the ad and I am so pleased to be able to share it with you here. 

Are you feeling a little nostalgic now? Just don't cry over your keyboard - you will clog up the keys!  

Thursday, 17 August 2017


Before you read another word, I must tell you that this post has absolutely nothing to do with St Patrick! However, it does have much to do with our roots, our Newfoundland heritage, and our way of speaking.  

A couple of days ago I was reading a book and I came across an amusing little anecdote that really delighted me.  As St Catherine of Alexandria is the Saint involved perhaps I should wait until 25th November, St Catherine's Day,  to post it.  No, I can't wait.  I think it is so cute I want to share it with you right away.  

Among other things, St Catherine is the Patron Saint of unmarried girls.  This little anecdote that I came across told of the young girls of Milton Abbas in Dorset who used to chant this little prayer to St Catherine.
"St Catherine, St Catherine, O lend me thine aid, 
and grant that I never may die an old maid.
A husband, St Catherine, a good one, 
St Catherine,
But arn-a-one better than narn-a-one, 
St Catherine.
Sweet St Catherine, a husband St Catherine,
Handsome St Catherine, rich, St Catherine,
Soon, St Catherine."

I don't suppose this verse would be considered politically correct today but it was the 'arn' and 'narn' that jumped out at me when I read it. We all learned in school that Newfoundland's first settlers were mainly people from Ireland and the West Country of England.  The West Country includes Dorset. I was just pleased to find such an unexpected confirmation of our Dorset roots and, if you haven't already heard this verse, I hope you will enjoy it now.
Dorset, where some of our forebears hailed from