Queen of Peace celebrated its feast day on July 9, the feast of Our Lady under the title “Queen of Peace.” On this occasion we also marked the 42nd anniversary of the home, although the actual anniversary date is July 2. The day began with a feast day Mass to thank God for all his blessings over these past 42 years. The altar was decorated with a colorful woven image of Our Lady crowned as queen and holding a dove in her hands, used each year for the feast day. The residents’ choir led with gusto the singing of favorite Marian hymns. After Mass the residents gathered in the auditorium for a savory dinner prepared with care by the kitchen staff. A humorous mealtime entertainment was provided by Dayle Friedman, a musical puppet therapist, who sang and danced to “oldies but goodies” accompanied by a variety of puppets. After lunch the residents had time for a quick siesta before gathering in the front walkway to welcome the arrival of the neighborhood Mr. Softie ice cream truck. The staff worked together to help the residents downstairs in time and the Little Sisters, novices and postulates from the novitiate joined us to help serve the residents their ice cream cones and visit with them. The postulates and novices made sure that those who weren’t able to come outdoors didn’t miss out onthe treat. Everyone enjoyed being outside together on this pleasant summer day.
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