Village elders lament decline of Fete St. Isidore in San Sauveur

Augustina “Beebee” Durand

Augustina “BeeBee” Durand of the San Sauveur has been honoured as a stalwart of Fête St. Isidore in that community for her devout and unwaivering contribution every year to the celebration of the feast.

However, while the mass for the celebration this year was as beautiful as ever, Durand, like many of the elders in the community, is lamenting the fact that the celebration of Fête St. Isidore in San Sauveur is slowly losing its momentum. She feels that the feast is not celebrated with the vigor and gusto of the past years and she looks forward to the day when the young people will take their rightful place in the community’s culture, in the organization and celebration of Fête St. Isidore.

Durand was presented with a gift on behalf of the community by Johnson Drigo, parliamentary representative for the Castle Bruce Constituency of which San Sauveur is a part.

Colorfully dressed villagers celebrating Isidore in San Sauveur

Monsignor Jno-Lewis and Fr. Paul from the parish of Our Lady of La Soie, joined the Parish Priest, Fr. Godfrey Tarimo in conducting the religious celebration.

St. Isidore is the patron saint of farmers and farmers in San Sauveur continue to take pleasure in bringing their produce from their land to be blessed.

Fr. Tarimo in his homily, encouraged those in attendance to “smile” and not to lose focus. He stressed that St. Isidore’s life was one of humility, commitment and faith in God.

‘Having faith pays. Try our best to function in faith; faith is a supernatural gift. Have faith in God for success”, Fr. Tarimo said.

The appreciation of those who attended the mass was palpable and the occasion was made even more interesting  when Fr. Paul (who is Nigerian) began speaking in his native tongue, to the pleasure of the congregation.

Parliamentary Representative Johnson Drigo, Senator Isaac Baptiste, Parliamentary Representative for Roseau South, Joshua Francis and Castle Bruce Village Council Chairperson, Angelica Gasper were among those who were present.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Frank N Stein
    June 12, 2019

    Can you believe this weekend suppose to be Toucarie Feast of St Anthony? Lets wee what Reggie will put together quick quick.

  2. TJ
    June 11, 2019

    A hearty congratulations to all the planners. Maybe we can star organizing now and have the involvement of the youth.

  3. Island Lady
    June 11, 2019

    “… Fête St. Isidore in San Sauveur is slowly losing its momentum. She feels that the feast is not celebrated with the vigor and gusto of the past years and she looks forward to the day when the young people will take their rightful place in the community’s culture, in the organization and celebration of Fête St. Isidore.”
    Its interesting to hear this statement coming from an elder in the church because from what I know, these are the people who have serious issues with young persons being actively involved in the planning and organising of the feast. Also, we need to get rid of the “crab in the barrel” mentality where we are quick to pull down and show little support to persons in our community who are good at planning and organizing events and making a BIG difference in the way in which the feast is promoted and celebrated. In addition, people need to put their political preferences aside and work collectively to ensure the feast is highly celebrated.

  4. Maybe
    June 11, 2019

    Beautiful people love this photo

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