Blessing of Crops, music festival, highlight activities
MINUDIE – One church will be packed this weekend for the annual Blessing of the Crops service, while the other will be marking its 150th anniversary with recently completed restoration work.
Complete with the inaugural Minudie Music Festival, the weekend promises to be a memorable one for Minudie residents and visitors.
“It’s going to be wonderful,” said Sharon Gould, who was working on preparations for the Blessing of the Crops service at St. Denis Roman Catholic Church on Sunday. “It’s a time for the people of Minudie and their families, many who have been away, to come back to Minudie for the service. We’re delighted.”
The annual service is held in remembrance of the community’s Acadian ancestors, who held a traditional Blessing of the Crops service every year when the crops were harvested and stored away in the barns.
A special feature this year, according to Gould, is the return to the community of Most Rev. Paul Terrio, recently ordained as bishop in St. Paul, Alberta, who will be celebrant of the service.
“His father and ancestors were from Minudie, and the first mass he performed after being ordained in 1970 was in Minudie,” she explained. “We’re welcoming back Bishop Paul Terrio, and he is so excited to come back and do this.”
A large crowd is expected for the service, and the plan is to use the newly restored King Seaman Church to handle the overflow.
The Seaman church is marking its 150th anniversary this year, and has undergone extensive interior work, according to member Bill Seaman.
“We’re hoping to have the interior work done by this weekend, so it is usable and people can view it,” he said. “Up to within the last day or two, we didn’t know if we could open it or not, so it was difficult to plan ahead.”
Following the Blessing of the Crops Festival, the crowd will move to the St. Aquinas Church Hall for a reception, and then return to St. Denis church for an evening concert featuring Roses and Thorns at 6 p.m.
Preceding all of these activities will be the inaugural Minudie Music Festival, which will be hosted by the River Hebert, Joggins & Area Development Association on Friday and Saturday at the home of P.J. White at 5553 Barronsfield Road. Featured will be live entertainment for all ages, food a beer fest, and a car show.