Feast Day Party – A Trip to a Very Catholic Restaurant

This year Sr. Mary Veronica’s feast day celebration was not just any celebration. No, this year (initially unbeknownst to her) she had special reservations at St. Gabriel’s Bistro, a fancy restaurant which was open for a total of only a couple hours, just for the occasion! Yes, St. Gabriel’s Bistro existed at 272 Novitiate Corridor, St. Joseph Monastery on Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm, in honor of Sr. Mary Veronica’s feast day. There are truly few who can say that they’ve had a restaurant open for them alone.

The hostess' desk upon entering St. Gabriel's Bistro

The hostess’ desk upon entering St. Gabriel’s Bistro

As our long-time blog readers probably know, and so that I don’t completely confuse any new readers we may have, our novitiate hosts a celebration every year on or around the novice directress’ feast day, in appreciation for all that she does. This year our novitiate – made up of Postulant Ruth and Novices Sr. Frances Marie and Sr. Maria Faustina – decided to transform the novitiate recreation room into a fancy bistro named after the novitiate’s patron, St. Gabriel Possenti of the Sorrowful Virgin (for more information on St. Gabriel, check out his information page on our website: http://www.passionistnuns.org/Saints/GabrielCP/index.htm).

A display honoring St. Gabriel

A display honoring St. Gabriel

That Thursday Mother John Mary accompanied her to the Bistro and they were seated at their table by one of the three eager “waitresses,” who looked strangely like Ruth, Sr. Frances Marie, and Sr. Maria Faustina, and only appeared in their absence! Light instrumental background music was playing throughout the bistro as the guests dined.

The 3 "waitresses" pose with their aprons and name tags

The 3 “waitresses” pose with their aprons and name tags

Drinks, which included an array of hot beverages such as Christmas tea, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider, were served first. The guests were able to snack on orange slices and assorted nuts as they looked over the menu. The soup of the day, which happened to be Creamy Tomato, was served as well. Options for the main course included Ham & Cheese, Grilled Cheese, and Grilled PB & J finger sandwiches.

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The menu!

Once the food was served, the three novitiate members came back from… well, wherever they were all this time… and were happily able to join Sr. Mary Veronica and Mother John Mary at the table for a light afternoon meal, before which Mother John Mary led all in a prayer.

Sr. Frances Marie enjoys her hot beverage

Sr. Frances Marie enjoys her hot beverage

Postulant Ruth eagerly awaits the main course after finishing her Creamy Tomato soup.

Postulant Ruth eagerly awaits the main course after finishing her Creamy Tomato soup.

Sr. Maria Faustina caught in the middle of enjoying some orange slices. The finger sandwiches can be seen in the foreground

Sr. Maria Faustina caught in the middle of enjoying some orange slices. The finger sandwiches can be seen in the foreground

After the main course, the novitiate asked to be excused and it was just a few minutes later that the three waitresses came back to serve dessert, which was an assortment of walnut balls and baklava. The waitresses departed and thankfully the novitiate was able to make it back to the table before all the dessert was gone. But the excitement wasn’t over yet…

It was just then that Postulant Ruth, Sr. Frances Marie, and Sr. Marie Faustina announced that they had prepared something special for entertainment… Irish dancing! Postulant Ruth, who has done Irish dancing for many years, had taught Sr. Frances Marie and Sr. Maria Faustina an Irish dance which they performed to music for Sr. Mary Veronica and Mother John Mary.

Beginning the dance (Irish music playing in background).

Beginning the dance (Irish music playing in background).

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The rest of the afternoon was spent thanking Sr. Mary Veronica for her generous and loving service as novice directress and enjoying one another’s company. St. Gabriel’s Bistro may have been open only a couple hours, but it was a great success. At one point Mother John Mary remarked on how many candles and statues and pictures of saints there were (so unusual for a bistro) to which one of the “waitresses” simply responded, “It’s a very Catholic restaurant!”

Postulant Ruth, Sr. Maria Faustina, Sr. Mary Veronica, and Sr. Frances Marie at the end of a joyful afternoon.

Postulant Ruth, Sr. Maria Faustina, Sr. Mary Veronica, and Sr. Frances Marie at the end of a joyful afternoon.

Additional photos of the Bistro

 

9 thoughts on “Feast Day Party – A Trip to a Very Catholic Restaurant

  1. Ruth has been ver special to me since she was a child. Such a beautiful soul with a great love for God and His creation. Ruth is gifted with a myriad of talents and a fine sense of humor. She will be a wonderful addition to your community. Please tell Ruth than my mother is doing well.
    Love, Tom Simon, Seattle, WA

  2. Hi, dear sisters!

    I’m a brazilian (sorry for my poor english) who just loves your blog. I appreciate very much your spirituality and it’s wonderful to know these details about your life. Your mystical joy fascinates me. God bless you all!

  3. What a wonderful idea! Such beautiful and holy ambience! I myself would love to eat at such a restaurant. Maybe you could start a franchise.

    Happy feast day Sister Mary Veronica! God has blessed the work of your hands.

  4. Dear Sisters,
    I know this sounds Wordly BUT … this is really a fabulous idea!! Have you considered this; a real restaurant named St Gabrielle’s, serving fantastic food, and a gentle respite from the hustle and bustle of the day. It could offer income for whatever Cause you wish, and afford significant awareness of HIM. It’s not that God needs an advertising campaign but, well, the world could really use a real St Gabrielle’s!

  5. Dear Sisters,
    I know this sounds Wordly BUT … this is really a fabulous idea!! Have you considered this; a real restaurant named St Gabrielle’s, serving fantastic food, and a gentle respite from the hustle and bustle of the day. It could offer income for whatever Cause you wish, and afford significant awareness of HIM. It’s not that God needs an advertising campaign but, well, the world could really use a real St Gabrielle’s.

  6. What great memories were made this day! A very Catholic restaurant indeed, complete with God’s servers! A great feast day celebration with a lot of imagination!

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