Counting our blessings this Christmas and praying for a peaceful 2019.

Often, when watching the news on TV or reading them on a tablet, a thought comes to mind: how lucky we are to live here. And so much more comfortably than the folks standing in front our church on that  winter day, more than a century ago.

This picture is from a History of Shrewsbury written by Kathleen Morrison. Many Shrewsbury residents moved early to Dunany as did the builders and owners of our house – the Gains –  after having married there in 1936. It is now the vanished village.

Counting our blessings, praying and hoping for a better future for the millions of people suffering around the world seems an appropriate theme for our Christmas Eve services – Family at 4 and Evening at 8.

It is with these thoughts in mind that the directors of your Association wish you all a joyous Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.


11 thoughts on “Counting our blessings this Christmas and praying for a peaceful 2019.

  1. Ivor Martin

    Thanks a lot Jacques!

    May you and your loved ones have a healthy, Happy and Peaceful Holiday Season as well.
    Take care
    Ivor Martin and Kathleen Hoelscher

    2181 Chemin De Dunany

  2. Claudette Hay

    A beautiful Christmas message.

    Merry Christmas to all in this wonderful Dunany community.

    Good will to all.

  3. Lois Gamble

    Best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year To all the Dunany residents. May you be blessed in the services at St Paul’s !

  4. Cathy and John Riviere

    Thank you for that lovely heartfelt message and the history, wishing you and France and all our fellow Dunanians a safe , healthy joyous, peaceful and loving Christmas and New Year. I am grateful and very blessed to be living here in this beautiful country, province and community. We are very fortunate indeed.

  5. Lynn and Ray Lee

    Dunany is our special place wherever we are.
    To be here in mind and spirit, wherever we are.
    It offers the peace of mind;
    Time to unwind;
    And just to enjoy being here.
    When we bought, we told our boys, “it is our special place.”
    You are welcome to come and enjoy.
    ” Still it is our special place.”
    Now they have grown and understand.

  6. Jean McLaughlin

    Thank you Jacques for this lovely Christmas note. I always look forward to your Dunany updates and peeks into the past!
    Yes we are so blessed to be part of this little piece of heaven!
    Wayne & I wish the Dunany cummunity a wonderful holiday filled with fun, family and friends!
    Also a happy & healthy 2019

  7. Janet Grandbois

    What a beautiful Christmas message. Thank you.

    Times change and people move on but a large part of my heart and that of my family will always be in Dunany.

    Best wishes to everyone for a Merry Christmas anda blessed New Year

    Janet Grandbois

  8. Sandra Simpson Laroche

    I love the picture of St. Paul’s — 1940’s

    Yes, we all must be thankful and count our blessings living in Dunany. Such a wonderful, special place!
    We hope for a peaceful year ahead with understanding, acceptance, tolerance and compassion for humanity.
    Season’s Greetings to All.
    Sandra Laroche

  9. chrys tindale

    Thanks Jaques and France. Merry Christmas. ‘Tis indeed a very special spot.

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