St. Patrick's Cathedral

Thunder Bay, Ontario

211 South Archibald Street
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1G4
Phone: (807) 622-5389 Fax: (807) 622-1529

Our Cathedral Gardens

 

This newly introduced page is meant to celebrate the beauty of our three main Cathedral Prayer Gardens, to invite our Parish Groups to make use of them and to thank those who volunteer each week to care for them and enhance their beauty.
Our parishioner, Rita Legarde, our garden specialist,  gathers together volunteers to help her each week to keep our gardens beautiful all summer long.
Most of the photos shown on this new site were taken by one of her helpers and our own Rectory Caretaker, Erick Villanueva.

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RECENT GARDEN NEWS!

August 2, 2022
MORE NATURAL COLOUR AND BEAUTY


Newer and older growth. (photo by Erick Villanueva)

 

 

August 1, 2022
AFTER A JOB WELL DONE!

 

Rita Legarde, Jeannette Pyrick, Deacon Derek West and Erick Villanueva (also taking this photo) recently unearthed and discarded the dead tree stumps to clear parts of our garden for new growth.

 

July 26, 2022
BEAUTIFYING OUR GARDENS EACH WEEK

These volunteers gather each week to keep our Gardens beautiful.

We thank:
(l to r)Jeannette, Rita, Kim, Cathie and Madeleine for donating your time and your many talents .   (Photo: Angèle Ste. Marie)

 

 

 

July 22, 2022
EXAMPLES OF THE VIBRANT ARRAY OF COLOURS IN OUR PRAYER GARDEN

   

Photos by Erick Villanueva

 

 

July 11, 2022
C.W.L. 100th ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL GIFT TO OUR GARDEN


In 2020 the Catholic Women’s League of Canada celebrated 100 years of Ministry in our nation and many League Councils have marked the anniversary in a variety of ways.
Our own Cathedral members decided to memorialize the jubile by
donating a large and beautifully flowering hydrangea bush to beautify our Cathedral’s main Prayer Garden.

Many thanks to our Parish League Council, to Rita Legarde and Jeanette Pyrick for planting it and to Erick Villanueva for taking these photos. The plant and area will be dedicated with a souvenir commemoration plaque and formally blessed later this summer.

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OUR THREE MAIN CATHEDRAL PRAYER GARDENS

 

THE PRAYER GARDEN AND SHRINE OF THE HOLY FAMILY

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Our main Garden is a  beautiful prayer shrine which is located adjacent to the Cathedral and which celebrates family values and inspires reflection and prayer. It is complete with a gazebo, a prayer labyrinth and granite benches. The statues of the Holy Family, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and  St. Anthony of Padova are also displayed in this beautiful green space filled with trees, shrubs and flowers. It was made possible through the donation of our parishioner, the late John Martinuzzi, given in memory of his parents.

 

 

More recent photos of this Prayer Garden Shrine

A Fall and Winter Wonderland

 

The warm and verdant colours of Spring and Summer

           


 

Many thanks to Erick Villanueva for capturing this garden’s beauty with his camera.

 

 

 

OUR CHRISTIAN MEDITATION PRAYER GARDEN

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This tranquil corner, conducive to personal prayer and reflection, is located beside our Garden Shrine.  This sacred outdoor space was originally conceived and developed by Alice Ward and the members of our Christian Meditation Prayer Group.  All are welcome to spend time in personal and private prayer in this quiet corner.

 

 

OUR CATHEDRAL’S PARK FLOWER GARDEN

This colourful and meditative flower garden is located across the street from the Church and is also a portion of our Cathedral grounds.  The garden  is occasionally used for Liturgical Prayer and/or festivities.

For many years, one of our parishioners, who wished to remain anonymous would purchase all the plants and volunteer to plant them in this Garden to beautify the Cathedral Grounds.

After his death, Cheryl De Lorenzi and David Ronchi volunteered to continue the work of this beautifying ministry.

Now, in 2022, Rita Legarde and her volunteers have taken up the challenge of restoring this Garden to its original beauty.

 

This Garden’s First Formal Blessing in 2015 …

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In 2015, after a weekday 9:00 am Mass, a formal blessing of our Park Garden took place with many in attendance.  Here, in the photo to the right on either side of Msgr. Stilla, are Pasquale Giancola, our longtime Mass server, (with the Holy Water container) and our volunteer gardeners, David Ronchi and Cheryl DeLorenzi.


More recent photos of this garden’s re-birth …


Rita
and her volunteers, Cathie, Madeleine, Kim and Jeanette come together each week to clean, trim and split shrubs and plants to restore the beauty of this and all our Gardens  in 2022.  Erick Villanueva who takes the photos,  also provides his help, input and love of gardening along with his expertise for capturing the beauty in these souvenir photos.

 

More recent photos of this garden and of various Cathedral flower beds, from Erick Villanueva …