Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Old Fashioned Christmas highlights

Even though most of the Christmas decorations have been taken down the Covenant Health Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital’s “Old Fashioned Christmas”, event remains the talk of the town. The community spirit and the generosity of the more than 900 persons that attended and enjoyed the four day event has raised $16,944.45 towards enhancing our Palliative Care Services.
People attended from many parts of the province including Edmonton, Vegreville, Calgary, Ft. Saskatchewan, Endiang, Veteran, Pincher Creek, and many points in between. A former nursing staff member aged 91 years from Carstairs travelled with her family to present the hospital with a collage of pictures she had taken in 1958. Her desire is that the hard work of the Sisters (Daughters of Wisdom) must never be forgotten by the people of Castor. This melds well with Covenant Health celebrating 150 years of Catholic Health Care in the Province of Alberta this year. The first Sister’s (the Sisters of Charity-the Grey Nuns arrived November 25, 1863 in St Albert. This 150 year journey is intertwined with the history of this province and the lives of millions of Albertans along the way and we in Castor are proud to be a part of the continued legacy entrusted to us by our Founders the Daughters of Wisdom.
Other former staff indentified unknown person’s in the Hospital’s archival photo collection and added their memories as well, and many wanted to see the room in which they were born.
The most popular request in the red book being circulated to capture observations and thoughts were words of thanks, enjoyment of the music shared by local musicians, young and old, and the opportunity to share a time of fellowship together and to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, Christ our Saviour.
The appearance of “The Grinch” had the older people in long term care concerned about his overall health status and some of the kids tearful about his indifference to Christmas but in the end even the Grinch admitted to a good time and perhaps his heart did grow a few sizes during the four day event.
Without the vision of all the volunteers and all their hard work, including the decorating, the cinnamon buns, all the other baking, the Elks pancake breakfast, the quilted items, the original painting of the 1911 Hospital, the greeters, the students, the firemen, and everyone else that assisted in any way to make the Old Fashioned Christmas the success it was.

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