From August 22nd to September 4th, at the ICCC, we welcomed a “Coup de Pouce” team. Ten very dynamic young adults came to meet the challenge of constructing the Shrine of Our Lady of Compassion in order that the Pilgrimage we organized to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Heart’s Home would be able to take place on September 18th as planned.
It was very rainy at the beginning of their stay, but this did not prevent them from raising the timber frame. Soon after, the sun came out. Each member of the team devoted himself to one of the tasks needed to accomplish the final goal: shingling the roof, siding, electricity, completing the sub-wall, and positioning the windows. Everything required a lot of work, especially the surrounding area and the dry-stone wall that runs behind the sanctuary.
Our friends left us after having finished the essential construction work. However, some jobs still needed to be completed such as the entrance stairs, the base where the statue of Our Lady of Compassion (sculpted by Fr. Paul Crochat) will rest, the central window, and many other small finishing touches. When everything is complete, the shrine will be a good place for prayer and contemplation, and above all else, we hope that it will be a place where many are touched by the presence and the tenderness of Our Mother.