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He Is Risen!

By | Cottage Sessions

Happy Easter! We had a great weekend here at the farm.

Cottagers arrived on Thursday evening. After orientation, we spent over an hour with the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration, to commemorate the beginning of his Passion.

On Good Friday, we were joined by many visitors in praying the Stations of the Cross. Normally this is done outside, but because of the icy conditions, we made our way of the cross in the chapel this year. As is customary, the kids depicted the events of each station. After the stations, we shared a light meal of soup and bread with our visitors. Friday afternoon we boiled down more maple sap, which had been filling the buckets we put out during March Break.


Holy Saturday is a day of traditions at Waupoos. In the morning we paint Ukrainian Easter eggs under the guidance of the Huzscz family. They bring all the equipment and dies and show us how to make beautiful painted creations.


In the afternoon, Dan Kelly leads the group in pretzel-making. This year’s pretzels were especially tasty!


On Saturday evening we have a Candlelight Vigil. We gather outside around a small fire, from which we light our Paschal candle. From there we process into a darkened lodge, where we each light a taper from the Paschal candle. Dan leads the group in prayer, and when the time comes to proclaim Christ’s resurrection, we turn on all the lights and make lots of noise with bells and shakers. The kids love this part! Then we all listen while Matias sings the Exultet, the story of our salvation. After the Exultet, we perform skits based on Old Testament stories. This year Brendan entertained us with a particularly hilarious rendition of the story of Samson!


On Sunday morning, the farm residents and some volunteers prepared Easter lunch while the kids waited expectantly for their Easter egg hunt. When the time came to open the lodge doors, all the kids came rushing in to begin the hunt. The eggs were quickly collected and devoured! After the hunt, we celebrated Easter Mass together. Fr. Maxime Allard of the Dominicans presided for us again this year. Following Mass we enjoyed our Easter brunch and soaked in the spring sunshine.


On Monday morning we shared highlights of the weekend and said our goodbyes. We’re grateful for another happy Easter at Waupoos!

March Break

By | Cottage Sessions

Some of the highlights of our March Break session last week:

Wednesday morning we set out on a hunt for maple sap. We tapped four trees and hoped for a good yield!


On Wednesday afternoon we broke out the paint and brushes and let our creative juices flow!


Thursday afternoon we welcomed the Holmes family who made delicious Rabbit Ears – the Waupoos version of Beaver Tails. They were a huge hit!


Thursday evening we played Bingo. The winners collected some great St. Patrick’s Day prizes!

Friday morning was spent decorating cupcakes. In the afternoon we played ball hockey and collected the sap that had filled our buckets since Wednesday. We boiled it down and shared some delicious maple syrup. That night we had our first bonfire of 2016.


Saturday’s open house brought many visitors, one of which was Merrilegs the Pony! The kids were very excited to go for a ride!


Since March break and Easter are back to back this year, we had the opportunity to celebrate a Palm Sunday Vigil Mass at the farm. Fr. Bill at Our Lady of the Visitation generously offered us some palms, and Fr. Carl, an Oblate priest and long-time friend of Waupoos, celebrated Mass for us. The potluck that night was especially good: some of our cottagers prepared dishes from their native countries, which made for a diverse and delicious spread!

The Dowling family did a fantastic job hosting the March break session. They will be moving to the farm soon, as the newest resident family. We are delighted to welcome them into the Waupoos community!