on Sunday October 31st 2004
Philippe and Pascale
had decided to baptize their baby daughter Solene. For that, they thought that our Bresse would be the better
region for getting together the family.
Mamy Annie had contacted the Father
Bonin, parson at St-Usuge parish, who consented to
celebrate the baptism in his church (after the preparation at Vichy). They agreed upon the date of October 31st.
The choice of godfather and godmother, in the case in point Eric, Philippe's friend and Cathy, Pascale's sister,
was set long beforehand. The choice of one restaurant's room worthy of the event was the Bourgchateau Mill
The baptism ceremony took place after the high mass which most of us attended. Obviously, Mamy Annie gave us to
hear nice liturgical chants , either as soloist or in choir. She was thanked by Father Bonin, the Paquelier's being
very proud of it !
Solene was a model of wisdom during the ceremony, barely indisposed by the water sheded on her head. We were far
out of the tears so often heard at that occasion !
After the ceremony, we headed towards the Virgin Mary's altar where Solene had to be set under her protection.
She was not at all daunted being alone down by the altar, surrounded by her family. A brief text read out by the
two mamies, then the hymn " Chez nous, Soyez Reine ", chanted in choir.
After that ceremony, nurture of the minds, it was time to think of feeding the bodies at Bourgchateau : a nice
room at the second floor, overhanging the Seille river, which was flooding because of last week's heavy rains
We were 16 guests in addition of Solene who was at the front of the table. Everyone had his personal menu set up
and we soon started to eat.
No need to report the menu, but all was of best taste, good beverage and perfect service.
After the meal, we assented to meet at La Troche for a last gathering before the departure of the ones having to
leave us : Coralie and Michael by train for Belfort, Monique towards the Jura, Eric and Nathalie towards the Burgundy,
the parents Duvernay and Cathy towards the Charolais.
The next day being a holiday (Toussaint celebration), Philippe-Pascale-Solene, and Roger-Sylvie remained here,
avoiding that we would suddenly be alone after a day so full of life.
Many thanks to all the participants at this familial fiesta.