ADDRESS: 8 Little House of Prayer Drive

HISTORY: July 1983 saw the building of the Little House of Prayer, a name Bernadette Cyr had received in prayer. It was built during the first two weekends of that month with the contribution of a single benefactor and a small crew of dedicated volunteer workers.

On July 16, 1983, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Little House of Prayer was dedicated. The single benefactor, Gerry Beaulieu of Madawaska, responded to Cyr’s simple murmuring wish in October 1982 that a gazebo, in which they were now sitting, would be nice to have near the river on the edge of the family’s farmland.

For years, Gerry had thought, “I must fulfill my secret promise.” Fifteen years earlier, Gerry was recuperating at a friend’s home in Hartford, Conn., from the removal of a tumor near his vocal chords. Anxiously awaiting the prognosis — malignant or benign — Gerry offered to the Lord to build a little chapel in honor of the Blessed Mother and Her Son, Jesus.

Years later, weighed down by his unfulfilled promise, Gerry sought ways to appease his conscience. The tumor was benign. The little chapel remained unbuilt. In his simple wish, Gerry found the opportunity to fulfill his promise, and built the Little House of Prayer.

Following Bernadette’s personal healing in 1978, people would gather at the home of Charles and Bernadette Cyr on Saturday nights. They would sing songs of praise and worship, pray the rosary, eat a lunch and share how the Lord worked in their lives. People would ask to be prayed over.

With time, more and more people came to this special prayer period. This gradually turned into the Healing Ministry that Bernadette is now involved in. The building of the Little House of Prayer in 1983 provided a place where a small number of people could gather for the daily rosary, monthly healing services, retreats and an annual campfire Mass, which has been held on the third Saturday in July since 1978.

WORSHIP SERVICES: Every day, the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary are recited for all the petitions that are received and for world peace. The Joyful Mysteries are recited at 10 a.m., the Sorrowful Mysteries at 2 p.m., and the Glorious Mysteries at 6 p.m.

On the first Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m., a Healing Service is conducted. It begins with songs of praise and worship, followed at 2 p.m. by the recitation of the Sorrowful Mysteries.

After the rosary, a teaching is given by Bernadette Cyr, followed by the laying on of hands for the healing of mind, body and soul.

CONTACT: 284-6286; e-mail: [email protected]; website: www.little houseofprayer.com