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Catholic Activity: Nameday Ideas for the Feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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Her feast is on October 16. This includes dessert, decoration and prayer ideas.

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Most famous of the saints with this name is Margaret Mary Alacoque, saint of the Sacred Heart, the "symbol of that boundless love which moved the Word to take flesh, to institute the holy Eucharist, to take our sins upon Himself, and dying upon the Cross, to offer Himself as a victim and a sacrifice to His eternal Father." A Visitation nun, she learned from a vision of our Blessed Lord that it was His divine will that a liturgical feast be kept in honor of His Sacred Heart and in reparation for man's ingratitude.

A heart-shaped dessert is used on Margaret Mary's day. A miniature figure of Margaret Mary could be used atop the nameday cake.

Father: Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, You wondrously revealed all of the deep treasures of Your Heart to Margaret Mary. May her merits and example win us the grace to love You above all things and in all things so that we may make our abode in Your own Sacred Heart. You live and reign forever. All: Amen. Christ conquers, Christ reigns!

A classic dessert for saints called Margaret is called Bombe Margot. It is a Bombe mold lined with almond ice cream with inside layers of pistachio and vanilla.

This is a dessert for the feasts of St. Margaret, virgin and martyr; St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland, who made the foundation of the Benedictine Abbey of Dunfermline, where she is buried (June 10); for St. Margaret of England (Feb. 3); St. Margaret of Hungary (Jan. 26); and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (Oct. 16). Their namesakes are Maria Marguerite, Margaret, Gretchen, Margo, Margie, Marjory, Margharita, Greta, Megan, Meg, Daisy and Pearl.

Activity Source: My Nameday — Come for Dessert by Helen McLoughlin, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, 1962

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