Boris Chassagne, Local Journalism Initiative
After having ceded five of its churches in the last month, the parish of Du-Bon-Pasteur is looking to the future, but “with all respect for the past”.
The sale and loss of the churches of Saint-Jean-de-Brébeuf, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Allégresses, Sainte-Marguerite-de-Cortone, Jean XXIII and du Saint-Sacrement, was certainly experienced with difficulty by many.
Those in charge of the parish are aware of this and unite to “remember and set up a new way of living in the parish”, they wrote in a press release. They greet with emotion the people who gave them testimonies and who, “sometimes in a parish table of pastoral consultation, sometimes during a meeting, a telephone or an email, sometimes quickly after the mass, shared their emotion, but also their understanding in the face of the heartbreaking decision we have taken, ”writes Father François Donaldson.
A Casavant organ to offer
The Casavant organ of the Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Allégresses church will have to find a new home. Negotiations to integrate it into the renovated J-Antonio-Thompson hall having failed, the organ remains available, with no intention of profiting from it.
If no organ relocation project materializes in Quebec, the organ could be sent to the United States.
The parish must also divest itself of a certain number of elements of religious furniture: vases and liturgical objects, works of art, statues, crosses of steeples will find a second life.
A team of volunteers deals with it.
The cross on the steeple of the Saint-Jean-de-Brébeuf church will also be preserved and relocated to a memorial in the Saint-Louis cemetery. And that of the bell tower of the Sainte-Marguerite church in the Saint-Michel cemetery. “The parishes or Christian communities in our region that need certain elements can contact us,” said Father Donaldson.
Share your pain and memories
“Both citizens and people involved in the faith are affected by this great change in the churches of Trois-Rivières,” said Father Donaldson. The parish is open to all initiatives “aimed at remembering”.
An email address is made available to the population who can share their memories and emotions related to the loss of the churches of Saint-Jean-de-Brébeuf, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Allégresses, Sainte-Marguerite-de- Cortona, John XXIII or of the Blessed Sacrament: [email protected]
The parish will, in the coming weeks, communicate the details of its renewed pastoral project and of its collaboration with the Franciscans and the cathedral of Trois-Rivières, so that the population of the city center is served.