Rock-island church to close
Rock Island Catholics will lose their church in June and the parish will officially be dissolved on March 1st. A letter from the Sherbrooke Bishop, Archbishop Luc Cyr, was read to the astonishment of the parishioners at last Sunday’s mass.
Born of the Sacré-Coeur parish in 1916, the church that is on Notre-Dame Boulevard was built in 1966. The event was of such importance that the town council of Rock Island saw fit to rename the street from Wyman to its present name, the motion was then presented by councillor Lawrence Tilton and seconded by Edgar Hill as this newspaper reported in its September 8th 1966 issue. The church was to be dedicated by the Sherbrooke Bishop, Louis-Joseph Cabana, on the 25th. The church replaced one that a fire destroyed in 1943. After the war, foundations were built and the basement used as the church.
The Parish will have a meeting next Wednesday to discuss the issue.
Email to the bishop in Sherbrooke went unanswered as we went to press.
The beautiful Notre-Dame-de-la-merci Church is set to close its doors in June.