Rock-is­land church to close

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff, Stanstead

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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

The beau­ti­ful Notre-Dame-de-la-merci Church is set to close its doors in June.

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