Catholics re­struc­ture for fu­ture

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

Paroisse Sainte-Trinité de Stanstead, the new Catholic parish formed in 2013 that re­grouped the parishes of Sacré-Coeur de Stanstead, Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci, Ste-Therese de l’En­fant-Je­sus and Saint-Ephrem, has un­der­gone some im­por­tant changes re­cently.

Fol­low­ing the trans­fer of Fa­ther Gilles Baril to the Paroisse SteAgnes in Lac Me­gan­tic in Fe­bru­ary of this year, a new struc­ture was put in place to of­fer the pas­toral ser­vices to the Sacré-Coeur and St-Ephrem com­mu­ni­ties. Put in place in Fe­bru­ary, the new team con­sists of a ‘priest-mod­er­a­tor’, Fa­ther An­dré Tardif, and a small team of pas­toral an­i­ma­tors, Therese Gaulin, Madeleine Lebel and Gisele Robert, who were nom­i­nated by Arch­bishop Mgr. Luc Cyr.

“They have had a struc­ture like this at the Comp­ton parish for about two years now,” said Ger­ard Gre­nier, the pres­i­dent of the Con­seil Fabrique de la paroisse Sainte-Trinité.

Fa­ther Tardif, who was in charge of the St. Pa­trice parish, in Ma­gog, for eigh­teen years, came out of re­tire­ment to take care of the Stanstead parish. His re­spon­si­bil­i­ties will be limited to all the re­li­gious cer­e­monies and the masses while the prepara­tory work and ad­min­is­tra­tive tasks will be done by the team of pas­toral an­i­ma­tors. “The team is there to put in place all the ser­vices for the parish­ioners, to con­tinue the ser­vices that ex­ist and to im­prove them. We are re­ally hop­ing to be able to reach young fam­i­lies in their spir­i­tual needs,” com­mented Mrs. Lebel, one of the new an­i­ma­tors.

For in­for­ma­tion on the hours of mass, bap­tisms, fu­ner­als and other ser­vices, call the Pres­bytery from Mon­day to Thurs­day, 9:00 to 12:00, at 819 876-2481, or visit the web­site at www.sain­tetri­

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Ger­ard Gre­nier, pres­i­dent of the Con­seil Fabrique de la paroisse Sainte-Trinité, and Madeleine Lebel, one of the new pas­toral ani

ma­tors, in front of the Sacré-Coeur church, in Stanstead.

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