Catholics restructure for future
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.saintetrinite.ca.
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.