St. Ma­gloire’s goes to mem­ber­ship for vi­a­bil­ity

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St. Ma­gloire’s close look at its con­gre­ga­tion.

The church is hold­ing a spe­cial meeting on Sun­day, Jan­uary 15 after its service to talk about the vi­a­bil­ity of the church.

Deb Bolduc, the in­cum­bent war­den at St. Ma­gloire’s says they are fac­ing tough times with­out many ac­tive mem­bers of the church com­ing to cel­e­brate.

“We are only get­ting 8-10 peo­ple com­ing to church and there is no life in our church,” she said. “You need bod­ies in the pews, and you need life and singing. It’s tough when you are singing and all you is tak­ing fu­ture as a a hear is your own voice.”

The church has a proud his­tory in the val­ley. Orig­i­nally formed in Mun­son in 1911, the church moved to Drumheller the fol­low­ing year and con­structed a new church. The first of­fi­cial records of the church be­gan on Jan­uary 12, 1913, and the first recorded con­gre­ga­tion had 16 in at­ten­dance.

The church was of­fi­cially ded­i­cated on Au­gust 15, 1915. In 1918, the church served as a hospi­tal when the Span­ish Flu hit Drumheller.

In the 1950s, the cur­rent church was built with Bishop Ge­orge Calvert lay­ing the cor­ner­stone on May 25, 1955.

The strength of this com­mu­nity to­day ap­pears to be wan­ing. Bolduc says the church still has about 60 mem­bers on its books, but they don’t have a large enough con­gre­ga­tion for a reg­u­lar pas­tor, al­though one comes monthly. This makes it tougher to or­ga­nize for fu­ner­als or hospi­tal vis­its.

“We don’t have many young peo­ple. Angli­can is an older re­li­gion, most of our parish­ioners are older, and no one is com­ing to re­place them,” she said. ”I don’t know if they’re too busy or if more peo­ple are cyn­i­cal about re­li­gions, I don’t know.”

“We’ve been strug­gling for three years, and we just don’t know what to do any more, we want to see what kind of in­ter­est there is out there.”

She said a strong church com­mu­nity of­fers support for its mem­bers and the com­mu­nity.

“It has to do with hav­ing a com­mu­nity to fall back on if need be. So we are there if there is some­one in the com­mu­nity that needs help. Right now we can't even do our Shrove Tues­day,” she said.

Sun­day service is at 10:30 a.m., the meeting will fol­low.

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