Quebec : For lack of faithful, the Church of Sainte-Madeleine in Trois-Rivières could be sold

Source: FSSPX News

For lack of faithful and of financial means, the church of Ste. Madeleine in Trois-Rivières, in Quebec, is probably going to be put up for sale.  Built in 1952, it has already been the subject of different projects and rumors of sale these last few years.  The parish is presently going through financial difficulties that are bringing it to think of selling some of its buildings.  But the final decision will be in the hands of Bishop Martin Veillette, the bishop of Trois-Rivières.

The probable sale of the buildings coincides with the departure of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the community that took care of the pastoral life of the parish for more than a century.  The announcement of the departure of the religious, in September 2009, had already been enough to stir up rumors of a possible selling of the church.

Among the parishioners, the eventuality of this sale does not fail to provoke some regrets.  Some express sadness at seeing yet another place of worship disappear, a consequence of the phenomenon of strong secularization in Quebec.  Others consider that it is “normal”, given the diminished number of faithful assisting at the Masses.

A reorganization project was announced to the parishioners during a reunion that was held in the beginning of July.  Like a good number of parishes, Sainte-Marie-Madeleine must undertake important costs linked to the maintenance of its infrastructures, while its revenues diminish.  The parish Sainte-Marie-Madeleine is composed of three local communities, Saint-Gabriel-Archange, Saint-Lazare and Sainte-Marie-Madeleine: it includes about 14,000 parishioners.  This is not the first time that there is talk of selling a Church.  Already in 2003, a promoter had offered a million Canadian dollars to buy the church.  In 2006, discussions were held with a company from Laval that wanted to realize a construction project of 200 apartments there.  An offer was made and the building council reviewed the proposition. (sources: apic/rvm – DICI#238, July 16, 2011)