Under the Cemeteries Act, there are two groups that can operate a cemetery - municipalities and religious organizations. Since the late 1800s, when Catholic settlers first came to the area, that service has been provided in Morinville by St. Jean Baptiste Church. Since 1976, they have provided the service for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
County residents Jim and Jan Baker are bringing Summer Music in the Park events back to Morinville starting July 11. The shows will be held outdoors bi-weekly on Tuesdays at St. Jean Baptiste Church by the clock tower. The shows run from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and while admission is free, they will be taking items for the Morinville Food Bank and cash donations for the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation.
A half dozen seniors choirs from across the province will gather in Morinville May 5 for the 38th Annual Seniors Choral Festival. The afternoon of song, hosted by the Morinville Minstrels, will take place at St. Jean Baptiste Church at 1 p.m. and is open to everyone in and out of the community.
A local choir has saved an annual Morinville Christmas tradition from extinction. The Annual Community Christmas Celebration, an inter-denominational evening of Christmas music at St. Jean Baptiste Church, was in danger of ending after 37 consecutive years due to lack of volunteer availability. The Morinville Minstrels have stepped up to take over organizing the event and ensuring Morinvillians can ring in the holiday season as they have for nearly four decades.
Following multiple split votes from Council, the Town will not be immediately handing over $20,000 to the Morinville St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Parish for the revitalization of Morinville’s only public cemetery operated by the Parish.
Forty-two years is not a common length of time for a time capsule to be buried, but Morinville Catholics gathered on the steps of historic St. Jean Baptiste Church July 9 to seal a time capsule to be opened in 2057. The date - 42 years down the road - coincides with the church's 150th anniversary. The capsule is to be unveiled at the Feast Day of St. Jean Baptiste in June of 2057
Vandals struck Morinville’s historic St. Jean Baptiste Church on the evening of Apr. 3. The church and park sidewalk was spray painted with anti-theological and homophobic messages, including “I Hate God”, and “I Love Satin” (sic), as well as swastikas and anarchy symbols.
by Morinville News Staff
St. Anne Council of the Knights of Columbus (KOC) will be once again coordinating the annual Christmas Hamper Project on behalf of St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Parish and the Morinville Food Bank Society….