Morinville News

St. Jean Baptiste raising funds for Morinville Cemetery

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. […]

Arts & Culture

Summer Music in the Park returning next week

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. […]

Arts & Culture

May begins with the sounds of seniors singing

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.
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Arts & Culture

Morinville Minstrels save annual Community Christmas Celebration

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. […]

Local News

Local Catholics bury their history

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 […]

Local News

Vandals strike historic church

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. […]

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Local News

Priest leaving Morinville after six years

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – After six years of serving local Catholics at St. Jean Baptiste Church, Father Ignacy Warias, OMI, is leaving Morinville to take on pastoral duties at St. Albert Parish. Father Warias came to Morinville from his last parish in Bonneyville, and though he still holds a big place in his heart for his former parish, he has greatly enjoyed his time in Morinville… […]

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Legal

Pilgrimage from Legal to Morinville could become annual event

by Lucie Roy

Legal – Fifteen people started the 20 km walk on a pilgrimage from St. Emile Parish in Legal to the St. Jean Baptiste Parish in Morinville on Saturday 28 June. The adults and three children from St. Albert, Morinville and Legal met at the St. Emile Church in Legal at 8 a.m. to receive a blessing from Father Ignacy Warias, OMI and Father Brian Bricker, OP. The walk started an hour later and was completed as a team effort by 2:30 p.m. Each pilgrim received a certificate and souvenir to attest they had completed the journey… […]

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Morinville News

St. Jean Baptiste renovations about to be revealed

by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The scaffolding that has been the platform for a $500,000 restoration project for St. Jean Baptiste Church will come down this week, giving residents and parishioners their first real look at the work that has been underway since the beginning of May.

The St. Jean Baptiste Parish received a $250,000 Western Diversification Grant Mar. 12, the maximum matching dollars available for the $343,538.97 raised in the community last fall during the People for the Steeple Campaign… […]

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Morinville News

Locals get a look at downtown Morinville from above

Photos by Lucie Roy and Denise Touchette

Morinville – On Saturday morning Denise and Maurice Touchette, along with Gib Boddez and site Supervisor Don Ferguson, climbed 84 feet of stairs to rise as far up the St. Jean Baptiste Church steeple as could be allowed. The Touchettes won the scaffold climb at a recent Rotary Club’s silent auction… […]