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Morinville Parish asks Town for support in cemetery revitalization

Parishioners from Morinville’s St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church has made an ask to Council at the Sept. 20 Committee of the Whole meeting to revitalize the Town’s only cemetery, operated by the Catholic Church for decades. The site is located off of 100 Street on the north end of Town. The site recently saw the removal of some trees and has not gone undergone renewal in many years, with aging chain link fencing around the property. As a result, the site is in major need of revitalization, according to presenters Gilbert and Lillian Boddez, who made the ask on behalf of Morinvile’s oldest congregation. […]

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Letter: Knights launch hamper program

The Knights of Columbus St. Anne Council, on behalf of St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Parish and the Morinville Food Bank, re pleased to announce that they will b coordinating the Christmas Hamper Project for Morinville and District once again this year. Las year 103 hampers containing food and numerous children’s toys and gifts were … […]

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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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Parish overwhelmed by final number

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – St. Jean Baptiste Parish has filed grant papers with the federal government for the matching dollars to raise a half million to fix the church’s steeple and related areas. After seven weeks of canvassing the community for a quarter million needed to apply for the grant, the People for the Steeple campaign had raised $262,000 – $10,000 more than had been hoped for… […]

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People close to saving the steeple … real close

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The campaign to save the steeple of historic St. Jean Baptiste Church is a lot closer to reality now that the fundraising campaign is $1,100 shy of its $250,000 goal. The parish learned this fall they could apply for a federal matching dollar grant that could give them up to $250,000 of the half million needed to do repairs to the church’s steeple, damaged by years of rain and wood rot. The catch was raising nearly a quarter million in seven weeks… […]