On Thursday, May 21, 2015, more than 600 parishioners of the Diocese gathered at the Co-Cathedral of the Nativity to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for the 125 years of favours and blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon us.
Presiding at the Mass was Bishop Marcel wearing the pectoral cross that belonged to our first bishop, Alexander Macdonell, and using the crozier that was gifted to our diocese by the Archdiocese of Kingston at the time of Bishop Macdonell’s ordination. Concelebrating with Bishop Marcel, the diocese’s 8th bishop, were Bishop Emeritus Eugene LaRocque (1974 - 2002), Archbishop Paul-André Durocher (2002 - 2011), Archbishop Brendan O’Brien of Kingston (we our a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Kingston) and Trois-Rivières’ Bishop Luc Bouchard who was a parish priest of our diocese for 25 years. In addition, most of our priests concelebrated. Seven members of the clergy of other Christian denominations also attended.
Despite being unable to use the choir loft or pipe organ (structural issues), the diocesan choir was in fine form. The choir definitely brought an additional sense of prayer, dignity and beauty to the Mass.
At the conclusion of the Mass, presentations were made by MP Guy Lauzon, Acting Mayor (Cornwall) Bernadette Clement and the Caisse Populaire to the diocese to mark our 125th. Bishop Marcel, on behalf of the Diocese, presented Diocesan Awards of Merit to Dr. Raymond Legault and Angelo Towndale.
Following the Mass, many of those in attendance joined Bishop Marcel at the Agora Catholic Centre for a reception.
It was a wonderfully memorable evening!