Two years ago, the Quebec municipality of Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides, about an hour northwest of Montreal, bought the white-paneled wooden Catholic church at its centre for just a dollar. Dating back to the 1890s, this old church was built at a time when Catholicism was the cornerstone of Quebec’s civic life.
But times have changed. Sainte-Lucie mayor Francis Corbeil says he can’t recall when services were last held at the church. The architect who examined it says it also needs a fair bit of restoration work. Its original foundation was made from rocks and leaks a lot. The insulation needs to be redone. So do the windows. All of these repairs could run upwards of $2 million. “What did they do?” Corbeil asked himself when Sainte-Lucie first bought the church. “This is gonna cost a fortune.”
Nonetheless, Sainte-Lucie wants this church to act as a community
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