"Notre-Dame-de-la-Guadeloupe, a heritage jewel"
On August 1st, the parish of Notre-Dame de l'Eau Vive received a letter from the Minister of Culture and Communications, Nathalie Roy, announcing a maximum of $ 280,000 in financial assistance for the project of major works for the restoration of the bell tower of the Notre-Dame-de-la-Guadeloupe church. This grant from the Government of Quebec follows a recommendation from the Outaouais Regional Consultation Table of the Quebec Religious Heritage Council. Assessed at approximately $ 400,000, the work will also include the restoration of the side door of the church. According to schedule, work should begin in the spring of 2020.
Mr. Marc Bureau, former Mayor of Gatineau, has agreed to chair a major fundraising campaign to supplement the amount needed for the work. Indeed, the grant awarded covers 70% of the costs associated with the restoration project. The parish must therefore collect 30% of the budget in the community. Mr. Bureau will support Bishop Jean-Charles Dufour, who has been parish priest for nearly 30 years until 2015. The campaign's goal is $ 150,000. The campaign will be on the theme:
"Notre-Dame-de-la-Guadeloupe, a heritage jewel".
Recognized for a few years as a heritage church, Notre-Dame-de-la-Guadeloupe is the only church in the Outaouais, built between 1945 and 1965, which has a rating of a according to the classification of religious heritage. It was in the fall of 1961 that the construction of Notre-Dame-de-la-Guadeloupe Church and Presbytery began. The work was entrusted to L'Abbé Construction Ltd for $ 268,735. The first Mass in the new church was celebrated on December 23, 1962.
The major fundraising campaign begins today and in the coming weeks and months, parishioners and the public will be invited to donate, interest-free loans or planned donations. There will also be some fundraising activities like concerts and dinners profits. The organizing committee of the campaign is already at work and is proud to announce that $ 11,000 has already been raised.