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Can't be buried on a Sunday

Funerals – The Montreal Daily Witness Sep. 4, 1874

It is a breach of good taste which prevails here perhaps more than in other countries, to make a large display at funerals. By our customs it becomes necessary for a man who wishes to show respect to his friend, or his friends’ friend, to give half a day of his business time, in a costume different from usual, to follow his remains to the grave. It would be more edifying if arrangements were made, as a correspondent of the Witness once suggested, to enable friends to attend a service in a church or at the house, and then return to their work, leaving those who are really mourners to care for the remains which are dear to them, and to give vent to sorrow with which strangers cannot intermeddle. One evil result of this ostentation is the constant tendency to hold funerals on the Lord’s Day, giving occupation to cemetery employees and to undertakers, and what is equally objectionable, to clergymen upon that day when all should rest. The ministers of Montreal have already protested against this, and we are glad now to hear that the Cemetery Company have resolved to take decisive measures on the subject, by refusing to admit funerals on Sunday, except under extraordinary circumstances, and then only at special hours. Such action has, we believe, always been custom at Mount Hermon Cemetery, at Quebec, and we hope the reform will receive the support of the community here.


Church silenced after organ theft

A church organ stolen – The Montreal Daily Witness Aug. 12, 1880

“Stealing the teeth from a man’s head” has been heard of, but the theft of an organ from a church was imagined to be impossible. Not so, however, for a circular signed by the Rev. T. N. Fyles, rector of Christ Church, Sweetsburgh, P. Q, and Messrs. G. F. Shufelt and George Cotton, church wardens, contains the announcement that last week a cabinet organ had been stolen from the church, and offers a reward of $50 for such information as will lead to the conviction of the thieves and the recovery of the instrument.


Blessings for handsome Longueuil church

The new Longueuil church – The Montreal Daily Herald Jan 29, 1887

The new Roman Catholic church at Longueuil was blessed by the Archbishop yesterday, the service being most impressive and attended by a large congregation. The style and plan of the church which Messrs. Perault and Menard are the contractors, is handsome, the seating arrangement especially being worth of mention for their convenience. The cost of the edifice is in vicinity of $150,000, it being the largest church in the province outside of those in this city. His Lordship opened a bazaar in the afternoon, the proceeds of which are to go towards defraying the cost of the building.

(Ed’s note: The church in question is the Co-Cathedral of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue. Construction was finally completed in 1911. It still stands to this day.)