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Montebello in Papineau MRC, Quebec — French Canadian Region
 

L’Église / The Church

 
 
L’Église / The Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 9, 2019
1. L’Église / The Church Marker
Inscription.  
Français:
La paroisse Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours est la première paroisse de l'Outaouais. Son érection canonique remonte à 1831 ce qui explique qu'elle a été rattachée successivement à quatre diocèses différents : Québec, Montréal, Ottawa et Gatineau. C'est aussi la paroisse mère de la Petite-Nation de laquelle toutes les autres paroisses ont été détachées.

L'église actuelle est la troisième de la paroisse Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours. Elle est construite par l'abbé Télesphore Allard curé de Montebello de 1892 à 1902. L'architecte choisi est M. Napoléon Bourassa, domicilié dans la paroisse. Le contrat est accordé en novembre 1894, pour la somme de 19 500.00$ et les travaux commencent au printemps suivant. Le plan au sol reproduit la croix latine. Les plafonds sont en bois et les murs en plâtre. On y retrouve un orgue Casavant de 1904, restauré au début des années 1990.

La qualité de la pierre du mur de façade est remarquable. Elle a été extraite d'une carrière de la région. C'est également la même pierre qui a été utilisée pour la construction du presbytère en 1937-1938 par le curé Chamberland, curé de
L’Église / The Church Marker • <i>wide view<br>(church visible in left background)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 9, 2019
2. L’Église / The Church Marker • wide view
(church visible in left background)
Montebello de 1902 à 1943. L'église est agrandie en 1932 pour en augmenter la capacité, mais ce sont surtout les transformations du début des années cinquante qui modifient l'aspect intérieur de cette église. Le curé Brosseau, à l'encontre de la volonté des marguilliers, entreprend des travaux qui vont modifier le caractère original de cette œuvre et la marque architecturale que Napoléon Bourassa lui avait donnée. C'est la seule église, en Outaouais, où l'on retrouve une chapelle funéraire. Le curé Chamberland y est inhumé. La chapelle se trouve dans le transept est de l'église. Une exposition de photos, dans l'église, illustre la vision de l'architecte Bourassa.

Cet ensemble, église et presbytère, est cité immeuble patrimonial. La protection s'applique à l'enveloppe extérieure des bâtiments.

English:
The Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours parish was the first parish in the Outaouais region. Its canonical establishment dates back to 1831 which explains why it was attached to four different dioceses: Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa and Gatineau. It was also the mother parish of the Petite-Nation from which all other parishes were detached.

The current church is the third of the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours parish. It was built by Abbot Télesphore Allard, ninth priest of Montebello between 1892 and 1902. The chosen architect was Napoléon Bourassa,
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Parish Church, Montebello<br>(<i>southwest corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 9, 2019
3. Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Parish Church, Montebello
(southwest corner view)
who lived in the parish. The contract was granted in November 1894 for $19,500 and the work started the following spring. The ground plan reproduced the Latin cross. The ceilings were made of wood and the walls were made of plaster. There is a 1904 Casavant organ which was restored in the early 1990s.

The quality of the stone wall front is remarkable. The stone was quarried in the region. It is also the same that was used for the construction of the rectory by Father Chamberland in 1937-38, who was the tenth priest of Montebello from 1902 to 1943. The church expanded in 1932 to increase its capacity, but it was mainly only the renovations of the early fifties that altered the interior of the church. Father Brosseau, the 11th priest of Montebello from 1943 to 1957, against the will of the church wardens, undertook work to change the original character of the church which had been crafted by Napoléon Bourassa. It is the only church in the Outaouais region where you can find a funeral chapel. Father Chamberland is buried there. The chapel is found in the eastern transept of the church. In the church, a photo exhibition shows Bourassa's vision.

The church and the rectory were recognized as heritage buildings specifically for their external structure.
 
Erected 2006 by Société historique Louis-Joseph-Papineau, Montebello.
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Parish Church, Montebello image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 9, 2019
4. Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Parish Church, Montebello

 
Location. 45° 39.021′ N, 74° 56.391′ W. Marker is in Montebello, Quebec, in Papineau MRC. Marker is on Rue Notre Dame (Highway 148) just west of Rue Saint Michel, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, directly in front of the subject church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 543 Rue Notre Dame, Montebello, Quebec J0V 1L0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. La Gare / The Train Station (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 2, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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