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letter from father fraser

Dear Parishioners:
As we reflect on the role St. Michael’s Basilica plays in our lives, let’s think for a moment of the hundreds of families who have celebrated the baptism of a child, the beginning of the faith journey, in our church. Remember the excitement and pride of parents and grandparents as they watched their children and grandchildren celebrate first confession and first communion. Think about the parents who walked their sons and daughters down the aisle as they celebrated the sacrament of marriage. At St. Michael’s, we have expressed compassion and consolation when we gathered to celebrate the rite of Christian burial for family members and friends.
Each week we gather at St. Michael’s to experience God’s love as we celebrate the Sunday Eucharist. Together, as a parish community, we mark the years as we celebrate Christmas and Easter and all the feasts of the liturgical calendar. As a parish family, we celebrate milestones in each other’s lives with anniversary masses and other special celebrations.
St. Michael’s Church has played an important role in our families and the whole Miramichi community for over 100 years. Now it is our responsibility and privilege to ensure that St. Michael’s Church continues to grow as a vibrant faith community.As we embark on our capital fundraising campaign, I ask you to reflect on the following: “What return to the Lord shall I make for his generosity to me?” I encourage you to participate in this important capital fundraising campaign as its success is dependent on you, our parishioners, and your generosity.
Together in faith,
Father John Fraser
St. Michael’s Basilica Parish Priest

pastoral council

The Parish Pastoral Council represents the interests and pastoral needs of the entire Parish through oversight of such areas as religious education, outreach, liturgy, etc. They promote the spiritual and pastoral growth of the Parish community. They plan ways for the Parish to carry out the mission of the church. Members are elected and/or appointed for a fixed term.

Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of the month, several months per year.







Father Paul Doucet

Father Arokia Dass Chinnappan, HGN

Mary Mott

Paul Duplessie

Paula Barry

Dianne Arsenault

Ann Bracken

Tilly O’Neil Gordon

Dereck King

Dorine McCarthy

Barb McLaughlin

Gerry Watling

Danny Williams

finance council

The Parish Finance Council is a consultative body which makes recommendations to the parish priest and the Parish Pastoral Council. They assist Father in the administration of parish goods in conformity with the civil, canonical and diocesan regulations pertaining to temporal administration of the Parish. They give sound financial guidance and planning regarding the resources needed to develop and implement Parish plans and programs. Members are appointed by the parish priest and serve for a fixed term.

Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month, several months per year.





Vice-Chair, Pastoral Council, Ex Officio:








Recording Secretary/Bookeeper:

Father Paul Doucet

Father Arokia Dass Chinnappan, HGN

Paul Underhill

Paul Duplessie

Merry Derry

Maura Flynn

Tom Flynn

Ed Hospodar

Douglas MacDonald

George Martin

Lydia Ross

Sandy Williston