Basilica of our Lady of Perpetual Help, Labrador City

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Basilica of our Lady of Perpetual Help
Location Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador
Country Canada
Denomination Roman Catholic
Architecture
Status Cathedral
Functional status Active
Designated 1962

The Basilica of our Lady of Perpetual Help is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and former cathedral dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary located in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The basilica is under the circumscription of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador. The church was completed in 1962, and served as the cathedral of the former Diocese of Labrador City–Schefferville. The basilica was decreed on June 1, 2007.[1]

History[edit]

Fr. Jacques Laperriere, OMI, visiting from Schefferville, Quebec, said the first mass at Christmas 1959. It was held in a mine garage. The bishop appointed Fr. Theodore Roussel, OMI, as the first pastor in 1960. He led the drive to build the first church.[2]

In response to Bishop Peter Sutton, OMI, request, Pope Paul VI decreed in 1976 that the church become a co-cathedral with the one at Schefferville. When mining stopped in Schefferville, the Episcopal see was transferred to Labrador City in 1980, raising the status of Our Lady of Perpetual Help to a cathedral.[2]

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI decreed that the cathedral was a basilica. It was the second basilica in the province and the twenty-first in Canada.[2]

Pastors[edit]

  1. Rev. Theodore Roussel, OMI, 1960 - ?
  2. Rev. Jaroslaw Pachocki, OMI, -current

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