Aging Quebec church looks to salad for salvation

Source: The Star

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MONTREAL—For much of the past 166 years, the silver-spired church in St-Pacôme, Que., has been nourishing souls.

But over the next few months, the church will be decommissioned and transformed for a new, secular mission: nourishing people’s stomachs.

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The past decade has been a struggle for the church in the town of 1,700 people, which is 150 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.

Attendance at the weekly mass is down to 40 people, said Lisette Lévesque, president of the parish council. The demand for baptisms is drying up. Weddings are nearly unheard of. The only steady services are funerals for the aging population.

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