Enthusiastic response to jubilee celebrations marking the 350th anniversary of Notre-Dame de Québec parish

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Porte sainte QuebecThe organizing committee for the jubilee celebrations marking the founding of Notre-Dame de Québec parish has published a report dated January 20, 2015, on the success of the past year’s 350th anniversary. The celebrations concluded on December 28 with the closing of the Holy Door, presided by His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada. The committee has assembled statistics on the various events held during the anniversary year. More than 330,000 people passed through the Holy Door, with more than 400 groups of 10 to 500 people involved in pilgrimages. During the jubilee year, close to 1.3 million visitors were greeted at Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, an increase of more than 40% over previous years.

Even though the Holy Door is now sealed, it continues to encourage devotion and prayer, and pilgrimages will continue to be available for visitors. The year 2015 will also offer an opportunity to participate in a “Novena to our Founders”, April 30 to May 8. This will involve nine days of prayer, meditation and activities around the anniversaries of the deaths of Saint Marie of the Incarnation (April 30), Saint François de Laval (May 6) and Blessed Catherine de Saint Augustin (May 8). The novena will mark the official opening of the pilgrimage season for Notre-Dame de Québec.

Notre-Dame de Québec parish was the first Catholic parish canonically erected in North America outside Spanish territories. Today it is Quebec City’s cathedral parish.