PETITION FROM THE CATHOLICS
OF SAULT-STE-MARIE, CANADA
TO THE RIGHT REVEREND ALEXANDER McDONALD
[Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto
MacDonell document M AC 24.01]
September 24, 1834
To the Right Reverend Alexander
McDonald. Roman Catholic Bishop of Upper Canada, etc. etc.
We the undersigned Catholics
of this place take the liberty of addressing our Referend Father respecting
the erection of a Roman Catholic Church in this place and finding that
our means are very limited so much so as to find it very difficult to
finish the same Edifice. unless our Reverend Father will take into consideration
our pitieful situation. and make known, to our fellow Catholics of York
and its vicinity our wants. from whom, (by our Reverend Father's solicitation)
will, we feel assured; render us; a small share of their charity.
We have at present the benefits
of a Priest who is stationed on the American Side, by the name of Reverend
Mr. Hatcher. he is to remain on that side by the orders of his Bishop,
And they are now preparing to erect a Church. He renders us every assistance
and coms. to this side once every third Sunday to celebrate high Mass.
For his goodness we feel very greatful and likewise feel assured our Reverend
Father will coincide with the happyness we will enjoy in future by the
presence of a Pastor of our own Denomination.
May we therefore beg our Reverend
Father will use a little of his influence (in behalf of our long wished
for Church) with our fellow Christians of York etc. and make it known
to us, as soon as it may be convenient by addressing the reply to Doctor
Tom Bell. And as in duty bound to our Reverend Father, we will ever remember
him in our prayers to God, the giver of all good.
Sault-Ste Maries, September
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