Private Members’ Statement: St. Michael’s Church 100th Anniversary
Hon. Ralph Eichler (Minister of Agriculture): This summer I was pleased to attend the 100th anniversary celebration of Meleb’s St. Michael’s Archangels Roman Catholic Church, where I presented a plaque on behalf of the Province of Manitoba. It was a century of fellowship and friendship, marking a milestone celebration for the community.
In 1989, the church was transferred to the rural municipality of Armstrong, where it was declared a municipal historic site on October the 10th. A church heritage committee was struck to restore and preserve the building with help of grants, volunteer labour, donations, machinery and materials.
On September 30th, 1990, a Thanksgiving mass was celebrated in the newly restored church. The following year, a plaque was erected on the side of the church to mark the memory of the area’s Polish settlers.
While a traditional service was held, the annual mass serves as a celebration of community and heritage. Along with my plaque presentation, a plaque was also presented by Mr. James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman, as well as congratulatory statements from the Honourable Jeff Wharton and the Reeve for the RM of Armstrong, Jack Cruise.
Following the proceedings, a short lunch was served at the nearby Meleb-Cummings schools reunion park, where family, friends and neighbours gathered as their ancestors once did over a century ago.
Madam Speaker, I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation for all those who were involved in marking an historic event in the Meleb community, as well as the efforts of the church heritage committee.
Joining us in the gallery today is committee member Anne Yanchyshyn, who just turned 90, chairman Elmer Keryluk, and Jeff Zaluski. I will ask the House to join me in congratulating them in their continued efforts in celebrating their community heritage.
October 11, 2017