Parishioners in Rivière Qui Barre, a tiny hamlet northwest of Edmonton, are celebrating a major achievement after completing a $50,000 renovation to their church building over the past year.
For Joanne Byfield, the process was “overwhelming and miraculous”.
Kyle Anthieren works on the new handmade wooden arches behind the altar. Photo supplied
“People are just astonished when they come in and see what it looks like. It looks like a new church, and it’s pretty amazing,” said Byfield, a member of St. Emerence Parish.
Officially the hamlet only has an estimated 56 people, but over a hundred attend Mass each Sunday. And many of them donated

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