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LETTER: Thank you for coming together to support church parishioners

"This is the time for healing, and a time for inclusiveness and reconciliation as we look forward not back."
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The St. Jean Baptiste Parish, with our pastor Father Trini Pinca, and the parish council, would like to extend a heartfelt thank you.

We have no words to express our gratitude to everyone who supported us at this sad time. The bravery and amazing professionalism of all the men and women of the many fire departments that answered our call on June 30 is overwhelming. Those departments are our own Morinville Fire Department, along with those from Gibbons, Legal, Bon Accord, Namao, St Albert, as well as Edmonton.

Many more answered the call, including the RCMP and the Town of Morinville – council and administration, including infrastructure services, communications, FCSS, community services, and enforcement services. Thank you to the fire investigators, Security Co., the Morinville Legion, and also to the numerous businesses. Also, importantly, thank you to the Morinville community as a whole, who stepped forward with overwhelming support.

Thank you for protecting the lives of many while saving our beautiful rectory, the Notre Dame Apartments, Heritage Place, and many businesses nearby. We are so grateful no one was hurt. We can rebuild and we will!

To everyone who reached out and offered their help and who continue to do so in many forms, we want to express our gratitude. We will need help going forward, as we have much work ahead of us. This is the time for healing, and a time for inclusiveness and reconciliation as we look forward not back. To quote Father Trini: "The bells will ring again.”

Noreen Radford, chair, St. Jean Baptiste Parish Council