Callander Catholics and Anglicans will share a church on Christmas Eve.
This is after the Diocese of Algoma temporarily closed the 131-year-old St. Peter’s Anglican Church as structural issues are examined.
A statement said that with Christmas celebrations in the air, the Anglican congregation turned to its neighbors across the street at St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church.
“I knew we had to do something to help,” said Fr. Daniele Muscolino, pastor of St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church since 2018, “so we opened our house to our neighbors in time for Christmas”.
“The Catholic community has shown incredible grace and hospitality in our difficult times by giving us a home,” said Fr. McAllister, who only recently arrived at St. Peter’s Church in October. “Our community being homeless is a reminder of the struggle of Mary and Joseph who had nowhere to go, which is appropriate for this time of year.”
The two fr. McAllister and Fr. Muscolino worked together to organize a smooth transition for both communities.
St. Peter’s will offer an Anglican service at 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, while St. Alphonsus will celebrate Catholic Mass at 8:00 p.m.