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La Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal affirms its commitment against domestic violence and violence against women

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La Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal affirms its commitment
against domestic violence and violence against women

Montréal, April 2, 2021 - In the wake of the 7 femicides committed in Quebec in 7 weeks, la Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal and all its employees are concerned about the increase in domestic violence and violence against women. We strongly condemn all forms of violence against women and we support the mobilization movement against domestic violence.

We wish to contribute to the elimination of domestic violence, which most often occurs in private, behind closed doors, and to be true allies of those who are victims. This is why we offer resources, through our employee assistance program, to equip those of our employees and their families who may be experiencing such a situation, either directly or indirectly. This program puts the employee in contact with a confidential counsellor, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If more specialized resources are needed, the counsellor is able to refer to a competent partner in the field: shelters, psychologists specialized in early childhood, counsellors for violent partners, etc.

In addition, the Fabrique is taking part in the mobilization movement against domestic violence, Pas une plus! which is taking place today, April 2. We encourage our employees and our entire community to wear the white ribbon, symbol of this mobilization. We stand in solidarity and join our voice to the movement: #NotOneMore!

 

About La Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal

La Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal is a non-profit organization whose history goes hand in hand with that of the city of Montréal. More than 300 years after the city's beginnings and the construction of the first Notre-Dame church, the organization has retained its dynamism and employs more than 200 people. A true institution in Montréal, the Fabrique oversees the healthy development of the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, the largest in Canada, as well as Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal, a place of pilgrimage, tourism and culture unlike any other.

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Marie-Philippe Mercier Lambert, Communications Coordinator
La Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal
mplambert@fabriquenddm.org
438 925-3192

Important information: strike mandate from the Operations Employees Union

The Notre-Dame des Neiges Cemetery Workers' Union, affiliated with the CSN, which represents the employees who process burials in the grounds and mausoleums as well as maintain our facilities, announced on March 29 that it had obtained a strike mandate for up to 10 days. We regret this decision and hope that it will not result in any prejudice to our bereaved families and and those of our deceased.

We have undertaken a negotiation process with the unions representing our operations and office employees in a context where the Cemetery's operations have resulted in a major operating deficit for several years.

The average hourly wage of our operations employees is currently about $30.57, plus benefits, including vacation, insurance and a defined benefit pension plan, which represent an additional cost of 49%.

As a nonprofit organization, we need to reduce our costs in order to significantly decrease our annual deficit and achieve a balanced budget over the next few years.  We continue to negotiate a new labour agreement and thank you for your understanding.

Participation in the National Day of Remembrance in Memory of the Victims of COVID-19

The Government of Quebec has declared a national day of commemoration in memory of the victims of COVID-19 on Thursday, March 11.

We therefore invite our visitors and our staff, if possible, to observe 1 minute of recollection at 1:00 pm. Afterwards, the bells of the Notre-Dame-de-la-Résurrection Chapel will ring at 1:01 pm in memory of the victims of COVID-19.

Mot de remerciement à un homme remarquable

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Me Pierre Baribeau, who was a member of the Board of Directors of the Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal for many years. We will let the words of our pastor, Miguel Castellanos, express our sadness at his passing and our gratitude for his involvement:

Read the word of the pastor (in French only)

New service : Webcasting and recording of the ceremonies

Montréal, April 2, 2019 - Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery now offers the possibility to Webcast and record the funeral ceremonies that take place in the Notre-Dame-de-la-Résurrection Chapel.

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