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Father Roland Demers all set to tee off for St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Hudson


PHOTO BY GREG YELDON

Admitting that he hasn't actually played golf in quite a while, Father Roland Demers will definitely be out on the greens at Whitlock Golf and Country Club, 128 Côte St. Charles, Hudson, on August 7, with the goal of replacing all the windows at St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

Father Roland Demers, the beloved priest of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Hudson for the past 32 years, confesses that he is silently praying for good weather on Monday, August 7.

On that day, together with fellow congregants, he will be hosting a golf tournament – open to all and the first in recent memory – at the Whitlock Golf and Country Club to help raise funds for urgently needed renovations to the landmark church on Main Road built in 1904, including all the windows and the floor of Reid Hall in the basement below.

Said Father Demers in an exclusive interview with Your Local Journal this week, “Our church was last restored in 1925 to what it appears like today, although some minor upgrades have been done throughout the years. However, 92 years later, the building requires more attention than usual with some major restorative projects needed to be undertaken.”

Added Father Demers, “To move ahead with these projects, the parish needs to do some extensive fundraising and the first event scheduled will be our golf tournament in support of the church building fund.”

It all kicks off with lunch at 11 a.m. at Whitlock Golf and Country Club, 128 Côte St-Charles, followed by tee-offs starting at 12:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. To register for the tournament, one can pick up a registration form at the Church Rectory, 413 Main Road, or by contacting one of the following: Louise McAleer at (450) 424-6901, Carol La Ronde at (514) 386-3252, or Manny Perra at (450) 424-7341.

Tickets are $175 per person for golf, lunch and dinner, and $100 per person for dinner only.

Said Father Demers, “We invite the entire community, whether they actually play golf or not, to join us for what will be a fantastic day of golf, a barbecue lunch, cart, a delicious dinner, and the possibility of winning a 2017 Ford Mustang and other Par-3 hole prizes in support of preserving the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Church building for generations to come.”

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