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CBC Do Crew sets the stage for festive fall fair

10/13/2014 08:42 EDT | Updated 12/13/2014 05:59 EST
St Willibrord's Parish in Verdun recently marked its 100th  anniversary and parishioner Joe Brisindi says the church is flourishing.

He has been involved in parish activities for 48 years and says that, after noticing a gradual decline in attendance, the church has recently been bringing in a growing number of people from Verdun's cultural communities. 

"There was a time where there may only have been 12 people at Sunday service but there can be more than 100 people coming through the church doors on a Sunday morning," says Brisindi.

He says the enthusiasm of new pastor Father Gregory Nunez is infectious and that he has contributed to the rise of involvement in church activities. 

Nunez isn't starting from scratch though — he is building on a strong foundation laid by a group of dedicated longtime volunteers.

Thanks to them, the soup kitchen opens its doors to hungry people three times a week and has done so for more than 30 years.

Fall fair

During a weekday visit to the church, I was introduced to a handful of these volunteers. Brisindi told me that each of them had been around as long as, if not longer, than him.

They were busy sorting and displaying goods ahead of the weekend flea market and bake sale.

Next weekend, the church will hold its annual fall fair. It's a major fundraiser that helps them run their many community programs. The tradition that dates back to start of the church in 1913.

Preparations for the fall fair have been on-going for months, but the Do Crew will be on-hand to help with the final stages of set-up ahead of the Oct. 24-25 weekend.

Many of the goods which have been donated to be sold at the fair need to be unpacked,sorted and displayed. That's what the CBC Do Crew will be busy doing on Monday Oct. 20. If you're interested in lending a hand, here is what you need to know:

Who: Six volunteers 

What: Mainly to lift and help unpack boxes ahead of upcoming fair

When: Monday Oct. 20 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Where: St Willibrord Church, 351 Willibrord Ave., Verdun 

To volunteer or to find out more about the CBC Montreal Do Crew, get in touch with Monique Lacombe at monique.lacombe@cbc.ca.
 

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