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Quebec basilica prepares to celebrate 350th anniversary

Notre-Dame de Quebec

QUEBEC CITY – The church in the oldest parish in North America celebrates its 350th anniversary next year. Known as the “mother parish” of all other Catholic parishes of Canada and the United States, Notre-Dame de Quebec will commemorate this milestone from December 8, 2013 through December 28, 2014.

Various activities, exhibits and religious ceremonies will run throughout 2014. A “Holy Door” sent by the Vatican will help the church celebrate its anniversary when it is officially opened to pilgrims on December 8. The Archbishop of Quebec and the mayor of Quebec City will attend the inaugural event to honor the basilica that has so influenced the region’s history and religion.

The basilica’s festivities will focus on the church’s faith, history, family, patrimony, culture and legacies. Exhibits of Notre-Dame de Quebec’s treasures will be on display in the basilica from December 15, 2013 through January 2015.

Groups wishing to make a pilgrimage to the church for the Jubilee year can contact the church to arrange a program for two hours, four hours or six hours. For more information, visit