Remembering the Halifax Explosion
Next week Halifax commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion on December 6. The Catholic community in Halifax in 1917 was among the many groups deeply affected by this great tragedy. In the Archdiocese we are honouring those lost in the Halifax Explosion and recalling the devastation of that day in a variety of ways.
- To commemorate Explosion victims, especially Catholic victims, Archbishop Anthony Mancini will offer a Memorial Mass at 12:15pm at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica. All are invited to this Mass of Remembrance for all who died and suffered on that day in 1917.
- The diocesan website has a page dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion that highlights the impact of the explosion on the faithful at the time. The page which includes history, stories, and photographs was put together by our diocesan Archives Office and can be accessed by visiting www.halifaxyarmouth.org/explosion.
- The Catholic Cemeteries of Halifax has published a book titled: Gone But Not Forgotten, as we way to remember and share the stories of some of the over 400 victims of the explosion buried in two of our cemeteries in Halifax: Holy Cross Cemetery on South Park St. and Mount Olivet on Mumford Rd. Copies of Gone But Not Forgotten can be purchased at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1531 Grafton St., Halifax. The cost of each book is $25.00
- Saint Patrick’s Parish, Halifax, is hosting an exhibit People in the Face of Disaster: Remembering the Halifax Explosion in the parish hall now until December 6, 2017 to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. It will not be limited to the parish story, but will feature stories of people and organizations connected to the worst disaster in Canadian history. The exhibit will be opened daily 11:00am to 4:00pm and will be free to the public leading up to the anniversary day.