Parish of Chelsea-Lascelles-Wakefield was formed in 1990 and is
a part of the Anglican
Diocese of Ottawa in the Anglican
Church of Canada. We are a welcoming Christian community, nurturing
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St Mary Magdalene, Chelsea had been part of the Parish of Hull
with sister congregations at St Georges, Gatineau and St James,
Hull. Chelsea was a growing municipality and St Mary Magdalene had
enjoyed the fruits of this growth. At a Vestry meeting in September
2000, the congregation voted to expand its building in order to
enhance its mission within the community.
of the Good Shepherd, Wakefield and Holy Trinity, Lascelles had
been sister congregations since their inceptions in the 1860s.
In January of 2000; however, it was the will of these congregations
to deepen their shared life and at successive Vestry meetings they
voted to amalgamate into one congregation.
Church of the Good Shepherd now serves as the sponsoring Church
of the congregation and holds services every Sunday morning. Holy
Trinity is now a Chapel and continues to flourish as a place for
special services of worship such as Evensong in the summer, the
Feast of St Francis, and Christmas Eve Easter morning celebrations.
What follows is a historical sketch of each of the congregations
that have come to form the Parish of Chelsea-Lascelles-Wakefield.
St. Mary Magdalene
in Chelsea, as an outstation of Hull, began in the 1830s in
settlers homes. By 1842, services were being held in the Chelsea
schoolhouse. In 1875, the building of St. Mary Magdalene Church,
Chelsea was begun. The church was dedicated two years later. In
the fall of 1943, the first St. Mary Magdalene Church was secularized
and the building demolished. The small congregation continued with
worship services held in the schoolhouse. From 1950-1956, the growing
congregation of St. Mary Magdalene met in the United Church in Chelsea.
New land was acquired and, in 1957, the cornerstone for the new
church was laid by Bishop John H. Dixon of Montreal. On December
7, 1966 the second St. Mary Magdalene, Chelsea was consecrated.
The Church of the Good Shepherd
1870, land for a church in Wakefield was obtained from Dame Sarah
McTaggart and in two years the Church of the Good Shepherd was built
just outside the village. The church was consecrated by the Right
Rev. Ashton Oxenden on September 21, 1873. By 1920 a new church
of the Good Shepherd, Wakefield was being built to replace the old
frame church. The Church of the Good Shepherd is currently part
of the parish of Chelsea- Lascelles-Wakefield.
1864, the Rev. J. J. S. Seaman was appointed as the first resident
missionary of Wakefield and Masham (Lascelles). Holy Trinity Church,
Masham was built of pine under the direction of the Rev. Seaman.
Holy Trinity was thoroughly repaired in 1887. In 1906, the Ven.
Archdeacon Naylor laid the cornerstone for a modern brick church
and three years later the second Holy Trinity Church, Masham was
constructed. The church was consecrated on August 21, 1912. By 1931,
the church was referred to as Holy Trinity, Lascelles. Since 1990,
Holy Trinity Church has been part of the parish of Chelsea-Lascelles-Wakefield.