Monday, May 9, 2011

The Blood of Christ closer to home

The sacrament goes on the 100-mile diet

In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, Catholic churches in Quebec are set to start purchasing their communion wine from a local vineyard, according to the Montreal Gazette.

The new "Vin de messe" will be produced by Domaine des Côtes d'Ardoise, a 7,500-hectare vineyard near Dunham, Que. that has the capacity to produce 40,000 bottles annually.

It will be made available directly to clergy in more than 1,400 Catholic churches in the province's 19 dioceses, hopefully by the summer.

"It is part of our efforts to become more ecologically responsible," said Brian Mc-Donagh, the Montreal Archdiocese's director of social action, who added that parishes have a choice whether or not to buy the wine.

With the growth in popularity of B.C. wines, it makes one wonder if there could be a similar push here if Quebec's experiment is successful.


  1. What a great idea :)

  2. If a vineyard in BC is interested, please contact Norman Lévesque from the Green Church Program, who initiated the meeting between Bishop Lapierre and the owenr of the vineyard.


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