The ceremony of laying the cornerstone of the new Roman Catholic church which is being erected in St. John the Evangelist parish, Osgoode, Ont., was conducted at four o'clock yesterday afternoon, by Mgr. Routhier, vicar-general of Ottawa diocese. Mgr. Routhier was assisted by Rev. Father Martin, who acted as master of ceremonies, and Rev. Father Prudhomme, of South Gloucester, and Rev. Father Gorman, of Metcalfe, Ont., who acted as deacon and sub-deacon respectively. More than two thousand people attended the ceremony. The sermon was preached by Rev. Father Finnigan, O. M. I., of St. Joseph's Church, Ottawa.
Members of the Roman Catholic clergy of Ottawa who attended the ceremony were: Rev. Father Fay, pastor of St. Brigid's Church, Rev. Fathers P. C. Harris, of the Blessed Sacrament Church, and Rev. Father Fitzgerald, of St. Mary's Church. The Ottawa Council of the Knights of Columbus, of which Rev. Father F. Corkery, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church, is a member, was represented by a committee composed of E. P. Gleeson, F. X. Laderoute, and J. Vaughn.
The decorations on the platform erected to accommodate the attendants were arranged by Miss Moore and the ladles of the Tabernacle Society of St John's Church.