In 1960 the Roman Catholic population of Candiac requested and received permission from the then bishop of the diocese of St.-Jean-Longueuil to form a parish, thus creating the Paroisse de St. Marc or St. Mark’s parish. There was no church building at the time, so Sunday masses were celebrated in the shopping center. Two masses were celebrated in French and one mass was celebrated in English. Daily mass was celebrated at the priest’s residence.

In time the place of Sunday worship was moved from the shopping center to St. Mark’s elementary school on chemin Haendel. In the early 1980s the Catholic community at last built its own place of worship, at 59 chemin Haendel.

St. Mark’s was the only parish offering English services to families in the many areas surrounding Candiac. These services included; pastoral animation, sacramental initiation for the children, baptisms, weddings and funerals.

The re-structuring of parishes in the diocese eventually affected both the French and English- speaking communities. In the early autumn of 2004, Mgr. Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., Bishop of the Diocese of St-Jean Longueuil, decreed that the Paroisse St. Marc de Candiac would be dissolved and its French-speaking parishioners join with the communities of La Prairie, St. Philippe and St. Mathieu to form one large parish, based out of La Nativité Parish in La Prairie. At the same time the Chapelry of St. Raymond was established in order to serve the English-speaking Catholic communities of Candiac and its fourteen surrounding townships.

This community has always been spiritually vibrant, with families of all age groups. The Catholic Women’s League parish council, Our Lady of Good Counsel, was formed over 50 years ago. During mass Children’s Liturgy is offered to all young children attending the Sunday mass. We continue to have a baptismal team and a liturgy team who are actively involved in the parish.

Our parish offers sacramental initiation and catechesis using the Be My Disciples program. Several volunteers from the community help with the faith education of the children enrolled in the program, under the guidance of the pastoral agents of the John Paul II Pastoral Unit.

The parish motto, spoken by our patron, St. Raymond of Penyafort, is:
“May we become people of compassion and understanding for those whom we serve”