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Pointe Claire Catholic church is banking on Elvis Presley to help raise funds

A Pointe Claire Catholic church has booked an Elvis Presley impersonator to kick off a series of concerts open to the public and aimed at raising increasingly hard-to-find funds.

One Night With You/A Tribute to Elvis is the first in a series of concerts being organized by St. John Fisher Catholic Church to help raise the $235,000 the church needs to replace its aging roof.

The evening concert, Saturday, February 9, will feature Peter Fox and his 10-piece band doing numbers from Elvis’ “pantsuit period,” the seventies.

“We have had to get creative,” said Mike Bowers, a longtime St. John Fisher parishioner and, now, the warden at the Summerhill Ave. church. “It’s hard enough just paying the every day bills,” he said, citing the church’s heating costs of up to $35,000 a year.

Bowers said the congregation of 800 families has managed to raise close to $80,000 over the past year by holding potluck suppers, dances and other community events. Now church officials are hoping the Raise the Roof concert series will attract even more people and help raise the rest of the money needed.

Montreal’s People’s Gospel choir are booked for a concert March 2 and, Julie Lafontaine, the Pierrefonds opera singer who made it to the television finals of last year’s Canada’s Got Talent, will perform in the church proper on May 5.

For tickets or more information call the parish office at 514-695-0205 or email Tickets for the Elvis show in the church’s 210-seat parish hall are $25.

Tickets to the People’s Gospel Choir and Julie Lafontaine are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors and children under 12 are free.

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