On a much happier note of remembrance, we hail the addition of the Ste. Marie Roman Catholic Church district to the National Register of Historic Places.

The center of the district is the church itself, its spires and cross towering above Manchester’s West Side and feeling, to many, like a “welcome home” sign when it looms into view, whether from the highway, the Merrimack River or the East Side of the city.

The district includes not only the church but the buildings once home to the Holy Angels School and Convent as well as the Hevey School building and other historic structures.

Thousands upon thousands of lives are connected with Ste. Marie and its now designated district. As the national proclamation noted, its contributions have been to “education, social history and ethnic heritage,” as well as architecture.

Manchester’s French Canadian community has another reason to be proud today.