LIMERICK – The 100e The birthday celebration at St. Matthew’s Church, located at 19 Dora Lane in Limerick, takes place throughout the 100 days leading up to the church’s anniversary. The celebration will begin in prayer with Eucharistic adoration on Friday, July 9 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will end with a birthday mass and dinner with Bishop Robert Deeley on Saturday, October 16 at 4 p.m.
Here is a package with all the events defined in between: www.portlanddiocese.org/sites/default/files/files/Limerick100.pdf.
“Since 1921, Catholics in and around Limerick have come together as families of faith to worship, pray, serve and socialize,” said the father. Bill Labbe, pastor of St. Matthew parish as well as of St. Thérèse de Lisieux parish in Sanford. “Our faith-based community has witnessed all that has happened in these hundred years. Through it all, St. Matthew’s Parish has been a welcoming home to friends and family. Over the next hundred days, we will be celebrating our anniversary in a number of ways. There will be prayer times, movie times, suppers, craft fairs and a host of other events.
There are many opportunities to learn, serve, and be a part of this special parish community to honor the 100 years of love, mercy and faith that have defined it. Highlights include:
The annual raffle raises funds for the parish and includes prizes of up to $ 1,500 with 44 winners in total.
“The roots of Catholic social doctrine: Scripture and the Fathers of the Church”
This presentation will take place at 6.30 p.m.
Community garage sale
Rosary for America
August 12 and October 14
Rosary prayer led by the Knights of Columbus at 6:30 p.m.
“Come back to me”
A presentation on drug addiction, incarceration and the impact on families and the community at 6:30 p.m.
Fall family fun day
“Go, you are sent”
A presentation on the social mission of the parish at 6.30 p.m.
Additional one-day worship gatherings will be held on August 6, September 3, October 1, and October 9. Several blood drives will also be organized by the church on July 9, August 11, September 4 and October 16. On July 10, August 7 and September 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., massive outdoor vendor and craft fairs will take place. There will be bean dinners on July 17, August 14 and September 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bingo, bonfires and outdoor movies will be screened on the church lawn on July 24, August 21, September 18 and October 2.
“All these events are open to the whole community,” said Fr Labbé. “We hope to bring our parishioners back to our church, open our doors and provide fun and normalcy to the whole community.”
From 1912 to 1921, the priests of St. Ignatius Parish of Sanford served the Limerick area as the mission of this church. They celebrated mass in Holland Mill’s dispatch room, commuting once a month on the train in the winter and twice a month in the summer. Bro McLaughlin, the first resident pastor in Limerick, consecrated the original church on October 21, 1921. The church was expanded in 1939 before a new church on Dora Lane, a short walk from the Church of St. ‘origin, not consecrated on June 28, 1987. In December 1989, a fire destroyed the church and the presbytery. The current church was rebuilt in 1990 and consecrated on June 2, 1991.
“I hope and pray that many will be able to participate in these events over the summer. It will be wonderful to see each other, discuss, pray and spend time together, ”said Fr Labbé.
As events are confirmed, they will be added to the parish website in the anniversary section: www.stmatthewlimerick.org/centennial-celebration.