2018-08-02 / Community News

Diocese effort achieves new goal

Parishes and schools in the Portland Diocese raised more than $62,000 for the Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl program during the 40 days of Lent in 2018. Rice Bowl is a faith-in-action program that encourages Catholics to fill cardboard bowls with monetary donations, giving alms to those in need and honoring Jesus’ call to serve their neighbors.

More than 50 Catholic parishes, schools and groups in Maine participated in the 2018 program, contributing $62,312.57. It marks the sixth straight year that contributions have risen in the diocese, including a $17,000 increase from two years ago ($45,070 in 2016).

According to Catholic Relief Services, 75 percent of donations support CRS’ humanitarian relief programs in nearly 100 countries worldwide, while 25 percent of proceeds are given to hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in the donors’ communities.

Four Maine parishes eclipsed $4,000 in donations this year: Good Shepherd Parish (Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco; St. Joseph Church, Biddeford; St. Margaret Church, Old Orchard Beach; and St. Philip Church, Lyman) with $7,170.38; St. Paul the Apostle Parish (St. John Church, Bangor; St. Mary Church, Bangor; St. Joseph Church, Brewer; St. Teresa Church, Brewer; St. Matthew Church, Hampden; and St. Gabriel Church, Winterport) with $5,258.91; Holy Spirit Parish (St. Martha Church, Kennebunk; St. Mary Church, Wells) with $4,897.89; and All Saints Parish (St. Charles Borromeo Church, Brunswick; St. John the Baptist Church, Brunswick; St. Mary Church, Bath; Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Boothbay Harbor; St. Katharine Drexel Church, Harpswell; St. Ambrose Church, Richmond; and St. Patrick Church, Newcastle) with $4,874.

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