Bishop Deeley to present the Matthew 25 Award to Saco on July 25


CESO – Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Deeley will present a Matthew 25 Award and accompanying grant to Good Shepherd Parish during a 10:30 a.m. mass at Most Holy Trinity Church, located at 271 Main Street in Saco, Sunday July 25. are welcome.

Presented by the Parish Social Ministry program of Catholic Charities Maine, the Matthew 25 Awards are presented to parishes to help them expand their capacity to serve more people or develop a new social ministry. Ministries that receive the rewards must directly serve vulnerable people in need, regardless of their religious affiliation, and adhere to the principles of Bible verse Matthew: 25 (“I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink… ”).

Good Shepherd Parish, which includes Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco; Saint-Joseph Church, Biddeford; Sainte-Marguerite Church, Old Orchard Beach; Saint-Philippe Church, Lyman; and St. Brendan’s Chapel, Biddeford Pool, received a $ 5,000 grant for Esther Residence, a home in Saco for women leaving incarceration or a drug treatment program. The residence is managed by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd (Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) in Biddeford and provides a safe and enriching community based on respect and dignity. The women of the residence are homeless, having often been separated from their children. Residents are supported in their efforts to stay sober, find full-time employment, take counseling and complete adult education to enable them to move on to independent lives so they can reunite with their children. The grant will increase the support and education of residents related to parenthood and family stressors, which include profound traumas such as separation from children and recovery from substance abuse. Additional outpatient professional consultation on individual residents’ cases will be offered.

“Without a grant, we would not be able to offer this support at this time,” said Sister Joanne Roy, SCIM, director of Residence Esther. “We are grateful.”

“This ministry is most necessary and deserves the support of the parish social ministry of Catholic Charities Maine”, declared Fr. Timothée Nadeau, pastor of the parish of the Good Shepherd. “The effects of this award at the Esther Residence will be multiplied so many times and will increase charity among individuals, parishioners and the diocesan family as a whole. This ministry is an example of teaching for those who are intimately involved and for all who hear and know the work done in the name and in the heart of Christ.

For more information on the Matthew 25 Awards, the many parish social ministry programs that help throughout Maine, or the ways you can help, visit www.ccmaine.org/parish-social-ministry.


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