2016-05-13 / Community

Area churches to benefit from Matthew 25 Awards

Ten Maine parishes have been named recipients of the 2016 Matthew 25 Awards. The awards, presented annually by the Catholic Charities Maine Parish Social Ministry program, benefit parishes that are directly serving vulnerable people in need, regardless of their faith affiliation, and adhering to the principles of the Bible verse Matthew: 25 (“I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink...”). Grants totaling $15,000 are given to the parishes to assist them in expanding their capacity to serve more people or to help develop a new social ministry.

Cluster No. 22 parishes (St. Bartholomew Parish, Cape Elizabeth; St. John and Holy Cross Parish, South Portland; St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Scarborough) will receive $1,000 to start a weatherization program that will assist families in need who currently receive fuel assistance.

“We were impressed by the numerous applications we received. They are a testament to the good works that parishes are doing to address needs in their communities,” said Michael Smith, the director of mission for Catholic Charities Maine. “We believe that this financial support can help extend our reach in assisting Maine’s most vulnerable populations.”

This is the sixth year that the Matthew 25 Awards have been given, but the second in which more than one parish has been honored.

In coming months, stained glass awards and the checks will be presented during Masses at the respective parishes to commemorate the 2016 recipients.

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