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Catholic Charities Maine presents 2013 Matthew 25 award
Catholic Charities Maine presents 2013 Matthew 25 award

The Social Justice and Peace Commission of Resurrection of the Lord Parish of Old Town, Orono and Indian Island is the recipient of the 2013 Matthew 25 Award, presented by the Catholic Charities Maine Parish Social Ministry program. The Matthew 25 Award is given annually to a parish that closely adheres 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...") 

As recipient, the parish received a check for $5,000 and a custom-crafted stained glass award (picture below and attached, caption below).

Resurrection of the Lord Parish was selected based on its community work, including the parish’s thrift shop, food pantry, community suppers, Christmas giving program, senior companions program and its emergency assistance support. The parish’s Social Justice and Peace Commission feeds approximately 40 families per month and more than 75 people at each of their community suppers, collects nearly 200 gifts for needy families at Christmas and offers companionship to elderly in the area. The commission also provides emergency support including rent, gas/propane, food vouchers, furniture, baby supplies and cleaning supplies to those in need.

“Their application rose to the top, not only because of the number of people served, but also because of the opportunity to engage a large number of parishioners, and fellow members of the community, to express their generosity locally whether by volunteering their time, donating food or Christmas gifts, or making a monetary donation,” said Mike Smith, Program Manager for Catholic Charities’ Parish Social Ministry.  “It is estimated that there are at least 500 opportunities for parishioner participation in varying degrees, engaging a substantial portion of the congregation on an ongoing basis.”

The $5,000 award to Resurrection of the Lord Parish will be used to help fix the roof of their thrift shop. The proceeds from the thrift shop help the parish fund the many ministries it provides to the community. Remaining funds will be allocated to the purchase of a new dishwasher that will allow the parish to be better stewards of the environment by avoiding the use of paper and plastic products at their community suppers and all parish meals.

“Admittedly, the dishwasher was our first wish, but then the roof issues came up and we knew we had to take care of that so we could continue to maintain everything else we do,” said Mary Montville, chair of the Social Justice and Peace Commission at the parish. “This award is valuable, not only for helping to repair our roof, but even more importantly, for acknowledging the immense commitment to assisting our neighbors which is an inherent part of the people of this parish.”

This is the third year the Matthew 25 Award has been given. Previous recipients include St. Anne’s Church in Dexter (2011) and Christ the Divine Mercy Parish in Millinocket (2012).