St. Patrick Catholic Church in Newcastle, residence to vital artifacts just like the altar of Bishop Cheverus and a bell forged by Paul Revere & Sons, is an undisputed treasure to Maine and its individuals. The St. Patrick Venture goals to make sure that this standing testomony to religion and shared previous stays in place for generations to return.
“All Saints Parish, of which St. Patrick Church is a component, met with a restoration agency to get an estimate of prices for the restoration wants of the church,” mentioned Thomas Murphy, pastor of All Saints Parish. “The price is near $324,000, which is our undertaking aim.”
The agency Kronenberger and Sons Restoration, of Middletown, Conn., discovered that the church is displaying indicators of decay, particularly within the roof and the brickwork.
Already, devoted parishioners and group members have proven their deep need to assist the trigger.
“As of April 30, the account steadiness for this restoration is almost $180,000,” Murphy mentioned. “Along with this parish account, there’s a privately owned lay belief that has additionally dedicated to giving us an extra $112,000 towards the restorations when the undertaking is underway.”
The undertaking plan features a new roof, detailed brickwork, cornice and window trim restore, and extra exterior renovations.
“For our contract to be signed, we should find the money for to start out and end,” Murphy mentioned. “That’s why we’re asking for individuals who worth and recognize the unimaginable historical past of this church to help on this effort to lift the ultimate $35,000.”
To help to the undertaking, people might place a donation in an envelope marked “St. Patrick’s Previous Church Fund” and drop it within the offertory baskets at any parish Mass; mail a donation with “St. Patrick Previous Church Fund” within the memo line of the verify to All Saints Parish, 144 Lincoln St., Tub, ME 04530; or donate on-line at allsaintsbrunswick.weshareonline.org.
Any funds over aim might be used to boost the church even additional.
“As an example, if we have been to safe an extra $29,000, we’d have the ability to buy customized storm home windows to guard the stained glass church home windows,” Murphy mentioned. “We’re so grateful for something that folks can supply.”
For extra details about the St. Patrick Venture or the church, name 563-3240.