Excursions of the historic St. Patrick Church and its museum in Newcastle might be supplied from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 4. The occasions precede Mass at 11 a.m.
Guests can discover artifacts that replicate the historical past of the religion in Maine in addition to the custom of St. Patrick Church, devoted in 1808 and the oldest energetic Catholic church in New England. The church is house to artifacts itself just like the altar of Bishop Cheverus and a bell forged by Paul Revere and Sons.
“All Saints Parish, of which St. Patrick Church is part, met with a restoration agency to get an estimate of prices for the restoration wants of the church,” mentioned the Rev. Thomas Murphy, pastor of All Saints Parish. “The fee is near $324,000, which is our undertaking purpose.”
The agency, Kronenberger and Sons Restoration in Middletown, Connecticut, discovered that the church is exhibiting indicators of decay, particularly within the roof and the brickwork.
“The account steadiness for this restoration is over $180,000,” mentioned Fr. Murphy. “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,” mentioned Fr. Murphy. “That’s why we’re asking for individuals who worth and admire the unbelievable historical past of this church to help on this effort to lift the ultimate $30,000.”
All Saints Parish is providing three alternative ways to contribute to the trigger:
- place your donation in an envelope marked “St. Patrick’s Outdated Church Fund” and drop it within the offertory baskets at any parish Mass (St. Charles Borromeo Church, Brunswick; St. John the Baptist Church, Brunswick; St. Mary Church, Bathtub; Our Girl Queen of Peace Church, Boothbay Harbor; St. Ambrose Church, Richmond; St. Patrick Church, Newcastle; St. Katharine Drexel Church, Harpswell);
- mail your donation (“St. Patrick Outdated Church Fund” within the memo line of the verify) to All Saints Parish, 144 Lincoln Avenue, Bathtub, ME 04530; or
- donate on-line at allsaintsbrunswick.weshareonline.org.
Any funds over purpose might be used to boost the church additional.
“As an example, if we had been to safe an extra $29,000, we’d be capable of buy customized storm home windows to guard the stained glass church home windows,” mentioned Fr. Murphy. “We’re so grateful for something that folks can provide.”
St. Patrick Church was designed by Irish architect Nicolas Codd and constructed on land donated by James Kavanagh and Matthew Cottrill, who had emigrated from County Wexford, Eire, to Boston. The Kavanaghs, Cottrills, and others arrived in Newcastle within the 1790s.
“This church was the dream of two natives of Eire who got here to America to hunt their fortune and discover it they evidently did. However monetary success was not sufficient for these males, James Kavanaugh and Matthew Cottrill,” mentioned Bishop Robert Deeley. “They wished their religion and the worship that was a part of their religion to be part of their group. The most important a part of the expense of constructing this church and sustaining this group in its early years relied on their monetary and private dedication. Their perseverance constructed this church. Their religion maintained a Catholic group.”
Bishop Jean-Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus, who had celebrated Plenty within the space for a few years, devoted St. Patrick Church on July 17, 1808, having been appointed the primary Bishop of Boston in April of that yr.
“I carried out the ceremony on the Sunday the seventeenth of this month,” Bishop Cheverus wrote in a letter shortly after the consecration. “The church is named St. Patrick’s…the identify appeared to gratify our mates right here. I prefer it myself as a result of it proclaimed that our church right here is the work of Irish piety.”
The altar used throughout the dedication Mass remains to be situated within the church. A colonial period cemetery is situated adjoining to the church, the place the stays of early households just like the Cottrills and Kavanaghs are interred.
In 1818, Cottrill donated a Paul Revere & Sons bell to the church, inscribed “The present of Matthew Cottrill to St. Patrick’s Church, Newcastle, 1818.” From among the many 400 bells forged by Paul Revere & Sons from 1792-1828, St. Patrick’s is certainly one of 93 nonetheless in existence. A brick bell tower with a hip roof was added to the church in 1866. Within the Eighteen Nineties, the current spire topped with a picket cross was added to the brick tower, the unique clear home windows had been upgraded with stained glass home windows, the benches had been changed with pews, and the ceiling and partitions of the church had been elaborately embellished. The primary altar, constructed of wooden pine logs, was later changed with a granite altar.
Within the early Seventies, the diocesan liturgical fee determined that St. Patrick Church ought to be restored, the place doable, to its authentic simplicity. The frescoes, which had been added within the late 1800s, had been eradicated and the partitions repainted within the authentic pale tone. The sanctuary railing was restored and a number of the statues eliminated. The 1896 stained glass home windows donated by early parishioners and the pews had been left in place. With the completion of the restoration, St. Patrick Church was accepted into the Nationwide Historic Registry as a constructing with historic significance.
For extra details about the St. Patrick Venture or the church itself, name (207) 563-3240.