PORTLAND---To offer their congratulations and gratitude, parishioners in Bucksport, Limerick, Winslow, and beyond will gather together to wish their beloved priests well as they prepare for new assignments in the Diocese of Portland.
On Sunday, July 19, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass (around 11:30 a.m.), parishioners at St. Matthew Parish in Limerick will host a car parade as a farewell for Fr. Jack Dickinson. Cars will be decorated and signs will be created to thank Fr. Jack for his contributions to the parish. As the cars pass by, parishioners will wave and beep to him, and a basket to collect cards will be stationed at the end of the parade. The line of cars will begin at the entrance to the parking lot at the church, located on 19 Dora Lane. On August 1, Fr. Dickinson will become the pastor of St. John Paul II Parish (St. Bartholomew Church in Cape Elizabeth, Holy Cross Church in South Portland, and St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Scarborough). This assignment is in addition to being judicial vicar for the Diocese of Portland, a role he has held since January of 2018. Currently, he is parochial vicar of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Sanford and St. Matthew Parish in Limerick, where he has served since September of 2017.
On Sunday, July 26, a drive-thru goodbye party will be held for Fr. Patrick Finn in the parking lot of St. John the Baptist Church on 26 Monument Street in Winslow. The celebration will be held from noon to 2 p.m. People will direct traffic so that well-wishers can pause to briefly speak to Fr. Finn. Social distancing protocols will be followed. On August 1, Fr. Finn will become parochial vicar at Prince of Peace Parish (Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, Holy Cross Church, and Holy Family Church, all in Lewiston; Holy Trinity Church in Lisbon Falls; Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Sabattus). Fr. Finn is currently parochial vicar of Corpus Christi Parish in Waterville, where he has served since being ordained to the priesthood in June of 2018.
On Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26, parishioners in Bucksport, Castine, and Stonington will thank Fr. Timothy Nadeau for his service with a heartfelt greeting line after each weekend Mass at Stella Maris Parish. Social distancing protocols will be followed. The events will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Church on 60 Franklin Street in Bucksport (after 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday), Our Lady of Holy Hope Church on 137 Perkins Street in Castine (after 12:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday), and St. Mary Star of the Sea Church on 8 Granite Street in Stonington (after 8 a.m. Mass on Sunday). On August 1, Fr. Nadeau will become pastor of Good Shepherd Parish (Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco; St. Joseph Church, Biddeford; St. Margaret Church, Old Orchard Beach; St. Philip Church, Lyman; Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco; and St. Brendan Church, Biddeford Pool). Currently, Fr. Nadeau is parochial vicar of Stella Maris Parish in Bucksport, St. Joseph Parish in Ellsworth, and Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Bar Harbor, where he has served since July of 2019.