BIDDEFORD---A major capital campaign at Good Shepherd Parish to enhance facilities and ensure a viable home for area Catholics has raised over $1.2 million towards the campaign’s goal of $2 million.
The parish is comprised of five worship sites (Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco; St. Joseph Church, Biddeford; St. Margaret Church, Old Orchard Beach; St. Philip Church, Lyman; St. Brendan Chapel, Biddeford Pool) and St. James School in Biddeford.
“The response to date has been gratifying. However, to achieve our goal, we will need more support,” said Monsignor Rene Mathieu, pastor of Good Shepherd Parish. “It was clear to parish leaders that capital improvements were needed for all of our properties. This is the first capital campaign we’ve conducted since the founding of the parish in 2008 and, furthermore, no church that comprises Good Shepherd had conducted one for a number of years prior to that, making this campaign crucial. All the proceeds will be used to complete necessary projects that were determined through consultation with parish committees and parishioners.”
The projects have been separated into tiers based upon priority when funds become available:
Tier One (Highest Priority)
- The restoration and repair of stained-glass windows and sills at St. Joseph Church in Biddeford
- The replacement of church windows, siding, and trim at St. Margaret Church in Old Orchard Beach
- The regrade, basin installation, and resurfacing of the parking lot at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco
- The resurfacing and striping of the parking lot at St. Philip Church in Lyman
- School yard improvements, fence and gate replacement, and upgraded security systems at St. James School in Biddeford
- Slate roof repairs and the repointing/resealing of exterior brick at St. Joseph Church in Biddeford
- Repainting the siding at St. Philip Church in Lyman
- Rectory foundation brickwork and the addition of a garage for parish priest at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco
- Roof repair at St. James School in Biddeford
- Window replacement at St. Philip Church in Lyman
- Replacement of hall windows, doors, and insulation as well as second phase of rectory foundation brickwork at Most Holy Trinity in Saco
- Establishment of parish maintenance reserve fund with a portion designated for each parish property
“The ‘Shepherds of Hope’ projects are mostly extraordinary capital improvements that all parishes need to address from time to time to extend the life of their buildings and grounds,” said David Gadbois, business manager of Good Shepherd Parish. “At the successful conclusion of our campaign, we will work over multiple years to complete all the work needed to be done.”
Money raised over the goal will be used to improve the boiler room and upgrade the electrical system at St. Joseph Church in Biddeford; replace the roof, siding, and windows at St. Margaret Church hall in Old Orchard Beach; replace the rectory siding at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco; and improve the hall at St. James School in Biddeford.
“The ‘Shepherds of Hope’ campaign is one of the most important initiatives in our parish history,” said Monsignor Mathieu. “Our campaign is about the future of our parish and is something that I have invested my efforts into because I know how important completing these projects will be to generations to come. This is our time to do for our parish what our ancestors did for us.”
Recurring or one-time donations can be made to support the campaign. For more information, call Good Shepherd Parish at (207) 282-3321 or visit the special capital campaign website.