BRUNSWICK---Pentecost (May 31, 2020), which marks the occasion of God sending the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples after his Resurrection, crowns and fulfills the Easter season and is a good time to pray for a deeper indwelling of the Holy Spirit. To celebrate the solemnity, churches in Brunswick, Newcastle, and Portland are inviting all to “gather” for drive-thru blessing events on Sunday.
At noon, Fr. Patrick Agbodi and Deacon Tom Blatz will offer blessings to families and individuals in a drive-thru format in front of the St. Patrick statue at St. Patrick Church on 380 Academy Hill Road. In order to make this a special, meaningful blessing, please provide your family name on a small sign and display it on your dashboard. During this event, the parish will also be collecting non-perishable goods for the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Newcastle. Items can be dropped off at the doors of Cheverus Hall, and needed items include spaghetti sauce, white pasta, gluten-free pasta, laundry detergent, and cooking oil (no canned foods needed at this time). For more information about the pantry’s mission, visit www.newcastlefoodpantry.org.
At 2 p.m., Fr. Thomas Murphy and Deacon John Murphy will offer a special Pentecost prayer and provide a drive-thru blessings at St. Charles Borromeo Church on 132 McKeen Street. In order to make this a special, meaningful blessing, please provide your family name on a small sign and display it on your dashboard. Participants are asked to donate items such as peanut butter, tuna, canned vegetables, and boxed cereal to the Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP). Representatives from MCHPP will be onsite to collect all of the items and deliver them to their location on Union Street. For more information about the programs’ mission, visit www.mchpp.org.
Drive-thru blessings will be offered in the parking lot of St. Joseph Church and St. Brigid School, located on 673 Stevens Avenue, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Participants are asked to enter on Elmwood Street and depart by Stevens Avenue. All are welcome.
Before Pentecost, the disciples were unsure of what they were to do next and spent most of their time in hiding. After Pentecost and [receiving] the gifts of the Holy Spirit, they understood their mission to spread the Good News of Jesus, and they had the courage to come out of hiding and speak openly about who Jesus was and what he had accomplished by his dying and rising. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit gave the disciples the strength to fulfill their commission to spread the Good News of Jesus. The Church marks this day on the fiftieth day of Easter. At the conclusion of the Mass during the Day, the Paschal Candle is extinguished and moved to its permanent location near the baptismal font.