PORTLAND---Young Catholics from around Maine will be cheering hard this weekend, not just for the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, but for another rooting interest: getting as many donations as possible to benefit the “Souper” Bowl of Caring.
The annual event, to be held this year on Saturday, February 2, and Sunday, February 3, is a weekend of giving and serving during which 100% of the monetary and food donations collected will be given to local charities to help tackle hunger in the community. Maine parishes participating (listed alphabetically by city/town) include:
St. Michael Parish, Augusta
Youth ministry members at St. Michael Parish will hold soup pots and collect money and food items after all weekend Masses at each of the parish’s churches (St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Augusta; St. Augustine Church, Augusta; St. Joseph Church, Gardiner; Sacred Heart Church, Hallowell; St. Denis Church, Whitefield; St. Francis Xavier Church, Winthrop) with the proceeds going to local soup kitchens, food pantries, and shelters.
All Saints Parish, Brunswick
A collection will be held after all weekend Masses at St. Mary Church in Bath, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Boothbay Harbor, St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brunswick, St. Patrick Church in Newcastle, and St. Ambrose Church in Richmond. Participants are asked to donate $1 and/or a non-perishable food item. All donations collected will go to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick, Bath Food Pantry, the ecumenical food pantry in Newcastle, the Waldoboro Food Pantry, the Richmond Food Pantry, and the Boothbay Region Food Pantry.
St. Bartholomew Parish, Cape Elizabeth
Children and teens at St. Bartholomew Parish in Cape Elizabeth will collect donations after weekend Masses at the church. All proceeds will be donated to local food pantries.
St. Gregory Church, Gray
Youth at St. Gregory Church in Gray will collect donations after weekend Masses at the church. All proceeds will be donated to local food pantries.
Good Shepherd Parish, Saco
Parish youth, parents, and college students will gather donations at all weekend Masses at four churches (Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco; St. Joseph Church, Biddeford; St. Margaret Church, Old Orchard Beach; and St. Philip Church, Lyman). The parish is specifically looking to collect monetary donations to purchase sleeping bags rated for sub-zero temperatures.
St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Scarborough
Children and teens at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Scarborough will collect donations after weekend Masses at the church. All proceeds will be donated to local food pantries.
St. John & Holy Cross Parish, South Portland
Children and teens at St. John & Holy Cross Parish in South Portland will collect donations after weekend Masses at Holy Cross Church. All proceeds will be donated to local food pantries.
Since its inception in 1990, churches across America have raised well over $100 million for soup kitchens, food pantries, and other charities through the Souper Bowl of Caring. Other parishes in the Diocese of Portland will also be participating in the event this weekend. Please contact your local parish to see if it is participating.