PORTLAND---Masses and special events at churches across Maine will highlight the diocese’s celebration of the Feast Day of Saint Patrick (Saturday, March 17).
The feast day holds special significance in the Diocese of Portland as Saint Patrick, along with Saint Jean Baptiste, is a secondary patron of the diocese. Saint Patrick, who was captured by Irish raiders as a teenager in the fifth century, ultimately escaped his enslavement, entered the Church, and returned to Ireland where he brought the message of the Gospel to the very people who had kept him in slavery.
Bishop Robert P. Deeley, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from County Galway, Ireland, will celebrate Mass on Saint Patrick’s Day at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located on 307 Congress Street in Portland. Following the Mass, a feast of corned beef, cabbage, and other traditional Irish dishes will be served at the Guild Hall, part of the cathedral, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $20 for a family of four, $6 for adults, and $3 for children.
Here are further details on other gatherings planned to celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Patrick around Maine:
Saturday, March 17
Saint Patrick Church, Newcastle
Come and celebrate the wonderful Irish heritage that was instrumental in the formation of Saint Patrick Church in Newcastle at a special Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Cheverus Hall (next to the church) on 380 Academy Hill Road. A traditional corned beef dinner (roast chicken will also be offered) with all the usual side dishes, including home-baked Irish soda bread and desserts, will be served. Join in the fun and sing along to traditional Irish songs! Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children under 12 years of age, or $40 for a family. For more information or tickets, call Lynn Maloney at (207) 798-2831. Tickets will be sold after Masses on March 10-11, but tickets will not be available at the door.
Saint John Church, Bangor
The Knights of Columbus will host a traditional Irish dinner (with entertainment) following the 4 p.m. Mass at Saint John Church on 217 York Street in Bangor. Tickets are $12.50 adults and $5 for children. They may be purchased at the parish office. For more information, call (207) 217-6740.
Saint Joseph Church, Bridgton
The Bridgton / Fryeburg Council of the Knights of Columbus will be serving a Saint Patrick's Day corned beef boiled dinner beginning at 5 p.m. in the Saint Joseph Parish Hall on 225 South High Street in Bridgton. Proceeds will benefit youth activities in the parish, including helping teens attend the Youth Convention. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The cost is half price for children under age 12. For more information, call (207) 647-2334.
Saint Joseph Church, Farmington
The Knights of Columbus at Saint Joseph Church in Farmington will hold their annual Saint Patrick’s Dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the parish hall, located on 133 Middle Street in Farmington. Entertainment will be provided by the Franklin County Fiddlers. Takeout meals will be available. Please call Paul Hersey at (207) 778-0586 with the number of people attending.
Saint Mary of the Visitation Church, Houlton
The Saint Patrick’s Bazaar, a Houlton tradition that began over 100 years ago, will be renewed at Saint Anthony Hall, located on 112 Military Street, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event will feature corned beef and cabbage, roast turkey, and all the fixings. Admission is $10, but $32 for a family of four. Doors will open at 2 p.m. for the traditional “cake walk” for children. The bazaar will also include a raffle and auction. For more information, call (207) 532-2871.
Saint Matthew Church, Limerick
A Saint Patrick’s Day dinner will be held in the parish hall, located on 19 Dora Lane in Limerick, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Irish stew, corned Beef, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, turnips, and Irish soda bread will be served. Hot dogs and macaroni and cheese will also be offered. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under six. For more information, call (207) 793-2244.
Saint Philip Church, Lyman
A Saint Patrick's Day Corned Beef & Cabbage Supper will be held in the Saint Philip Church Hall on 404 Goodwins Mills Road in Lyman from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, vegetables, rolls, beverages, and homemade desserts. The cost is $9 for adults, $4 for children age 7-12, and free for children age 6 and under. Takeout is available. The church hall is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call (207) 282-3321.
Saint Pius X Church, Portland
In addition to the dinner at the cathedral, the annual Knights of Columbus Corned Beef Dinner will be held at the church’s hall, located on 492 Ocean Avenue in Portland, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, contact Bill Green at (207) 773-8619.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe Church, Scarborough
A corned beef dinner in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day will be held at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Church, located on 150 Black Point Road in Scarborough, from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $29 for couples, $13 for seniors ($25 for senior couples), and $7 for children ages five through twelve. Children four and under will be admitted free. Irish dancers from the Stillson School of Dance will perform at the dinner. The event is hosted by the St. Maximilian Kolbe Knights of Columbus. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling the parish office in advance at (207) 883-0334.
Saint Mary Church, Wells
The Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance will be held in the church hall of St. Mary Church, located on 236 Eldridge Road in Wells, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The evening begins with a social hour at 5 p.m. followed by a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner (ham will also be offered) at 6 p.m. Then, enjoy listening and dancing to the music of Tom Pomeroy. The dinner is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Admission is $25 per person. For tickets, call (207) 646-6870 or (207) 850-6488.
Saint Denis Church, Whitefield
Knights of Columbus Council #1423 will host a Corned Beef and Cabbage Benefit Dinner at Saint Denis Hall, located on Route 126 in Whitefield, at 5 p.m. The menu includes corned beef and cabbage, onions, potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, biscuits, and desserts. Donations will be accepted to benefit local charities. For more information, contact Pete Taylor at (207) 542-0820.
Sunday, March 18
Saint Bartholomew Church, Cape Elizabeth
A Saint Patrick’s Day lunch will be held at Saint Bartholomew Church, located on 8 Two Lights Road in Cape Elizabeth, at noon (following 11 a.m. Mass). Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children two and under. Tickets will be available at the door, at parish offices, and after Masses. For more information, call (207) 799-5528.
Saint Denis Church, Fort Fairfield
The Daughters of Isabella Santa Maria Circle #427 is hosting a St. Patrick's Day lunch at noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 260 Main Street in Fort Fairfield. The lunch will include baked ham, mashed potatoes, carrots and peas, salad, dessert, and a beverage. The cost is $8 per person and $20 per family. There will also be a 'Pot O' Gold' drawing worth more than $100. For more information, call (207) 498-2536.
Sacred Heart Church, Hallowell
A Saint Patrick's Day luncheon will be held at the Sacred Heart Church hall, located on 14 Summer Street in Hallowell, starting at noon (following the 11 a.m. Mass). There will be a goodwill offering taken at the door. For more information, contact David Young at (207) 446-3412 or email@example.com.
“These gatherings are meant to celebrate Saint Patrick and his faith,” said Bishop Deeley. “They remind us that we do that best when we live as he lived, filled with the love of God he found in Jesus Christ and striving to carry the Good News of Jesus to others.”