As income stagnates, Augusta parish looks to sell off two churches

Posted Oct. 04, 2011, at 9:48 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 04, 2011, at 10:18 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Two Maine Catholic churches of up for sale.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has approved a plan from St. Michael Parish in Augusta to sell St. Andrew’s Church in Augusta and St. Leo’s Church in Litchfield, according to the Rev. Francis Morin.

Bishop Richard Malone will celebrate the final Masses at each church. The final Mass at St. Leo’s will be Oct. 22. The last Mass at St. Andrew’s Church will take place on Oct. 23.

Morin is the administrator of St. Michael Parish, which includes the two churches being sold and five others. He tells the Kennebec Journal the churches are being sold because of the overall cost of running a parish with seven churches and only 4,500 households.

“The income stayed somewhat stagnant over the past two years,” he said in July.

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