June 20, 2018
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Portland Diocese sells last of the churches closed in consolidation plan

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The Notre Dame de Lourdes Church in Saco.
By Ed Pierce, Journal Tribune

The sale of the Notre Dame de Lourdes Church in Saco has been finalized with Hardypond Construction of Portland closing on the property on Friday.

The former Catholic church and rectory at 16 Cutts Ave. in Saco closed in 2009, as part of a cluster plan developed by the Diocese of Portland.

In the St. Joseph church bulletin on Sunday, the Rev. Monsignor Rene T. Mathieu, St. Joseph Church pastor, wrote that the property’s closing was a historic day for members of Good Shepherd Parish.

“The sale of this property is a milestone for the parish as it represents disposition of the last buildings impacted by the cluster plan which led to the formation of Good Shepherd Parish,” Mathieu wrote.

The plan reorganized area Catholic churches including Most Holy Trinity in Saco, St. Joseph Church and St. Anne Chapel in Biddeford, St. Margaret Church in Old Orchard Beach, St. Philip Church in Lyman and St. Brendan Chapel in Biddeford Pool into what is now known as Good Shepherd Parish.

Mathieu also wrote that furnishings and statues formerly housed in the grotto at Notre Dame de Lourdes Church were saved when the church closed and will be incorporated into a newly constructed grotto at St. Joseph Church in a room adjacent to St. Anne Chapel. That space is currently being used by the Knights of Columbus.

He said the new grotto also was in accordance with the original diocese cluster plan.

Hardypond Construction is planning to develop the former church property during three phases of work.

The first step would redevelop the church to create 19 apartments and the second phase would involve razing the rectory to the left of the church and creating a new building with 22 apartments. The third and final phase would construct a new building to the right of the former church that would create 33 senior-living apartments.

 


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