PORTLAND — Responding generously to the needs of many in the community who are not as fortunate, volunteers at several Maine churches will gather together to provide free Thanksgiving dinners in praise of the wonderful gifts that God has bestowed. All of the events below will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23:
Parishioners and volunteers at St. Francis of Assisi Church will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal from noon to 2 p.m. at the church located on 81 Court Street in Belfast. All are invited to attend the free dinner, especially those who might be alone for the holiday. The dinner will be provided by the church’s Social Peace and Justice Committee and the Knights of Columbus. For more information, call Tim and Jewel O’Donnell at (207) 469-8811.
St. Mary of the Visitation Parish will host a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner in the parish hall at 112 Military Street in Houlton. All who want to share in a holiday meal are invited, whether it’s because someone doesn’t want to cook a big meal, lives alone, or is struggling financially. The dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are interested in helping out or making a donation, call the parish office at (207) 532-2871 from Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon.
St. Martha Church, located on 30 Portland Road, will host the 19th annual Project Pilgrim, a complimentary Thanksgiving Day dinner for community members to come together and share in delicious food with their friends and neighbors. In 2016, Project Pilgrim served over 300 people. Guests can stop by St. Martha from noon to 1:30 p.m., or call ahead and arrange to pick up a meal or have one delivered to their home. Transportation to and from the event is also provided. If you’d like to make a reservation (although not required), set up delivery/pick up, or learn more about volunteer opportunities, please call (207) 967-1911.
St. Catherine of Sienna Church and Christ Episcopal Church will host a free Thanksgiving Day dinner in the parish hall of St. Catherine of Sienna, located on 32 Paris Street in Norway. Area residents are invited to gather for the dinner which will begin at noon. To make reservations to attend, contact the parish office at (207) 743-2606 or sign up on the sheets located in the narthex of St. Catherine of Sienna or Our Lady of Ransom Church in Mechanic Falls. There are also sign-up sheets for item donations and volunteer shifts.
Good Shepherd Parish and the Knights of Columbus will host the 19th annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hall of Most Holy Trinity Church, located on 271 Main Street in Saco. All members of the community are invited to attend. A turkey dinner with all the fixings, including dessert and beverages, will be served. Free takeout and delivery are available on Thanksgiving Day. To set up delivery, contact the parish office at (207) 282-3321. For more information, contact Mike Bolduc at (207) 468-0106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The youth group at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish will host a meal for the less fortunate in the St. Ignatius gym/cafeteria, located on 25 Riverside Avenue in Sanford, at noon. Takeout meals will also be prepared for homebound community members to enjoy. Anyone interested in making a cash or food donation for the gathering, or if you would like to reserve a takeout meal for yourself or someone you know, contact Tracy McGrath at (207) 608-9413.
A free Thanksgiving Day dinner will be offered in the hall of St. Francis Xavier Church, located on 130 Route 133 in Winthrop. Area residents in need are invited to join their neighbors and fellow community members at the dinner which will run from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome at the event which is organized by the Winthrop Rotary. Takeout meals are also available. To sign up for delivery, call (207) 377-7210.
In addition, St. Patrick Church in Newcastle is assisting the town’s ecumenical food pantry in providing Thanksgiving baskets for hundreds of families in Lincoln County. Organizers are in need of canned vegetables, cranberry sauce/jelly, stuffing mix, and canned pumpkin. Monetary donations to purchase items are also encouraged. Those interested in helping the cause can drop off their donations before and after Masses at St. Patrick on November 18-19 or at the church office, located on 380 Academy Hill Road in Newcastle, any time from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.