FORT KENT — In commemoration of Earth Day on April 22, St. John Vianney Parish is organizing a Green Mass and an opportunity for community members to help keep their towns clean.
The parish is composed of St. Louis Church in Fort Kent, St. Mary Church in Eagle Lake, St. Joseph Church in Wallagrass, and St. Charles Borromeo Church in Saint Francis. Parishioners from the different areas will gather together at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 22, for a Green Mass at St. Louis Church, 26 East Main St. in Fort Kent.
The Green Mass will “honor God’s creation” through music, decorations, and prayers. “Green professionals” in these communities are encouraged to attend and be recognized for their contributions. This would include those who work in environmental studies, farming, logging, forest and land management, conservation, park management, and any other occupation that involves care for the environment. “Green professionals” will be given a green ribbon to wear during the Mass as they are thanked for their service to the common good in protecting Maine’s natural beauty.
On Saturday, April 28, the parish’s celebration of Earth Day will continue with a community clean up organized by the St. John Vianney Social Justice & Peace Commission. Multiple groups will head out to Fort Kent, Eagle Lake, New Canada, Saint Francis, and other local areas to clean up litter. The parish will provide gloves, trash bags, and a pizza lunch for all participants.
For those who wish to participate in the Fort Kent clean-up, gather at the St. Louis’ rectory garage at 9 a.m. If you would like to help clean up in one of the other areas, stop by the parish office at 26 East Main Street in Fort Kent or call (207) 834-5656.