WESTBROOK—To honor a man of service who challenged others to also be driven by giving, St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Westbrook will host a “Day of Service” 9-11 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, at the church, 268 Brown St., hosted by the church’s Social Justice and Peace Committee to help anyone who is disadvantaged and needs assistance.
The event will include a pancake breakfast; haircuts, manicures, and massages; health screenings; and fun for children, including face painting, educational activities, and games. Everything is free for attendees.
“This idea for this initiative came directly from St. Anthony parishioners who wanted to honor the legacy of Dr. King in a way that would strengthen the bonds of the parish with the greater Westbrook community through acts of service and caring,” said the Rev. Lou Phillips, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish. “The parish wants to reach out to others in our community in practical and tangible ways, thus ‘celebrating’ rather than just ‘observing’ Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”
The Social Justice and Peace Committee felt that this national holiday would serve as a golden opportunity for the event.
“In the dead of winter, we can offer hope and healing in our own community in much the same way that Dr. King’s passion and compassion offered healing and hope to a sadly divided nation,” said Father Phillips.
Anybody interested in helping out can call Terry at (207) 591-5626 or Shirley at (207) 797-0800.
For information about the “Day of Service” or the Social Justice and Peace Committee, call the parish at (207) 857-0490.