PERRY—Bishop Robert P. Deeley offered a blessing to the large gathering in attendance at the 49th Annual Sipayik Indian Day Celebration at the Passamaquoddy Indian reservation at Pleasant Point on Sunday, August 10. Prior to his visit to the festivities, the bishop celebrated Mass on Saturday evening at St. Ann Church, located on the Passamaquoddy reservation at Peter Dana Point.
“I know that some of the organizers said it was the first time in 49 years that the leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland came and participated in the celebration,” said Fr. Robert Lupo, pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Calais, according to the press release. “They truly appreciated it.”
The celebration, which ran from Aug. 8-11, included ceremonial events like a sweat lodge and a warrior canoe run, as well as a health fair and a variety of athletic tournaments and social functions. Bishop Deeley’s blessing came as part of the grand entry of dancers, drummers and singers on the Kcipeskiyak Ball Field.