SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — At a time when more is heard about Catholic church closings than openings, a new church is planned in southern Maine.
The Portland Diocese says Bishop Richard Malone will bless the site of Wednesday’s groundbreaking in South Berwick.
After four years of discussion and planning, a new church to be named Our Lady of the Angels will be built. It’ll replace the former St. Michael’s church in South Berwick and Our Lady of Peace in Berwick.
Construction is expected in March with completion anticipated in November 2012.
The decision to close two churches and build a new one was made because both churches needed repairs. The parish wanted to maintain fewer properties, and neither one could expand the seating or parking area needed to accommodate the population of both.