JACKMAN, Maine — Four years after St. Anthony’s Parish closed its doors, work will officially begin on a new parish on Sunday.
A groundbreaking ceremony for a new church on Main Street will be held on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., the Diocese of Portland announced Friday.
In the fall of 2009, the original church fell into disrepair, requiring $1.2 million in repairs, leading to the parish’s decision to close the building. The original church was demolished in October 2009.
Ever since, parishioners had been worshipping at the American Legion Hall on Main Street, and an 11 a.m. Mass will be celebrated there prior to the groundbreaking.
The parish has raised $260,000 in funds to build the new church, and St. Anthony’s will also receive a $200,000 mortgage from the Diocesan Savings and Loan. Overall, the building will cost $575,000.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can contact Fr. Kevin Martin at 695-2262 or mail the donation to St. Faustina Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 457, Greenville, ME 04441.