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St. Matthew Church in Limerick to Celebrate 100th Anniversary with Special Events and Community Building

LIMERICK---A century after Fr. McLaughlin arrived and led community members in building a church across from Sokokis Lake in Limerick, St. Matthew Church has assembled a schedule of celebrations, special events, and new traditions in which parishioners and all community members are invited to take part.

The 100th anniversary celebration at St. Matthew, located on 19 Dora Lane in Limerick, is being held throughout the 100 days leading up to the actual anniversary of the church. Bishop Robert Deeley will celebrate an anniversary Mass at the church on Saturday, October 16, at 4 p.m. followed by an anniversary celebration dinner.

The anniversary celebration will begin prayerfully with eucharistic adoration on Friday, July 9, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We would like at least 100 people to attend throughout the day and feel the power of a few minutes of silence in the presence of Jesus,” said Fr. Bill Labbe, pastor of St. Matthew Parish as well as St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Sanford. “As we spend more time in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, we grow in holiness. As a community, our prayers help increase Mass attendance; fallen away Catholics to return; and encourage vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and religious. These are just a few of the fruits of adoration.”

Many opportunities to learn, serve, and be part of this special parish community are planned to honor the 100 years of love, mercy, and faith that have defined it.

Super Raffle Drawing
July 25
The annual raffle raises money for the parish and includes prizes of up to $1500 with 44 winners overall.
To enter the raffle, click here.

“The Roots of Catholic Social Teaching: Scripture and the Fathers of the Church”
July 26
This presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Community Yard Sale
July 31
Details on the event can be found here.

Rosary for America
August 12 and October 14
Praying of the Rosary led by the Knights of Columbus at 6:30 p.m.

“Come Back to Me”
August 30
A presentation on substance abuse, incarceration, and addressing impacts on families and the community at 6:30 p.m.

Fall Family Fun Day
September 25

“Go, You Are Sent”
September 27
A presentation on the social mission of the parish at 6:30 p.m.

Additional day long adoration gatherings will be held on August 6, September 3, October 1, and October 9. Multiple blood drives will also be hosted by the church on July 9, August 11, September 4, and October 16. On July 10, August 7, and September 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., massive outdoor vendor and craft fairs will be held. There will be bean suppers on July 17, August 14, and September 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bingo, bonfires, and outdoor movies will be shown on the church lawn on July 24, August 21, September 18, and October 2. As events are confirmed and added, they will be added to the parish website in the anniversary section.

“All of these events are open to the entire community,” said Fr. Labbe. “We hope to bring our parishioners back to our church, to open our doors, and provide some fun and normalcy to the entire community.”

From 1912 until 1921, priests from St. Ignatius Parish in Sanford served the Limerick area as a mission of that church. They celebrated Mass in the shipping room of Holland Mill, commuting once a month on the train in the winter and twice a month in the summer. Fr. McLaughlin, the first resident pastor in Limerick, dedicated the original church on October 21, 1921. The church was enlarged in 1939 before a new church on Dora Lane, a short walk from the original church, was dedicated on June 28, 1987. In December of 1989, a fire destroyed the church and rectory. The current church was rebuilt in 1990 and dedicated on June 2, 1991.