Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are the three pillars of Lent. All three are intended to bring us closer to God. Parishes, the diocese, and Catholic Charities Maine offer many different giving opportunities. A few are listed below.
Catholic Appeal - The annual Catholic Appeal supports ministries and programs throughout the Diocese of Portland, including campus ministry, Catholic Charities Maine, Catholic schools, hospital ministry, lifelong faith formation, parish social ministry, and more. To learn more about how donations to the appeal are making a difference and to make a gift, please visit https://portlanddiocese.org/Appeal.
Catholic Charities Maine - Catholic Charities Maine carries Christ's work out into the community. The agency runs more than 20 programs, including its food bank in Caribou, its child development centers in Portland and Biddeford, its SEARCH and Independent Support Services programs to serve seniors around the state, its refugee and immigration services to assist those newly arrived in our state, its dental center, and much more. To learn about its many services or to donate or volunteer your time, please visit www.ccmaine.org.
Catholic Foundation of Maine - The Catholic Foundation Maine provides opportunities for people to leave a legacy of giving and support the works of the Church long-term. The foundation provides people with an opportunity to create charitable funds and endowments or contribute to an existing funding. There are dozens of current funds supporting deacons, parishes, seminarians, schools, and much more. Visit https://catholicfoundationmaine.org/online-giving to learn more and see the many ways you can help.
Sacred Heart / St. Dominic Food Pantry, Portland - Each Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. volunteers assist those in the community by supplementing their food source. Monetary donations can be sent to the Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes pastoral center at 307 Congress Street in Portland, 04101. Please write your check out to SH/SD Food Pantry. Items can be dropped off at Sacred Heart Church, 65 Mellen Street in Portland, on Tuesdays between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. FMI: 207-773-7746.
St. Martin de Porres and St. Catherine of Sienna Residences, Lewiston - St. Martin de Porres and St. Catherine of Sienna Residences serve those experiencing homelessness, giving them a place to stay while they connect with services that will help them to improve their situation and move forward with their lives. Residency is by referral only. You can support the residences by sending donations to St. Martin de Porres Residence, Inc., PO Box 7227, Lewiston, ME 04243-7227. FMI: 207-786-4690.
St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Portland - The volunteers of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul serve meals to anyone who comes through the doors of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception's Guild Hall, Monday through Friday, from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Clothing is available each Friday. Volunteers and donations are welcome. Call 207-772-1113 if you can help.
S.E.A.R.C.H. - If you have just a few hours to give each week, you can make a tremendous difference in someon'es life. S.E.A.R.C.H. (Seek Elderly Alone, Renew Courage & Hope) volunteers are matched with elderly persons, often with similar interests, and spend a few hours each week providing support, companionship, and helping with daily tasks. Those who volunteer will tell how rewarding it is and how much they look forward to those weekly visits. For more information: [email protected], 207-784-0157, or click here.