Local Catholic churches receive grants

St. Bartholomew in Cape Elizabeth, Holy Cross in South Portland and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Scarborough are among 10 Catholic parishes to receive Matthew 25 Awards from the Maine Parish Social Ministry program at Catholic Charities.

The awards benefit parishes that directly serve vulnerable people in need and adhere to the principles in verse Matthew:25, which reads, “I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink …”

The churches will each receive $1,000 to start a weatherization program that will assist local families who currently receive fuel assistance.

“We were impressed by the numerous applications we received. They are a testament to the good works that parishes are doing to address needs in their communities,” Michael Smith, director of missions for Catholic Charities, said in a press release. “We believe that this financial support can help extend our reach in assisting Maine’s most vulnerable populations.”

This is the sixth year that the Matthew 25 Awards have been given out. In the coming months, stained glass awards and checks will be presented during Mass at the chosen parishes.