Catholic Charities Maine presents Matthew 25 award to Corpus Christi Parish

PORTLAND — Corpus Christi parish, in Waterville, is the recipient of Catholic Charities’ Parish Social Ministry program Matthew 25 Award for 2014.

After Catholic Charities Maine staff and board members reviewed numerous applications, Corpus Christi parish was selected for its Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry due to the large number of people who would benefit by being served, committed volunteer hours to the project, and the fact that this investment would build capacity for the ministry in the future, according to a CCM press release.

“Their application really stood out by demonstrating that the dollars spent now would have positive repercussions in the community for years to come,” says Mike Smith, Program Manager for Catholic Charities’ Parish Social Ministry, in the release.

The custom-crafted stained glass award and check for $5,000 was presented at the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 22, at Notre Dame by Catholic Charities CEO Stephen Letourneau and Mike Smith.

The $5,000 award will be used to purchase a walk-in freezer and refrigerator to allow for more economical bulk purchases for the food pantry. “This is truly a blessing,” says parish representative Nancy Marcoux in the release. “In 21 years we’ve never run out of food and it’s such a rewarding mission to know that we’re feeding people in need.”

The Matthew 25 award is presented annually by Catholic Charities to a parish that closely adheres to the principles of the Bible verse Matthew: 25 “I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink…”

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