2013-11-28 / In the News

In the News

Knights continue Thanksgiving tradition

SACO – The Knights of Columbus will serve and deliver free holiday dinners for the 15th year this Thanksgiving. More than 100 volunteers prepare meals, which will be served at Most Holy Trinity Hall at 271 Main St. on Thursday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mike Bolduc, who has organized the dinners for the past three years, said 500 people were served a Thanksgiving dinner last year. An additional 500 dinners were delivered to homes. The organization has distributed hundredS of forms for several weeks, and those who filled them out in advance will have the dinner delivered, Bolduc said. To-go dinners will be available at the same time dinner is served.

The Knights of Columbus are a fraternal Catholic organization, and sponsor the dinner with help from people in the community and Good Shepherd Parish. The dinner will include all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings, desserts and beverages.

“It is completely free of charge and everybody is welcome,” Bolduc said.

Parish’s Bradbury Street building put to good use

BIDDEFORD – The Good Shepherd Parish has been using a building at 35 Bradbury St., which it bought from PeoplesChoice Credit Union in May, for parish events and activities. Located in the parking lot of St. Joseph Church, the building has been named Decary Center, or Decary Hall, in honor of Father Zenon Decary, who worked in Biddeford in the first decade of the 20th century and had a reputation for healing.

David Gadbois, business coordinator for the parish, said the building is in good condition and is heated with natural gas. The facility has been used for prayer and worship by various groups within the parish.

Gadbois did not respond before the Courier’s deadline about how much the building was purchased for.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, volunteers and students from St. James Catholic School used Decary Hall to prepare the parish’s Thanksgiving baskets, an annual event. According to Dave Guthro, communications director for the Portland Diocese, to which the parish belongs, more than 100 baskets were prepared and will be delivered to families in Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach and Lyman.

Gadbois said the basket preparation for many years was administered from Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco, but the activity outgrew that location.

“Now that the parish offices are located at Most Holy Trinity, it is no longer well suited for a community outreach effort of this size,” Gadbois said. “The logistics and the ability to store food stuffs at the Decary Center allows Good Shepherd Parish staff and volunteers to accept donations over a longer period and to package and distribute baskets from there, with a minimal of disruption to the normal business operations of the parish.”

Gadbois said the purchase of the building also made sense because it allows the parish to control its property boundaries and retain all of its parking. The building is in the back of the church’s parking lot.

“St. Joseph Church masses and hall functions often have parking needs beyond what we can provide, so the decision to purchase the property was obvious,” Gadbois said.

The St. James School Student Council conducted a food drive this year to help with the Thanksgiving baskets and brought the food to Decary Hall to include in the baskets.

Julie Noble, first-grade teacher and student council advisor, said the students have made posters and collected food for the baskets, but are also conducting fundraisers for breast cancer research, The Center for Grieving Children and Animal Welfare Society.

Guthro said volunteers finished preparing the baskets for delivery on Monday, Nov. 24. November 28, 2013

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