A GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY for a new Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland on the St. John’s campus will be held Sunday

A GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY for a new Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland on the St. John’s campus will be held Sunday


Community members are invited to join parishioners at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new multipurpose building to be constructed across the parking lot from St. John the Baptist Church and St. John’s Catholic School on 39 Pleasant St. in Brunswick.

The ceremony will begin at noon on Sunday, following an 11 a.m. Mass, and will include refreshments and entertainment.

The multi-purpose building, which will be approximately 15,074 square feet, will include a large open space that will serve as an auditorium, gymnasium, and cafeteria; a fully equipped kitchen; a stage; a music room; a meeting room; an Adoration chapel; full men’s and women’s restrooms and locker rooms; family bathrooms; and other amenities.

In August, the Brunswick Planning Board unanimously approved the final plan application submitted for the facility.

“There is an appreciation for how important having a facility like this is for not only the use and enjoyment of the parish and school, but for other community organizations as well,” said Jim Baskerville, general chairman of the steering committee overseeing the “Founded on Faith, Building the Future” campaign.

To date, the campaign has raised nearly $3.4 million towards a goal of $4.8 million.

“A catch phrase that has really resonated in the Brunswick area is ‘It’s More Than a Building,’ and it truly is,” said Baskerville. “Parish unity, providing the best education for our young people, and building on our relationship with the community are all goals that can be met with the successful completion of this facility.”

To view the new “Founded on Faith, Building the Future” campaign video, visit youtu.be/D8fYiIwFdEE.

Those interested in making a donation to the capital campaign, donations can be made at www.allsaintsmaine.com by clicking the “Donate Here” link.

Community members can also purchase pavers that will include engraving to support the campaign. Stone size and price range from $100 to $350.

To purchase a paver, to make a donation by phone, or for more information, contact Charleen Foley at All Saints Parish at (207) 725- 2624 or [email protected]

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