PORTLAND — Despite the Patriots missing out on a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII this weekend, young people from all around Maine will still be cheering, but their rooting interest will be towards getting as many donations as possible to benefit the annual Souper Bowl of Caring, a weekend of giving and serving on Saturday, Feb. 1, and Sunday, Feb. 2, in which 100 percent of the monetary and food donations collected will be given to local charities.
In Lewiston, Prince of Peace Parish youth will be collecting money at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Holy Cross Church and Holy Family Church. Last year, the parishioners in Lewiston donated more than $1200 during the Souper Bowl of Caring.
After Masses this weekend, teens will be at the entrances of all Parish of the Ascension of the Lord worship sites (St. Christopher in York; St. Raphael in Kittery; and Our Lady of the Angels in South Berwick) with soup pots to collect money for local food pantries.
Good Shepherd Parish youth, along with the parish’s Social Justice & Peace Commission, will collect food donations at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco; St. Joseph Church in Biddeford; St. Margaret Church in Old Orchard Beach; and St. Philip Church in Lyman. The proceeds will be donated to multiple food pantries.
In Portland, Our Lady of Hope Parish’s middle school and high school community service groups will collect money after weekend Masses at both St. Joseph Church and St. Pius X Church to benefit the city’s soup kitchens.
At all churches in All Saints Parish (St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brunswick; St. John the Baptist Church in Brunswick; Our Lady Queen of Peace in Boothbay Harbor; St. Ambrose Church in Richmond; St. Mary Church in Bath; and St. Patrick Church in Newcastle), monetary collections are planned to help assist the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. Organizers will also be accepting nonperishable food items for the program.
Other parishes in the Diocese of Portland will be participating in the event this weekend. Contact your local parish for more information. Since its inception in 1990, churches across America have raised more than $90 million for soup kitchens, food pantries and other charities through the Souper Bowl of Caring.