NORWAY — Catholic churches in Norway, Oxford and Mechanic Falls are getting energy system and structural improvements, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

The Alive in Hope capital campaign raised $687,000 to pay for restoration projects at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Norway, St. Mary’s Church in Oxford and Our Lady of Ransom Church in Mechanic Falls, all part of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish. The money was from parishioners and others.

At St. Catherine of Sienna, a lift will be bring people from the parking lot to the main church and down to the parish hall. A handicap accessible restroom will be built in the parish hall, as well as an acoustical tile ceiling with insulation, a heat pump and air conditioning system.

At Our Lady of Ransom Church, the altar will be elevated, and hardwood flooring, an acoustical ceiling, pews and stained glass windows installed.

“The original Our Lady of Ransom Church structure had to be demolished in 2015 due to irreparable mold and water damage issues,” the Rev. Edward Clifford said. “Since then, the community has been meeting regularly for worship and fellowship in the parish hall. This new church space will be truly welcoming to all, and a dream fulfilled for current parishioners.”

At St. Mary Church, the tin ceiling will be repainted and other maintenance and improvements made.


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