French mass and bean supper in Lewiston scheduled for May 21

LEWISTON – To remember the faith and sacrifice of generations of French Canadians in the Lewiston area, a traditional French mass and bean supper will be held at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul at 122 Ash Street in Lewiston on Saturday 21 may. Mass will be at 4 p.m., followed by supper in the parish hall. All are welcome.

Saints Peter & Paul parish in Lewiston was founded in 1870 in response to the explosion of French Canadian immigration to the area. For a time, over 100 or more a day were arriving in Lewiston. The Catholic Church was, next to the family, the hearth of life. Under the direction of the Church, virtually all spiritual, social, recreational and educational needs have been taken care of for the faithful.

The community first met in a small wooden building on Lincoln Street. Since 1938, the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul has stood as an architectural marvel and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the French-Canadian immigrants who ensured its completion. Its sky-reaching arrows symbolize their own prayers rising to our loving Creator.

For more information about Mass and supper, call the parish at 207-777-1200.

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