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Interfaith meal helps build community 16 March , 2011

After a long winter of snowstorms and frigid temperatures, the annual ecumenical meal held at St. Christopher Catholic Church on Saturday provided a welcome dose of spring.

The meal, now in its 24th year, is the vision of Jim and Rose Cronin, parishioners at St. Christopher Church. The Cronins lived in Dayton, Ohio before moving to Maine in 1983. While in Ohio, they heard about a local businessman who organized a community meal so large that it was held at Hobart Arena. When the couple joined St. Christopher Church, they suggested the idea of an interfaith community meal to the church’s Adult Club.

The result is an event cosponsored by St. Christopher Catholic Church, Baha’i Faith, First Parish Congregational Church, Union Congregational Church, York-Ogunquit United Methodist Church, and St. George’s Episcopal Church. Each congregation provides six 20-pound cooked turkeys and 10 pies.

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