PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Sacred Heart and St. Dominic Parish needs $200 thousand to repair the Sacred Heart Church in Portland.
The money will pay for repairs to the mortar and bell tower, among other structural improvements.
The parish has started a capital campaign called "Maintain and Sustain," and invited members of the community to tour the church during an open house event on Saturday afternoon.
Speakers highlighted the church's history and presence in the Parkside neighborhood.
The parish estimates Sacred Heart contributes more than $2.5 million in social services to the Portland area each year.
"I think that the importance of the church to the people inthe neighborhood is more than just the fact that we are coming to worship here," said Anne Johnson, who manages the social services, like the food pantry.
"They know that in this church there are people that care, and there's a sense of well-being in the community because we are here," said Johnson.
Parishioners have already pledged $45 thousand for the capital campaign.
Online donations can be accepted at: www.portlandcatholic.org/onlinegiving
For more information, call Denis La Freniere at the Parish Office at: 207-773-7746 ext. 101.