There is no denying the fact that COVID-19 had impacted thousands of businesses in Maine, but the impact on non-profits has been devastating. Many of these non-profits typically hold fundraisers in the summer and fall, and because of COVID-19 restrictions, have had to cancel their plans.

St. Joseph Parish in Ellsworth has been impacted severely because of COVID-19. For most of the summer they were limited to 50 people per Mass, and just recently have been able to have 100 people attend in the Church. This has reduced the weekly collection.

“We are very blessed that an anonymous donor has pledged to match, dollar for dollar, up to $15,000 as part of a new Advent fundraising campaign,” said Fr. Emile H. Dubé, pastor of St. Joseph Parish. “We hope that parishioners and community members might prayerfully consider supporting this campaign."

The Advent Challenge is now open and will run through Christmas Day.

To participate, interested parties can drop a check (with “Advent Challenge” written in the memo line) in the Sunday offertory or at the parish office at 231 Main Street in Ellsworth. You can also call (207) 667-2342 to make a donation over the phone or email StJosephEll@portlanddiocese.org to arrange an online payment.

St. Joseph Parish was established in 1862 and includes St. Joseph Church, Ellsworth; Blue Hill Mission, Blue Hill; Our Lady of the Lake Church, Dedham; and St. Margaret Church, Winter Harbor.