Sunday, August 21, 2016, 9:30 PM
Location: St. Brendan Chapel
Take Route 9 from Biddeford or Kennebunkport to the Biddeford Pool turnoff (208) by the water tower. Continue over the bridge and turn left onto Mile Stretch Road which, with a mild veer to the right, becomes the Lester B. Orcutt Blvd. The Chapel is on the corner of 1st Street, just past the Marie Joseph Spirituality Center.
Tips for visitors: There is minimal parking around the Chapel. It is a courtesy to residents not to block their driveways. Parking is policed and Route 9 and 208 are good radar traps. For public safety and your own financial well being, please observe the speed limits.
St. Brendan's Chapel Celebrates 100 years of Offering Eucharistic Hospitality
The Chapel was built and dedicated in 1916, answering the prayers and inspiration of Fr. Linehan (then Pastor of St. Mary's of the Assumption, Biddeford), neighbors and vacationers of Biddeford Pool and surrounding coastal communities. Since that time, generations have celebrated Mass, baptisms, weddings (now averaging 12 per year) and memorial services in this simple country chapel that seats 225. Mass is offered from Memorial Day through Columbus Day each season. Just eight years ago, parishioners, guests and neighbors raised in excess of $150,000 to install a new roof, new cedar siding and trim paint...all in dire need, a result of the proximity to the coastal salt air and winds these hundred years.
This year, in observance of the Centennial, there has been considerable work on the exterior and interior of the Chapel. A new white picket fence, new rose bushes (the gift of a parishioner), gravel edging and some greener grass now grace the Chapel as you approach. A banner proclaiming the Centennial adorns the side of the Chapel. Inside, we finally addressed the kneeler hazards (they were known to claim open sandal toes and emit machine-gun like noise when dropped) and installed a railing to assist those climbing to the altar.
A pictorial exhibit in the back of the Chapel includes the original 1914 land deed ($3,900 purchase price including the house next door), the original blueprints and several other historical reference documents.
Finally, through a generous contribution,
has been developed depicting early photographs, the background of the architect, the Pastor, and St. Brendan himself.
Bishop Deeley will celebrate Mass with us on August 21. Take a drive to coast this summer, pick up your copy of the brochure and celebrate with us!