Closed Catholic Churches Hold Yard Sales 

Need a crucifix? A picture of Pope John Paul II? A set of pots and pans? Those items and a lot more collected from three closed Catholic churches are up for grabs at a yard sale later this week. The sale will be held Friday and Saturday outside St. Mary’s Church in Biddeford and the Notre Dame de Lourdes rectory in Saco. The Portland Press Herald, reports that volunteers have spent weeks sorting the items from churches, rectories and a school. More valuable items have been given to other churches. The Diocese of Portland announced in August 2009 that it would close three churches in Biddeford and Saco because of dwindling numbers of parishioners and expensive building repairs. Proceeds will go to the consolidated parish’s general fund.