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Bella English

Church can’t be bought for love or money

The lawn at her church needed cutting, so Maryellen Rogers recently hopped on her riding lawnmower and rode it over to St. Frances X. Cabrini in Scituate, where she mowed an acre. The church needed a new furnace, so the Friends of St. Frances paid $20,000 to buy one. For nearly nine years, Rogers and others have maintained the church and property, staining the doors, replacing the kneelers, fixing the lighting, repairing the roof.

They support the Scituate Food Pantry, the Lord’s Outreach Ministries, and Boston Hope House for recovering addicts. They support a church and school in India. They have Sunday services, a monthly parish meeting, an annual fund-raiser every November, and a Christmas fair in December.

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