| Wednesday October 25 -
The Diocese is presenting a talk in Commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by Fr. Thomas Guarino of Seton Hall Univ. "Receiving the Reformation Today: Catholic Reflections" 2:00 PM at St. Joseph College and 7:00 PM at St. Pius X Church.
| Saturday October 28 - Ministry Invitation
Various ministries will be introduced. Many people today are busy - but here are opportunities to grow in faith and celebrate our faith. Plan to take in some, if at all possible.
| Sunday December 3 - Saturday December 9 - Advent Directed Retreat
This year at Our Lady of Hope Parish we are beginning Advent with a Week of Directed Prayer, It will enable the participants to get into the Advent Season and to deepen their relationship with God. A team of Jesuits will help interested parishioners in a “retreat” which you can do at home.
The retreat will begin with a group meeting on Sunday, December 3rd. in the hall at St. Pius X. at 1:30 PM. During the week (Monday - Friday), each person making the retreat also will meet with a Jesuit Spiritual Director for 30 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Your director will discuss prayer with you and go over the prayer for subsequent days of the retreat. On Saturday, December 9th, all participants will gather at St. Pius X at 10:00 AM for a prayer service and sharing about this prayer retreat.
For more information please call Fr. Vince Curtin, S.J. at 207-358-7577 or the Parish office at 207-797-7026 . Return your registration form to the parish office or drop it in the Sunday offertory basket by Wednesday, November 29th. You can register also using the parish website.
You are asked to pray for approximately 30 minutes each day during this time and to meet with your spiritual director every other day. The fee for the Advent prayer booklet will be $3.00.
| Our Lady of Hope Parish - Sebastian Rasle S.J. - Prayer Circle
God’s gift of the Holy Spirit is what creates our community of Our Lady of Hope and St. Brigid School. It is God’s Spirit which will lead us forward, inspire us to choose the path God desires for us, and send us the people and resources we need. We want to affirm the importance of prayer in our parish life by inviting you to join the Our Lady of Hope –Sebastian Rasle SJ Prayer Circle. There are no meetings. No dues. Your only commitment is to pray for the life of our Parish and School. That will be the first intention each month. Two other intentions will be changed monthly. These will be listed in our bulletin, website, and announced at Masses.
We invite you to let us know if you wish to be part of this important ministry it is good to know you will be praying, and if special requests come our way we can send them to you. Please call, email or write the Parish Office to let us know you wish to be part of this ministry. I see this ministry as a big way for our elders and those who are carrying many other responsibilities in their lives to be a very important part of our parish life.
October Intentions for the Prayer Circle
| Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation
On Tuesday, October 11 Our Lady of Hope Parish, Portland hosted an evening program on the issues of elder abuse and financial exploitation. This program was presented by Judith Shaw, Administrator of the Maine Office of Securities. According to research, one out of every five American citizens over the age of 65 has been victimized by some type of financial rip off. With 10,000 American citizens reaching the age of 65 every day and 37% of seniors surveyed reporting that they were currently being pitched by people calling or mailing and asking them for money, it is more important than ever for all of us to learn how to protect ourselves from unscrupulous individuals. This program provided information and resources on how to identify possible elder abuse and financial exploitation, steps to take to protect yourself and others, and available resources to help. To see this presentation Click Here
| The Jesuit Vision
The Spiritual Vision of St. Ignatius of Loyola has influenced the church and world for almost 500 years now. To see how this Vision is alive and attractive today, you might want to check out this video link which comes from the North East US Jesuit Province Office: Click Here