Current events

  Saturday October 14 -

  Our parish celebrates Confirmation and First Eucharist with our young people. Bishop Deeley will preside at the 1:00 PM Mass at St. Pius X. Remember - all events at St. Pius X Church are live-streamed, so you can watch this Mass if you wish.

  Sunday October 15 -

  Portland Crop-Walk - participate, pledge, come watch (Baxter Blvd.)

  Thursday October 19 -

  This fall's Ignatian Spirituality Initiative presentation "How do I find God in my daily life." Sr. Joan McCarthy, CSJ is the presenter. Rev. Nash Garabedian and Martha Conroy will respond. 7:00 PM St. Pius X Church.

  Friday October 20 (7:00-9:00 PM) and Saturday October 21 (10:00 AM- 1:00 PM) -

  John Bell, well-known composer, preacher, and writer, will be presenting workshops. These will be held at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Scarborough.

  Sunday October 22 - Annual Jesuit Alumni and Family Mass 11:00 AM at St. Pius X Church -

  All Jesuit school alumni/ne, parishioners, those involved now or in the past with Jesuit works are invited and welcome.

 “Aging with Grace” Seminars Set for Falmouth on October 24-25 -

  The Parish of the Holy Eucharist will host two “Aging with Grace” seminars in late October at Holy Martyrs Church on 266 Foreside Road in Falmouth. Both seminars are free, refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome. The first, entitled “Mercy: A Restless Humanity Searching for Meaning” is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24, at 7 p.m. The presentation will examine the invitation to conversion to which we are all called and by which we are consoled. On Wednesday, October 25, at 7 p.m., the seminar will focus on the theme “Where is there a God like you?” and will feature a discussion on our concept of God and how it impacts the way Catholics proclaim God to others. Leading the seminars will be Sister Maureen Sullivan, OP, a nationally known speaker and author who offers presentations around the country on contemporary theological issues. She earned her Ph.D. in theology from Fordham University in New York and served as academic dean for freshmen at the school. For nearly 30 years, she has been a professor of theology at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. Sister Maureen is also a national religion consultant for William H. Sadlier Publishing and has written two books on the Second Vatican Council: 101 Questions and Answers on Vatican II and The Road to Vatican II: Key Changes in Theology. To register for the seminars or for more information, contact Susan McGaulley at (207) 523-1161 or

  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 10:00 AM

  It is you, the parishioners of OLH, who "do the ministry here." Do you feel drawn to offering some of your time and talent to Christ's work? Come on Sat. Oct 28th to a session at the St. Pius X Hall (10 AM). The various parish ministries will be briefly introduced. We are especially inviting people who could join our Eucharistic Visiting Team. We have a growing number of parishioners who are looking for a home visit and Communion because they are unable to come to church. Come and see if this or one of our other ministries is a way for you to be a disciple of Jesus. Coming doesn't mean you're committed, just investigating! Embrace our Parish Future by being involved in one of our parish ministries..

 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.
Why Sebastian Rasle S.J. and who is he? Fr. Rasle was a Jesuit missionary who gave his life for his Catholic Community in Norridgewock, ME in the 1700s. He especially defended the Native Americans there. As a strong defender of the faith and a priest who invited all into his community, he is a powerful friend for our prayers. Peace,
Fr Paul SJ

October Intentions for the Prayer Circle
    For the spiritual health, vitality, and support of Our Lady of Hope Parish and St. Brigid School.
    Pope Francis' special prayer intention this month: That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
    For the Crop Walk this month and all efforts to end hunger here in Maine and around the world. For greater and deeper unity and common work within the Christian and interfaith community here in Portland.

  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


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