Current events

In an effort to help and support our parish and school community,
we are adding an evening Mass at St. Pius X during this health crisis. 7:00 PM Monday – Friday.
This Mass will be available online only. The church will not be open for live attendance.

THURSDAY:  April 09, 2020 - Holy Thursday 7:00 PM - Liturgy of the Lord's Supper   (Livestream)
FRIDAY:  April 10, 2020 - Stations of the Cross at 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM (Livestream)
FRIDAY:  April 10, 2020 - Good Friday 7:00 PM - The Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (Livestream)
SATURDAY: April 11, 2020 - The Great Easter Vigil Easter Sunday (Livestream)                                        
SUNDAY:  April 12, 2020 - Easter Sunday   7:00 AM, 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (Livestream)
 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

April Intentions for the Prayer Circle
    1. For the spiritual health, vitality, and support of Our Lady of Hope Parish and St. Brigid School.
    2, Pope Francis' worldwide intention for April - Freedom from Addiction - We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.
    3. We pray for an end to the coronavirus outbreak, for those who are suffering and have died and for the health care people who are treating the sick and those seeking a cure. St. Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J. gave his life treating plague victims in Rome in 1591. Fr. Fed Betti, S.J. of St. Michael's Parish, Buffalo, has written this prayer to St. Aloysius:”
    St. Aloysius Gonzaga, you were eager to care for your suffering brothers and sisters in Christ, in the midst of a terrible epidemic. You persisted in seeking permission to care for the sick, even though you knew it might endanger your own health. You felt natural revulsion toward the unpleasant realities of the sickness around you, but you wholeheartedly threw yourself into the task of caring for those who were ill and dying. We pray through your powerful intercession for all those who are affected by this epidemic. May the Lord bring healing to the sick, wisdom to medical professionals, prudence to our civil leaders, charity towards all, and hope to those who are discouraged.

  Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

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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E-mail: ourladyofhope@portlanddiocese.org

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