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On Pentecost Sunday, May 31 we will be celebrating “drive by Pentecost blessings.” 1:00 - 2:00 PM at the parking lot at St. Joseph Church/St. Brigid School, 673 Stevens Ave, Portland. Use the St. Brigid “drive through” pattern, entering by Elmwood St. and leaving by Stevens Ave. All are welcome.

Masses will be available online only. The schedule is as follows: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM, Weekend: Saturday 4:30 PM, Sunday 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Online attendance doesn't enable us to receive Communion, but does join us to the Word and to our community of faith. The following Act of Spiritual Communion was often used in the past when it was not customary for people attending Mass to receive Communion very frequently. The church will not be open for live attendance.

Act of Spiritual Communion "My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen" (St. Alphonsus)
We thank you for attending in this way. Note that during this time the Monday 9:00 AM Mass will usually also be our weekly St. Brigid School Mass.
 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

May 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' Prayer Intention for May - For Deacons   We pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.
    3. We pray that we can be motivated and inspired by hope and not fear, that we seek ways we can be sources of hope to others by what we say and do, that we listen to voices of reason as our communities continue to struggle in this health and economic crisis. We pray for those who are suffering today.

  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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