Holy Hour and Benediction - May 7th, 2021
Our Lady of Hope will be having a “Holy Hour and Benediction” on April 9th at St. Pius X Church on the First Friday of the month at 7:00 PM with Deacon John McAuliffe and Bill Welch (This will be live-streamed only, at this time).
A Holy Hour is a Eucharistic Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as, Benediction with the host. This is a time for us to be in the presence of God with readings from the scriptures, litany of prayers with praises of the Lord, a gospel reading with a short homily for reflection and meditation, and finally the Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament by the deacon. These are challenging times that we are living in, we need to take some time out of our busy lives to be in the presence of God's love to find a unique peace and help through the Lord's grace and His blessings.
Re-opening some Masses at Our Lady of Hope Parish
Advance registration is required to attend weekend Masses. No 'walk-ins' will be admitted. Registration information is needed for our ability to track those attending should there be a Covid outbreak and to be sure we can seat everyone attending safely.
To register call the Parish Office (207-797-7026) Monday -Wednesday 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM before the weekend you wish to come. You must speak to a member of the Parish Staff. Reservations cannot be made by leaving a message. Reservations will be taken one week at a time. Space is very limited, so you may reserve only one Mass for the week to give others the chance to attend. You will need to give us your name and contact info (phone, email) and the number of people in your “party.” People living together in the same place can sit together (more than two to a pew which is the limit for people not living together). Those attending need to wear a mask and keep social distance as possible.
Open Masses (No Reservations Required) Weekday Mases at 9:00 AM Monday through Friday. Open Masses with Reservations Required Saturday 4:30 PM, Sunday 7:00 AM , 9:00 AM, at St. Pius X Church, 8:00 and 10:00 AM at St. Joseph and the 5:00 PM at St. Pius X. No late registrations can be processed .
We cannot yet open the Saturday 4:00 PM Mass and Sunday 5:00 PM Mass at St. Joseph Church because we do not yet have greeters and cleaners for these Masses. We will need at least one volunteer to check people in at the daily Mass.
Masses will still be available online. The schedule is as follows:
Monday-Friday 9:00 AM, Saturday 8:00 AM, Weekend: Saturday 4:30 PM, Sunday 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM and the 5:00 PM at St. Pius X Church.
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.
Fr Paul SJ
May 2021 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’ Intention for May - Universal intention - The world of finance. Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.
3. As we move toward “life after Covid-19” we pray for the safety of all, for blessings on those who have helped in this past year. We also ask blessings of renewed life and activity in our parish and school.
| 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: