Current events

Holy Hour and Benediction - Friday - January 7th, 2022
Our Lady of Hope will be having a “Holy Hour and Benediction” on January 7th at St. Pius X Church on the First Friday of the month at 3:00 to 4:00 PM with Deacon John McAuliffe and Bill Welch, ALL ARE WELCOME. (Also live-streamed).
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.

Honoring Fr. Bob Regan, S.J.
There will be a Memorial Mass for Fr. Bob Regan, S.J. on Saturday January 15, 2022. The Mass will be at 10:00 AM at St. Pius X Church. Fr. Regan served Our Lady of Hope Parish, numerous area health care and nursing facilities, and also was Chaplain to the Portland Fire Department. He was well respected and loved by many. He died on December 2, at the age of 94. For information on the Life and Ministry of Father Regan Click Here .

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)
 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

January 2022 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 January - For true human fraternity - We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.

  3. For our country and society. As we mark the anniversary of the January 6, 2021, Insurrection in Washington and a continuing denial among some, of the reality of the covid danger, we pray to be led by the Spirit of truth and honesty and a deep commitment to the common good and welfare of all people, especially our most vulnerable sisters and brothers

  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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