The Last Supper – The First Eucharist

The Last Supper – The First Eucharist

The Last Supper – The First Eucharist

We do not know for certain who gathered with Jesus at the Last Supper. Three Gospels refer to “the twelve”. John says only “his disciples.” We do know the names of some of those closest to Jesus. It is possible to think they were there too. Whenever the Church celebrates Eucharist now, we know that we gather not only with those physically in the room with us, but with all of God’s friends, “the saints”:

The Cloud of Witnesses
They gathered in an upper room to share a meal. And the names of those gathered were these: Simon, called Peter, Mary, called the Magdalene, Simon’s brother Andrew, Janes and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee; Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus, Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; Clopas and his wife, Mary; James, the son of Alphaeus, and his mother Mary; Thaddeus; Simon the patriot’ Joanna, Judas Iscariot and Mary, Jesus’s Mother. All chosen by Jesus to be with him that night, as we are chosen to be with him this night.

Lord Jesus, seeing that we are surrounded tonight by such a great cloud of witnesses to faith – those who ran their races before us and have entered into their rests – we join them now to praise your name.
For the first apostles, and for all those who have kept the light of the Gospel burning down the centuries, we give thanks.
For those who have gone before us and passed the light on to us, parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, especially those we remember now in silence…..
For those who are still on the journey and who have shaped us: parents, teachers, church ministers, congregations which whom we have worshipped, friends
For those suffering or in fear or alone in the world tonight we ask for your blessing and for doctors, nurses and health care workers and those making policy decisions we ask your blessing and pray in gratitude for their skill and courage. We give thanks.
Come, Lord Jesus, take your rightful place as host at this, your table.

The Light is On for you:  Leading to Palm Sunday

The Light is On for you: Leading to Palm Sunday

The Light is On for you: Leading to Palm Sunday

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of two Sacraments of Healing (the other is the Sacrament of the Sick).

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, sometimes also called Confession or Penance, is a time to speak with a priest about the state of your relationship with God, with other people, and with yourself – to invite God’s healing mercy – and to be reconciled to the community. During this week leading up to Palm Sunday and Holy week, there are multiple opportunities for you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30, the LIght is indeed on for you, as well as on Wednesday morning at 9:30. Jesuit priests from our parish will be at St. Pius X on Ocean Avenue to help you. A priest will also be available on Saturday, April 9th from 3 pm – 3:30 pm at St. Pius X, or by appointment until Wednesday, April 13th.

God loves you.

The Light is on for you.

OLH Parish Paint Night – Virtual Paint Party

OLH Parish Paint Night – Virtual Paint Party

OLH Parish Paint Night – Virtual Paint Party

On Friday evening, May 6th, we’re celebrating spring with an evening of fun and creativity as we learn how to paint this spring blossom branch on a soothing background. Denyse Carbonell, owner of Artist at Heart, is an exuberant and talented art instructor who will take us brushstroke by brushstroke across the canvas from the comfort of our own homes (or together from the Parish Hall, with a limited number of in-person spaces available first reserved, first served).

No prior painting experience is necessary! Everyone will be following the same instructions, yet their creations will no doubt reflect their personalities!

Registration fee is $15 per person. You may register via our WeShare page online or by completing a registration form, located on the welcome tables at church entrances, and returning with payment to the parish office by April 29th.

We’ll be starting promptly at 7 pm, so please be online and ready to go!

As an option, we’ll have a limited number of supply kits available for $10 for local pick-up only. Each kit includes specified paints, thin brush, wide brush, one canvas, mixing palette (which is a clear plastic egg carton), a stencil to make your own tabletop easel if you’d like, plastic cup for brush cleaning – plus a few surprises!

Whether this might be a gift or a joyful addition to your home, it will surely be a conversation piece! Thanks to Mary C and the Events Committee for building this opportunity to get together and create! Be sure to look for some of these creations on display at Arts ABloom on May 14th.

Meatless Recipes for Lent –  and Beyond

Meatless Recipes for Lent – and Beyond

Meatless Recipes for Lent – and Beyond

This year, members of Our Lady of Hope’s Social Justice and Peace Commission are promoting meatless recipes for Lent as a way of putting both Catholic social teaching and Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si”, into practice. Part of becoming good stewards of the Earth entails living sustainably so that future generations will have enough resources for adequate food and shelter. “Laudato Si” emphasizes that people of the world are of one family with the Earth as our common home. We are all inner connected in the web of life. Preparing meatless meals helps us to think more critically about where our food sources come from and how our choices affect the sustainability of the planet.

When we create simple meatless meals during Lent, we also stand in solidarity with those in the world who don’t have this luxury of choice. Catholic social teaching emphasizes giving preference to the vulnerable and to those living on the margins of society. If we live sustainably, there should be enough resources for all to have adequate food and shelter.

In addition to helping the planet and standing in solidarity with those on the margins of society, sharing meatless recipes creates a sense of community among the participants. Do you have some recipes to share? Keep sending them in so we can all experience both new and favorite meatless meals.

Below are just a few of the recipes submitted so far. You’ll find all of the recipes posted each Monday and Friday of Lent on our Facebook page.

Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup

1 can pumpkin purée 16 ozs
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes 15 ozs
1/2 cup onion, chopped, 2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cups vegetable broth
1 T cumin, 1 t salt, 1 t cinnamon, 1 t allspice, 1/2 t black pepper
2 T balsamic vinegar
Sauté onion, garlic, spices in olive oil until light brown
Blend in blender beans, tomatoes, 1/2 of broth, add pumpkin purée and blend
Pour into cooking pot, add rest of broth. Simmer, uncovered, about 40 minutes. Before serving add vinegar, stir. You can add sour cream, if desired.

Spinach-Tomato Tortellini
16 oz. cheese tortellini: cook till tender. Drain, but do not rinse.
14.5 oz diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
2C fresh spinach, chopped
½ t salt
¼ t pepper
1 ½ t dried basil
2T flour
¾ C milk
¾ C heavy cream
¼ -1/2 C grated Parmesan

Sauté onion and garlic in a little oil. Add tomatoes, spinach & seasoning. Cook till spinach wilted. Whisk milk, cream & flour, and add, with cheese.
Cook 2-3 minutes till sauce thickens. Add drained tortellini.
Serves 3-4

Easy Lentil Loaf
1 can ( 15 oz. ) lentils drained
1 and 1/2 cup oats
1 can ( 15 oz. ) diced tomatoes drained
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 egg lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (use a greased 9 by 5 inch loaf pan). Sauté the grated carrots and chopped celery in a skillet with olive oil and set aside.
In a medium size mixing bowl combine the lentils, oats, diced tomatoes. Add the salt, pepper, basil, oregano and garlic powder. Add the sautéed carrots and celery. In a separate bowl prepare the lightly beaten egg and then add it to the other ingredients.
Mix well. Place in a 9 by 5 inch greased loaf pan.

Top with a tomato glaze and your favorite cheese ( cheddar works well )
Bake covered with foil at 375 degrees for 30 min.
Tomato Glaze ( spread over the top and then add the cheese )
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/8 tsp. salt

Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis In Ukraine

Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis In Ukraine

Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis In Ukraine

Parishioners have asked about established, reputable, and effective organizations who are delivering immediate relief in the places where the our brothers and sisters who are fleeing the war in Ukraine are being served. Indeed, there are many reputable organizations helping with the immediate and ongoing refugee crisis caused by the Russian government’s attack on Ukraine.

The three Catholic organizations listed here have longstanding partnerships with local nonprofit organizations (also known as non-governmental organizations or NGOs) in the countries where they operate. If you are moved to give online, here are links that may be helpful.

1. Catholic Relief Services

2. Jesuit Refugee Services You can learn more here: And this link will take you to more specific information to donate online:

3. Pope Francis’ Pontifical Mission Societies The Pope’s mission work with people who are living in poverty, marginalized, or otherwise excluded are included on this website with a specific fund for Ukraine found here:

If you’re unsure about the legitimacy of an organization or donation request, take your time with your decision. You can look information on their website, search for their recent annual reports describing their work and how their funds are used. Talk to friends or family members to see if anyone has experience with the organization as a donor or volunteer. Never give your credit card number or other banking information to anyone who calls soliciting a donation. It’s wonderful to be generous, and important to protect your personal information.


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