Discussion: A Catholic Response to Climate Crisis

Discussion: A Catholic Response to Climate Crisis

Discussion: A Catholic Response to Climate Crisis

We hope you can join us this Sunday, April 21st at 3:00 PM in the Parish Hall for a Catholic Response to the Climate Crisis discussion. As climate change and its harmful effects accelerate, so too does the urgency for effective climate action.

Pope Francis has made climate action a centerpiece for his papacy with the groundbreaking release his encyclical Laudato Si’ and, this past year, his apostolic exhortation Laudate Deum. As faithful Catholics, we are all called to learn how to be better stewards of Creation and advocate for our Common Home.

Learn about the Catholic Church’s teaching on environmental stewardship and see how various climate policy solutions impact sustainability, justice, trade, energy, and income disparity. Join this interactive climate policy workshop using MIT’s EN-ROADS Climate Policy Simulator to explore our current climate trajectory, how recent legislation has improved our long-term outlook, and how Maine — the only state in the world’s largest economy with both senators on the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus — is uniquely positioned to lead the nation and world in advocating a stabilized climate and a sustainable future.

Our presenter, Peter Dugas, is the Maine State Coordinator for Citizens Climate Education / Citizens Climate Lobby, a nonpartisan grassroots organization focused on effective and equitable climate solutions. He serves as the liaison to the office of Senator Angus King (ME-I), is an EN-ROADS Climate Ambassador and a long-time advocate for finding climate change solutions. He earned a degree in Physics and Engineering from Brown University, is a parishioner at Sacred Heart St Dominic’s Parish and lives and works in Portland, Maine.

Our Lady of Hope Parish Hall is located at 492 Ocean Ave., Portland, just across from Payson Park. Plenty of parking. All are welcome.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Week of Easter

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Week of Easter

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Week of Easter

We offer these Prayers of the Faithful from the 3rd Sunday of Easter (April 13-14, 2024) for your continued prayers and further reflection.

It is the third Sunday of Easter and the first friends of Jesus still seem confused, locked in a room. It can take time, maybe a long time, for us to come to know how the love of God is present in our lives. Today we pray for ourselves and for those who are still searching for blessing, for You.

We pray for those who lock themselves away, afraid or unable to face the world. We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who lock themselves away or who, by others, are locked out because they are different. We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who lock themselves away because they have done wrong and cannot face the consequences – and for those who have wrong and are locked away by others, we pray to the Lord.

We pray to know the Easter joy of being set free from all that holds us bound. We pray to know the gift of joy and laughter. To laugh is to celebrate the gift of life, enjoy it and thumb our noses at those who would destroy beauty and goodness. To laugh is to break the bonds of evil and oppression. We laugh, and the words of the tyrant, the bigot, the bully no longer threaten us. For the gift of joy and laughter, we pray to the Lord.

We count on the victory of Easter and entrust to God’s love all those who are suffering now, the homeless, the sick, the persecuted, those have hurt us and those parts of our hearts and memories that carry pain, for goodness is stronger than evil. Love is stronger than hate. Light is stronger than darkness. Life is stronger than death. Victory is ours through Him who loved us. We pray to the Lord.

Bless and embrace all our deceased loved ones, God. At this liturgy we especially commend to you those we hold in our hearts and those we name now:

4:30 PM Katherine “Kay” Nee by Jim & Mary Allen

7:30 AM Raymond Thibodeau, Jr. by Jean and Family

9:30 AM Katherine “Kay” Nee by Mary Catherine & Steven Martin

5:00 PM  The People of the Parish, both Living & Deceased

We pray to the Lord.

Hear these prayers. Be present in the minds of those who need your presence – be their light, their friend, their defender, and their hope. We ask all this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Week of Easter

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 2nd Sunday of Easter

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 2nd Sunday of Easter

Easter is a celebration of your desperate, costly love for us. Help us to spend your love lavishly on those around us. Today we pray:

The month of April is alcohol awareness month. The illness of addiction afflicts many of us, whether through alcohol or other means. God, creator of us all, today we pray especially for those suffering with addictions and seeking to live sober lives. We pray to the Lord.

Our sisters and brothers in Haiti are suffering violence and complete destruction. Inspire us to do more and say more and help more. We pray to the Lord.

The ancient covenant between God and our ancestors in faith tells us that no person or no-thing should be put in the place of God. We pray that we keep that commandment. We pray to the Lord.

That the sanctity of every human life be protected by the passage of wise and comprehensive gun legislation. We pray to the Lord.

For Pope Francis and other spiritual leaders who lead with courage and mercy. We pray to the Lord.

And today, God of all creation, we commend to your care all who are in need in this world and among us. Bless all who help to bring life, hope, healing and health to others. We pray to the Lord.

We entrust to you all our loved ones. Today we especially remember:

4:30 PM Assunta Sue Fasulo by Maria, Andrew, Ben and Cassy

7:30 AM Rose Ossi by Larry & Edna Flaherty

9:30 AM Michael J. Taliento by His Wife & Family

5:00 PM For The People of the Parish, both Living & Deceased

We pray to the Lord.

Jesus, your Son, set people free from the things that held them bound, physical things, illness, and troubles of mind. Free us from all that harms us today. We ask this through Christ the Lord. Amen.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Week of Easter

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Easter Sunday

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Easter Sunday

Easter Vigil/Sunday Prayers of the Faithful 2024

That the world may know that your holy Son Jesus is not a dead hero we commemorate, but the living Lord we worship and follow, we are gathered now and in the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray:

This Easter we hold before you all those whom Christ calls to follow him: when faith is great and when faith is little; when faith is sure and when faith is weak. We pray to the Lord.

For those who are being Baptized or received into the Church this Easter. For the children of our parish who will be confirmed and receive First Eucharist in a few weeks, we pray to the Lord.

For Pope Francis and other Christian leaders following the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and living a Gospel of God’s mercy. Protect them and continue to guide them. For spiritual leaders everywhere that they may hear and follow the authentic voice of God, we pray to the Lord.

That the name of God may not be used to justify hatred, violence, or prejudice against any human person, for we are all brothers and sisters. That good people be given the courage to stand up against those preaching hatred, bigotry, fear, and discrimination, we pray to the Lord.

For those suffering unjustly, for the abused and abandoned and those living in places or homes of danger. We especially remember the people of Ukraine, Palestine, Gaza, Israel, Haiti, and other suffering places in our world. We pray to the Lord.

For the safety of our natural world, we pray. God, lead us to make the personal and social changes that will protect our Common Home, we pray to the Lord.

God, preserve us from the evil spirit’s whisperings that nothing can change. That we cannot change, That the world cannot change. For this night we celebrate the fact that you have declared that what is, is not inevitable, that change, and new life is possible and is in fact your desire. We pray to the Lord.

For our parish community and St. Brigid, our school. We are grateful for your many blessings this past year. We ask your continued gifts of life, people eager to grow in faith, and the resources we need to fulfill your dream for us. We pray to the Lord.

On this Easter day we pray for all who have died. God, tell them how much we love them and miss them. Tell them we carry their stories in our lives. At this liturgy we especially commend to you:

8:00 PM at St. Joseph:  Anna M. Hight by Maxine Hight

7:30 AM at St. Joseph: Bill Parker by Kathleen O’Connell

9:30 AM at St. Pius X: Barbara Byrne by Chris & Ellen Pirone & Family

9:30 AM at St. Joseph: Alphena Babineau by Kathleen Joyce

We pray to the Lord.

Hear these prayers. Help us to distinguish between truth and lies; help us, God of compassion, to understand where our sisters and brothers are hurting our doubting or hoping; help us to listen with great care for the good news of your love – and then to act on it. Break open our hearts and set your Spirit free. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Palm Sunday

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Palm Sunday

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Palm Sunday

Prayers of the Faithful – Palm Sunday, March 24, 2024

God, it is Palm Sunday, and we think of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, like a poor laborer. And so we pray:

We pray for those who struggle to get by because they are badly paid or unemployed, or ill or disabled, because of prejudice or abuse, or because they have had to leave their homes to seek safety elsewhere, for those whose fixed income has not kept up with rising costs. For those who struggle, we pray to the Lord.

We think of Jesus fulfilling a promise of one who brings peace. So we pray for those caught up in war or civil violence in the Ukraine, Yemen, Palestine, Gaza, Haiti and other nations labeled as “failed states” Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. We pray for peace and that those who have it in their power to call a halt to violence and to make food and other necessities available may do that. We pray to the Lord.

We think of the crowds shouting and cheering Jesus, waving palm branches. We pray for all who are carried along by crowds or by social media or television or the internet. We pray for freedom and integrity, that in our debates about welfare, taxation, or world affairs there maybe honesty and a willingness to listen. We pray to the Lord.

We think of the rulers in Jerusalem in Jesus’ time, afraid they might lose their power. We pray for all those who today have great power as members of governments or because of their wealth or their ability to sway others by what they do or say. We pray that they use their influence for the good of all, and that we may all have the courage to use the gifts and opportunities you give us for the purposes you intend. We pray to the Lord.

We think of the disciples walking with Jesus amidst the shouts of praise, then leaving him when he was arrested. We pray for ourselves- with our struggles, our pain, our griefs, our gifts and joys – that we may know the comfort of your continual presence with us and that, despite our fears, whether things are hard or comfortable, we may continue to walk the way of the Cross. We pray to the Lord.

We pray for our divided church, for Pope Francis in his leadership and for those who, publicly or anonymously speak evil of the Pope. That all the people of our church be guided by your Holy Spirit, we pray to the Lord.

We pray that the prayers and days of this week we call “holy” may not remain routine but may truly touch our hearts with the power of your love for us. We pray to the Lord.

We pray for all our loved ones who have died. May they know the fullness of the Easter victory Christ has won through his faith in you, God, and in his fidelity to your call. At this liturgy we especially remember:

4:30 PM Francesca Perazzi by Jim & Mary

7:30 AM Dr. Richard C. Dillihunt by John & Judy Laplante

9:30 AM  The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

5:00 PM Joseph Delancy by John P. Foley

We pray to the Lord.

God of love, receive our prayers. Jesus the Christ entered the city as a poor man and drew the expectations of a hungry crowd. May we who are sometimes swayed by popular opinion, hold fast to the gospel of peace and justice and follow faithfully your way of compassion and solidarity with those who are poor and excluded. Amen.

These are largely from a set by David Osbourne

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