Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Week in Advent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Week in Advent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Week in Advent

Rejoice! We share the Prayers of the Faithful from the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Dec 16-17, 2023) Gaudate Sunday.

Lord God, Creator of all and Father of Jesus, the time is now getting short before Christmas. Thank you for this time to think and pray:

We pray for Pope Francis on his 87th birthday. Be close to him, granting him good health, wisdom, and courage, we pray to the Lord.

For people who are homeless by choice or need. Help us find ways of assisting those who are living on our streets. For those staffing food pantries and soup kitchens and shelters, may they affirm the dignity of each person they serve, we pray to the Lord.

Be with children everywhere, God, and their parents. Children in danger in Gaza and Ukraine and other places of war and violence, children without enough food and clean water. Children who are blessed with safety and caring families, we pray to the Lord.

Be with those for whom Christmas is a hard time, a sad time..Bless them with who and what they need, and prompt us to be loving and caring. We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who are sick, for those who are dying and those who are being born, and for all who care for them. We pray for those who are longing for good news. We pray to the Lord.

God many people have enough food for their bodies, but their hearts are empty and aching, aware that they are not satisfied, but not sure what will fill that hunger. Touch these hearts with your love. Put into their lives someone who can help them believe they are loved. We pray to the Lord.

Today we place in your hands the lives of those we have loved and who have left us. Welcome them home to a greater light than we can know here. At this liturgy we especially remember:

4:30 PM Angelo Polito by Family

7:30 AM The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

9:30 AM  Barbara Goodwin by Her Husband & Family

5:00 PM  Deceased Members of Julie & Rosaire Dostie’s Family by The Family

We pray to the Lord.

As we wait for the gift of the Christ Child, as we pray for the ways we can give, we ask you God, to be in us in our work, or callings, our journeys, our wondering. Help us to be lights in the darkness, lights that burn bravely, in the circle of your love. Amen.

Advent Notes – Week One

Advent Notes – Week One

Advent Notes – Week One

In Matthew and Luke, foreigners and people on the margins are those who come to see the new-born Jesus.

Who are these people today?

  • Refugees fleeing for their safety
  • Spiritual refugees, those who are not finding themselves welcomed or wanted by their neighbors or society
  • Those feeling “lost” today
  • Those feeling distant from God

They come to the stable today.

Jesus, “born of the Virgin Mary and worshipped by men from Iraq…offered asylum in Egypt…delighted in the company of Palestinians, moved by the faith of a Syrian woman, yoked to a Libyan carrying His cross, and embraced by an Ethiopian eunuch…Jesus is the path to peace and life…”

The Mitten Tree: Giving Comfort, Giving Warmth

The Mitten Tree: Giving Comfort, Giving Warmth

The Mitten Tree: Giving Comfort, Giving Warmth

Once again we are offering the opportunity to provide some hats, scarves – and mittens, of course – through our annual Mitten Tree.  Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the trees will be in each church from the weekend of November 25-26 and will remain until the weekend of January 6-7.  These handmade and purchased items are then given to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul here in Portland.

Last year, you, active members of Our Lady of Hope Parish, contributed over 200 hats, mittens, gloves and scarves for the Mitten Tree Project. The trees looked beautiful. 

Thank you for your participation in this annual project and for putting your Faith into action.

 

 

Blue Christmas Service

Blue Christmas Service

Blue Christmas Service

We will be celebrating our third annual “Blue Christmas” at 3 PM on Sunday, December 18. This service of prayer will take place at St. Joseph Church, Stevens, Ave, Portland. All are invited and most welcome.

The fast-approaching Christmas season is a time of festivity and good cheer for many people. For others, this time of celebration only makes their struggle more painful. Whether the pain is bereavement, the experience of rejection, or the fact that there are no family or friends waiting to gather, Christmas can be difficult.

We gather in prayer to acknowledge that pain, to accompany and support our brothers and sisters for whom this time is a challenge – and to affirm that God knows that pain and is with us in it.

We invite our friends and neighbors and strangers to be welcomed into a community of prayer and join us in this service of prayers, readings, music, and affirmation of the light of God which does shine in the darkness.

Children’s Christmas Stories and Cocoa

Children’s Christmas Stories and Cocoa

Children’s Christmas Stories and Cocoa

This Saturday, December 10th. all are welcome to gather for children’s Christmas stories, take a close-up look at the unique nativity creche in the church, and learn the reason we celebrate the season at St. Joseph Church, located on 673 Stevens Avenue in Portland, on Saturday, December 10, at 3 p.m. The event will include hot chocolate and a visit from Santa! We promise to add a bit of fun to your December Saturday afternoon!

Seek Justice This Advent Season

Seek Justice This Advent Season

Seek Justice This Advent Season

This Advent, commit to simplicity. In a season that can mistakenly be focused on consumption, it’s a good chance to explore ways to live simply as we prepare for the coming of Jesus and the restoration of the earth.

Here are some ideas shared by our Social Justice and Peace Commission to live a more simple and intentional life, perhaps starting now, during Advent.

______ Take some breaks from my cell phone/smart phone, computer, and other devices so that you can be really present to the people around you.

______ Establish priorities and learn to say “no” to things that are not important to you and “yes” to things that are important.

______ Keep a gratitude journal by recording the big and small blessings that come my way.

______ Get rid of junk mail by
• throwing it into a recycling bin as soon as it arrives
• stopping it from being delivered by asking to be removed from mailing lists
• going paperless for bills, opting for digital bills instead

______ Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and less meat and dairy to lower my impact on the environment.

______ Reduce use of single-use plastics.

______ If you use a cut Christmas tree, plan ahead for helpful ways for disposing of it. Ecomaine is a great resource for statewide options.  Their information on recycling gift wrapping is something to consider before purchasing. “if you can rip it, you can recycle it,” they say!

Thanks to the Ignatian Solidarity Network for their leadership on this initiative. You can also sign up for the Ignatian Solidarity Network Advent calendar online here. It has daily suggestions for living more simply and in ways that help restore the earth.

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