Talking about our Faith with Others…Hmmm

Talking about our Faith with Others…Hmmm

Talking about our Faith with Others…Hmmm

As Christians, we are called upon to witness to our faith; to share with others our encounters with the risen Christ and the experiences of grace that follow.  This invitation to share our faith with others seems to contradict the advice: “Don’t talk about religion and politics.” 

We’ve all witnessed (or participated in) contentious conversations that follow when we don’t follow it. 

Yet, without the ability to talk about these issues, we have little or no chance of understanding one another.  When we talk only with those who agree with us, misunderstanding and polarization are likely to grow. 

The first Easter Sunday found the disciples locked away in fear of the violence that they had witnessed imposed on Jesus.  Following their encounters with the Risen Christ between that first Easter and Pentecost, they found the courage to proclaim their faith – in a way that all who listened understood. 

On September 17th, Fr. Brian will present a morning of reflection, “Talking About Our Faith With Others.”  This morning of reflection will focus on creating a context where effective communication can occur across differences with a focus on intentional speaking and active listening skills introduced during our Synodal listening sessions.  This workshop will build on the content introduced in the “Our Easter Journey” morning of reflection presented at the end of April.  

Please contact the Parish Office to reserve your seat for this event on September 17th from 9-noon in the Parish Hall on Ocean Avenue.

Welcome Back to Campus Reception

Welcome Back to Campus Reception

Welcome Back to Campus Reception

Welcome! As is often the case, the summer has flown by and here we are, looking at a new academic year – which often feels like a new year.

We’re celebrating the return of those dedicated humans studying in their chosen fields – sure to make the world a better place – also known as students! The 5:00pm Sunday Mass at St. Joseph on Stevens Avenue seems to be a popular option for students. So, the Welcoming Ministry here at Our Lady of Hope Parish is hosting an outdoor (weather permitting) reception after Mass on Sunday, September 11th. All are invited – and welcome – to join in conversation while enjoying some light fare from about 6-7 pm.

Of course, you’re always welcome at other Masses at Our Lady of Hope, too. Weekend Masses are at 7:30 on Sunday mornings at St. Joseph Church, as well at 4:30 pm Saturdays and 9:30 am Sundays at St Pius X Church on Ocean Avenue (across from Payson Park).

Our Lady of Hope is a Jesuit ministry and is part of the Ignatian Spirituality Partnership of Maine.

You may wish to check out an upcoming reflection that Fr. Brian Conley, S.J. is offering on September 17th, Talking with Others about our Faith – a topic that is always relevant. It will be held in the Parish Hall on Ocean Avenue.

Drive Thru Lobster Dinner on August 20th

Drive Thru Lobster Dinner on August 20th

Drive Thru Lobster Dinner on August 20th

It’s summer in Maine. The moment we’ve all been waiting for – craving even. The Knights of Columbus are hosting a drive thru, take out dinner featuring, drum roll, LOBSTER ROLLS.

This take out dinner will be at the Parish Hall, 492 Ocean Avenue, on Saturday, August 20th from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  So, you can go to 4:30 Mass and walk over to get your dinner(s), go home or to the beach and ENJOY!  Or, you can save Mass for Sunday, giving special thanks for your delicious meal of the night before, and for the hard work of the workers on the lobster boat, along with the volunteers who cooked and picked out the meat for your bountiful lobster rolls.

Cost is $20 per dinner. Included with the lobster roll is cole slaw, potato chips, and a dessert. Proceeds benefit the parish’s Knights of Columbus Councils.

RESERVATIONS and payment must be received by AUGUST 18th. These can be placed in the offertory basket, clearly marked in an envelope, or dropped off at the parish office. Checks should be made payable to the Knights of Columbus.

$20. LOBSTER ROLLS. Summer of 2022.  Who knew?!

The Gifts of Creativity

The Gifts of Creativity

The Gifts of Creativity

Photography, children’s books, watercolor and oil paintings, needlepoint, wood sculpting, short stories, Haiku, works of fiction, stained glass, knitted headbands and mittens, note cards, spiral bound blank journals, fiber art and crocheted scarves, wood worked into pens, utensils and bowls – plus, music – all on display in the parish hall on May 14th. Can you picture it? Can you feel the warmth, and lively conversations? It was a wonderful day!

It was still winter when we put out the call for parishioners to celebrate and share their gifts of creativity for an inaugural springtime Arts A Bloom. We had no idea what the response would be – yet were confident that creative gifts among parishioners were plentiful; we were hopeful that people would find a way to share a part of themselves and overjoyed at the response. Several of the exhibitors shared a bit about their relationship with their creative gifts:

I enjoy creating art. I explore with all kinds of media. Every piece is its own adventure for me, it’s always about the journey – not the destination. The final piece, if I ever actually arrive there, is beautiful, no matter how “messy” it may look, because of what I experience through the process of opening myself up and having the courage to take the adventure in the first place – that brings me joy and satisfaction.

I learned the art of Hairpin Crochet from a Sister of Mercy when I was in the eighth grade in Bath. Over one summer, with patience and love, she taught me this art. Over the years, I’d create a piece from time to time. Always remembering her. For me, this craft/art is filled with peace, love of God’s creations, and lasting connections with the ultimate user (whom I may never meet).

I began to take up needlepoint in the mid-1970’s when I lived in Washington, D.C. as it was an occasional hobby of a friend. I never did much in quantity, but enjoyed the variety of canvases available on the market and felt I could produce a decent result. In 2001, I joined the American Needlepoint Guild. It was there that I learned new stitches, threads, techniques and met up with a group of friends which was a delightful part of attending their seminars.

Finishing furniture as a child, I learned to love the smell and feel of wood. Although I am primarily self-taught, I did take two courses on wood sculpture through the Smithsonian resident associates studio arts program and one in furniture making from a prominent Virginia furniture maker. My belief is that we all should give voice to those creative energies within us.

Using my child’s artwork to create notecards and other products, which I sell to benefit the nonprofits that were important to my child has helped give me purpose.

I still pinch myself when I think I was able to see these gorgeous animals in the 80’s when I traveled to Kenya.

We are grateful for the generosity of all who participated. Special thanks to the students and educators at St. Brigid School who created art with this event in mind. Much of their work lined the walls – bringing added excitement and color to the event. If you’d like to see more photos of the event, they’re on our Facebook page in a post from May 14th.

Next spring, Arts A Bloom 2.0. What will you share?

May Crowning

May Crowning

May Crowning

Faith Formation families celebrated the start of the month of May — a month to honor Mary, Jesus’ Mother — with a May Crowning on Sunday, May 1st. After the 9:00 Mass, they processed out of the church, bringing flowers and the crown to the statue of Mary outside, as Fr. Brian Conley, SJ read a blessing. You can see that statue throughout the month near the altar at St. Pius X. Our thanks to Lauren Tigerman for creating the beautiful crown and to the parents who provided refreshments to parishioners who joined them for this holy tradition.

You might find this blessing from a Book of Blessings, published by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, as a prayer prompt or reflection at home:

Blessed are you, Mary, mother of our Lord, for you have believed the word of God.
In faith and love, you have reflected on the words and actions of God in your life and the life of God’s holy people.
With Jesus, we call you mother. We honor you in this crowning.
Pray for us and lead us to you Son.
Amen.

Extravagant Tenderness in the Ignatian Year

Extravagant Tenderness in the Ignatian Year

Extravagant Tenderness in the Ignatian Year

Perhaps you’ve heard the word that there’s an upcoming talk in the spirit of the Ignatian Year by Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ.

Fr. Greg (aka Fr. G) is a bestselling author and Jesuit priest. Based in Los Angeles (the other L-A), he is the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. We’re thrilled that Fr. Greg will be here in Portland at Cheverus on the evening of May 24th at 7 pm. The event is free to the public, with reservations required. He’ll be speaking to themes found in his third and latest book, The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness. You can find an enthusiastic review in America Magazine at this link: https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2022/01/20/boyle-whole-language-review-242204.

We’re planning a Community Read of The Whole Language, with a discussion over coffee on the morning of June 4th at the Parish Hall on Ocean Avenue. Our friends at Letterpress Books, located in Northgate Plaza, have copies of The Whole Language stocked, and will gladly order more if needed. You can order by phone at 207-747-4232 or stop in. It is always so appreciated when we choose to shop local!

We hope you’ll join us to hear Fr. Greg and to share some time together reflecting on his talk and the book over coffee, tea and a snack. There’s a lot to unpack and relate to our own lives in beautiful ways. Please let us know if you’re able to participate by calling or emailing so we can be sure we have enough goodies.

To reserve your seat at Fr. Greg’s talk at Cheverus at 7 pm on May 24th, go to: https://bit.ly/RSVPMay24GregBoyleSJ

Have you read either of Fr. Greg’s other books, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion or Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship?  There’s a theme about what’s powerful, isn’t there?

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