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!

Toward the Common Good – An Evening with Kevin Concannon

Toward the Common Good – An Evening with Kevin Concannon

Toward the Common Good – An Evening with Kevin Concannon

Kevin Concannon will share selected highlights of Maine public policy history over a fifty year period. He will focus on public program changes that were influenced and directed by individual Catholic persons, and several particular Catholic institutions, during a time of major changes brought about by The Great Society and the Second Vatican Council. 

And, beyond Maine geographically, he will discuss significant social policy and law changes, often aligned with Catholic Social Teaching – and much more, all directed at addressing issues and the Common Good.

With Kevin as our tour guide, one who travelled this journey as a participant at levels of influence, whose values and professional competencies reflect his Catholic religion, parental influences, and largely Catholic Education, we’re sure to hear themes of Catholic Social Teaching in context of our own history here in Maine and around the nation. And, we’re sure to hear numerous humorous anecdotes along the way – no tour of history is complete without those!

Want to learn more? Join us on Tuesday, November 15th at 7 pm at the parish hall, 492 Ocean Avenue.
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About Kevin Concannon:
Kevin Served as Associate Diocesan Director of Maine’s Catholic Charities agency in the ’60s and early ’70s. He served in various roles in Maine state government over a twenty year period including as Maine Commissioner of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Maine Commissioner of Human Services, Oregon State Director of Human Services, Iowa Director of Human Services and Under Secretary of US Department of Agriculture, responsible for US domestic food and nutrition programs.
Trained as a professional social worker, he is a native of Portland and is a graduate of Cheverus High Scholl, St. Francis Xavier University (BA and MSW) with further postgraduate courses at the University of Connecticut.

More about Our Lady of Hope Parish – A Jesuit Ministry:
Comprised of a wide range of members, representing 25 area towns, we’re an intergenerational community inspired by Christ’s love for all people and the Ignatian vision that calls and empowers us to live the Gospel message and find God in all things.

Silent Auction and Festival of Trees Event

Silent Auction and Festival of Trees Event

Silent Auction and Festival of Trees Event

When we think about our upcoming fund raising event, we’re reminded of what Saint Mother Teresa is known to have said, “...We can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”

A group of parishioners are working together to put on the Thanks4Giving Silent Auction and Festival of Christmas Trees event, having set a goal of contributing $20,000 to the bottom line for Our Lady of Hope’s mission. Held on Saturday, November 5th, this day-long festival and silent auction event features a dozen decorated Christmas trees, including gifts, and items selected and donated by parishioners for the silent auction in the evening.

Always popular, the Christmas trees are raffled off (you’d put your purchased raffle tickets in the containers of the ones that you’d like to take home). Tickets are $1 each or 25 for $20! The Festival of Trees is open for viewing and raffle ticket purchases from 10 – 4 that day; reopening at 7 during the auction. Winners will be drawn at 9 pm.

Admission to the evening portion of the event, from 7-9, is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets include two complimentary beverage tickets, thanks to Maria’s Ristorante. During the silent auction portion of the event, there will be delicious hors d’oeuvres passed, beverages, jazz music, 50/50 raffle and even some fun with Lucky 7s. There’ll be interesting conversation, plenty of laughter, and reconnecting with each other – or welcoming and connecting for the first time.

So many parishioners have made sure there’s a lot planned for a nice Saturday night out. Together.

If you’d like to take a sneak peek, visit our Bidding Owl online auctionOnline Auction Opens for pre-bidding at noon on October 28th and closes at Noon on November 4th.  Highest bids online will be opening bids in-person at the event!

Together – that may be the most fun – being together as a parish community, working together to create a fun evening, and pitching in together to raise funds critical to our mission of living out the Gospel message.

Want an quick link to make your reservations?  Here it is, just click here.

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?!

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