Preparing to Volunteer in Parish Life

Preparing to Volunteer in Parish Life

Preparing to Volunteer in Parish Life

Your response to the needs of your fellow parishioners has been heartwarming!

When you learn about folks who are unable to physically go to Mass who are asking for someone to visit, pray with them, and bring Communion, your hearts are moved by the Spirit to help. When you hear about events and plans to connect families more deeply to their Faith through their children’s Faith Formation and Sacramental Prep, you ask, “how can I help?” and respond with, “I can do that!”. Thank you, one and all.

We promised to provide training. And the first opportunity is coming up at the end of the month. All adults who volunteer with vulnerable adults or children begin with the Diocesan required training of Protecting God’s Children. This session provides clear, helpful guidelines and is a reminder of the seriousness of our sacred charge. You’ll learn specifics about how to interact with each other.

So, if you’re considering becoming a Eucharistic Minister, at Mass or by visiting adults in their residence, this training is the place to start, so that you can begin serving others. And, if you’d like to be part of Faith Formation activities and events, or consider offering arts and crafts for kids so that their parents can take part in one of the upcoming opportunities for deepening their spiritual lives, this training is the place to start. If you’d like to learn more about what’s planned in the coming months so that you can better discern your options, please give us a call.

Thanks to Bill Burke, principal at St. Brigid for offering and delivering this training!!

Protecting God’s Children Training Session for Wednesday, August 24 at 6:30 pm. The training session will take place at St. Brigid School.
 
Here is a link to the training registration page: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_0.cfm?theme=0
Follow the prompt and scroll down to Portland, Maine (Diocese) to get started.

Enjoy this beautiful Maine summer!

Baptismal Blankets Made with Love

Baptismal Blankets Made with Love

Baptismal Blankets Made with Love

The Baptismal “Garment”

There is an ancient tradition of dressing the newly-baptized in a white garment. In some families the garment used at the baptism of young children becomes an heirloom treasure, used generation after generation. Our parish has recently started the tradition of presenting the family with a white or cream-colored baby blanket. These beautiful blankets are knitted or crocheted by members of our parish. Talk about hospitality!!  Heartfelt thanks to the individuals who are taking this on — it is indeed a ministry of welcome, to the newly baptized and their whole family.

If you are a knitter or one who crochets, would you like to become part of the tradition and join others in creating these blankets? They’re typically about 36″ x 36″ in a variety of patterns and styles — that’s up to your creative vision and gifts! Let us know. The families love them, and they are a tangible sign of the love and support of our parish.

Skill Building: Communicating our Faith with Others

Skill Building: Communicating our Faith with Others

Skill Building: Communicating our Faith with Others

The Easter Journey: Communicating our Faith with Others

We hope you’ll join us as we take a similar journey as the disciples who journeyed from being locked away in fear on the night of Easter Sunday, to proclaiming the Good News confidently – and in way that was understood – on Pentecost. On Saturday morning, April 30, Fr. Brian Conley, SJ will be leading us through conversation that can bear fruit for fostering useful, loving conversation about our faith with others. Even when it’s awkward, finding ways to move through it.

More effectively communicating one’s faith – both in the parish and in one’s family – was the most common hope expressed during the synodal listening sessions held earlier this year. This morning of reflection will build our skills in communicating our faith while building the listening church at the heart of the ongoing synod process.

Registration is needed for planning purposes, with a minimum of twelve participants, and maximum of 24. Please contact us by email or by calling 207-797-7026.

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