Keeping Cool

Keeping Cool

Keeping Cool

It’s true we want to be sure to keep our cool all year long. It’s especially true on hot summer days when we – and the planet – are sweltering!

Our Social Justice and Peace Commission offers tips, ideas, topics for consideration throughout the year on the importance of caring for our common home. This recent tip talks about how ceiling fans help cool us and are an alternative to air conditioning, which can make the rooms we are working or living in too cold. Using our resources in a thoughtful manner is helpful for the planet and our wallet.

Amplifying the Liturgy: Sanctuary Assistive Listening System

Amplifying the Liturgy: Sanctuary Assistive Listening System

Amplifying the Liturgy: Sanctuary Assistive Listening System

Do you wish you could hear the Liturgy more clearly when you go to Mass?  Thanks to the generosity of some parishioners, we now have an assistive listening system in place at St. Pius X.  This system has four devices, so four people can benefit from the amplified Word at each Mass (or other in-church event).

One of our parishioners has used the newly-available sanctuary assistive listening system that is available at St. Pius X. He reports that “it is terrific.” Each unit consists of a small device you wear on your belt or in a pocket and an earpiece. It is useful to people who wear hearing aids, as well.

If you would like to use this system, check in with one of the greeters at Mass – at least five minutes before the starting time for Mass. You will need to sign in to receive the
equipment. Then, at the end of Mass, return the device to a greeter who will note that you have returned it and “sign you out.”

Again, thanks to parishioners whose generosity has made this assistive listening system available.

Confirmation and First Eucharist Joy

Confirmation and First Eucharist Joy

Confirmation and First Eucharist Joy

Nineteen children received the Sacrament of Confirmation and First Eucharist on Saturday afternoon, May 25th at the 4:30 Mass. In this Diocese, these sacraments are celebrated in the Restored Order (you can read more about that in this blog post by Fr. Brian) so that Confirmation happens after the Homily at Mass, followed by the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

What a joyous celebration of Love – God’s Love!

We are so grateful to Bishop James Ruggieri for celebrating this Mass and for his beautiful words of encouragement, invitation, and challenge. He encouraged children and adults alike to live lives of goodness and saintly aspiration. He invited all to continue to develop and deepen our faith, counting on the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to be with us. And, he challenged us all to remember that we can do done of this alone. We need community. We need each other – the Church needs us. Jesus shows us the way.

Many thanks to the children and their families for their commitment to building a strong foundation of their Catholic faith. In turn the families express their appreciation to Father Paul Sullivan, SJ and Fr. Brian Conley, SJ for leading their weekly adult sessions and reflections grounded in Ignatian spirituality. Special appreciation to the adults who served each week throughout the academic year, teaching and guiding the children as they prepared for this special occasion.

Following Mass, the Women’s Fellowship Ministry provided a reception with a special cake and fresh fruit. This time offered a chance for joyful conversations – and more photo opportunities! Many thanks to all who made this day special for the children.

Social Justice and Peace: Doing Our Part to Save the Planet

Social Justice and Peace: Doing Our Part to Save the Planet

Social Justice and Peace: Doing Our Part to Save the Planet

Members of the Social Justice and Peace Commission, a ministry of Our Lady of Hope, finds ways to share stories, along with content on relevant issues in our community – and world. One of the focus areas of these parish volunteers is Caring for Our Common Home – the planet. If you’re a frequent bulletin reader, you’ll recognize the graphic here, and even the message about “unplugging.”

Each month they offer an idea that puts Catholic Social Teaching to work in meaningful ways.

Sometimes those ideas are related to people’s well-being, sometimes to the environment. Most times there’s a connection between the two.

This month, they’ve been reading about the issue of homelessness, and the challenges and heartache that brings to people with no homes and the communities in which they find themselves. This article in Commonweal is one that they are reading and discussing currently. We invite you to read it as well, and join the conversation at their meeting in February, on the third Thursday at 7 pm in the Hall.

And, after you read it online, perhaps take a look at the devices (or charging cords) and small appliances you have plugged in at home when not in use. Unplugging saves energy and money. That’s good for everyone.

Be With Us in Caring

Be With Us in Caring

Be With Us in Caring

This parish-wide initiative lines up beautifully with the worldwide work of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).

In a recent letter to all Jesuits, Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Jesuits quoted the most recent General Congregation – or GC36 –  (the highest governing body in the Jesuits – there have been 36 since the order’s founding in 1540). Both documents describe a transforming encounter with the mercy of God as being at the heart of Ignatian spirituality This encounter with the mercy of God moves us to a generous personal response. “The experience of the merciful gaze of God on our weakness and sinfulness humbles us and fills us with gratitude, helping us to become compassionate ministers to all. Filled with the fire of Christ’s mercy, we can inflame those we meet.” (GC 36, Degree 1, paragraph 19).

As with all ministries of the Society of Jesus, Our Lady of Hope Parish seeks to be a place where everyone can encounter the profound mercy of God and where all will be moved to act with compassion in the world.

How do we show this care and compassion?

We do so by “Living the Eucharist, and Becoming a Beacon of Hope.” In the brochure that we recently sent out, we describe three activities that help us to show this care and compassion:
1. Coming to Know Jesus as a Friend
2. Celebrating God’s Love For Us
3. Feeding, Connecting, Healing.

In inviting others to come to know Jesus as a friend or to deepen that friendship, we hope to invite everyone to a transformative encounter with God’s mercy. We celebrate that transformative encounter throughout our lives – from 39 baptisms to over 80 services for those who have died. The twenty-seven ministries, close to 100 liturgical ministers, the many donations to charity and the service provided through organizations like the Knights of Columbus give evidence that the encounter with the merciful love of God has elicited a generous response from many in our parish. In the Society of Jesus we often describe these ministries as cura personalis – translated care of the whole person.

On the fourth page on the inside of that brochure we include information on income and expenses. Very often people think that issues like dollars and sense are secondary to the work of cura personalis. In the Society of Jesus, this fourth page is a part of what we call cura apostolica – translated care of the organization or apostolate. The Jesuits see Our Lady of Hope Parish as an apostolate.

Care for Mission: People, Communities, and Organizations

In 2020, Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, wrote a letter to the whole Society entitled “Care in the governance of the life-mission of the Society in this era of change.” In this letter, Fr. Sosa emphasized the need for unity between cura personalis and cura apostolica. Fr. Sosa traces both our care for one another and our founding institutions to that transformational encounter with God’s mercy described in the GC36. From the very founding of the Society of Jesus by Ignatius Loyola, we have had one single cura that is care for our mission. This care for mission focuses on persons, communities, and works. Care for the whole person and care of the organization must be united for us to carry out the mission.

We invite you to be with us in encountering the merciful love of God. We invite you to be with us in a generous response to that encounter. We invite you to be with us in living the Eucharist and becoming a beacon of hope. We invite you to join us in caring for one another (cura personalis) and caring for Our Lady of Hope Parish that helps to facilitate this encounter and to make this encounter available to all (cura apostolica).

Fr. Brian Conley, S.J.

Be With Us in Caring

Living the Eucharist, Becoming a Beacon of Hope

Living the Eucharist, Becoming a Beacon of Hope

Registered members of the parish recently received a brochure in the mail that highlights the good works that are going on throughout Our Lady of Hope – and beyond – into the greater Portland community. Through this brochure we seek to tell the story “by the numbers” and the ministries behind those numbers. These ministries extend our welcome, to have people feel a true sense of belonging.

We are inviting you to “Be with Us” – in prayer, service, financial support – building our parish community together.

Beyond sharing our story, this brochure is designed to invite you to prayerfully consider your participation in parish life. You might be able to serve in a ministry that:
– helps to reduce hunger (both physical and spiritual), feeding body and soul
– helps to build connection for people who are lonely or excluded so that they are less isolated
– helps to offer healing

Let us know how you’d like to be involved by mailing the “Be with Us” reply card or dropping it in the collection basket at Mass. If you’d like to give a gift online, you can do that through WeShare here.

Thank you for all you do!

 

 

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