We have several expressions of Welcoming Ministry active in our parish:
People who meet and greet us as we arrive for every weekend Mass, handing out bulletins, hymnals and any help that may be needed. It is a good way to begin and end Mass!
The message of welcome is frequently in our bulletin, on our website and postings on our Facebook page – as well as messages on our outdoor signs. All these express the desire of Our Lady of Hope Parish to welcome all of our brothers and sisters – siblings.
The welcome is addressed to all, everyone. At times we also focus on specific issues. Monthly ministry meetings are in-person and via zoom of members and friends interested in learning more and finding ways to express Jesus’ desire that all people are welcome. A special focus has been on people and groups of people who have often felt (or even been told) that they are not welcome in the Catholic Church. In this work we have joined with several other parish clusters to focus on this kind of effort (Bangor and Orono, Winslow-Waterville).
About Parish Ministries
St. Ignatius of Loyola tells us that Jesus’ desire is that we join Him in making God’s dream for the world present in our decisions and actions. In this way, we are living the gifts of the Eucharist as the visible presence of God’s love in our world. Here at Our Lady of Hope we trust that God has provided – in us – the people, talents, and resources needed to make God’s dream real.
We nourish each other as Jesus wished. Through our more than two dozen ministries we work to alleviate spiritual and physical hunger, reduce the isolation of people who are lonely or excluded, and we care for our common home – the environment, in the wider world and in our hearts.
Naturally, there’s more we could do. Ignatius called it “the magis”: doing the very best quality work that we can for the greater service of God and universal good. Your commitment and participation brings these ministries to life in the spirit of the magis.