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Parish Lenten Scripture Study, Faith Sharing, & Prayer

Parishes are currently working on their Lenten schedules. Please check back soon for more offerings.

All Saints Parish, Brunswick

Lenten Book Group

Together, we will read Nouwen's The Return of the Prodigal Son and study his life by view the video "Journey of the Heart." Join us for six weeks during Lent, starting, Wednesday, March 1, or Tuesday, March 2, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the St. Charles Borromeo Church Library, 132 McKeen Street, Brunswick.

Call Don Leaver or Marcy Brenner at 207-724-2624 to order your book and for more information.

Corpus Christi Parish, Waterville

Pivotal Players with Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron's videos illuminate a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization.  Featured are: St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Sienna, Blessed John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton, and Michelangelo.  Sessions will be held on Thursdays, March 2 - April 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the hall of Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street in Waterville.

Parish office: 207-872-2281 or ccmoffice@gwi.net..

The Hope of Lent

There is something about the season of Lent that draws us in, that calls us to a change of heart and mind. That something is God's grace.  Join us in exploring the beauty and grace that awaits us on Fridays at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Center, 80 Garland Road, Winslow. 

FMI: Sister Claudette Poulin at 207.509-6681.

Lenten Book Group

Join together to read and reflect on Amazing Grace, an engaging meditation on the language of faith written by Kathleen Norris.  Books are available at the parish office for $15. Sessions will be held Mondays March 7 & 21 and April 4 at 10:30 a.m. to noon or at 6 to 7 p.m.

Parish office: 207-872-2281 or ccmoffice@gwi.net..

Good Shepherd Parish, Saco

Pivotal Players with Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people.  Six very different figures will challenge us to see all our lives as vessels that can be used by God.   The sessions will be held on Mondays beginning February 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m.  at Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street in Saco. Registration fee: $25.  Call the parish office at 207.282.3321 or click here.

Lenten Eucharistic Adoration

March 17, 7 to 8 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street in Saco.   Adoration is available 24/7 at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel, 27 Thornton Avenue in Saco.

Lenten Vespers

Lenten vespers will be prayed Sundays during Lent at Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street in Saco, except for Sunday, March 5, and Sunday, April 2, when they will be at Saint Anne Chapel, located at St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm Street, Biddeford

Our Lady of Hope Parish, Portland

Lenten Scripture Study

Deacon John McAuliffe will lead a faith-sharing group on Sundays during Lent at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Joseph Church rectory, off of Stevens Avenue in Portland

Wednesday Evening Prayers & Reflections

Short services of prayers and reflections will be held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at St. Piux X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue in Portland.

On Wednesday, March 8, Father Jack Fagan, S.J., will reflect on "Your Graced History."

On Wednesday, March 15, Father Paul Sullivan, S.J., will lead a session entitled "What do you want me to do for you?" - Naming your desires in prayers.

 A prayer service for healing will be held on Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m., before which there will be a simple Lenten supper of soup and bread at 6 p.m.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Windham

Small Faith Sharing Groups

During the six weeks of Lent, small group gatherings will be held to explore the Lenten Sunday readings. The gatherings begin on Sunday, March 5, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail, Windham.

Sign up for a group in the narthex of the church or contact Larry Guertin at 892-8922 or lawrence.guertin@portlanddiocese.org 

Parish of the Ascension of the Lord, Kittery

"To God be the Glory"

The Parish of the Ascension of the Lord’s 24th annual presentation of “To God be the Glory,” a musical depiction of the life of Christ, will be held Thursday - Sunday, March 30 - April 2. The cast, chorus, and crew, numbering well over 100, come from churches in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts and include several different denominations. The Thursday-Saturday shows are at 6 p.m. and the one on Sunday is at 6:30 p.m. All are at Saint Christopher Church, 4 Barrell Lane, York. Admission is free, but there will be an opportunity to give a freewill offering.

Parish of the Holy Eucharist, Falmouth

Small Faith Sharing Groups

Enrich your Lenten journey by joining a small faith sharing group.  Different days, times, and locations are available.  To find a time and a group that matches your needs, please visit, http://www.pothe.org/sign-up-for-small-groups.

Parish of the Precious Blood, Caribou

Divine Mercy Chaplet

Our Lady of the Lake, Route 11, Portage - March 8 and March 22 at 6:30 p.m.

St. Denis Church, 143 Main Street, Fort Fairfield - 3 p.m. on Fridays during Lent.

Mass & Healing Service

A Mass and healing service will be held at Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn Street in Caribou, on Thursday, March 9, beginning with Mass at 6:30 p.m. Fr. Jean-Paul Labrie and the Sacred Heart Prayer Team will preside.  Refreshments and sharing will follow.  Bring a friend!  God's healing is for everyone.

Small Faith Sharing Groups will meet as follows:

Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn Street, Caribou - Sundays at 6 p.m.

Sacred Heart Church, 1143 Van Buren Road, North Caribou - Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. (Starts March 8)

St. Denis Church, 143 Main Street, Fort Fairfield - Thursdays at 9 a.m.

St. Joseph Church, 17 Main Street, Mars Hill - Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

St. Louis Church, 100 Main Street, Limestone - Fridays at 11:30 a.m.

St. Mark Church, 13 Allen Farm Road, Ashland - Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

St. Mary Church, 331 Main Street, Presque Isle - Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Bar Harbor

Tour of the Liturgy

Father John Skehan, Father Joseph Cahill, and Father Stan Ukwe, OP, will present a Biblical Walk through the Mass, a five-part story which will take parishioners on an exciting tour of our liturgy – exploring the Biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience at Mass, along with their profound significance.

See, perhaps for the first time, why we say what we say and do what we do at Mass. Be prepared to celebrate Easter with a deeper appreciation of the awesome mystery we are invited to enter.

The sessions are as follows:

• Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord - Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor – Tuesdays, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/28, and 4/4 at 6:30 p.m. – led by Father John Skehan

• St. Joseph Parish - St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth – Wednesdays, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/29 and 4/5 a6 6:30 p.m. except for Ash Wednesday, when it will be 6:45 p.m. – led by Father Joseph Cahill

• Stella Maris Parish - St. Vincent de Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street, Bucksport - Mondays: 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/27, and 4/3 at 6:30 p.m. – led by Father Stan Ukwe, OP

Prince of Peace Parish, Lewiston

The Mystery of Jesus

Undertake a Lenten journey to know yourself in the Mystery of Jesus. This directed prayer experience is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and limited to 8-10 people The group will meet March 1 to May 3 on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the senior hall behind Holy Cross Church, 1080 Lisbon Street in Lewiston.

FMI: Sister Marie May Lausier at 207-282-0263 or Sheila Bacon at 207-416-3154

St. Anne Parish, Gorham

Lenten Discussion Groups

Lenten discussion groups using the booklet Disciples on the Journey will be led by Sister Jackie Moreau, RSM, and Chris Kimball at Saint Anne Parish in Gorham.

Contact Sister Jackie or Chris if interested.  Email: jackie.moreau@portlanddiocese.org.  St. Anne, Gorham: 207-839-4857

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Westbrook

Lenten Faith Sharing Groups

The adult faith formation team will offer six gatherings to pray, share, and reflect on the Sunday readings.   Sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

There is no charge, but a goodwill offering will be taken to defray the cost of materials.

FMI: Rosalie Aube at 857.0492 or rosalie.aube@portlanddiocese.org

St. Bartholomew Parish, Cape Elizabeth

Sunday by Sunday: Living the Gospel

Become companions on a faith journey together and nourish each other through faith sharing, Scripture reflection, and prayer. In the give and take of conversation, we witness how God acts in our lives, we remember Jesus’ story, and we glimpse ways to transform ourselves, our homes, our workplaces, our parishes, and our human future together.  Cluster 22 has three groups using these materials.

Thursdays, March 2 - April 6, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the parlor of St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth
Facilitator:  Gregg Ginn, gginn@verrilldana.com
Fee: $5

Priest, Prophet, and King

The better we understand Jesus, the better we understand ourselves. In this group, you’ll discover Jesus as the Anointed One – the ultimate priest, prophet, and king foreshadowed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures.  You will better understand Jesus, become more familiar with Scripture, and realize your own priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission.

Thursdays, March 2 - April 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 14 Reef Road, Cape Elizabeth
Fee: $20

Walking with Purpose Women’s Bible Study Connect Coffee Talks

“Does What I Do Matter?” - Thursday, March 9, 9:30-11:00 a.m., at St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth

"Untying the Knot" - Thursday, April 6, 9:30-11:00 a.m., at St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth

No cost.  Free childcare available.
FMI, contact Julie Rieger at j_rieger2000@yahoo.com or Jennifer Hansen at wwpmaine@gmail.com

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, Camden

The Gospel of John

A Lenten Scripture course led by Father Bob Vaillancourt. Beginning with Chapter 13 and continuing through Chapter 22, Father Bob will journey with you through the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus with the help of St. John, as well ass the study of the Shroud of Turin and what it reveals about Jesus' death. Bring your own Bible. - Sessions will be held every Monday during Lent at Our Lady of Good Hope Church hall, 7 Union Street, Camden.

Taizé Evening with Eucharistic Adoration

The Taizé worship tradition began many years ago in the ecumenical French, monastic community called Taizé. It is a quiet service of meditation, reflection, readings, and music, which will be done in the presence of our Eucharistic Christ in adoration.  In this prayer experience, we will also venerate the cross of Jesus in the tradition of the early Church. The evening will be held Sunday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street in Belfast.

St. John & Holy Cross Parish, South Portland

Eucharist Threshold Bible Study

Through texts from the Old Testament, the Gospels, and New Testament letters, you will discover that the Eucharist unites the prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of our lives as an offering in union with Christ. Through meditation on these texts, you will learn to cultivate a Eucharistic life of prayer and active commitment in the world.

Tuesdays, February 28 - April 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the old sacristy of Holy Cross Church, 124 Cottage Road, South Portland.

Facilitators:  Marcia Theriault and Kevin Conroy
Contact for materials:  Marcia, rtheriault2@maine.rr.com
Fee $15.00

Sunday by Sunday: Living the Gospel

Become companions on a faith journey together and nourish each other through faith sharing, Scripture reflection, and prayer. In the give and take of conversation, we witness how God acts in our lives, we remember Jesus’ story, and we glimpse ways to transform ourselves, our homes, our workplaces, our parishes, and our human future together.  Cluster 22 has three groups using these materials.

Tuesdays, February 28 - April 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the old sacristy of Holy Cross Church, 124 Cottage Road, South Portland
Facilitators:  Suzanne Radomski and Carol Kilroy
Contact for materials:  Carol Kilroy, ronan1960@yahoo.com
Fee: $5

Untold Blessing: Three Pathways to Holiness

Our ultimate goal is to be a saint. It is our greatest calling and what is desired for us by our Creator.  Bishop Robert Barron paints a beautiful and mysterious image of what it takes to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Join this group to explore three intriguing paths to holiness.

Mondays, February 27 - April 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the old sacristy of Holy Cross Church, 124 Cottage Road, South Portland
Facilitator:  Chris Roberts,cg.basil.roberts@gmail.com
Fee $15.00

St. John Vianney Parish, Fort Kent

Make a Difference in the Lives of Others Around the World

The Social Justice & Peace Commission at St. John Vianney Parish in Fort Kent will host an informational session for attendees to learn about how they can make a difference in the lives of others in some of the most impoverished regions of the world. The gathering is scheduled for Sunday, March 5, at 6 p.m. at St. Louis Church on 26 East Main Street in Fort Kent. 

Participants from previous parish missions will share their experiences from trips to Brazil, Bolivia, Haiti, and other areas. Presenters will include Dr. Peter Toussaint, Frantzceau Germain, Duane Belanger, and others. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact the parish at 207- 834-5656. 

Learning to Pray as a Family

 St. John Vianney Parish will welcome two Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia from Nashville, Tennessee, for a workshop entitled “Praying as a Family” on Sunday, March 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Louis Church, located on 26 East Main Street in Fort Kent. All are welcome.

Registration is $25, which includes the hardcover version of the book that the workshop is based upon. Free childcare is available. For more information or to register, call (207) 834-5656. 

St. Joseph Parish, Bridgton

Reflections on the Scriptures

A Bible study class entitled “Reflections on the Scriptures” will be offered for the seven weeks of Lent on Tuesday from 10-11:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 857 Main Street in Fryeburg.

The class, which begins February 28, will be led by Gloria Theophelakis from Our Lady of the Mountains Parish. Gloria was the director of religious education in Rhode Island for many years and then served as the director of adult faith formation in New Hampshire. She now leads a “Reflections on the Scriptures” there. During this program, we will reflect upon and discuss the weekly Scripture readings.

All are welcome, and feel free to invite non-Catholic friends who might be interested in learning more about our faith!  

St. Joseph Parish, Ellsworth

Tour of the Liturgy

Father John Skehan, Father Joseph Cahill, and Father Stan Ukwe, OP, will present a Biblical Walk through the Mass, a five-part story which will take parishioners on an exciting tour of our liturgy – exploring the Biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience at Mass, along with their profound significance.

See, perhaps for the first time, why we say what we say and do what we do at Mass. Be prepared to celebrate Easter with a deeper appreciation of the awesome mystery we are invited to enter.

The sessions are as follows:

• Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord - Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor – Tuesdays, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/28, and 4/4 at 6:30 p.m. – led by Father John Skehan

• St. Joseph Parish - St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth – Wednesdays, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/29 and 4/5 a6 6:30 p.m. except for Ash Wednesday, when it will be 6:45 p.m. – led by Father Joseph Cahill

• Stella Maris Parish - St. Vincent de Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street, Bucksport - Mondays: 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/27, and 4/3 at 6:30 p.m. – led by Father Stan Ukwe, OP

St. Matthew Parish, Limerick

Keeping the Fire Alive

The spiritual journey often takes twists and turns through territory that is uncharted and unexplored. It is so easy to become disoriented, lost, and even discouraged. How do we find our way? In this follow-up to his "Catching Fire, Becoming Flame" DVD series, Father Albert Haase, OFM, offers six presentations that become a roadmap and guide for the difficult terrain of the soul. Join us for one or more sessions in the parish hall of Saint Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane, Limerick.  All sessions are 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. 

March 6: Near Occasions of Grace and Spiritual Direction

March 13: Resisting Temptations

March 20: The Four D's of Spiritual Life

March 27; Making Sense of Suffering

April 3: Living in the Present Moment

April 10: The Agenda of the Ego.

Contact: Deacon Paul Lissandrello at 207-793-2244.

W.I.N.G.S (Women in God's Spirit)

Journey through Lent with W.I.N.G.S., a faith enrichment group for women of all ages who want to grow in their relationship with God. Meetings consist of prayer, song, Scripture, faith sharing and, of course, hospitality. The group will meet for six consecutive Wednesdays, March 8 - April 12, 7 to 9 p.m., in the kindergarten room of St. Matthew Parish Hall, 19 Dora Lane, Limerick.  As a framework for our spiritual journey, we will use Rediscover Jesus by Matthew Kelly.  

FMI: Debbie Wentwroth at 207-247-1067 or wentworth80@verizon.net.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Scarborough

“Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Jesus”
 
Because Jesus entered our world in the human condition, our faith has deep roots in the physical places where he was born, walked and talked, laughed and wept, where he suffered, died, and rose again. Though a bodily pilgrimage to the Holy Land may not be possible for many, this imaginative pilgrimage unites these hallowed places with the sacred texts associated with the life of Jesus. This geography of salvation can fill out the written Gospels with tangible reality. Here we can imagine Jesus with his disciples along the lake, teaching on the mountainside, praying in the garden, and dying on the cross.

Wednesdays, March 8 - April 12, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe, Room 2
Facilitator:  Rick O’Donnell, ricardo5638@myfairpoint.net
Books are available at the St. Maximilian Kolbe Office.  Fee $10.00.

Christology and the Gospel of John

Explore the fourth Gospel with one of Catholicism’s leading biblical scholars. From the time of its first appearance, the Gospel of John has gripped the imagination and the hearts of Christians. As you explore the philosophical and theological understanding John inspired, you will find new insights into the Gospel’s timeless messages. Encounter the Word of God in the Gospel of John today in preparation for the coming Easter season. 

Wednesday, February 22, Intro luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Egg & I (Please register by February 15 for the luncheon.)

Wednesdays, March 15 to April. 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church Hall, Room 8/9.

Facilitator: Barbara Smith at bsmith18@maine.rr.com

Sunday by Sunday: Living the Gospel

Become companions on a faith journey together and nourish each other through faith sharing, Scripture reflection, and prayer. In the give and take of conversation, we witness how God acts in our lives, we remember Jesus’ story, and we glimpse ways to transform ourselves, our homes, our workplaces, our parishes, and our human future together.  Cluster 22 has three groups using these materials, and one is new for parents and is held during Thursday faith formation classes at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church.

Thursdays, March 2 - April 6, 4:15-5:15 p.m., at St. Maximilian Kolbe library, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough
Facilitator:  Kathy Jones, kathy.jones@portlanddiocese.org
Fee: $5

St. Michael Parish, Augusta

Psalm: The School of Prayer

An 11-week Bible study group beginning the week of February 26 and continue until the week of May 14.  (The groups will not meet Holy Week).   The cost is $10 per person for the study guide.  Locations are as follows:

Sacred Heart Church Hall, Summer Street, Hallowell - Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

St. Denis Church Hall, 298 Grand Army Road, Whitefield - Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

St. Joseph Church Hall, 110 School Street, Gardiner - Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, 130 U.S. Route 133, Winthrop - Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

St. Michael Parish Pastoral Center, 24 Washington Street, Augusta - Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Michael School, 56 Sewall Street, Augusta - Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

St. Monica Chapel, next to St. Augustine Church, 75 Northern Avenue, Augusta - Wednesdays 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

St. Michael Parish: 207-623-8823 or st.michael@portlanddiocese.org

The Rosary

In honor of the right to life, the Knights of Columbus will lead the praying of the rosary every Sunday during Lent at 8:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 110 School Street in Gardiner.

St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Norway

Lenten Family Rosary

 Our Lady of Ransom Church, 117 Elm Street, Mechanic Falls - The Scriptural Rosary will be prayed before our Eucharistic Lord for the intentions and concerns of every day life within our own families and our parish families - Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel.

Stella Maris Parish, Bucksport

Tour of the Liturgy

Father John Skehan, Father Joseph Cahill, and Father Stan Ukwe, OP, will present a Biblical Walk through the Mass, a five-part story which will take parishioners on an exciting tour of our liturgy – exploring the Biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience at Mass, along with their profound significance.

See, perhaps for the first time, why we say what we say and do what we do at Mass. Be prepared to celebrate Easter with a deeper appreciation of the awesome mystery we are invited to enter.

The sessions are as follows:

• Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord - Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor – Tuesdays, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/28, and 4/4 at 6:30 p.m. – led by Father John Skehan

• St. Joseph Parish - St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth – Wednesdays, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/29 and 4/5 a6 6:30 p.m. except for Ash Wednesday, when it will be 6:45 p.m. – led by Father Joseph Cahill

• Stella Maris Parish - St. Vincent de Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street, Bucksport - Mondays: 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/27, and 4/3 at 6:30 p.m. – led by Father Stan Ukwe, OP

Understanding the Mass

St. Vincent de Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street, Bucksport - Understanding the Mass - Introductory session on Thursday, March 2, and then on Mondays, March 6, 13, & 27 and April 3. All are at 6:30 p.m.