PORTLAND---On Pentecost Sunday (May 31), Catholics will celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the fullness of grace for the Church. During the days between the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (May 21) and the Solemnity of Pentecost, Catholics are called to intense prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit. This time of prayer comprises a novena.
Our Lady of Hope Parish in Portland (St. Joseph Church and St. Pius X Church) invites all interested to join them each night, from Ascension Thursday through Saturday, May 30, for a brief reflective prayer that will follow the evening Mass, live-streamed from St. Pius X Church, on Monday through Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 4:30 p.m., and Sunday at 5 p.m. The livestreams are available on www.ladyofhopemaine.org.
“The suggested reflection is short and in the style of Lectio Divina,” said Fr. Paul Sullivan, S.J., pastor of Our Lady of Hope. “It would be helpful to have a piece of paper and pen with you so you can write down the Scripture passage for your prayer.”
In addition, the Diocese of Portland’s Office of Lifelong Faith Formation has crafted a novena for young adults that will begin on Friday, May 22, and will run through Saturday, May 30, with an optional prayer of thanksgiving on May 31. Each day of the novena is focused on praying for the intercession of a different saint for a variety of young adult demographics, including college seniors, those who live alone and cannot be with family, the underemployed and unemployed, and those struggling with mental health issues.
There are several ways to participate. Young adults can register online at www.portlanddiocese.org/content/novena-young-adults to receive a daily email with the full prayer or visit that page for the information. In addition, a daily graphic will be posted to the Maine Young Adult Catholics Facebook page (www.facebook.com/groups/MaineCatholicYoungAdults) with the intention for that day and the saint that will guide the group. For more information about the young adult novena, visit www.portlanddiocese.org/content/novena-young-adults or email Hannah Gonneville of the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation at firstname.lastname@example.org.