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Azande Prayer Service in Portland

September 20, 2020

Azande prayer services, held each Sunday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the chapel of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, have resumed.

The prayer services are organized by the Azande Congregation of Maine, which formed to help members of the Greater Portland’s Sudanese community become more engaged with their Catholic faith.

“Due to the current pandemic, there have been changes made in order to follow the regulations,” said Deacon Michael Augustino, who serves in the Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes. “Upon entering into the chapel, you must be wearing a mask at all times. There will be hand sanitizer available throughout the church and the bathrooms will be available for use.”

Social distancing will also be enforced at the service, and the names and phone numbers of participants will be taken for any possible contact tracing needs in the future.

“It is very important that these rules implemented are followed so that we can not only keep ourselves safe, but others as well,” said Deacon Augustino. “The Azande community is extremely thankful to the priests and pastoral staff. We are all currently experiencing very difficult times, and the thoughtful process in resuming Masses and prayer is a light at the end of the tunnel for our community. With our strong faith, we shall overcome this together.”

For more information, contact the Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes at (207) 773-7746.