Message from the Women's Conference Planning Committee:
Hello, dear sisters in Christ.
My name is Lori Dahlhoff and I am blessed to serve the state of Maine as the director of lifelong faith formation for the Diocese of Portland. The diocese is also blessed to have a group of women from around the state who worked over the last year to plan the 2020 Maine Catholic Women’s Conference.
All on the conference planning committee wish we could be gathering with you in person today. At the same time, we know that women of faith are still connected spiritually even when we are not together physically.
While not the same, we offer you ways to still experience a bit of what we hoped you would take away from the 2020 Maine Catholic Women’s Conference. The original design for the conference focused on three goals: connecting with women of faith from across the state, praying with one another, and inspiring one another to strengthen us to live and share Catholic faith as we returned to our homes.
We can still CONNECT with one another: Fortunately, social distancing doesn’t mean no communication! For many, this weekend was to be a special time of gathering with family and friends who live at a distance from one another. Please touch base with these women anyway. This video and email are examples of how the planning committee is letting you know we still hold you in mind and prayer today.
We can still PRAY together: Join us over the next several days in praying a Novena to St Bernadette for the intention of strengthening the Catholic women of Maine and for wisdom and perseverance during the Covid-19 outbreak. We set up the novena through the website Pray More Novenas. Click this link to access the prayers. If you like, you can sign up to receive an email reminder to lift one another up in prayer each day for the nine days of this special prayer.
We can still INSPIRE one another: One bit of good news is that our featured speaker, Liz Kelly, has agreed to present for the next Maine Catholic Women’s Conference scheduled for March 20, 2021 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland! In the meantime, go to Liz’s website to listen to her talk “She Carried Jesus in Her Palm” (37 minutes). May you find her words about the virtue of Christian perseverance in living beatitudes through challenging times to be food for your body, mind, and soul. You can also inspire others by passing along this message to women you know who might find strength in the reality that they are wrapped in God’s mercy and forgiveness now and always.
Finally, please take heart in the truth that the Church goes on in times of joy and times of challenge. History shows us that even when we must give up gathering physically, we are still gathered together in the Communion of Saints. May this unique time of fasting deepen our desire to connect with Christ and one another and bring us to an even greater joy when we can gather in person again.
Holy Mary, Help of All Christians, pray for us.
Pope St John Paul II, pray for us.
St Bernadette, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.
We pray this in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
Thanks to Magnificat and Living Faith for providing complementary copies of their prayer resources