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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

A Lenten Book Group will read Phillip Keller's beloved contemporary classic, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23.   The group will meet for six weeks starting on Wednesday, February 14, or Thursday, February 15, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the library at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street, Brunswick.

FMI and to order your book: Don Leaver or Marcy Brenner at 207-725-2624.

Laudato Sí Discussion Group

A Lenten discussion group on "Laudato Si," Pope Francis' encyclical on care for our common home, will be held for four weeks during Lent at St. Charles Borromeo Church 132 McKeen Street, Brunswick. Participants can choose from two meeting times. Sundays from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. beginning February 18 or Mondays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. beginning February 19.

To register, click here or call the main office at 207-725-2624.  Please register by Wednesday, February 7.

CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTER, FRENCHVILLE

Spiritual Reflection on the Creed

During Lent, Father James Plourde will offer a spiritual reflection on the Creed at the Christian Life Center, 441 U.S. Route One in Frenchville. The reflection sessions will be held on Wednesdays, February 21, February 28, and March 7 at 1 p.m. and repeated at 6:30 p.m. You are welcome to attend any one of the sessions or all three. These reflections sessions may be attended via teleconference in Caribou and Houlton.

FMI: Christian Life Center at 207-543-6193 or Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish at 207-728-7531.

CORPUS CHRISTI PARISH, WATEVILLE

A Time of Transformation

Lent is a time to move away from what keeps us unfree to be our best true selves. It is a time to recall that "love is patient; love is kind (1 Cor. 13).  All are invited to a shared reflection on the Mondays of Lent from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Center, 80 Garland Road, WInslow.  FMI: 207-509-6681.

GOOD SHEPHERD PARISH, SACO

Lenten Vespers

Lenten vespers will be prayed on the Sundays of Lent at 4 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Elm Street in Saco.

"Who am I to judge?"

On Mondays during Lent, Father Brad Morin will facilitate sessions based on Dr. Edward Sri’s book Who am I to Judge? Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love.  Many people today find it difficult to speak the truth, afraid of the reactions they will receive. In the book, Dr. Sri uses engaging stories and personal experience to help readers understand the classical view of morality and equip them to engage relativism by appealing to both the head and the heart.  The sessions begin February 5 at Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street, Saco.

Click here to register or call 207-282-3321.

HOLY FAMILY PARISH, GREENFILLE

Pre-Mass Catechesis

Father Aaron Damboise will offer catechesis prior to each weekend Mass during Lent.  Holy Family Parish Masses are currently celebrated at Union Evangelical Church, 2 Moosehead Lake Road, Greenville, and after March 4, will be celebrated at the new Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue in Greenville.

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY PARISH, AUBURN

Living and Sharing the Abundant Life

Jesus has offered to lead us into peace, joy, and abundant life, yet so few of us have peace and joy these days. This Lent, you are invited to focus on who God is and who you are, truths that can lead to greater peace and joy in your life.  From Ash Wednesday to Pentecost, join Don Smith for food, fellowship, and a presentation at 6 p.m. at the Village Inn, 165 High Street in Auburn.

FMI: Don Smith at 207-782-8096 or donald.smith@portlanddiocese.org

Solemn Evening Prayer

Solemn evening prayer will be held on the Sundays of Lent at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place in Auburn.

OUR LADY OF HOPE PARISH, PORTLAND

Lenten Wednesday Evenings

Each Wednesday during Lent, there will be a special time of prayer and reflection at St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue in Portland.  The sessions will begin at 7 p.m.

PARISH OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST

Vespers

Vespers will be prayed Monday-Friday during Lent at 5:10 p.m., prior to the 5:30 p.m. Mass at Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road in Falmouth.

PARISH OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD, BAR HARBOR

The Seven Last Words of Christ

The Seven Last Words of Christ are not so much words as phrases. This Bible study, facilitated by the priests of the churches of Hancock County, looks at each of the sayings of Christ on the Cross, examines the Biblical content, and looks at how we can incorporate the teachings in our lives.  Supplemented with quotes from Pope St. John Paul II, saints, spiritual writers, encyclical and church documents, this study is sure to enrich your celebration of Easter.

Sessions are:

Mondays at 6:30 p.m., beginning February 19, led by Father John Skehan at Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor

Mondays at 6:30 p.m., beginning on February 19, led by Father Stan Ukwe, O.P., at St. Vincent De Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street, Bucksport

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning February 21, led by Father Joseph Cahill at St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth

Wednesdays at 9 a.m., beginning February 21, led by Edith Forst, CCL, at St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth

Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., beginning February 21, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 8 Granite Street, Stonington

SACRED HEART / ST. DOMINIC PARISH, PORTLAND

Lectio Divina

All interested parishioners and friends are invited to come together on the Mondays of Lent, February 19 - March 19, for the practice of communal Lectio Divina (Latin for Divine Reading) for Lent.  Participants will gather from 6 to 7 pm in the chapel of Sacred Heart Church on Sherman Street in Portland. There is parking in the Catholic Charities Maine lot. This prayer experience will be led by Kathy Tosney and Ann Lemire using the following Sunday’s Mass readings. Lectio Divina is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God. All are welcome!
 
For more information, contact Kathy Tosney at 831-3982 or irishtoz@gmail.com.

ST. ANNE PARISH, GORHAM

Biblical Walk through the Mass

Learn the Biblical roots of the Mass, prayers, and rituals and deepen your appreciation for them by taking a Biblical Walk through the Mass on five Wednesdays during Lent, beginning February 21. The sessions will be held from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street, Gorham.   The format will include a DVD presentation and some work at home. The cost is $7 for the book.  Please register by February 4.

Contact: Sister Jackie at 207-839-4857.

ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA PARISH, JACKMAN

Pre-Mass Catechesis

Father Aaron Damboise will offer catechesis prior to each weekend Mass during Lent.  Mass is celebrated at St. Faustina Church, 370 Main Street, Jackman, on Sunday at 11 a.m.

ST. BRENDAN THE NAVIGATOR PARISH, CAMDEN

The Gospel of Matthew

Matthew was writing with us in mind. He knew that we would be sitting here 2,000 years later desperate to know this man, Jesus, and what it means to be his disciple. Father Bob Vaillancourt will lead a Lenten teaching on Matthew's Gospel on the Mondays of Lent, February 19 - March 19,  at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Hope Church, Cote Hall, 7 Union Street in Camden.  The session follows 5:30 p.m. adoration and 6:30 p.m. Mass for those who wish to attend.

FMI: St. Brendan the Navigator Parish at 207-236-4785 or stbrendan@portlanddiocese.org

Obstacles to Prayer: Is there a way out?

Our Lord Jesus, by word and by example, teaches us to pray always (Cf. Lk 18: 1-8). We know however, that sometimes it becomes difficult to engage in this communication and to do it smoothly. What is it that obstructs our prayers? How can we overcome these obstacles? Join Fr. Hyacinth Fornkwa and share your difficulties in prayer, and find out what can help.  The sessions will be held on the Wednesdays of Lent from February 21 - March 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall, 81 Court Street in Belfast.   The sessions follow 5:30 p.m. adoration and 6:30 p.m. Mass for those who wish to attend.

FMI: St. Brendan the Navigator Parish at 207-236-4785 or stbrendan@portlanddiocese.org

Contemplative Prayer: A Lenten Journey

Join Deacon Bob Cleveland and trace the history of Christian contemplative prayer from the Old Testament through contemporary Catholic voices. We will hear from the Desert Fathers and Mothers of the 4th Century, Augustine of Hippo, Dionysius, St. Bernard, St. Theresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, Thomas Merton, and others. More importantly, we will spend time together exploring the gifts and challenges of stillness and silence, of allowing God’s living Presence to penetrate the busyness and noise of our daily lives.  Sessions will be held on the Thursdays of Lent from February 15   - March 15 at 7 p.m. at S. Bernard Church, Grispi Hall, 150 Broadway in Rockland.  The sessions follow 5:30 p.m. adoration and 6:30 p.m. Mass for those who wish to attend.

FMI: St. Brendan the Navigator Parish at 207-236-4785 or stbrendan@portlanddiocese.org

ST. JOHN AND HOLY CROSS PARISH, SOUTH PORTLAND

People of God's Mercy

Join in a group discussion using Marci Aborghetti’s newest book, People of God’s Mercy:  What 14 Figures from Scripture Reveal about Divine Compassion. The sessions, led by Marcia Theriault and Kevin Conroy, will be held Tuesdays beginning February 6 in the old sacristy of the Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road in South Portland.

Registration is required and the group is limited to 15 people.  Books will be provided at a cost of $15.  To register, contact Marcia at 799-7445 or rtheriault2@maine.rr.com.

Sunday by Sunday

Take time to explore the Lenten Sunday reading and relate them to your life today.  Led by Jamie Whelan, the sessions will be held on the Mondays of Lent at 7 p.m. beginning February 18 in the old sacristy of the Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road in South Portland.

To register, contact Jamie Whelan (799-4077 or jxwhelan@gmail.com).
 
Sunday by Sunday: Living the Gospel

Explore the Lenten Sunday readings, reflecting on how they pertain to our lives today.  Led by Carol Kilroy and Suzanne Radomski, the sessions will be held on the Tuesdays at 7 p.m. beginning February 13 in the old sacristy of the Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road in South Portland.

To register, email Carol at ronan1960@yahoo.com.

ST. JOSEPH PARISH, ELLSWORTH

The Seven Last Words of Christ

The Seven Last Words of Christ are not so much words as phrases. This Bible study, facilitated by the priests of the churches of Hancock County looks at each of the sayings of Christ on the Cross, examines the Biblical content, and looks at how we can incorporate the teachings in our lives.  Supplemented with quotes from Pope St. John Paul II, saints, spiritual writers, encyclical and church documents, this study is sure to enrich your celebration of Easter.

Sessions are:

Mondays at 6:30 p.m., beginning on February 19, led by Father Stan Ukwe, O.P., at St. Vincent De Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street, Bucksport

Mondays at 6:30 p.m., beginning February 19, led by Father John Skehan at Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning February 21, led by Father Joseph Cahill at St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth

Wednesdays at 9 a.m., beginning February 21, led by Edith Forst, CCL, at St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth

Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., beginning February 21, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 8 Granite Street, Stonington

ST. JOSEPH PARISH, FARMINGTON

Bible Study with Father Paul Dumais

Father Paul Dumais will lead a six-week Bible study focusing on the Letter to the Hebrews, providing a review of salvation history and an appreciation for the adage: the New Testament lies hidden in the Old Testament and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New Testament.

Sessions will be held on Sundays beginning February 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 133 Middle Street in Farmington or on Tuesdays beginning on February 13, 6 to 7 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church Street in Jay.

Contact: St. Joseph Parish at 207-778-2778 or St. Rose of Lima Parish at 207-897-2173.

ST. MARY OF THE VISITATION PARISH, HOULTON

The Passion of Jesus - Adult Faith Formation

On Thursdays during Lent, beginning on February 15, St. Mary of the Visitation Parish in Houlton will offer adult faith formation focusing on the Passion of Jesus, from his entry into Jerusalem until his ascension.  Bring your favorite Bible and head to the parish center at 112 Military Street in Houlton on Thursdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

"ALTARATION"

Faith Enrichment "ALTARATION," a five-week faith enrichment session which will help participants grow in their understanding of and participation in the Mass, will be held at the St. Mary of the Visitation Parish Center, 112 Military Street in Houlton, on the Wednesdays of Lent, beginning February 21 and concluding March 21. Sessions begin a 6 p.m.

 For more information, contact the parish office at 207-532-2871

ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE PARISH, SCARBOROUGH

The Wisdom of Henri Nouwen

These sessions, led by Jim Markan will explore the writings of Henri Nouwen, one of the world’s great spiritual teachers. Discuss four of Henri’s favorite themes: community, compassion, forgiveness, and dying well.  The sessions will be held on Mondays, February 12 - March 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church,150 Black Point Road, Scarborough.

To register, contact Jim (303-0898 or markan1952@gmail.com).
 
He Lives! –  Led by Barbara Smith, these sessions will use "He Lives: the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus" by Father Henry Wansbrough, OSB, a member of the faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford and the general editor of the New Jerusalem Bible, in order to understand the religious message of these events.  The sessions will be held on Wednesdays beginning on February 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough.

To register, contact Barbara Smith at bsmith18@maine.rr.com.

ST. MICHAEL PARISH, AUGUSTA

Lenten Study - "The Joy of the Gospel"

Father Frank Morin, pastor of St. Michael Parish, will present a six-week study of Pope Francis encyclical "The Joy of the Gospel," on the social teachings of the Church. The group will be limited to 20 people.  The group will meet Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., beginning February 8 at Sacred Heart Church Hall, Summer Street, Hallowell.

Call the pastoral center at 207-623-8823.

Lenten Bible Study - "Wisdom - God's Vision for Life"

"Wisdom - God's Vision for Life" will be the focus of Lenten Bible Study at St. Michael Parish in Augusta.  The video presentation by Jeff Cavins will examine the Scriptural wisdom as it relates to daily life and help participants learn how to gather, gain, and grow in wisdom. The presentation is followed by small group discussions.

Sundays beginning February 4, 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., at St. Denis Church Hall, 298 Grand Army Road, Whitefield - Contact: Mary Ann Maraccio at mamarcac@aol.com

Tuesdays beginning February 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, 130 U.S. Route 133, Winthrop - Contact: Hugh Costello at hjvwc1@aol.com

Tuesdays, beginning February 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Sacred Heart Church Hall, Summer Street, Hallowell - Contact: Martin Spahn at Martin.spahn@maine.edu

Wednesdays, beginning February 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m, in the pastoral center, 24 Washington Street, Augusta - Contact: Pat Paradis at 207-623-9482

Wednesdays, beginning February 7, 2:30 to 4 p.m., at St. Monica Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Augusta - Contact: Sister Carol Martin at carol.martin@portlanddiocese.org

Wednesdays beginning February 7, 6 to 7 p.m., in St. Monica Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Augusta - Contact: Laurie Labonte at llabonte44@gmail.com

ST. ROSE OF LIMA PARISH, JAY

Bible Study with Father Paul Dumais

Father Paul Dumais will lead a six-week Bible study focusing on the Letter to the Hebrews, providing a review of salvation history and an appreciation for the adage: the New Testament lies hidden in the Old Testament and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New Testament.

Sessions will be held on Tuesdays beginning on February 13, 6 to 7 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church Street in Jay or on Sundays, beginning February 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 133 Middle Street in Farmington.

Contact: St. Rose of Lima Parish at 207-897-2173 or St. Joseph Parish at 207-778-2778

STELLA MARIS PARISH, BUCKSPORT

The Seven Last Words of Christ

The Seven Last Words of Christ are not so much words as phrases. This Bible study, facilitated by the priests of the churches of Hancock County looks at each of the sayings of Christ on the Cross, examines the Biblical content, and looks at how we can incorporate the teachings in our lives.  Supplemented with quotes from Pope St. John Paul II, saints, spiritual writers, encyclical and church documents, this study is sure to enrich your celebration of Easter.

Sessions are:

Mondays at 6:30 p.m., beginning on February 19, led by Father Stan Ukwe, O.P., at St. Vincent De Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street, Bucksport

Mondays at 6:30 p.m., beginning February 19, led by Father John Skehan at Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor

Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., beginning February 21, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 8 Granite Street, Stonington

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning February 21, led by Father Joseph Cahill at St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth

Wednesdays at 9 a.m., beginning February 21, led by Edith Forst, CCL, at St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth