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Parish Lenten Scripture Study, Faith Sharing, & Prayer

ALL SAINTS PARISH, BRUNSWICK

No Greater Love - A Biblical Walk through Christ's Passion

A Lenten book group will begin meeting on Wednesdays or Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., in the library of St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street in Brunswick.  The group will use the five-part-video series "No Greater Love - A Biblical Walk through Christ's Passion," which will help participants discover the biblical background to each scene in Christ's Passion, how the Old Testament foretold of Christ's death, and why Christ died for us.

FMI: Marcy Brenner at 207-725-2624.

CHRIST THE DIVINE MERCY PARISH, EAST MILLINOCKET

Echoing God's Word

Father Clem Thibodeau's Echoing God's Word reflections, along with "The Word Among Us," will be used during Monday evening reflections at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Peter Parish Center, 58 Cedar Street in Millinocket.

Lenten Scripture Study

Scripture study will be led by Brenda Watson on Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Church, 39 Colby Street in Millinocket.

CORPUS CHRISTI PARISH, WATERVILLE

Evening Holy Hours

Lenten evening holy hours will be held on the Wednesdays of Lent at 5:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street in Waterville.

Self-Guided Retreat

A self-guided retreat will be held on Sunday, March 31, at 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street in Winslow.

GOOD SHEPHERD PARISH, SACO

"The Mass"

Father Brad Morin will facilitate a Lenten program based on Bishop Robert Barron's "The Mass."  Join in the sessions and be transformed through insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with Jesus.   Sessions will be held on Monday evenings, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street in Saco.  Sessions begin February 25.   To register or for more information, call 207-282-4812 or visit the parish website.

Vespers

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

HOLY SPIRIT PARISH, WELLS

Evangelization Prayer Service

A Lenten Evangelization Prayer Service will be held on Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Martha Church, 34 Portland Road in Kennebunk.   The prayer service will include readings from Scripture, prayer, song, and fellowship afterwards in the parish hall.

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY PARISH, AUBURN

Entering 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. Are his promises true? Are they true for you?  This Lent, you are invited to focus on God's plan for your life and discover the truth about who God is and who you are.  "Entering the Abundant Life" will be held Sundays during Lent at 2 p.m. at St. Philip Church, 2365 Turner Road in Auburn, or at 6 p.m. at the Village Inn, 165 High Street in Auburn.   Babysitting is available at Sacred Heart Church in Auburn.  Sessions begin March 10 and continue through April 14.  To register or for more information, contact Don Smith at 207-782-8096 or donald.smith@portlanddiocese.org.

Penitential Service

A communal penitential service will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place in Auburn, on Sunday, March 31, at 2 p.m.

Solemn Evening Prayer

Join in evening prayer at Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place in Auburn, on the Sundays of Lent, March 10 - April 14, at 4 p.m.

OUR LADY OF HOPE PARISH, PORTLAND

The Novena of Grace

The Novena of Grace has been a tradition in Jesuit-connected parishes and school for many years and a source of great blessing. We will observe Novena at all regularly-scheduled parish Masses. Novena prayers will be made available for those who wish to pray the Novena at home. 

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP PARISH, WINDHAM

No Greater Love - A Biblical Walk through Christ's Passion

Bible study sessions based on the video series No Greater Love – A Biblical Walk through Christ’s Passion will be offered by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Windham during Lent.   Filmed in the Holy Land, the five-part video series and accompanying full-length book reveal Christ’s amazing love by helping participants experience the places where Jesus walked, prayed, suffered, and died, from the Garden of Gethsemane to Calvary.

A women’s Bible study group, facilitated by Terry Barrieau, will begin Tuesday, March 12, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. A Bible study group open to both men and women, facilitated by Blanca Lytle, will begin Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $15 for workbooks.

FMI: Terry at 207-256-2870.

OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS PARISH, DEXTER

The Mass

Father Robert Lupo will lead a Lenten series on "The Mass," using Bishop Robert Barron's DVD series. Sessions will be held Sundays at 2 p.m., beginning Sunday, March 10.  Come and deepen your understanding of the most important thing we do together.

PARISH OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST, FALMOUTH

Small Faith-Sharing Groups

Set time for spiritual growth and personal reflection by joining a small faith-sharing group this Lent through the Parish of the Holy Eucharist.  There are many days and times from which to choose, including Sundays at 11 a.m., led by Francis Fedrizzi in the St. Jude Church Hall, 134 Main Street in Freeport; Mondays at 6 p.m. led by Danielle Ogden at a home in Durham; Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. led by Loreen Kowalksi at Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road in Falmouth; Wednesdays at Noon, led by Georgette Dionne and Annie Smith at Holy Martyrs Church and at 6 p.m. led by Raymond Fogg at the St. Gregory rectory, 24 North Raymond Road in Gray; Thursdays at 9 a.m. led by Kim Lovett at Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street in Yarmouth, Thursdays at 10 a.m. for women, led by Elizabeth Rosquette in Falmouth, and Thursdays at 6 p.m. led by Deacon Dennis Popadak at St Gregory's rectory.   

Contact the parish at 207-847-6890 or pothe@portlanddiocese.org if interested.

PARISH OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD, CARIBOU

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

During Lent, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Church on Route 11 in Portage (concluding April 9).

Gospel of Luke

Father Dave Raymond will offer a four-week study of the Gospel of Luke on the Mondays of Lent beginning March 11.  The sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the St. Denis Rectory Conference Room, 143 Main Street in Fort Fairfield.  The sessions will be livestreamed to the Holy Rosary Parish Center in Caribou, to the St. Mary Conference Room in Presque Isle, and to the St. Mark Conference Room in Ashland.  Topics include: The prologue and Jesus' preparation for ministry, Jesus in Galilee, the journey to Jerusalem, and the Passion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. Participants should bring a Bible.

Register by calling 207-498-2536. There is no cost to attend.

PARISH OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD, OLD TOWN

Virtues

A Lenten catechesis on the virtues will be held on the Mondays of Lent, following the 6 p.m. Mass at St. Ann Church, 84 Main Street in Bradley.  Each session will be less than a half hour long.  Topics include: Virtue/Faith, Hope, Love, Prudence, Justice, and Fortitude.

PARISH OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD, BAR HARBOR

Eucharistic Holy Hours

Special Holy Hours of Eucharistic Adoration will be held on Thursdays following the 7:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor

ST. ANNE PARISH, GORHAM

"Fulfilled," - Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism

 “Fulfilled" - Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism will be offered at St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street, in Gorham, beginning March 4.  The study consists of two parts, each seven weeks long. During the first part, participants will discover, in the Old Testament, how God began building a plan and laying a foundation for the beautiful traditions and beliefs of the Catholic Faith. Then, in the second part, participants will discover, in the New Testament, how that plan was fulfilled by Jesus. Classes will be held on Mondays at 10 a.m. for the first part of the study. Then, after a short break, part two will begin. If there is enough interest in night classes, Kelly Roussel has offered to lead the study on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.

There is no charge for the classes, however, participants need to purchase a workbook for each part of the study, as well as a text, which covers both part one and part two.  Books can be purchased at the first session, since no work has to be done prior to it. Sessions normally run 60 to 90 minutes and consist of a short review of the prior week’s lesson, including a discussion period, followed by a video presentation. Please bring your Bible to each session.

To register, please call Toby Scali at 207-222-4341 or email Toby.scali@yahoo.com.

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible, an eight-week Bible study from Ascension press, will help you make sense of the Bible and see how it connects to your everyday life.  Participants will do some Bible reading at home and together view a 30-minute DVD, followed by group discussion. Sessions begin Monday, February 18, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and continue through April 9.

FMI: Sister Jackie Moreau, RSM, at 207-899-5427.

ST. BARTHOLOMEW PARISH, CAPE ELIZABETH

Journey: A Personal Encounter with Jesus

While we work toward a shared goal of a life with God (even if we don't know what that looks like), every person's journey is unique.  Along the way, we can learn from each other.  "Journey: A Personal Encounter with Jesus" is not a class; it's a conversation...about God and faith, about where we are and where God wants us to be.  Everyone is welcome.  Come, take the first step.

Participants meet once a week for six weeks in faith-sharing groups to share a Scripture reading, a short video reflection, and some discussion questions.

Groups at St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road in Cape Elizabeth, meet Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning February 25 and Tuesdays from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. beginning March 5.

A group with also meet Mondays, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Church of the Holy Cross in South Portland, beginning March 4.

For more details, please Visit the Cluster 22 website.

ST. BRENDAN THE NAVIGATOR PARISH, CAMDEN

33 Days to Morning Glory - Consecration to Our Lady

"If you put all the love of all the mothers into one heart it still would not equal the love of the Heart of Mary for her children" (St. Louis de Montfort).

Take a giant step in your relationship with Our Lord through his Blessed Mother, Mary. Using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book, 33 Days to Morning Glory, participants will embark on a beautiful, 33-day-guided novena, culminating in the parish's consecration to Our Lady during Mass on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation.  The sessions will be led by Father Hyacinth Fornkwa and will be held on Wednesdays from February 20  to April 3 at 7 p.m. in the hall of St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street in Belfast.

Meet with Fr. Hyacinth Fornkwa after the 6:30pm Mass on Wednesday, February 20th at St. Francis for a kick-off meeting and first day of the novena or contact St. Brendan the Navigator Parish at 207-236-4785 for more information.

Praying with St. Teresa of Avilia

This Lent, come and journey with St. Teresa of Avila, a 16th century Spanish Carmelite renowned as a reformer, mystic, and the first woman Doctor of the Church (specifically for her writings on prayer). The sessions, led by Deacon Bob Cleveland, will begin with a look at her life and the turbulent times in world and Church history that she lived in -- the Protestant Reformation, the Spanish Inquisition, and a Church suspicious of women as spiritual teachers.  Using Teresa’s own voice, through the pages of her books -- The Life, The Way of Perfection, and The Interior Castle -- as a guide, participants will reflect on their own prayers lives and the transforming power of a life of prayer that is grounded in a genuine love of God. If your prayer life is feeling a little stale, and you are unsure how to have it infused with new life, please join us: Teresa will show you the way.

The sessions will be held on four Thursday evenings starting March 14 at St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway in Rockland, following the 6:30 p.m. Mass.  Sessions will conclude around 8:30 p.m., after which there will be optional time for silent prayer.

FMI or to register: St. Brendan the Navigator Parish at 207-236-4785 or email Deacon Cleveland at bob.cleveland@portlanddiocese.org.

Unlocking The Book of Revelation

When we hear “The Book of Revelation,” we may sense fear and confusion that surrounds this book in the Bible. Too many people believe that Revelation is a book that cannot be understood. People seem hopelessly lost by the imagery found in its pages. Most of those difficulties come from our lack of knowledge of the Old Testament prophecies. The images in Revelation have a foundation in prophetic books of the Scriptures. By connecting Revelation to the Old Testament, we can understand the book as the first century audience did. In these sessions, Father Bob Vaillancourt will walk participants through the Book of Revelation looking for the most natural understanding of the book. It will lead to truly enjoying celebrating Mass with all the angels and saints.

Sessions will be held Mondays at 7 p.m. beginning on March 11 in the Our Lady of Good Hope, Cote Hall, 7 Union Street in Camden.  You are also invited to join in eucharistic adoration at 5:30 p.m. and Mass at 6:30 p.m.

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

ST. JOHN AND HOLY CROSS PARISH, SOUTH PORTLAND

Journey: A Personal Encounter with Jesus

While we work toward a shared goal of a life with God (even if we don't know what that looks like), every person's journey is unique.  Along the way, we can learn from each other.  "Journey: A Personal Encounter with Jesus" is not a class; it's a conversation...about God and faith, about where we are and where God wants us to be.  Everyone is welcome.  Come, take the first step.

Participants meet once a week for six weeks in faith-sharing groups to share a Scripture reading, a short video reflection, and some discussion questions.

A group will meet at the Church of the Holy Cross, 122 Cottage Road in South Portland beginning March 4.   Groups will also meet at St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road in Cape Elizabeth, on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning February 25 and Tuesdays from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. beginning March 5.

For more details, please Visit the Cluster 22 website.

Liturgy of the Hours

All are invited to join in Evening Prayer on Sunday, March 17, at 5 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road in South Portland. The Cluster 22 parishes will also offer Evening Prayer, with the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday, March 6, at 4 p.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road in Scarborough, and again at St. Max on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. and at St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road in Cape Elizabeth, on Pentecost Sunday at 5 p.m.

ST. JOHN VIANNEY PARISH, FORT KENT

DVD Series - "The Mass"

St. John Vianney Parish will present the bestselling DVD series “The Mass” by Bishop Robert Barron on Tuesday evenings during Lent in the basement of St. Louis Church, 26 East Main Street in Fort Kent.  The sessions, hosted by the Family Life Commission, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 12, 19, 26, and April 2, 9, & 16.  The cost is $20 per person, which includes a book.   Join the sessions and enjoy six, beautiful and engaging episodes!

FMI: St. John Vianney Parish at 207-834-5656.

ST. JOSEPH CENTER, WINSLOW

Living Our Faith: New Perspectives on Lent

As Lent begins, come and get a fresh perspective on this annual opportunity to develop a closer relationship with God and God's mission for you.   Deacon Rod Berger will present "Living Our Faith: New Perspectives on Lent" on Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Center, 80 Garland Road in Winslow.

FMI: Corpus Christi Parish at 207-872-2281 or ccmoffice@gwi.net.

St. JOSEPH PARISH, BRIDGTON

Study of the Mass

A study of the Mass will be held Mondays, beginning March 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 857 Main Street in Fryeburg, and Thursdays, beginning March 21, 10 a.m. to noon, at St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street in Bridgton.  The cost is $20 for the study guide, but scholarships are available.   To register, contact Joanne Fortier at joanne.fortier@portlanddiocese.org or  207-583-4284.

ST. JOSEPH PARISH, ELLSWORTH

Laudato Sí

The Social Justice and Peace Commission and the Worship and Spirituality Commission of Cluster 11 will present a three-part series on topics central to Pope Francis' encyclical  Laudato Sí.   The first session, presented by Professor Nico Jenkins on March 9, will focus on "What is the Common Good?" The second session on March 23 will focus on "The Spirituality of  Laudato Sí," and the third session on April 6 will discuss "What can I do?" It will be led by Kate McLoud from St. Joseph Parish. The sessions will be held in the St. Joseph Parish Hall, 231 Main Street in Ellsworth, following the Saturday 4:30 p.m. Mass. For more information, call the parish at 207-667-2342.

ST. JOSEPH PARISH, FARMINGTON

Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Father Paul Dumais will offer an introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church beginning February 24 and continuing for seven weeks. The program will be offered on Sundays from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the St. Joseph Parish Center, 133 Middle Street in Farmington, and on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Rose Faith Formation Center, 1 Church Street in Jay.

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

ST. MARY OF THE VISITATIN PARISH, HOULTON

Oremus Guide to Prayer

Adult learning essions on prayer will be held on the Tuesdays of Lent from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary of the Visitatation Parish Center, 112 Military Street in Houlton. Learn the essentials of an effective and frutiful prayer life during eight weekly sessions.   To sign up, email clare.desrosiers@portlanddiocese.org.

ST. MATTHEW PARISH, LIMERICK

The BE Attitudes: Ten Paths to Holiness

The BE Attitudes:Ten Paths to Holiness is the focus of a DVD series that will be offered during Lent at St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane in Limerick. The series, which features Father Albert Haase, O.F.M., an inspiring retreat master and spiritual mentor, will help participants discover their own unique ways to grow in holiness, no matter what occupation or role they play in life.  There will be several sessions to choose from: Thursdays, 8:45-10:15 a.m. starting March 7 or Sundays, 9:00-10:15 a.m. or 4 to 5:30 p.m, starting March 10.  Attend one or more sessions. Sign-up in the narthex or contact Deacon Paul Lissandrello at 207-793-2244.

WINGS - Women in God's Spirit

Journey Through Lent with WINGS, Women in God’s Spirit, a faith enrichment group for women of all ages who want to grow in their relationship with God. Meetings, which will include prayer, song, Scripture, faith sharing and, of course, hospitality, will take place on the Wednesdays of Lent, March 13 – April 17, 7 to 9 p.m. in the hall of St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane in Limerick.

The group will use Lenten Longings – Seeing with God’s Eyes by Renew International. Books are $8 and can be ordered on the Renew website, Amazon, or join the group book order. 

FMI: Debbie Wentworth at 978-618-1636 or wentworth80@verizon.net.

ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE PARISH, SCARBOROUGH

Liturgy of the Hours

Evening prayer, with the distribution of ashes, will be held at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road in Scarborough, on Ash Wednesday at 4 p.m.  Evening Prayer will also be held Sunday, March 17, at 5 p.m., at the Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road in South Portland, and again at St. Max on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m.  The Cluster 22 Parishes will then offer Evening Prayer on Pentecost Sunday at 5 p.m. at St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road in Cape Elizabeth.

ST. MICHAEL PARISH, AUGUSTA

No Greater Love - A Biblical Walk through Christ's Passion

St. Michael Parish is offering a five-week Lenten Bible Study that will take participants on a journey from the Garden of Gethsemane to Calvary. The sessions are based on the video series No Greater Love – A Biblical Walk through Christ’s Passion, which was filmed in the Holy Land. Sessions begin March 13 and are held on Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., led by Sister Carol Martin, PFM, and Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.., led by Pat Paradis. Sessions are at the St. Michael Pastoral Center, 24 Washington Street in Augusta.  Contact the presenter to register: carol.martin@portlanddiocese.org or patparadis1917@gmail.com.

For more information, contact Gail at the pastoral center at 207-623-8823.

ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE PARISH, BANGOR

Living in the Father’s Love

Women are invited to participate in “Living in the Father’s Love,” a six-week Lenten study and video course offered by St. Paul the Apostle Parish.  Sessions will begin the first week of Lent and are offered at various times and locations: Mondays at 10 a.m. at a home in Holden, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at a home in Brewer, Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at St. John Church in Bangor, Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew Church in Hampden, and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at a home in Bangor.

The cost of the book used in the program is $20, plus shipping.  It may be ordered at www.WalkingWithPurpose.com.

FMI: https://www.stpaulbangor.me. To sign up, call the parish office at 207-217-6740.

ST. PETER PARISH, PORTLAND

Lenten Vesper Service

A Lenten Vesper service will be held on Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter Church, 72 Federal Street in Portland.  Stay afterwards for fellowship in the parish hall.

ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA PARISH, NORWAY

Family Scriptural Rosary

The Family Scriptural Rosary will be prayed in the chapel of Our Lady of Ransom Church, 117 Elm Street in Mechanic Falls, on Mondays during Lent at 6:30 p.m.

ST. THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX PARISH, SANFORD

Living and Loving the Mass

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish is offering a six-week video series and discussion based on Bishop Robert Barron's "The Mass."  The sessions begin March 4 and 5.  A group led by Father Jack Dickinson will meet on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a group led by Diana L'Heureux will meet on Tuesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Both sessions are at the faith formation center located next to Notre Dame Church, 10 Payne Stret in Springvale. Please visit the St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish website to sign up.