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Parish Lenten Scripture Study & Faith Sharing

ALL SAINTS PARISH, BRUNSWICK
“Lenten Walk Online”

You are invited to an engaging series of talks online that are sure to encourage and affirm you in your Lenten walk with Christ! Fr. Patrick Agbodi, SMA, of All Saints Parish in Brunswick will present the series on Friday mornings, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., starting February 19 and ending on March 26. The presentations will be available via Zoom, with the first talk entitled “The Keys to Living a Holy and Fruitful Lent.” To receive the Zoom link, call (207) 725-2624 or email sheila.finamore@portlanddiocese.org. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom and would like assistance, please let Sheila know and someone will be in touch with you.  Other topics include: “Why do I Need to Go to Confession Anyway?” on February 26, “Offer It Up: The Truth about Trials and Tribulations” on March 5, “Perseverance and Our Secret Weapons” on March 12, “Love, the Key to All Holiness” on March 19, and “The Heart of the Matter: The Truth About the Eucharist” on March 26.

CORPUS CHRISTI, WATERVILLE
Gospel Prayer & Reflection Group

Join the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon on the Tuesdays of Lent and Easter Week at 7 p.m. for guided prayer and reflection on the Sunday Gospel readings. Sessions will last for an hour or less.  To participate via Zoom or phone or for any questions, contact the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon at csjoflyon.maine@gmail.com or (207) 873-4512.

GOOD SHEPHERD PARISH, SACO
"Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father"

“Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father” will be offered on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. in Most Holy Trinity Hall, located on 236 Main Street in Saco, through March 19. The Lenten program, hosted by Good Shepherd Parish, invites people to join in person or from home as the group reads, studies, and prays this book, authored by Fr. Don Calloway. Fr. Brad Morin, parochial vicar of Good Shepherd Parish, will facilitate the sessions. To register or for more information, visit goodshepherdparish.us or call (207) 282-4812.

OFFICE OF LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION
"Holy Hangouts"

In a time of decreased opportunities for gathering together to discuss their common faith, young adult Catholics in Maine are invited to join each other for the first “Holy Hangout” on Wednesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. The sessions will be held on Zoom and are meant to bring together young adults to engage in conversation that the Holy Spirit inspires the group to have, whether it’s a conversation about favorite movies and television shows or a more serious conversation about our Lenten journeys. The “hangouts” will last about an hour and then conclude with a prayer. Any Maine Catholic in their 20s or 30s are encouraged to attend. Those interested in participating in “Holy Hangouts” can email Hannah at hannah.gonneville@portlanddiocese.org or go to the Young Adult Catholics in Maine Facebook page and go to the “Holy Hangouts” event page. Click “going” or “interested” to receive the meeting ID and password.

PARISH OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD, CARIBOU
Lenten Faith Sharing Group via Zoom with Fr. Dave Raymond

Fr. Dave Raymond, pastor of Parish of the Precious Blood in Caribou, will host a Lenten faith sharing group on Zoom starting on Monday, February 15. These virtual, video conference style meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and last about an hour. The discussion will be based on the readings for the coming Sunday. There are study books available for $6 per copy. If you would like to register to participate, please call (207) 768-3671.

PRINCE OF PEACE PARISH, LEWISTON 
The Gospel of Mark

During Lent, why not try an independent study of the Gospel of Mark? A new video by Fr. Daniel Greenleaf, pastor of Prince of Peace Parish, will be available to watch each week for the 5 weeks of Lent. Study from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace to understand the Word of God and know Him more. Remember Saint Jerome who said, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” The video will be available on the parish's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PrinceOfPeaceME.

ST. BRENDAN THE NAVIGATOR PARISH, CAMDEN
Lenten Presentations with Parish Clergy

Each Monday evening during Lent at 7 p.m., priests of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish will offer Lenten presentations live on the parish Facebook page (www.facebook.com/stbrendanparishmaine). The presentations will then be uploaded to the parish YouTube page for future viewing (www.youtube.com/c/StBrendantheNavigatorParishofMaine). The topics are “Strengthened by the Temptations of Jesus” with Fr. Hyacinth (February 22), “Fasting as a Spiritual Practice” with Deacon Bob (March 1), “Jesus’ Mercy: Poured Out” with Fr. Bob (March 8), “Lifted Up on the Cross: Jesus Reveals Eternal Life” with Fr. Hyacinth (March 15), “Discerning God’s Will” with Deacon Bob (March 22), and “Jesus, Hide Me in Your Holiness” with Fr. Bob (March 29).

ST. JOHN PAUL II PARISH, SCARBOROUGH
Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future Book Discussion

This Lent, Barbara Smith will be leading a book discussion on Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future by Pope Francis. In this uplifting and practical book, written in collaboration with the Pope’s biographer, Austen Ivereigh, the Holy Father explains why we must and how we can make the world safer, fairer, and healthier for all people. This will be an online discussion that will be meeting on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. from February 24 to March 17. For more information, contact Michelle Valcourt at (207) 883-0334, ext. 228, or michelle.valcourt@portlanddiocese.org.

ST. JOHN VIANNEY PARISH, FORT KENT
The Search

St. John Vianney Parish will host a seven-week study group using The Search program from Formed.org. The in-person group will meet on Thursdays at 1 p.m. beginning February 25 and concluding on April 8. You can also do the program yourself online.  To sign up or if you have any questions, call Barb at (207) 834-5656. No matter what stage you are in your faith life, this program will help you build upon it.

ST. MICHAEL PARISH, AUGUSTA
“Forgiven: Transforming Power of Confession”

“Forgiven: Transforming Power of Confession” explores the grace and healing offered in the sacrament of reconciliation and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God's love. Transform your Lenten experience by joining St. Michael Parish on this three-week virtual study using Zoom from February 23 to March 16. To register, please email gina.czerwinski@portlanddiocese.org or call (207) 623-8823 for login information.

ST. PETER PARISH, PORTLAND
"The Chosen" Movie Series

During Lent, the video series “The Chosen” will be shown in the Monsignor Domingo Parish Hall at St. Peter Church, located on 72 Federal Street in Portland, at 6 p.m. The movies will be presented on Monday nights from February 8 – March 29. The series digs deeper into the backstories and context of the people and events of the Gospels. All safety protocols will be followed with masks required, social distancing for seating, and individually bottled water provided along with popcorn. All are welcome. For more information, contact Jimmy Ciampi at (207) 712-9205 or jimciampimusic@gmail.com.

OFFICE OF LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION
"Lenten Inspiration for Families"

“Lenten Inspiration for Families” with national speaker Kathy Hendricks is set for Sunday, February 28, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The three Lenten practices (prayer, penance, and almsgiving) offer a particular way of being lived out within the home. This is especially true as we navigate these challenging times. Join us for a webinar on ideas for families that mesh with the fabric of their lives during the six weeks of Lent. Kathy Hendricks, a national catechetical consultant for William H. Sadlier, will offer suggestions for resources, online inspiration, and ways of connecting home and parish. Hendricks is also a contributing writer for their programs, including the Christ in Us catechetical series. Kathy offers talks and retreats across the country on catechesis, spirituality, and family and is the author of several books. Note: the webinar will not be recorded. To register, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6470011715186081550. To help promote the event, a shareable poster that includes a biography of Kathy Hendricks is available at www.portlanddiocese.org/sites/default/files/files/2021SadlierFamilyLentFlyer.pdf.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES MAINE
Fratelli tutti Online Program from Catholic Charities Maine

“Doing good isn’t always easy.But it has never been more important.” This Lenten season, reflect on a way of life inspired by St. Francis of Assisi. In Pope Francis’s encyclical, Fratelli tutti, the Holy Father invites us to respond to God’s call with a new vision of fraternity and social friendship. Please join Catholic Charities Maine Parish Social Ministry as they present an online, four-week look at the encyclical. The sessions will be on Wednesday nights during March from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting on March 3. They will feature lively presentations by priests, sisters, deacons, and others with plenty of time for questions and discussion. To participate, email psm@ccmaine.org and you will receive a link to the online presentations.

"The Journey Begins" Lenten Reflections

“The Journey Begins” is a book of Lenten reflections written by and for members of the Maine prison ministry and those currently incarcerated in our jails and prisons. These prayerful reflections will touch your heart in their universal themes of suffering, loss, hope, and forgiveness. This Lenten season, find God’s healing love in “The Journey Begins.” You can receive these reflections daily via email by sending your email address to: psm@ccmaine.org (your email address will not be used for any other purpose). For more information, call (207) 956-1457.