Advent by Candlelight!

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Due to the upcoming storm we have rescheduled Advent by Candlelight for Women. The new date will be Thursday, December 14th at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall at Holy Family, Old Town.

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I Can’t Wait, When is it??

 Advent by Candlelight will be held on December 5th at Holy Family (Men) and December 12th (Women). Father Kyle will speak on Advent for the men and Tracy Guerrette will speak on Mary and Advent for the women. Both events will be at Holy Family in the Parish Hall and will include a light soup supper (well, chili for men which may not be light) with bread and desserts. We encourage all members of the parish to attend this wonderful way to begin the Advent season and prepare for the joyful birth coming our way.

Choir Rehearsals

Singers Wanted!
If you would like to join in to help sing for the upcoming Christmas Masses, here is your chance! ! Here is the rehearsal information:

Karen will be holding rehearsal for Midnight Mass at Bradley on December 17th @ 2:00 at the Bradley Church

Jess will be holding rehearsal for the 4PM Christmas Eve Mass at Holy Family on December 19th at 6PM in room 3 of the Parish Hall

Kris will be holding rehearsal for 6 PM Christmas Eve Mass at Newman Center at 4:45 on the 24th.

We are working on setting the time for the Christmas Morning Penobscot Nation rehearsal and Will post the information as it becomes available.

Light is On For You Confessions

Mon. Dec. 18th-6:30-7:30 pm-St. Ann, Bradley
Tues. Dec. 19th-6:30-7:30 pm-Our Lady of Wisdom, Orono
Thur. Dec. 21st-6:30-7:30 pm-Holy Family, Old Town
Fri. Dec. 22nd-8:30-9:30 am-Holy Family, Old Town

This is a chance for everyone to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation right before celebrating Christmas!

More from Matt & Kevin…

It has been a beautiful and action packed week. It is difficult to explain everything that has happened but some of the highlights were Matt’s birthday, hiking through mountains in Galicia, running into people we didn’t think we would see again, saving an injured kitten that was stuck in a cliff, and the warmth and caring of all of those cheering us on making it possible for us to finish this pilgrimage.

These past 400 miles have been a spring cleaning of the mind, body, and soul. We have encountered God the Father in the awe inspiring landscapes, Jesus the Son in the generosity of fellow pilgrims and the people of Spain, and the Holy Spirit as we talk about and reflect upon this pilgrimage with others.

As Corpus Christi approaches, we pray that the Body and Blood of Christ strengthen, protect, nourish, and bring you to everlasting life.

God Bless You!

Hello from Mansilla de las Mulas, Spain! As of June 9, 2017, Kevin and I have walked 280 miles on the Camino. We are tired, but not as sore as in the recent past. Every day, we get to where we need to go so that we can arrive in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on June 22, 2017.

 

Here is a picture of a group from England with Kevin and me at a cafe, halfway between St. Jean Piedeport, France, and Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Kevin and I greatly enjoyed walking with this group for a few days, but separated because we needed to walk at different paces. The fellowship of this group, among others, remind Kevin and me about how God’s love is often expressed most beautifully through our neighbors.

 

Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to keep us in your prayers that we do God’s will on this pilgrimage. Know of our prayers for you that “…the God of peace make[s] you perfect in holiness. May He preserve you, whole and entire, spirit, soul and body, irreproachable at the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 2:15).

Hello!

Kevin and I arrived safely in Rome on Friday morning, May 12, 2017. Here is a picture of us together with St. Peter’s Basilica in the background. We are staying with Leon Griesbach, who lives as a music director with his family at the North American College in Rome. Kevin and I plan to visit at least two churches a day, in Rome: one for daily Mass and the other for a prayer hour. On Tuesday, May 15th, we plan to do as the Romans do, and go to Assisi where we plan to visit with Sts. Francis and Clare. Please keep us in your prayers as we care for Kevin’s great aunt and grandmother, who will soon be joining us on our pilgrimage. Please pray that we might care for them as Martha and Mary cared for Jesus.

If you have any prayer requests, please do not hesitate to send them to us at mattv09@gmail.com.

In Christ,

Matthew

Three Beliefs

Three Beliefs is a guide for Maine Catholics that offers valuable assistance and information regarding end-of-life issues.

The 20-page document, produced by the Diocese of Portland, includes:

  • an explanation of Catholic teaching on life-sustaining treatment and care;
  • an introductory letter from Bishop Robert P. Deeley;
  • the Maine Advance Directive form modified to ensure consistency with both Catholic teaching and Maine law;
  • and a helpful FAQ section.

For a printer-friendly version of Three Beliefs, click here. To view a color version of Three Beliefs, click here.

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