A Catholic community comprising the churches of St. Martha's, Kennebunk, St. Mary's, Wells, and All Saints Mission, Ogunquit, Maine


Upcoming in Faith Formation

Continuing in December; The Diocese of Portland is implementing its safety program for children in every parish and school within the Diocese this academic year. Circle of Grace aims to equip our children and young people by arming them with essential knowledge and skills grounded in the richness of our faith. This program helps children and young people to understand their own (and other’s) dignity in mind, body, and spirit.

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This Weeks Bulletin

New Approach to the Parish Offertory Envelopes

Offertory Envelopes will be mailed to pa-rishioners beginning this coming year. Many parishes have found this approach much more convenient for the parishioner and for the parish.

The envelopes will be mailed each quarter of the upcoming year, beginning with the first mailing taking place between December 7th and 19th for the first quarter of 2019. In addition to the regular and special collections we have had in the past, there will be a new local collec-tion envelope for our Parish. It will be the “Floor” fund. This is designed to help both churches in Kennebunk and Wells. St. Mary in Wells is beginning the process of replac-ing the floor of the church, and St. Martha in Kennebunk is doing the same for the floor in its church hall.

We hope this will assist in the budgeting of these major projects in the upcoming year. We will be having some additional mailings and information concerning our Offertory Collec-tions in the coming weeks. This information is a Diocesan project being used by all Parishes. We believe that the new envelope distribution will work well.

Evangelization Prayer Service

New Approach to the Parish Offertory Envelopes

The Holy Spirit Pastoral Council invites you to the parish's second prayer service and meeting for Evangelization. This service in the midst of Advent asks us to consider how we can be more engaged in our church and invite others to be, as well, so that we pre-pare the way of the Lord.

Please join us at St. Mary Church in Wells on Wednesday, December 12th at 6:30 PM.

Following the prayer service in the church, we will con-vene in the hall for a brief presentation and opportunity to learn more about ways in which we can put faith into action in our par-ish. Cookies and coffee will be available.

"Backpack Weekend” in Portland

December 8-9, 2018

PORTLAND---Over 15 years ago, Dave Reese was volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Portland when a heartbreaking scene inspired a project that has helped thousands of local people in the years that have followed.

“A patron carrying a cardboard box walked in with rain-soaked clothes covering his body. In the box were all of his possessions,” said Dave. “As he was about to sit down for his meal, he lifted the box to get it over his table and, as he did, the soaked cardboard ripped, split, and the bottom fell out of it.”

Workers scurried to find plastic bags and another box to assist the gentleman. At the same time, a thought crossed Dave’s mind.

“What could be done to prevent this from happening again,” he said. “In a flash of spirit or intuition, the word ‘backpacks’ came to mind.”

Soon after, “Backpack Weekend” in Portland was born, and Dave and many of his fellow Knights of Columbus have dedicated themselves to the cause ever since.

“With three kids at home, I realized that we have some old backpacks,” he said. “In fact, anyone with kids has backpacks so let’s collect them.”

Each year on a selected weekend, the Knights of Columbus at Our Lady of Hope Parish collect any and all backpacks, new and gently used, donated by parishioners and community members. This year, the backpacks will be collected on the weekend of December 8-9. Those interested in participating can drop off backpacks in collection boxes at the entrance of the two churches or place them in front of the altar. The collections will take place at the following Masses:

St. Joseph Church, 673 Stevens Avenue, Portland Saturday, December 8, 4 p.m.; Sunday, December 9, 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 5 p.m.

St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue, Portland Saturday, December 8, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, December 9, 7 a.m., 9 a.m.

After the backpacks are collected, the Knights will distribute them to people in need at a Christmas luncheon at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Portland on Friday, December 14.

“As I see people of the street with backpacks on their shoulders, and when I see children in tow with their less fortunate parents or guardians, I think to myself that their burdens are eased a bit more this day because they know that their community does care,” said Dave. “Perhaps there is hope that will guide them forward toward a more fruitful life where their burdens are lifted and where they can rest in warmth and comfort within the heart of Christ!”

For more information, contact Our Lady of Hope Parish at (207) 797-7026.

Mass Times

  • Sunday
    • Kennebunk
      • 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.
    • Wells
      • 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
    • Ogunquit
      • (Closed for season)
  • Saturday
    • Kennebunk
      • 4 p.m.
    • Wells
      • 4 p.m.
    • Ogunquit
      • (Closed for season)
  • Weekdays
    • Kennebunk
      • 9 a.m.
    • Wells
      • 8 a.m

Confession Times

  • Saturday
    • Kennebunk
      • 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Wells
      • 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Any time upon request
    • Please call:
      • (207) 646-5605

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The Week Ahead
December 9-16

St. Martha's Church
Sunday Faith formation - 9 AM
RCIA - 10 AM
K of C Christmas Party
S Anon - 7 PM
Monday Charismatic Prayer Group 9:45 AM
Centering Prayer - 6 PM
K of C Officers 6:30 PM
Tuesday Cursillo - 4 PM
K of C Meeting 7 PM
Wednesday Ignatian Exercises
Weight Watchers
Thursday Surviving Divorce - 7 PM
Faith Sharing - 7 PM
Friday Faith Sharing - 9:30 AM
Produce Pantry
Saturday Baptism Prep Class 9 AM
Reconciliation - 3 - 3:30 PM
Sunday Faith Formation - 9 AM
RCIA - 10 AM
S Anon - 7 PM
St. Mary's Church
Sunday Faith Formation - 10 AM
Coffee & Donuts after Masses
Monday Faith Formation - 3:45 PM
Outreach Committee - 4 PM
Tuesday Bereavement Quilting 9 AM
Wednesday Bible Study 10 AM (Proverbs)
Evangelization Service 6:30 PM
Spiritual Study Group - 7 PM
Thursday Food Pantry - 1 PM
Friday AA - 7:30 PM
Saturday AA 8 AM
Reconciliation 3:00 PM
Sunday Faith Formation - 10 AM
K of C Breakfast after all Masses
Journey in Faith 3 PM

Mass Presiders

December 15-16

4:00 p.m. St. Mary's (W) Fr. Morse

4:00 p.m. St. Martha's (K) Fr. Manship

8:00 a.m. St. Martha’s (K) Fr. Morse

9:00 a.m. St. Mary’s (W) Msgr. Murphy

10:00 a.m. St. Martha’s (K) Fr. Morse

11:00 a.m. St. Mary’s (W) Fr. Mellone

Schedule subject to change

Reconciliation on Saturdays
3-3:30 PM at St. Martha's and St. Mary's

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November: The Month of Remembrance

The month of November is the traditional season for Catholics to remember all those who have gone be-fore them ‘marked by the sign of faith.’ Following the Solemnity of All Saints that remembers all those who have lived the life of faith with integrity and are now one with the Lord in heaven, we celebrated All Souls Day on November 2. This day of prayer for the dead provides the opportunity for us to surround our beloved dead with our prayers, especially through the Eucharistic celebration, as we companion them on their journey to the Father.

Each of us will be touched by the reality of death in the course of our journey of faith. We have all experi-enced the painful leave-taking of a loved one in death as we prepare for our own ‘going forth’ through death to eternal life in Christ.

The funeral rites of our Church help us to remember that no one truly dies alone, but is accompanied by the community of believers as eternity opens for each one of us. The reformed liturgy of our Church, and particularly its funeral rites, provide opportunities for family and friends of the deceased to actively enter into this moment of passage as we shape a truly fit-ting farewell for our loved ones.

Please enter the names of deceased loved ones into the Books of Remembrance in front of the ambos at both St. Martha and St. Mary Churches.