2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Weekly Parish News
January 20, 2019
2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time
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Due to the upcoming storm, there is the possibility that some Sunday Masses may be cancelled. Please check our website home page,
, on Sunday morning to see if any cancellations have been posted. Perhaps consider attending this Saturday's 4pm afternoon Masses instead, offered at Holy Martyrs, Sacred Heart and St. Gregory.
Please use caution this weekend in poor, snowy and icy conditions, and always remember, safety first.
The Dignity of Life Prayer Service this Sunday (1/20) has been cancelled due to predicted bad weather.
Job / Music Opportunity
We have an immediate opening for a parishioner with keyboard skills to lead music at the 5:30pm Mass at Holy Martyrs on Sundays. This is a paid position. Training is available. Please contact Jennifer Runge for more information at either 207-847-6884, or
Aging With Grace ~ Winter Safety Tips
Winter as we know it in Maine has arrived in full force. Cold weather and snowy conditions present numerous challenges, especially when you need to go outdoors. Here are a few suggestions that will help you stay safe and connected:
There's no point in taking a chance; avoid falls and injuries by connecting with someone to shovel your walkways and keep them free of snow and ice. Try a) hiring an industrious youth or landscaper looking for winter work; or b) Yarmouth residents may request help by calling YCAN, 838.2261.
You are invited to call your local Public Safety Office (police or fire departments) to let them know you are safe and have adequate heat and food. Cumberland residents, call 829.5491. Yarmouth residents, call 846.2406. If these departments don't hear from you by 9:00 am, they will check to make sure you are safe. OR make arrangements to call a friend or relative, or ask them to contact you every day. If they are unable to contact you, arrange for them to stop by or call your local Public Safety Office.
Try getting a ride via a local transportation service. Senior Rides, medical and non-medical, are available for Yarmouth residents through YCAN: 846.3887. In Cumberland, contact Sarah Davis: firstname.lastname@example.org for information re: ITN, RPN, or Volunteer Driver Program.
Whether you're inside or outdoors, be sure to dress warmly with multiple layers of clothing. And, pardon me if I sound like your mother, but remember to wear your hat and gloves!
Prepare for Outages:
We are all familiar with power outages and the challenges they bring. Make sure you have flashlights and fresh batteries readily accessible. If you have traded your land line in for a cell phone, have a car charger ready for use. Consider getting a battery-powered radio, too. Make arrangements for a neighbor to check in on you to insure you are safe and have everything you need.
— Catherine Gentile (233.0709)
Help Us With a Social Justice Project on January 22!
A special request has been made by Catholic Charities for help in a survey of the number of homeless in our communities. Volunteers will be needed for the January 22 count and Parish of the Holy Eucharist would like to assist. For more information, please call Chris Lehay at 712.8127, or email her at
Lord Teach Me to Pray
Would you be interested in
Lord Teach Me to Pray
, a program based on St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises? We will be starting the last week of January and meet weekly until Holy Week. In addition to the meetings, individuals will develop a habit of daily prayer. This group will be for women and will be rewarding for those wanting to deepen their prayer life. The program is structured with a great emphasis on developing a personal relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Please pray about this opportunity and contact me if you want more information or if you would like to join us. Elizabeth Rosquete,
Spring Clean this Winter!
Join fellow parishioners this winter as we join forces to make the Holy Martyrs church and chapel extra clean and sparkling! Contact Ann Waite for details at
Grief Support Group
Tuesday, January 22, 10am,
Grief can be especially intense in the darkness of winter. Join us for a time of fellowship and caring.
Volunteer Photographers Wanted!
Do you have an eye for a good shot? Would you like to show off the people, places and events of your parish? Our communications team is seeking assistance highlighting the best visual elements Parish of the Holy Eucharist has to offer. If this is of interest to you, contact Joe Williams at
“Unity Has Never Meant Uniformity.” — MLK
I remember it well – April 4, 1968, the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. I was completing the final semester of my seminary training. This was a tumultuous time in the history of our nation and our Church: the Vietnam War and Vatican Council II. It seemed that violence and uncertainty permeated our lives and our minds. It was a time of renewal and return to our origins as Catholics.
Martin Luther King Jr. was truly an instrument of the Lord’s peace. His message, while disturbing to many, provoked a true sense of justice, that we are all brothers and sisters, that we must all care for one another, no matter the color of our skin, the language we speak, where we were born, what our sexual orientation may be.
The members of the Parish of the Holy Eucharist, distributed across a wide geographic area, worshiping as one in four different, yet similar, places, regularly and consistently demonstrate their care for one another and, indeed, for those in need outside the geographic area of our parish. POTHE parishioners are truly generous: for example, the recent Thanksgiving and Christmas food and gift giving efforts, our generous support for the needy here in Maine and elsewhere, and for our caring concern for the members of our sister parish in Haiti.
The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., whether we realize it or not, permeates our souls and reminds us of his words:
“Whatever affects one, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.”
“Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”
--Fr. Peter Kaseta, O.F.M. Cap.
on Friday, January 18 at 4:13PM