3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Weekly Parish News
January 27, 2019
3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
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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, at 847.6884, or
Email Safety in Our Parish
This is just a reminder to all that phishing email scams are happening on a regular basis in the Diocese of Portland. On occasion, emails claiming to come from the bishop, priests, or other staff members are received but are not actually from them. Their email has not been hacked, however, scammers have created email accounts with fraudulent information, so that it appears to be coming from a known recipient. Typically, these are coming from @gmail.com addresses. These phishing emails are attempts by scammers to trick you into giving out personal information such as your bank account numbers, passwords, credit card numbers, or to purchase gift cards.
Never follow links, open attachments, or reply to suspicious or unsolicited messages.
Remember, Parish of the Holy Eucharist would never ask a favor without saying your name or telling you what the favor is. And please do not send any money via email if someone requests it in Fr. Dan’s name. He would never ask something in this way if there was a need.
Click here to read more about good practices regarding email safety.
Souper Bowl of Caring at St. Gregory
Saturday, February 2 & Sunday, February 3
Souper Bowl of Caring works to mobilize those looking to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of the Super Bowl football game. St. Gregory youth will be collecting donations after Mass to donate to local food pantries. Please support the St. Gregory “Souper Bowl” cause & help feed the hungry.
Celebration of the Anointing of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated next Sunday at each of our four churches. This sacrament is for all Catholics as a means to bring both spiritual and physical strength. These include those who (1) suffer from illnesses, (2) are scheduled for surgery or treatments for disease, or (3) experience a sudden medical crisis. This is a great day to take an elderly parent, friend in assisted living, or a neighbor who is home-bound to Mass for the anointing. Please check in with the priest or pastoral leader when you arrive as there will be special pews reserved for those being anointed.
As is the custom here in the parish, each church will celebrate the Sacrament at one of the Sunday Masses:
8:30 am: St. Gregory
9:30 am: St. Jude
10:30 am: Holy Martyrs
11:00 am: Sacred Heart
Are you going?
might be going.
Blessing of Throats ~
All Masses Next Weekend
We will celebrate the feast of St. Blaise next weekend, February 2 & 3. St. Blaise was a physician before becoming a bishop and was reputed to have miraculously cured a little boy who nearly died because of a fishbone in his throat. From the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick. It has been a custom that we offer a blessing on the weekend of his feast day. This blessing will be given after the Masses and is a sign of our faith in God’s protection and love for us and for the sick.
Looking for a Valentine’s Day Gift?
Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift that shares twice the love? The women at Hope Rising, Maine’s first residential treatment program & safe house for survivors of human trafficking operated by the Good Shepherd Sisters, have created a natural salt bath scrub that delights the senses with essential oils and soothes the skin with sea salt. Proceeds from every purchase of their unique
will provide direct aid for Hope Rising residents through programming and support of their personal and professional needs.
To purchase, please call 282.3351, and press option #4.
Contemplation and Quiet A Winter Special Retreat
Retreat at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, February 8 - 10, 2019
This silent weekend will allow personal time to journey with self and with God. Adoration will be available; also Spiritual Direction for those who wish. Cost $180.
For more info, call 284.5671.
Summer Camp Sign-Up
Camp Fatima for boys and Camp Bernadette for girls
are now accepting registrations for the 2019 summer season. For more information or to request a brochure, contact Brendan Stackhouse at 603.364.5851 or email him at
Many thanks from the Knights of Columbus Council 15791 to everyone who helped make our "Night of Fun Playing 31" a success. Old friends were met, new friends were made and a good time was had by all!
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
Together W/ Alzheimer’s
Wed., Jan. 30, 7:00 pm, Sacred Heart
Support & Care for the Caregiver group meets weekly to discuss caregiver concerns. For more info, contact
From the Social Justice & Peace Commission...
In this mid-winter period, it is important to remember those individuals and families who are in need. The Parish, therefore, asks people to consider donating food, offering a cash/check donation or volunteering at the pantries. In our parish area of Falmouth, Cumberland, Gray, New Gloucester, Yarmouth and Freeport, there are community pantries which depend on donations of food and household supplies. As of late January, there were signs that families affected by the government shutdown were looking for help from the pantries. These outreach programs had announced that pantries would offer support to people impacted by the January crisis. There was also a continuing need to assist families who have limited income, (those who depend on food stamps (SNAP) and other support). Donations of food and home items have been critical; there has also been a need for the pantries to purchase additional supplies. Please consider offering a bag of food and household items. Please consider making a donation by check/cash to the pantries. Please consider volunteering at the pantries. All good options to fulfill a New Year’s Resolution.
Aging With Grace ~ Support At Your Home
If you are unable to leave your home due to illness, weather conditions, or other circumstances, and would like to have a Eucharistic Minister bring Communion to you, or you would like to speak with a priest, please contact the Helping Hands Ministry Leader at your church:
Sacred Heart: Pat Crowley, 846.4776
St. Gregory: Dot Meager, 212.8650 & Marie Sullivan, 446.6433
St. Jude: Gretchen Sayward, 508.935.6395
Holy Martyrs: Lila White, 619.7093
We are fortunate to live in towns that are dedicated to supporting seniors in their homes. Here's an update on services they provide:
Cumberland Aging In Place:
Offers food support, rides, raking, chores, fix-it repairs, gardening, changing lightbulbs, pet care, painting. Also: Friendly Visitor Program, Medical Equipment, Home Safety checks, Activities Schedule. For more information, contact Sarah Davis at
, or visit the website at
Senior Services Coordinator: Kim Doyon, 699.5330
General Assistance/Food Pantry: Valerie Fitzgerald, 699.5344
Senior Program Coordinator: Denise Macaronas, 699.5324
Freeport Community Services:
Essential Services (food, heat, gas, medical equipment, transportation): 865.3985
Thrift Shop: 53 Depot St., Mon. to Fri., 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm,
Contact 865.3985 x216, or email
Food Pantry: 865.3985
Yarmouth Aging In Place:
Offers transportation options, social opportunities, health services & support, affordable housing options, food support, fuel assistance, snow removal, a variety of volunteered services, e.g., gardening, dog walking, etc.
For more info, email
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,
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
on Friday, January 25 at 2:00PM