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


Catholic Q & A

Why do we have a liturgical season called ordinary time? Can you explain?

Ordinary time is the longest season of the liturgical year. It begins the Monday after January 6, the Epiphany, and goes until the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. That period can last anywhere from five to eight weeks, depending on when Easter is celebrated. Ordinary time picks up again the Monday after Pentecost Sunday and lasts from twenty-three to twenty-seven weeks, until the end of the liturgical year, the Saturday before Advent begins.

Why the name ordinary? "Ordinary" is not in contrast to "extraordinary" or "special" but rather stresses the Latin language notion of "ordinal" or numbered Sundays. The Latin title for the season, "tempus ordinarium," conveys the sense that this time of the year is measured or numbered time. Measured time can allude simply to the numbered Sundays, or the notion that these Sundays are a "measured" time to deepen and immerse ourselves completely in the realities of Jesus' incarnation, ministry, passion, death, and resurrection.

Ordinary time offers us the measured opportunity to connect the ordinary lived experiences of our lives with those of Jesus, who modeled for us how to live a truly human existence. As we experience the season of ordinary time, let us immerse ourselves in the extraordinary task of deepening our relationship with Christ in the ordinary events of life.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

God, who are unity in three holy persons --Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-- you have called us to live in peace with all people. You have also called us to work toward unity in purpose to spread the Gos-pel to all nations. Graciously give us the courage and strength to work toward unity, and act toward each other as brothers and sisters. We ask this in the unity of God, Fa-ther, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Disciple Maker Index Survey

is coming to Holy Spirit Parish.

Our parish will be participating in a survey about disci-pleship conducted by the Catholic Leadership Institute. This has been taking place throughout our diocese, and now this part of the state will begin the process. This survey can be taken via an e-mail link or via handouts, beginning February 16, 2019. Please help us by partici-pating in this 10-15 minute survey. The survey will ask you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and to pro-vide feedback on our parish’s efforts to help you grow. All responses will remain confidential, and the parish will only receive information about the community as a whole. We are trying to get the highest response rate pos-sible. This information will be invaluable to our Pastoral Council and to our various ministries, as we plan for the future and strive to be the best disciples we can be. We will receive the results this spring/summer, at which time we will share what we have learned with the entire par-ish. More information will be available in our bulletin and on our website as we draw closer to survey time.

Diocese News

Marriage Annulment Talk in Kennebunk

January 24, 2019

Members of the Diocese of Portland’s Office of the Tribunal will offer a talk for people interested in learning more about the annulment process of the Catholic Church at St. Martha Church, located on 30 Portland Road in Kennebunk, on Thursday, January 24, at 6:30 p.m. The talks will cover the process in place in the diocese, particularly the changes implemented by Pope Francis in 2015. There will be a question and answer period and an opportunity to speak to a canonist. All are welcome to attend the session. If you plan on attending, contact Frank at (207) 337-2076 or f.h.patch@gmail.com.

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

Today's Reading

Todays Readings

The Week Ahead
January 20-27

St. Martha's Church
Sunday NO Faith formation
RCIA - 10 AM
Journey in Faith - 3 PM
S Anon - 7 PM
Monday Office Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday Cursillo - 4 PM
K of C 4th Degree Meeting 7 PM
Wednesday Ignatian Exercises
Weight Watchers
Thursday Faith Sharing - 7 PM
Friday Faith Sharing - 9:30 AM
Produce Pantry
Saturday Reconciliation - 3 - 3:30 PM
Sunday Faith Formation - 9 AM
Journey in Faith - 3 PM
S Anon - 7 PM
St. Mary's Church
Sunday NO Faith Formation
Monday Office Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
NO Faith Formation
Addiction Recovery Prayer Group - 5:30 PM
Tuesday Bereavement Quilting - 9 AM
"Catholism" - 1 PM
Wednesday Bible Study - 10 AM (proverbs)
Spiritual Study Group - 7 PM
Thursday Food Pantry - 1 PM
Friday AA - 7:30 PM
Saturday AA 8 AM
Reconciliation 3:00 PM
Sunday NO Faith Formation - 10 AM
Coffee & Donuts

Mass Presiders

January 26-27

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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