HOLY SPIRIT PARISH

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

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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.

SAINT NICHOLAS TO SANTA CLAUS, ONE IN THE SAME

St. Nicholas was a Christian bishop who provided for the poor and sick, and is the basis for the popular char-acter of Santa Claus. Born in Patara, a land that is part of present-day Tur-key, circa 280, St. Nicholas was a Christian bishop who helped the needy.

After his death, the legend of his gift-giving grew. St. Nicholas transformed into the legendary character called Santa Claus, who brings Christmas presents to children around the world. St. Nicholas remained an important figure in Holland. The Dutch continued to celebrate the feast day of St. Nicholas on December 6. It was a common practice for children to put out their shoes the night before. In the morning, they would discover the gifts that St. Nicholas had left there for them. Dutch immigrants brought the legend of St. Nicholas, known to them as Sint Nikolaas or, by his nickname, Sinterklaas, to America in the 1700s.

St. Nicholas went through many transformations in America: Sit-erklaas became Santa Claus and, in-stead of giving gifts on December 6, he became a part of the Christmas holiday.

In the 1820 poem, "An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore, he is described as a jolly, heavy man who comes down the chim-ney to leave presents for deserving chil-dren, and drives a sleigh pulled by fly-ing reindeer.

Schedule of Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve - Monday, December 24th

St. Martha, Kennebunk: 4PM & 6 PM

St. Mary, Wells: 4PM, 6 PM & 9 PM

Christmas Day - Tuesday, December 25th

St. Martha, Kennebunk: 9 AM

St. Mary, Wells: 9 AM

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
December 16-23

St. Martha's Church
Sunday Faith formation - 9 AM
RCIA - 10 AM
S Anon - 7 PM
Monday Centering Prayer - 9:45 AM
The Light is On - 6-7 PM
Tuesday Blood Bank
Cursillo - 4 PM
Wednesday Ignatian Exercises
Weight Watchers
The Light is On - 6-7 PM
Thursday Surviving Divorce - 7 PM
Faith Sharing - 7 PM
Friday Faith Sharing - 9:30 AM
Produce Pantry
Saturday Reconciliation - 3 - 3:30 PM
Sunday NO Faith Formation
NO RCIA
S Anon - 7 PM
St. Mary's Church
Sunday Faith Formation - 10 AM
K of C Breakfast after all Masses
Journey in Faith 3 PM
Monday Faith Formation - 3:45 PM
Outreach Committee - 4 PM
Addiction Recovery Prayer Group - 5:30 PM
Tuesday Bereavement Quilting 9 AM
Red Cross Blood Drive - 12 Noon
The Light is On - 6-7 PM
K of C 4th Degree - 7 PM
Wednesday Bible Study 10 AM (Proverbs)
Choir - 6 PM
K of C Officers - 7 PM
Spiritual Study Group - 7 PM
Thursday Food Pantry - 1 PM
The Light is On - 6-7 PM
Friday AA - 7:30 PM
Saturday AA 8 AM
Reconciliation 3:00 PM
Sunday NO Faith Formation

Mass Presiders

December 22-23

4:00 p.m. St. Mary's (W) Msgr. Murphy

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

8:00 a.m. St. Martha’s (K) Fr. Manship

9:00 a.m. St. Mary’s (W) Fr. Morse

10:00 a.m. St. Martha’s (K) Fr. Mellone

11:00 a.m. St. Mary’s (W) Fr. Morse

Schedule subject to change

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

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