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


Thank You

Many thanks to all in the parish who were so kind in giving cards and gifts during this Christmas Season. It is greatly appreciated. Hoping 2019 brings you and yours many blessings. As always, I will continue to pray for all of you.

Once again, thank you! Fr. Fred Morse

Journey in Faith

The Holy Spirit Parish Pastoral Council has teamed up with the Of-fice of Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Social Life to continue bring-ing faith community and education events to the parish. Entitled Jour-ney in Faith – adult formation with separate sessions for children, these events are geared toward adult faith formation, but there are also separate children’s sessions. All are welcome! Our mission, as Catholics, is to grow closer to Jesus and to share His story with others. These sessions enable us to learn more while evangelizing one another as a faith family. An informational brochure, containing the schedule, information, and brief biographies of the speak-ers for the adult sessions for the remaining four events, is available in the narthex of each church. The next Jour-ney in Faith event will take place next Sunday, January 20, at 3 PM at St. Martha Church in Kennebunk. The topic will be “Initiation Sacraments”, presented for the adult session by Lori Dahlhoff, Director of Lifelong Faith Formation for the Diocese of Portland.

Catholic Q & A

Why do we baptize infants when the Bible says "repent and be baptized"? How can an infant repent?

When you take a trip, you do not wait until you run out of gas before you fill the tank...at least not on purpose! You fill your tank and pack your bags as you anticipate a trou-ble-free journey. We can make a similar case for the bap-tism of children as they begin their spiritual journey. In the early church, only adults were baptized when they professed faith in Jesus as the Messiah. As the church grew, children were baptized and raised in faith. Baptism was the first sacrament of initiation, followed by confir-mation and holy Communion. The Bible does not limit baptism to adults. Several pas-sages point to infant baptism. Jesus said "Let the children come to me and do not hinder them," while Paul would baptize people "and their household." He did not limit baptism to adults. None of the early Church Fathers wrote that the practice was wrong or that a formal act of repent-ance was a necessary step. If anything, our whole life is an act of repentance, a continual struggle to turn from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. We believe that baptism is more than a symbolic act of faith. It forgives original sin as well as personal sin, and brings us into the church, where we begin our journey of faith.© 2011 Liturgical Publications Inc

Diocese News

Maine Delegation, Including Bishop Deeley, to Attend March for Life in Washington, D.C.; Mainers Unable to Attend Can Participate in “9 Days of Life”

PORTLAND---Over 50 high school youths and accompanying adults will join Bishop Robert P. Deeley on a diocesan pilgrimage to the 2019 March for Life on Friday, January 18, in Washington, D.C. The pilgrimage is sponsored by the Diocese of Portland’s Office of Lifelong Faith Formation.

“I think it is fair to say that these young people participate in the March for Life convinced of the value of each human life and wanting through their witness to help others to try to come to appreciate and treasure the gift which is life,” said Bishop Deeley. “It is heartening to know that statistics seem to indicate that the number of abortions in Maine is declining, but we continue our advocacy in the hope that we will find a way for all in our society to embrace an ethic which values all human life, from conception to natural death.”

Participants in the Maine delegation come from parishes in Augusta, Bangor, Bridgton, Falmouth, Fort Kent, Gorham, Houlton, Lewiston, Limerick, Madawaska, Presque Isle, Saco, and Van Buren.

After a bus trip to Washington, D.C., the Maine delegation will attend an opening Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, January 17. The following day, the participants will attend a pre-March Mass with Bishop Deeley before traveling to the National Mall for the actual March for Life to the Supreme Court Building. Bishop Deeley will hold an evening prayer service on Friday night before the delegation returns to Maine on Saturday, January 19.

Those who are unable to attend the March for Life can join thousands of Catholics across the country in nine days of prayer for life and human dignity. A novena, "9 Days of Life," begins on Monday, January 14. On each day, there are suggested prayers, a reflection, educational information, and possible daily actions. For more information and for an easy-to-follow guide to the novena, click here.

On Saturday, January 12, Bishop Deeley and hundreds of others took part in the annual Hands Around the Capitol rally in Augusta (story and pictures from Mass, rally, and march here). The bishop celebrated Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption Church prior to a rally at St. Michael School. The large gathering then marched to the state capitol to advocate for the protection of life. Holding octagonal "Stop Abortion Now" sign, participants encircled part of the capitol while the capitol bell was rung 46 times, once for each year that has passed since the Roe v. Wade decision. Each time the bell tolled, a red rose was placed on the ground. The rally concluded with a moment of silence for the lives lost to abortion.

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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Todays Readings

The Week Ahead
January 13-20

St. Martha's Church
Sunday Faith formation - 9 AM
RCIA - 10 AM
S Anon - 7 PM
Monday Charismatic Prayer Group - 9:30 AM
Centering Prayer Group - 6 PM
Tuesday Blood Drive - 1 PM
Cursillo - 4 PM
Wednesday Ignatian Exercises
Weight Watchers
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
Journey in Faith - 3 PM
S Anon - 7 PM
St. Mary's Church
Sunday Faith Formation - 10 AM
Coffee & Donuts after Masses
Monday Faith Formation - 3:45 PM
Tuesday Bereavement Quilting - 9 AM
"Catholism" - 1 PM
Wednesday Bible Study - 10 AM (proverbs)
Prayer Shawl Ministry - 11 AM
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
K of C Family Breakfast after Masses

Mass Presiders

January 19-20

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

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

8:00 a.m. St. Martha’s (K) Msgr. Murphy

9:00 a.m. St. Mary’s (W) Fr. Morse

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

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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