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  • Parish News

    • Holy Martyrs Church, August 31, 6:00-8:00. Read more... __________________________
    • God may be calling you to serve as a volunteer co-teacher for children ages 5-12 and youth ages 13-18. Exciting work with heavenly compensation. Read more and register... ________________________
    • On September 9 Bishop Deeley will celebrate a special Mass at the Cathedral to promote peace; parish priests will also offer Masses for peace. Read more.... __________________________
    • Class Descriptions and Schedules along with a Registration Form are now available. Read more.... __________________________
    • In solidarity with the people in Baton Rouge who have lost so much in recent floods, POTHE is making a donation from our Needy Fund... _______________________
    • A reminder that the parish offers ministry to those who are home bound. Read more... _____________________
    • Children's voices are the sweetest, so Youth Choirs will form this Fall at Sacred Heart and St. Gregory. Kindergarten through Grade 5 youngsters are eligible. Read more... _____________________
    • 8 Saturday Date Nights for married couples who want to grow closer to each other through Christ. Holy Martyrs Sept. 24 through November 12. Read more... __________________________
  • The Catholic Church and Immigration

    The Diocese has published a comprehensive document on Immigration.  Read it here.


  • Prayers of the Faithful

    Deacon Dennis Popadak is pleased to present this first of a two-part series about the Prayers of the Faithful (after the Creed).  Click here to read the history.

  • Mission Statement


    We are the Parish of the Holy Eucharist, a Catholic Community seeking deeper communion with God, each other, and our neighbors by celebrating the Sacraments, sharing God's Word, and serving all in need.

    Holy Martyrs of North America, Falmouth ME
    Sacred Heart, Yarmouth
    St. Gregory, Gray
    St. Jude, Freeport


  • From our Pastor

    Dear Parishioners,

    Through the generosity of a caring
 parishioner, we now have Holy Water 
dispensers in our Churches. This weekend we will be blessing water and providing bottles for people at Sacred Heart and St. Jude to take Holy Water home.

    The Church believes that the home is the domestic Church, which is connected to the parish Church. It is customary to bless oneself with Holy Water when entering the Church, and this practice can easily be brought to the domestic Church. As often as you do that may you be reminded that you are a baptized son or daughter of God and so live in the life of the Spirit of God.
    
Our baptism is the sacrament that welcomes us into the covenantal relationship with our Father in heaven through Christ, His Son, in the Holy Spirit. Each time we bless ourselves with Holy Water, we are reminded of our Baptism and the gift of our life of grace with God and each other.
    Feel free to take Holy Water home with you and to refill your bottle whenever you need to.
    Read more about Holy Water:  what it is (and isn't) and how to use it in everyday life.  


  • FORMED.ORG

  • The Catholic Faith.On Demand.

    Our Faith Formation ministries will be strengthened and enhanced by FORMED this year.

    REBORN

    Reborn explores the deeply personal power of Baptism, bringing to light the spiritual reality for parents and godparents and, most importantly, the child being baptized. Reborn presents the foundation of the Church’s teaching on Baptism, with a step-by-step explanation of the rite itself, including its profound place in Scripture and Tradition.

    SYMBOLON

    Symbolon- Knowing the Faith explains the essentials of the Catholic Faith in a way that will inform our minds and inspire our hearts.

    Symbolon - Living the Faith explores how Jesus gave us the Sacraments, the Mass, and the rich treasures of Church teaching to quicken our faith and bring vibrancy to our Catholic lives.

    CATHOLICISM

    Beginning in September on Monday evenings at Holy Martyrs, Fr. Daniel will share segments of this series while adding a teaching component and small group sharing. These classes will run throughout the year.

    FEATURE-LENGTH MOVIES

    will be sponsored and shown by the Aging with Grace Ministry this fall. In September we will feature Mother Teresa at various times and places in our parish to honor her canonization scheduled for September 4.

    CONFIRMATION: Disciple - Study 19

    For our teens seeking the sacrament of Confirmation, this digs deep into the presence and power of the Holy Spirit throughout salvation history, how He works in our lives today, the powerful signs and symbols in the Rite of Confirmation, and our mission in the world as confirmed Catholics.

    YDISCIPLE

    For parents and teens, this is a great resource for parents to have meaningful conversations with their teenager about faith, moral decision making, and the important things in life. The attentive listening, honest sharing, and loving support of parents makes all the difference in the lives of their children. However, parents can multiply their impact by bringing other key influences into the lives of their teens.

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    HOW TO REGISTER FOR FORMED

    Go to Formed.org
    Enter our parish code VFCXVR on the home page. Create a personal account with your user name/email and password.
    DO NOT sign up as an individual – the parish access code provides more content than the individual subscription. 


  • Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

    "We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern."
    - Pope Francis, 9/16/13

    The Church affirms that every Catholic is called to prayerful, active, and responsible participation in the political process. We urge all Catholics who are eligible, to register and vote.
    The Catholic Bishops of the United States are pleased to offer Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge everyone to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching.