Holy Week: Special Holy Week Masses and Events Set for Maine’s Hispanic Ministry

Masses in Spanish

St. Monica Chapel
5 Kendall Street
Saturday, April 1, 5:30 p.m.

St. Teresa Church
425 S. Main Street
Palm Sunday, April 2, 1 p.m.

St. Michael Church
51 Elm Street
Palm Sunday, April 2, 1 p.m.

Holy Cross Church (Rivier Adoration Chapel)
1080 Lisbon Street
Saturday, April 1, 6 p.m. (livestreamed at www.princeofpeace.me)

Sacred Heart Church
65 Mellen Street
Palm Sunday, April 2, and Easter Sunday, April 9, 1 p.m.

Holy Family Church
66 North Street
Easter Sunday, April 9, 5 p.m.

Living Stations of the Cross

With prayers, reflection, and music, members of Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish in Portland will celebrate Good Friday (April 7) by presenting a multilingual Living Stations of the Cross, following the steps that Jesus took to his crucifixion and death, at 3 p.m. inside and outside of Sacred Heart Church on 65 Mellen Street in Portland. During the Living Stations of the Cross, prayers will be offered for those in need, for those suffering, and for courage to live the type of life that Jesus intended. All are welcome to gather for this always memorable event.

Eucharistic Adoration

The Office of Hispanic Ministry a period of eucharistic adoration on Saturday, April 1, from noon to 6 p.m. in the chapel at Sacred Heart Church on 65 Mellen Street in Portland. Eucharistic adoration is an opportunity for faithful Catholics to pray and spend time with Jesus in his very presence in the Holy Eucharist. Those who participate in eucharistic adoration say it has strengthened their relationship with the Lord and deepened their love for him, has helped them to grow in their appreciation for the gift of the Mass, has provided them a sense of peace and a respite from the worries of the world, and has given them the strength to face life's challenges.

Healing Service in Spanish

Just prior to the start of Holy Week, a healing service in Spanish will be held on Friday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church on 607 Sabattus Street in Lewiston. The theme of the entire gathering is healing, from the celebrant to the music to the participants to prayer teams. Every situation is different but most involved say they receive an increase in awareness of Jesus being present and bringing peace and renewed strength.  

Funded largely by the annual Catholic Appeal, the Office of Hispanic Ministry assists the Hispanic community living and working in Maine by offering Masses in Spanish and sacramental preparation, including marriage and baptismal preparation; faith formation for adults and children; education on social service support in the state; and help to individuals and families in becoming more involved in parish life. With the Latino community in Maine estimated at more than 25,000, the need for outreach has never been greater. If you or someone you know might benefit from the services of the Office of Hispanic Ministry, please contact Fr. Michael Sevigny, OFM Cap., at 207-705-3752; Sister Elsa Telón, RSR, at (207) 618-2156; Rosario Starratt at (207) 312-4716; or José Pérez at (207) 653-5609.