Visit the imprisoned
My Sister’s Keeper (MSK) provides mentors for women transitioning from incarceration to community. Mentors strive to empower women to make positive choices for their spiritual, physical, emotional and mental health needs. Working collaboratively with faith groups, community groups, and government agencies, MSK assists women with the resources they need and provides mentors with direction, through training, practical and emotional support. The St. Bartholomew Women's Group hosted a clothing sale in November 2015 and raised $500. They recently applied their proceeds to preparing 12 re-entry backpacks which includes such items as: Undergarments, toiletries, bus passes, food vouchers, socks, pajamas, gloves, hats, towels etc.
They put in a total of 40 hours to prepare for the sale, host the sale, shop for the backpacks and organize the back packs. If it wasn't for their great work, this project would not have occurred to assist 12 women re-entering society from corrections. A true effort of Mercy. To register or FMI, please contact Kelly Dell’Aquila, Director of Services, My Sister’s Keeper @ 712-5962 firstname.lastname@example.org
Prison Ministry at the Cumberland County Jail occurs weekly Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm for men. FMI: contact Fred Prince at 219-8493.
At the Easter Egg Hunt this year, we will be collecting toiletries to donate to the youth at the Longcreek Development Center in South Portland. Check the bulletin for a list of items to donate.
Advocate for Justice (a.k.a. Admonish the Sinner)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is healing for those who feel the guilt of sin. We have two on-going opportunities for you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in our cluster:
Saturdays 3:00 pm at St. John & Holy Cross parish
Saturdays 4:00 pm at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish
We also have a special opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Advent and Lent through the The Light is on for You. This Lent, the Light is on for You is on March 15th 4-5 pm, March 16th 2-3 pm, and March 17th 6-7 pm at St. Bartholomew. You can always make an appointment with one of our priests as well to receive this sacrament.
To know how to advocate for justice through our political system, please contact Suzanne Lafreniere in the Diocesan Office of Public Policy, Suzanne.Lafreniere@portlanddiocese.org or check out the web-page at http://www.faithfulcitizenme.org/portlanddiocese/