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      Holy Rosary, Caribou
      Sacred Heart, North Caribou
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      St. Mark, Ashland
      St. Mary, Presque Isle
      St. Louis, Limestone
      Our Lady of the Lake, Portage
      St. Catherine, Washburn
      St. Joseph, Mars Hill
      St. Denis, Fort Fairfield
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                             April 11, 2014
       

             I have been able to spend five days in   
            Assisi and the surrounding area.  It has
            been a time to reflect on the life and the
            mystery of who St. Francis is and also St.
            Clare.  I have also grown to appreciate
            how these two great saints only did what
            most of us want to do with our lives.  We
            want to be happy, to have a purpose and
            a way to be of help to those that we love.
            We tend to sum all of that in the phrase “I
            want to be who I am”.  Looking at the life
            of St. Francis and St. Clare, we have to ask ourselves “Do we really want to be who we truly are?”.  Most of us want to be freed from our sins.  We want to be freed from our fears, our burdens.  We do not want anything uncomfortable in our lives, we want to be happy, to have peace.  Sometimes we are freed from a burden, an illness or a sin.  That is always good but this freedom touches only what is on the outside of our lives, not our true self.  The great light of St. Francis and St. Clare is that they were not merely satisfied with what was outside of their lives but that they wanted their inner life also to be free.  To truly be free in our inner self, we have to be “detached” from who are.  Then we are free to be completely like Christ who is the source of our lives.  We have the freedom to truly be the person, the child that God wants us to be.  On Fridays in Morning Prayer the priest will recite Psalm 50(51).  This psalm tells us that God will not spurn “a humble, contrite heart”.  A humble contrite heart can only exits, we are told earlier in this psalm, because God “loves truth in the heart”.  This is not my little truth, we are talking here about the truth of God.  We need to remember that we do not belong to ourselves, we belong to God.  When we allow God to work his purpose in our lives we truly become happy, free, fully alive.  So alive that my life is now the life of God.  Impossible, not with God.  Francis was so free in giving himself completely to the Lord that even his body became the body of Christ.  That is the purpose of the sacraments and our life of faith.  The Sacred Triduum is all about living for the Father and only for the Father.  The resurrection is a pledge of God’s fidelity and an acknowledgement that we truly belong to God, not just for a moment but from the very beginning of our existence into Eternity itself.  During the sacred time of Easter let us support one another in this task.  May the traditional Franciscan blessing “PAX ET BENUM” be present in our Easter joy and celebrations.

    • HOLY WEEK & EASTER SCHEDULE

      PARISH OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD
      HOLY WEEK & EASTER MASS SCHEDULE

      Weds. April 16, 2014 - Mass for the Distribution of Holy Oils
         7:00 PM St. Mary's, Presque Isle

      Thurs., April 17 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
         7:00 PM Holy Rosary, Caribou
         7:00 PM St. Denis, Fort Fairfield

      Fri., April 18 – Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
        10:30 AM Caribou Nursing Home
          *Readings & distribution of Holy Communion
          3:00 PM Stations of the Cross
          * At Worship Sites who choose to offer them
         4:00 PM St. Joseph, Mars Hill
         4:00 PM St. Louis, Limestone
         7:00 PM St. Catherine, Washburn
         7:00 PM Holy Rosary, Caribou

      Sat., April 19 - Easter Vigil
         8:00 PM St. Mary’s, Presque Isle

      Sun., April 20 – Easter Sunday
         9:00 AM Sacred Heart, N. Caribou
         9:00 AM St. Mary, Presque Isle
         9:00 AM St. Louis, Limestone
        11:00 AM Holy Rosary, Caribou
        11:00 AM St. Mark, Ashland
        11:00 AM St. Denis, Fort Fairfield
    • PARISH-WIDE DISCERNMENT

         The Parish of the Precious Blood is entering into the third
         week of  PARISH-WIDE DISCERNMENT. We, as individuals
         and as a Parish are asked to prayerfully reflect upon how the
         Lord is calling us to be His
       DISCIPLES and to share our gifts
         and talents in the service of His Church.  Please pray the
         following prayer during the Parish-Wide Discernment for an
         outpouring of gifts and blessings upon our Parish.

         
      *PRAYER FOR DISCERNMENT
       
      God our Father,
      You have a plan for each one of us,
      You hold out to us a future full of hope.
      Give us the wisdom of Your Spirit
      So that we can see the shape of Your plan
      In the gifts You have given us,
      And in the circumstances of our daily lives.
      Give us the freedom of Your Spirit,
      To seek You with all our hearts,
      And to choose Your will above all else.
      We make this prayer through
      Christ Our Lord.  
       
      Amen.
       
      Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus
       
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      Sunday, Apr. 13, 2014 - Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
        9:00 AM Holy Rosary, Caribou - Lawrence & Gretchen Bourgoine by David & Beatrice Bourgoine
         9:00 AM Our Lady of the Lake, Portage - John Gagnon (1st Anniv) by wife Marcelle
         9:00 AM St. Mary, Presque Isle - Neal & Marlene Kelley by Anne & Larry
        10:30 AM St. Mark, Ashland - Nancy Cormier Cullins by Randy & Wanda Durrell
        11:00 AM St. Denis, Fort Fairfield - Lawrence 'Lonny' Lynch by Wife Mona & Children
        11:00 AM St. Louis, Limestone - Lucille St. Amand by Norman Page
         4:00 PM Holy Rosary, Caribou - Life Teen Mass - Todd Sturzl by Tim & Donna Sturzl
         6:00 PM St. Joseph, Mars Hill -  CANCELLED - Taize Prayer Service

       
      Monday, April 14, 2014
        2:00 p.m. Presque Isle Nursing Home - Kathy Dalby by John & Johnnie Cancelarich
       
      Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014  
        8:30 a.m. St. Denis, Fort Fairfield - Ernestine Nightingale by Herbert Nightingale
       
      Wednesday, April 16, 2014
       
      7 PM St. Mary's, Presque Isle - Mass for the Distribution of Holy Oils
          For the Intentions of Bishop Deeley

      Thurs., April 17 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
       
      7:00 PM Holy Rosary, Caribou - Lorraine White by Peter & Terri Ouellette
        7:00 PM St. Denis, Fort Fairfield - Gerard Guimond by David & Adrienne Bernard

      Fri., April 18 – Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
       
      10:30 AM Caribou Nursing Home
          *Readings & distribution of Holy Communion
         3:00 PM Stations of the Cross
          * At Worship Sites who choose to offer them
         4:00 PM St. Joseph, Mars Hill - The Passion of the Lord
         4:00 PM St. Louis, Limestone - The Passion of the Lord
         7:00 PM St. Catherine, Washburn - The Passion of the Lord
         7:00 PM Holy Rosary, Caribou - The Passion of the Lord


      Sat., April 19 – Easter Vigil
         8:00 PM St. Mary’s, Presque Isle - For the People


      Sun., April 20 – Easter Sunday
       
        9:00 AM Sacred Heart, N. Caribou - Karen Ouellette by Husband Steve & Girls
          9:00 AM St. Mary, Presque Isle - Heidi Graham by Dayton & Jackie St. Peter 
          9:00 AM St. Louis, Limestone - Lucy Beaulieu (100th birthday)  by Joanne Huntress
        11:00 AM Holy Rosary, Caribou - Marie Cullins by Mary Ketch
        11:00 AM St. Denis, Fort Fairfield
      - John Gorman by Dave & Sally Armstrong
        11:00 AM St. Mark, Ashland - Rosaire & Hilda Tardif by Theresa Chasse


       
    • TaizĂ© Prayer Ministry


      Parish of the Precious Blood 
      Taize Prayer M
      inistry
      Coordinators:
      Mary Ellen Field-498-6779
      Cindy Blanchette-498-2175
       
      Music:
      Janice Santos- 207 2279519

       

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    • Calendar of Events
      • Apr 22, 2014
        5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
        Holy Rosary Parish Center Caribou
      • Apr 24, 2014
        6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
        The Pastoral Council, meeting will be held Thursday, April 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room at St. Mary's church in Presque Isle.
      • Apr 29, 2014
        6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
        St Mary's Conference Room, Presque Isle Meeting Date Changed
      • May 18, 2014
        6:00 PM
        There will be a Taize Prayer Service held Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM at Holy Rosary Church, Caribou. The Taize ministry offers healing, reconciliation and peace to all through this contemplative form of prayer using meditation, reading and song.
      • Jun 22, 2014
        2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
        The Annual Parish Picnic is in the planning stages and the date has been set for Sunday, June 22nd, our Parish Feast Day, at St. Mark's Church in Ashland from 2:00-5:00p.m. Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend.