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Cluster 5

Clement D'Angelo Sr.  Mass 10-24, St. Martin's
Evelyn J. McDonald  Mass 10-24, St. Mary's
James C. "Jim" Belanger  Mass 10-16, St. Peter's

We offer our prayers and condolences to the families and friends of all our faithful departed. May their souls rest in the peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Picture of Our Lady in prayerNovember Feasts

1 - Solemnity of All Saints
2 - Commemoration of All Souls
3 - St. Martin de Porres
4 - St. Charles Borromeo
5 - Ven. Solanus Casey
6 - St. Nicholas Tavelic & Companions
7 - St. Didacus
8 - Bl. John Duns Scotus
9 - Dedication, St. John Lateran
10 - St. Leo the Great
11 - St. Martin of Tours
12 - St. Josaphat
13 - St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
14 - St. Gertrude the Great
15 - St. Albert the Great
16 - St. Margaret of Scotland
17 - St. Elizabeth of Hungary
18 - Dedication, Churches of Sts. Peter & Paul
19 - St. Agnes of Assisi
20 - St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
21 - Presentation of Mary
22 - St. Cecilia
23 - Bl. Miguel Agustin Pro
24 - St. Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions
25 - St. Catherine of Alexandria
26 - St. Columban
28 - St. James of the Marche
29 - St. Clement
30 - St. Andrew

Links to their biographies

Dec. 1: Fr. Joel retires—welcome Fr. Bruce Siket

Fr. Joel Cyr holding the monstrance and wavingAfter over 40 years as a priest, Fr. Joel Cyr will retire this year. The parishioners of Christ the Divine Mercy and St. Benedict Parishes wish him a truly grace-filled retirement, with every heavenly blessing and joy, and thank him for the work he did while with us.

Father has chosen to have a small farewell get-together with the cluster council and parish staff. Parishioners are certainly welcome to give Father personal gifts, cards, and Spiritual Bouquets—prayer for each other is an eternal gift.

Bishop Deeley anounces new priest assignments.

Fr. Bruce M. Siket, our new pastor, is a Madison native who graduated from the University of Maine at Fr. Bruce SiketOrono in 1976. He was ordained to the priesthood seven years ago on May 20, 2007.

Since his ordination, Father has served as a parochial vicar at Corpus Christi Parish in Waterville, Fairfield, Winslow, Vassalboro, Oakland, Belgrade Lakes, and most recently, in Stella Maris Parish and St. Joseph Parish. 

Father, we warmly welcome you, and pray that our beloved Lord will give you great graces as you enter your new ministry with us.

Cluster Events

October 31 - November 2:
Youth Ministry Journey Retreat - St. Dominic Academy, Auburn
November 1:
All Saints Day, Solemnity, Holy Day

When Nov. 1st is on Saturday, the faithful are not required to attend Mass.

Annual Day of Prayer for the Holy Souls - St. Martin's Chapel, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. , with day-long Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the  Rosary hourly, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy every half-hour

St. Benedict's Annual Bazaar - parish hall, Ham & Bean Supper  4:30 - 6:30; crafts & homemade foods for sale downstairs; dinner tickets $8 adult, $4 child, $25/ family of 5+.

Fall Back! Remember to set your clock back an hour before retiring
November 2:
All Souls Day Candlelighting Services at Mass for our faithful departed

St. Benedict's Annual Bazaar - parish hall, Turkey Dinner, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.; crafts & goodies for sale, cake auction; dinner tickets $8 adult, $4 child, $25/ family of 5+.
November 6:
St. Peter's Annual Harvest Tea - parish hall, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; four raffles with big prizes, crafts & goodies for sale, luncheon, tickets $7.
November 8:
Maine Catholic Women's Conference - Hilton Riverwatch, Auburn, all day;  Details
November 14-16:
Rachel's Vineyard Retreat - For all family members and friends hurting from abortion. More info
November 16:
Middle & High School Youth Ministry - St. Benedict's
November 30:
Middle & High School Youth Ministry - St. Benedict's