BANGOR — Prayer and healing is the theme of the Maine State Charismatic Conference ’99, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, at St. John’s Catholic Church, corner of Boyd and York streets. The all-day event will include three morning presentations and an afternoon healing service conducted by Rev. Richard P. Rice.
Rice, the paster of Holy Family Church in Sanford, has served for seven years as liaison for Maine’s Charismatic Renewal to Bishop Joseph Gerry, O.S.B. Along with monthly healing services held at Holy Family he has led services in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Ohio and Florida.
The morning services will include: prayer and faith at 9:15 a.m. by Michelle Morneault, co-servant for South Portland; prayer trust and loving obedience at 10 a.m. by David Bernard, co-servant for Lewiston; guidelines on the use of blessed oil and salt at 10:45 a.m. by Donna Landry of the State Executive Committee for Sanford, and blessing of oil and salt by Rice.
Participants may bring marked containers of oil and salt for the blessing, which they can distribute, along with instructions for their use, when they return home. The 1 p.m. healing service will conclude the day and all are invited to attend the 4 p.m. parish Mass by the Rev. Gerard Gosselin, pastor of St. John’s.
Organizers of the conference will help people grow in their personal prayer lives and provide them with tools to use when they minister to others through prayer. The conference is sponsored by the Maine State Service Committee, Catholic Charismatic Renewal, serving the diocese of Portland, which is headed by Chairman Robert Gosselin of Biddeford.
To register, call 284-5417.