PORTLAND — During Advent, Bishop Robert Deeley plans to host a special virtual prayer and blessing gathering for all Maine families at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

Last year, hundreds of individuals and families in Maine logged in and joined the bishop for the special online event, which lasts about 10 minutes.

All are welcome, and there are four ways to connect to the gathering on Dec. 12: Visit portlanddiocese.org or call.lifesizecloud.com/11134918, download the Lifesize app (required for Apple devices) and join meeting #11134918 as a guest; or join via phone (audio only) at 877-422-8614 and enter the meeting extension (11134918#) at the prompt.

The event falls on the third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday. In Latin, “gaudete” means “rejoice,” and that is exactly what Catholics traditionally do to commemorate the day. It has been marked as “Gaudete Sunday” since the time of Pope St. Gregory the Great in the sixth century.

For more information, visit portlanddiocese.org.