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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of spiritual renewal which helps us prepare for the celebration of the Paschal mystery of Christ, his passion, death and resurrection.

The ashes we receive on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday are both a reminder of our earthly mortality and a call to repentance.  The ashes are made by burning the palms that were distributed the previous year on Palm Sunday. The ashes are blessed by the priest, who then dips his thumb in them and makes the Sign of the Cross on each person’s forehead, while saying these words: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19) or "Repent, and believe in the Gospel."

Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and a day of abstinence from meat.   Fasting applies to Catholics between the ages of 18 and 60 and means you should only eat one full meal and two smaller meals if needed.  All Catholics age 14 and above should abstain from eating meat on the day and on all Fridays during Lent.

Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass to begin their Lenten journey. All Mass times below are for Wednesday, February 10, 2016, unless otherwise indicated.

A special collection taken up in all churches on Ash Wednesday will jointly benefit the Church in Central and Eastern Europe and the Solidarity Fund for Africa.  The collection supports pastoral, educational and construction projects in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, which were formerly under Soviet control.  It also supports many projects that benefit family life, women, and children in Africa.

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Ash Wednesday Mass Times

Ashland

Parish of the Precious Blood:

St. Mark Church, 13 Allen Farm Road, Ashland - Mass at 6 p.m.

Auburn

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish:

Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place - Masses at 7 a.m. and Noon

St. Philip Church, 2365 Turner Road - Mass at 6 p.m.

Augusta

St. Michael Parish:

St. Augustine Church, 1 Kendall Street - Mass at 7:30 a.m.

St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 41 Western Avenue - Masses at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Baileyville

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish:

St. James the Greater Church, 15 Hillside Street, Baileyville - Mass at 7 p.m.

Bangor

St. Paul the Apostle Parish:

St. John Church, 207 York Street - Masses at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

St. Mary Church, 786 Ohio Street - Masses at 8:30 a.m. and noon

Bar Harbor

Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord:

Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street - Masses at 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Bath

All Saints Parish:

St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street - Masses at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Belfast

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish:

St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street - Mass at 8 a.m.

Benedicta

St. Benedict Parish

St. Benedict Church, 1063 Benedicta Road - Mass at 9 a.m.

Bethel

Holy Savior Parish:

Our Lady of the Snows, Route 26 - Mass at 9 a.m.

Biddeford

Good Shepherd Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm Street - Masses at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Bingham

Christ the King Parish:

St. Peter Church, 27 Owens Street - Mass at 4 p.m.

Boothbay Harbor

All Saints Parish:

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 82 Atlantic Avenue - Mass at Noon

Bradley

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord:

St. Ann Church, 84 Main Street - Mass at 6 p.m.

Brewer

St. Paul the Apostle Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 531 North Main Street - Mass at 6 p.m.

Bridgton

St. Joseph Parish;

St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street, Bridgton - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Brunswick

All Saints Parish:

St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street - Masses at 12:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant Street - Masses at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Campus Ministry:

Bowdoin College Chapel - Mass at 9 p.m.

Bucksport

Stella Maris Parish:

St. Vincent De Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street - Mass at 8 a.m.

Calais

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish:

Immaculate Conception Church, 31 Calais Avenue - Mass at 5:30 p.m.

Camden

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish:

Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 7 Union Street - Mass at noon

Cape Elizabeth

St. Bartholomew Parish:

St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road - Mass at 5 p.m.

Caribou

Parish of the Precious Blood:

Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn Street - Masses at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Sacred Heart Church, 1143 Van Buren Road, North Caribou - Mass at Noon.

Castine

Stella Maris Parish:

Our Lady of Holy Hope, 137 Perkins Street - Mass at 12:30 p.m.

Dexter

Our Lady of the Snows Parish:

St. Anne Church, 59 Free Street - Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Dover-Foxcroft

Our Lady of the Snows Parish:

St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 45 High Street - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Eagle Lake

St. John Vianney Parish:

St. Mary Church, 3443 Aroostook Road - Mass at Noon

East Millinocket

Christ the Divine Mercy Parish

St. Peter Church, 58 Cedar Street - Mass at 7 p.m.

Eastport

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 51 Washington Street - Mass at 9 a.m.

Ellsworth

St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street - Masses at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Falmouth

Parish of the Holy Eucharist:

Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road - Masses at 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Farmington

St. Joseph Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 133 Middle Street - Masses at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. at Sandy River Nursing Home, and at 6 p.m.

Fort Fairfield

Parish of the Precious Blood:

St. Denis Church, 143 Main Street - Mass at 6 p.m.

Fort Kent

St. John Vianney Parish:

St. Louis Church, 26 East Main Street - Masses at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Freeport

Parish of the Holy Eucharist:

St. Jude Church, 134 Main Street - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Frenchville

Our Lady of the Valley Parish:

St. Luce Church, 441 U.S. Route 1 - Mass at 5:30 p.m.

Fryeburg

St. Joseph Parish:

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 857 Main Street - Mass at 8 a.m.

Gardiner

St. Michael Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 1 Lincoln Avenue - Mass at 6 p.m.

Gorham

St. Anne Parish:

St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street - Masses at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Campus Ministry:

University of Southern Maine, The Husky Den in Lower Brooks - Mass at 12:30 p.m.

Gray

Parish of the Holy Eucharist:

St. Gregory the Great Church, 24 North Raymond Road - Mass at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Greenville

Holy Family Parish:

Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue - Mass at Noon

Hallowell

St. Michael Parish:

Sacred Heart Church, 4 Summer Street - Mass at noon

Hampden

St. Paul the Apostle Parish:

St. Matthew Church, 70 Western Avenue - Mass at 5:30 p.m.

Houlton

St. Mary of the Visitation Parish:

St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 112 Military Street - Masses at 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Howland

St. Leo the Great Parish:

St. Leo the Great Church, 18 River Road - Service at 10 a.m.

Island Falls

St. Agnes Parish:

St. Agnes Church, 76 Sewall Street - Mass at 9 a.m.

Indian Island (Penobscot Nation)

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord:

St. Ann Church, 6 Down Street - Mass at 7 a.m.

Jackman

St. Anthony of Padua Parish:

St. Faustina Church, 370 Main Street - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Jay

St. Rose of Lima Parish:

St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church Street - Masses at 12:15 and 6 p.m.

Kennebunk

Holy Spirit Parish:

St. Martha Church, 34 Portland Road - Masses at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Kittery

Parish of the Ascension of the Lord:

St. Raphael Church, 6 Whipple Road  - Masses at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Lewiston

Prince of Peace Parish:

Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street - Masses at 7 a.m. in the chapel downstairs, 12:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the church, and Latin Mass at 6:30 p.m. in the church

Holy Cross Church, 1080 Lisbon Street - Mass at 5:30 p.m.

Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus Street - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Limerick

St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane - Masses at 8 a.m and 6:30 p.m.

Lincoln

St. Mary of Lourdes Parish:

St. Mary of Lourdes Church, 142 Main Street (Route 2) - Service at 8 a.m.

Lisbon Falls

Holy Trinity Parish:

Holy Trinity Church, 67 Frost Hill Avenue - Masses at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Lyman

Good Shepherd Parish:

St. Philip Church, 404 Goodwins Mills Road - Mass at 9 a.m.

Madawaska

Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish:

St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 337 St. Thomas Street - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Madison

Christ the King Parish:

St. Sebastian Church, 161 Main Street - Mass at 5:30 p.m.

Mars Hill

Parish of the Precious Blood:

St. Joseph Church, 17 Main Street - Mass at 10 a.m.

Mechanic Falls

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish:

Our Lady of Ransom Church, 117 Elm Street - Mass at 7 p.m.

Millinocket

Christ the Divine Mercy Parish

St. Martin of Tours Church, 19 Colby Street - Mass at 7 p.m.

Milo

Our Lady of the Snows Parish:

St. Francis Xavier & Paul the Apostle Church, 128 Riverside Street - Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Newcastle

All Saints Parish:

St. Patrick Church, 380 Academy Hill Road - Mass at 6 p.m.

North Caribou

Parish of the Precious Blood:

Sacred Heart Church, 1143 Van Buren Road - Mass at Noon

Norway

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish:

St Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street - Mass at 7 a.m. and Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes at 4 p.m.

Old Orchard Beach

Good Shepherd Parish:

St. Margaret Church, 6 Saco Avenue - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Old Town

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord:

Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street - Mass at 8 a.m.

Orono

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord:

Our Lady of Wisdom Church (Newman Center), 83 College Avenue - Mass at 5:30 p.m.

Penobscot Nation (Indian Island)

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord:

St. Ann Church, 6 Down Street - Mass at 7 a.m.

Pittsfield

St. Agnes Parish:

St. Agnes Church, 238 Detroit Street - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Portland

Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes:

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street - Mass at 12:15 p.m. (celebrated by Bishop Robert Deeley) and at 7 p.m. (celebrated by parish priest)

Sacred Heart / St. Dominic Church, 65 Mellen Street - Mass at 5:30 p.m.

St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

St. Peter Church, 72 Federal Street - Mass at 7 a.m.

Our Lady of Hope Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 673 Stevens Avenue - Masse at noon and 7 p.m.

St. Pius X Church - 492 Ocean Avenue - Masses at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Presque Isle

Parish of the Precious Blood:

Nativity of the Blessed Mary Church - Masses at 12:15 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Rangeley

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish:

St. Luke Church - Mass at 9 a.m.

Richmond

All Saints Parish:

St. Ambrose Church, 29 Kimball Street - Mass at 6 p.m.

Rockland

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish:

St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway - Mass at 6 p.m.

Rumford

Holy Savior Parish:

St. Athanasius & St. John Church, 126 Maine Avenue - Masses at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Sabattus

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish:

Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 131 High Street - Mass at 7 p.m.

Saco

Good Shepherd Parish:

Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street - Mass at Noon

Saint Agatha

Our Lady of the Valley Parish:

St. Agatha Church, 379 Main Street - Mass at 7 p.m.

Saint Francis

St. John Vianney Parish:

St. Charles Borromeo Church, 912 Main Street - Mass at 9 a.m.

Sanford

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux Parish

Holy Family Church, 66 North Avenue - Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., and 6:30 p.m.

Scarborough

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish,

St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road - Mass at 6 p.m.

Sinclair

St. Joseph Church, 413 Shore Road - Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Skowhegan

Christ the King Parish:

Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, 273 Water Street - Mass at Noon

Soldier Pond

St. John Vianney Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 7 Church Street - Mass at 4 p.m.

South Berwick

Parish of the Ascension of the Lord:

Our Lady of the Angels Church, 160 Agamenticus Road - Mass at 7 a.m. and a Communion Service with Distribution of Ashes at 7 p.m.

South Portland

Saint John and Holy Cross Parish:

Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road - Mass at 7:30 a.m. and Mass at 9 a.m. with students from Holy Cross School (all invited)

Stonington

Stella Maris Parish:

St. Mary Star of the Sea, 6 Granite Street - Mass at 10:30 a.m.

Stratton

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish:

St. John Church, Main Street - Mass at 4 p.m.

Van Buren

St. Peter Chanel Parish:

St. Bruno-St. Remi Church, 174 Main Street - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Waterville

Corpus Christi Parish:

Lorimer Chapel at Colby College, 4000 Mayflower Hill Drive - Mass at 4:30 p.m.

Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville – Mass at 12:15 p.m.

Wells

Holy Spirit Parish:

St. Mary Church, 236 Eldridge Road - Masses at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Westbrook

St. Anthony of Padua Parish:

St. Hyacinth Church, 268 Brown Street - Masses at 7:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.

Whitefield

St. Michael Parish:

St. Denis Church - Mass at 6 p.m.

Windham

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish:

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail - Masses at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Winslow

Corpus Christi Parish:

St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street - Liturgy of the Word and Distribution of Ashes at 7 a.m., Masses at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Winthrop

St. Michael Parish:

St. Francis Xavier Church, 130 U.S. Route 133 - Masses at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Yarmouth

Parish of the Holy Eucharist:

Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street - Mass at 8:15 a.m.

York

Parish of the Ascension of the Lord:

St. Christopher Church, 4 Barrell Lane - Masses at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.


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