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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,

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, March 2, 2022.

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 projects that benefit family life, women, and children in Africa.

Click here for Ash Wednesday Mass times listed by parish.

Ash Wednesday Mass Times

Ashland

Parish of the Precious Blood:

St. Mark Church, 13 Allen Farm Road - Mass at Noon

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, 75 Northern Avenue - Mass with Distribution of Ashes at 7:30 a.m.

St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 41 Western Avenue - Mass for St. Michael School at 9 a.m., Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes at Noon, and Mass with Distribution of Ashes at 5 p.m.

Baileyville

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish:

St. James the Greater Church, 15 Hillside Street - Mass at 9 a.m.

Bangor

St. Paul the Apostle Parish:

St. John Church, 217 York Street - Masses at 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

St. Mary Church, 768 Ohio Street - Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Bar Harbor

Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord:

Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street - Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Bath

All Saints Parish

St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street - Mass at 8 a.m.

Belfast

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish:

St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Benedicta

St. Benedict Parish:

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

Bethel

Parish of the Holy Savior:

Our Lady of the Snows Church, 265 Walker's Mills Road - Mass at 6 p.m.

Bingham

Christ the King Parish:

St. Peter Church, 27 Owens Road - Mass at 2:30 p.m.

Boothbay Harbor

All Saints Parish:

Our Lady Queen of Peach Church, 82 Atlantic Avenue - Mass at noon

Bradley

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord:

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

Brewer

St. Paul the Apostle Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 531 North Main Street - Mass at noon

St. Teresa Church, 425 South Main Street - Mass at 6 p.m.

Bridgton

St. Joseph Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street - Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Brunswick

All Saints Parish:

St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street - Mass at noon

St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant Street - Masses at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Bucksport

Stella Maris Parish:

St. Vincent de Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street - Mass at 7 p.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 8 a.m.

Cape Elizabeth

St. John Paul II Parish:

St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road - Distribution of Ashes from noon to 1 p.m. and Mass at 5 p.m.

Caribou

Parish of the Precious Blood:

Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn Street - Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Cherryfield

St. Peter the Fisherman Parish:

St. Michael Church, 51 Elm Street - Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Dexter

Our Lady of the Snows Parish:

St. Anne Church, 64 Free Street - Mass at 6 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 4 p.m.

Eastport

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 51 Washington Street - Mass at Noon

Ellsworth

St. Joseph Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street - Masses at 9 a.m. and 5:30 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 - Mass at 8:30 a.m. and Distribution of Ashes at 6 p.m.

Fort Kent

St. John Vianney Parish:

St. Louis Church, 26 East Main Street - Masses at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Freeport

Parish of the Holy Eucharist:

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

Fryeburg

St. Joseph Parish:

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 857 Main Street - Mass at 5:30 p.m.

Gardiner

St. Michael Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 110 School Street - Mass with Distribution of Ashes at 8:30 a.m.

Gorham

St. Anthony of Padua Parish:

St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street - Masses at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Grand Isle

Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish:

St. Gerard - Mt. Carmel Church, 363 Main Street - Mass at 4 p.m.

Gray

Parish of the Holy Eucharist:

St. Gregory Church, 24 North Raymond Road - Mass at 8 a.m.

Greenville

Holy Family Parish:

Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue - Mass at Noon

Hallowell

St. Michael Parish:

Sacred Heart Church, 14 Summer Street - Distribution of Ashes at 6:30 p.m.

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, 110 Military Street - Masses at 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Howland

Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish:

St. Leo the Great Church, 16 River Road - Mass at 5:30 p.m.

Indian Island

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord:

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

Island Falls

St. Agnes Parish:

St. Agnes Church,76 Sewall Street - Mass at 11 a.m.

Jackman

St. Anthony of Padua Parish:

St. Faustina Church, 370 Main Street - Mass at 4 p.m.

Jay

St. Rose of Lima Parish:

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

Kennebunk

Holy Spirit Parish:

St. Martha Church, 30 Portland Road - Masses at 9:15 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Kittery

Parish of the Ascension of the Lord:

St. Raphael Church, 6 Whipple Road - Mass at 9 a.m. followed by a half hour of eucharistic adoration and Benediction

Lewiston

Prince of Peace Parish:

Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street, Lewiston - Mass at noon

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

Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus Street, Lewiston - Mass at 7 a.m.

Limerick

St. Matthew Parish:

St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane, Limerick - Eucharistic adoration at 7 a.m., Mass at 8 a.m., the Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes at 12:15 p.m., and Mass at 6 p.m. There will also be the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation from 11 a.m. to noon and from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Limestone

Parish of the Precious Blood:

St. Louis Church, 100 Main Street - Mass at Noon

Lincoln

Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish:

St. Mary of Lourdes Church, 142 Main Street - Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Lisbon Falls

Prince of Peace Parish:

Holy Trinity Church, 67 Frost Hill Avenue - Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Lubec

St. Peter the Fisherman Parish:

Sacred Heart Church, 14 Hamilton Street - Mass at 6 p.m.

Machias

St. Peter the Fisherman Parish:

Holy Name of Jesus Church, 8 Free Street - Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.

Madawaska

Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish:

St. David Church, 774 Main Street - Mass at 8:30 a.m.

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

Madison

Christ the King Parish:

St. Sebastian Church, 161 Main Street - Mass at 8 a.m.

Mechanic Falls

St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish:

Our Lady of Ransom Church, 117 Elm Street - Mass at 5:30 p.m.

Millinocket

Christ the Divine Mercy Parish:

St. Martin of Tours Church, 19 Colby Street - Mass at 6 p.m.

Newcastle

All Saints Parish:

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

Norway

St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish:

St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street - Mass at 8 a.m.

Old Town

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord:

Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street – Mass at 8 a.m. and Distribution of Ashes from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (come any time)

Orono

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord:

Our Lady of Wisdom Church, 83 College Avenue – Masses at noon and 5:30 p.m. and confessions from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Patten

St. Agnes Parish:

St. Paul Church, 34 Katahdin Street - Mass at 12:30 p.m.

Peaks Island

St. Christopher Parish:

St. Christopher Church, 15 Central Avenue - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Pittsfield

St. Agnes Parish:

St. Agnes Church, 238 Detroit Street - Mass at 9 a.m.

Portland

Our Lady of Hope Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 673 Stevens Avenue, Portland - Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes at noon and Mass at 7 p.m.

St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue, Portland - Mass at 9 a.m. and Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes at 4 p.m.

Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes:

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street - Masses at 8 a.m. (Latin Mass), 12:15 p.m. (Celebrated by Bishop Robert Deeley) and 6 p.m.

Sacred Heart Church, 65 Mellen Street - Masses at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7:30 p.m.

St. Christopher Church, 15 Central Avenue, Peaks Island - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street - Mass at 8:30 a.m.

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

Presque Isle

Parish of the Precious Blood:

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 333 Main Street - Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Rangeley

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish:

St. Luke Church, 19 Lake Street - Mass with distribution of ashes at 9 a.m. and Distribution of ashes only from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Richmond

All Saints Parish:

St. Ambrose Church, 29 Kimball Street - Mass at noon.

Rockland

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish:

St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway - Mass at 12 p.m.

Rumford

Parish of the Holy Savior:

St. Athanasius & St. John Church, 126 Maine Avenue - Mass at 8:15 a.m.

Sabattus

Prince of Peace Parish:

Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 131 High Street - Mass at 6 p.m.

Saint Agatha

Our Lady of the Valley Parish:

St. Agatha Church, 379 Main Street - Mass at 6 p.m.

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

Saint Francis

St. John Vianney Parish:

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

Sanford

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish:

Holy Family Church, 66 North Avenue, Sanford - Eucharistic adoration at 6:30 a.m., Masses at 7:30 am., Liturgy of the word with distribution of ashes at 12:15 p.m., and Mass at 6 p.m. There will also be opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation from 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon, and 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Scarborough

St. John Paul II Parish:

St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road - Mass at 8 a.m. and Distribution of Ashes from noon to 1 p.m.

Sinclair

Our Lady of the Valley Parish:

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 (Wallagrass)

St. John Vianney Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 7 Church Street - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

South Berwick

Parish of the Ascension of the Lord:

Our Lady of the Angels Church, 162 Agamenticus Road - Masses at 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

South Portland

St. John Paul II Parish:

Holy Cross Church, 124 Cottage Road - Mass with distribution of ashes at 7:30 a.m. and Distribution of Ashes (no Mass) from noon to 1 p.m.

Stratton

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish:

St. John Church, 76 Main Street - Mass with distribution of ashes at 6 p.m. and distribution of ashes only from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Van Buren

St. Peter Chanel Parish:

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

Wallagrass

St. John Vianney Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 7 Church Street - Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Waterville

Corpus Christi Parish:

Notre Dame du Perpetual Secours Church, 116 Silver Street - Mass with Distribution of Ashes 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 - Mass at 7:30 a.m. and Distribution of Ashes at 12:15 p.m.

Whitefield

St. Michael Parish:

St. Denis Church, 298 Grand Army Road - Mass with Distribution of Ashes at 6:30 p.m.

Windham

St. Anthony of Padua 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 with Distribution of Ashes at 7 a.m. and Mass with Distribution of Ashes at 6 p.m.

Winterport

St. Paul the Apostle Parish:

St. Gabriel Church, 435 South Main Street - Mass at 6 p.m.

Winthrop

St. Michael Parish:

St. Francis Xavier Church, 130 U.S. Route 133 - Mass with Distribution of Ashes at 6 p.m.

Yarmouth

Parish of the Holy Eucharist:

Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street - Mass at 8 a.m. and Distribution of Ashes at 12:15 p.m.

York

Parish of the Ascension of the Lord:

St. Christopher Church, 4 Barrell Lane - Mass at 6:30 p.m.