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Prayers and Mass in Farmington Tonight after Tragic Explosion

FARMINGTON---People of all faiths are invited to gather together at St. Joseph Church on 133 Middle Street in Farmington tonight (Monday, September 16) at 6 p.m. to pray for all those affected by today’s explosion, including parishioner and LEAP employee Larry Lord.

Fr. Paul Dumais, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, will begin with the Angelus followed by the Litany and a special Mass (6:30 p.m.). Bread, cheese, and coffee will follow in the basement hall of the church at 7 p.m.

“We are close to those who are suffering from the explosion today. We stand in solidarity with first responders whose courage we honor,” said Fr. Dumais.

“On behalf of the Diocese of Portland, I join the Farmington community in mourning the tragic death caused by this morning’s explosion and praying for the recovery of those injured,” said Bishop Robert P. Deeley. “We offer our support and our prayers to their families and friends. We also extend our sincere gratitude for the heroism displayed by residents and public safety personnel who responded. May the soul of the individual who died and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace."

Old South First Congregational Church (235 Main Street in Farmington) will hold a candlelight prayer vigil from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those interested in joining that prayer vigil can process from St. Joseph together.