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Parish Lenten Prayer Opportunities

A number of parishes around the Diocese of Portland offer special opportunities for prayer, whether through reflection groups and opportunities or opening churches for private prayer. You will find a list of some of those opportunities below. If you don't see your parish listed, please check back.  New listings will continue to be added.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland

Sunday vespers (evening prayer) and teachings are offered on Sunday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Steet in Portland. The evening is led by a priest of the parish and each week features a different teaching. All are welcome to attend.

Corpus Christi Parish, Winslow

Scripture, Song, and Sweets - In preparation for Lent, join in an afternoon of reflection and prayer that will lead participants on a journey through the readings and hymns of Lent. The event will be held on Sunday, February 27, at 1 p.m. at Notre Dame du Perpetual Secours Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville. It may also be viewed via livestream at https://www.corpuschristimaine.org. The afternoon event will conclude will a reception and some sweets in the church hall.

A Season of Fresh Hope - You are invited to join in 15-minutes of Lenten prayer via Zoom on the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings during Lent, beginning March 2 at 6 p.m.  Join for each session or whenever you can make it. To receive the link, or if you have questions, contact the Sisters of St. Joseph at 873-4512 or [email protected].

Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, Biddeford

A nationally known retreat director will hold a day of prayer at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford on Saturday, April 2, and all are welcome to attend. “A Day of Prayer” will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center and will be hosted by Fr. Bill Sheehan, OMI. The event will feature periods of Centering Prayer; an exploration of the insights of Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO, on Centering Prayer; and a discussion on the wisdom of the practice and contemplative living. The suggested donation to attend is $55 and includes a warm lunch. To register, email Eric Vaughan, information coordinator for Contemplative Outreach of Maine at [email protected]. Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer through which participants seek to open their whole beings to God by clearing away temporal distractions. It is a simple method of Christ-centered silent prayer, a renewal of an ancient Christian contemplative practice updated for our time. It can lead to a deeper prayer life, personal healing, spiritual transformation, and a closer union with God. The concept of Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer but, instead, it is intended to add depth of meaning to all forms of prayer. Fr. Sheehan is a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) and was present at the very first Centering Prayer retreat offered by Fr. Keating in 1983. He holds a master’s degree in formative spirituality from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in the Oblate House of Prayer in Lowell, Massachusetts. Contemplative Outreach of Maine was formed in January of 2021 to offer Centering Prayer, assist in the formation of Centering Prayer groups, and provide support to facilitators and members of those groups. For more information, visit www.coome.org.

Parish of the Ascension of the Lord, Kittery

A Hoy Hour will be held on Sunday, March 13, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Raphael Church, 6 Whipple Road in Kittery.

Prince of Peace Parish, Lewiston

Join the priests of Prince of Peace Parish for night prayer, part of the Liturgy of the Hours, each night at 9 p.m. You can join from the parish's website, Facebook page, or through YouTube.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Windham

A Tenebrae service will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, located on 919 Roosevelt Trail in Windham, on Monday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tenebrae (Latin word meaning “darkness”) is a service that grew out of a combination of night prayer and early morning prayer, with an additional focus on the commemoration of the Passion of our Lord. The service includes a series of Scripture readings commemorating Jesus’ final week, ending with his burial. At the conclusion of each reading, a candle is snuffed out, until the final candle, the Christ candle, is carried out, leaving the room in darkness and allowing for participants to reflect on the great emotional and physical pain that was very real for Jesus during his Passion. The experience helps set the mood for the approaching Sacred Triduum.

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, Camden

24-Hour Eucharistic Adoration is scheduled for March 4 & 5 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street in Belfast. Please contact the parish at 236-4785 to sign up for a time.

St. Bridget Center, Vassalboro

All are welcome to gather and pray the Rosary at St. Bridget Center on 864 Main Street in Vassalboro on the Wednesdays of Lent at 2 p.m.

St. John Paul II Parish, Scarborough

A Tenebrae service will be held at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, located on 150 Black Point Road in Scarborough, on Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m. Tenebrae (Latin word meaning “darkness”) is a service that grew out of a combination of night prayer and early morning prayer, with an additional focus on the commemoration of the Passion of our Lord. The service includes a series of Scripture readings commemorating Jesus’ final week, ending with his burial. At the conclusion of each reading, a candle is snuffed out, until the final candle, the Christ candle, is carried out, leaving the room in darkness and allowing for participants to reflect on the great emotional and physical pain that was very real for Jesus during his Passion. The experience helps set the mood for the approaching Sacred Triduum.

St. Joseph Parish, Bridgton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 857 Main Street, Fryeburg - Eucharistic adoration on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon and Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street, Bridgton - Eucharistic adoration on the first Fridays of Lent (March 4 and April 1) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by Mass at 6 p.m.; Praying of the Rosary on Saturdays at 9 a.m.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Clais

Immaculate Conception Church, 31 Calais Avenue, Calais - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the Mondays of Lent from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and on the First Fridays, March 4 and April 1, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

St. James the Greater Church, 15 Hillside Street, Baileyville - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the Wednesdays of Lent from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

St. Joseph Church, 51 Washington Street, Eastport - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the Tuesdays of Lent from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, Houlton

St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 110 Military Street in Houlton, will be open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m .to 1 p.m. for anyone who wishes to pray in front of Our Lord in the Eucharist.

St. Michael Parish, Augusta

St. Michael Parish in Augusta will host a Holy Hour with exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, March 6, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church on 41 Western Avenue in Augusta.

St. Rose of Lima Parish, Jay

All are welcome for a quiet time of prayer with a reflection given by Fr. Paul Dumais and an opportunity for confession on Tuesday, April 5, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church on 1 Church Street in Jay. A brief social will be held after in the faith formation center.

St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Norway

Our Lady of Ransom Church, 117 Elm Street, Mechanic Falls - Praying of the Rosary on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street, Norway - Praying of the Rosary on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. and euchariastic adoration on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon, Winslow

A Season of Hope - Join in 15-minutes of Lenten prayer via Zoom on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings at 6 p.m. beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 2. To receive the link or if you have questions, contact the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon at 207-873-4512 or [email protected].