The Light is On - Lent

"The Sacrament of Reconciliation calls us back to God and embraces us with his infinite mercy & joy." - Pope Francis

The Season of Lent is a time of penance and spiritual renewal that helps us prepare for the celebrating of Christ's paschal mystery. The sacrament of reconciliation opens our hearts to receive him, which is why it is such a wonderful gift to experience as Holy Week approaches. Through the sacrament, we experience God's mercy, our sins are forgiven, and we are healed.

During the fifth week of Lent, from Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, parishes across our diocese will offer additional confession times to allow more people to experience the grace of the sacrament. As parish determine times, they will be listed by county below.  (Times will be posted as they are determined by parishes.) Click here to view a listing by parish. 

Before participating in the sacrament of reconciliation, it may be useful to reflect upon your thoughts and actions. To assist you, the U.S. bishops put together “A Brief Examination of Conscience Based on the Ten Commandments."

Aroostook County

Houlton - St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 110 Military Street - Sunday, March 17, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Monday, March 18, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, March 20, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Island Falls - St. Agnes Church, 76 Sewall Street - Saturday, March 16, 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, March 23, 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Cumberland County

Cape Elizabeth - St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road - Monday, March 18, 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Tuesday, March 19, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, March 22, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Portland - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street - Monday, March 18 - Thursday, March 21, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the chapel.

Scarborough - St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road - Monday, March 18, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, March 18 - Thursday, March 21, 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

South Portland - Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road - Monday, March 18, 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Wednesday, March 20, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday, March 21, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, March 22, 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Kennebec County

Augusta - St. Augustine Church, 75 Northern Avenue - Friday, March 22, at 6 p.m.

Augusta - St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 41 Western Avenue - Monday-Friday, March 18-March 22 at 6 pm. On Tuesday, March 19, confessions will be part of a penance service.

Gardiner - St. Joseph Church, 110 School Street - Wednesday, March 20, at 6 p.m.

Winthrop - St. Francis Xavier Church, 130 U.S. Route 133 - Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m.

Knox County

Camden - Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 7 Union Street - Monday, March 18, at 5:30 p.m. during eucharistic adoration, followed by Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Rockland - St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway - Thursday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. during eucharistic adoration, followed by the Mass of Our Lord's Supper at 6:30 p.m.

Oxford County

Bethel - Our Lady of the Snows, 265 Walker's Mills Road (Route 26) - Monday, March 18, at 6 p.m.

Rumford - St. Athanasius & St. John Church, 126 Maine Avenue - Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m. Penance Service; Thursday and Friday, March 21 & 22, at 6 p.m.

Penobscot County

Bangor - St. John Church, 217 York Street - Saturday, March 23, from 1 pm. to 3 p.m. 

Bangor - St. Mary Church, 768 Ohio Street - Monday, March 18, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, March 18, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Bradley - St. Ann Church, 84 Main Street - Monday, March 18, 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Brewer - St. Teresa Church, 425 South Main Street - Sunday, March 17, 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Hampden - St. Matthew Church, 70 Western Avenue - Wednesday, March 20, 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Thursday, March 21, 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Howland - St. Leo the Great Church, 16 River Road - Wednesday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m.

Lincoln - St. Mary of Lourdes Church, 142 Main Street - Thursday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m.

Old Town - Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street - Tuesday, March 19, 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, March 20, 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, March 21, 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Friday, March 22, 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Penobscot Nation - St Ann Church, 6 Down Street - Saturday, March 23, 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Piscataquis County

Greenville - Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue - Saturday, March 16, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, March 21, and Friday, March 22, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Somerset County

Jackman - St. Faustina Church, 370 Main Street - Sunday, March 17, Noon to 1 p.m.; Monday, March 18, and Tuesday, March 19, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Waldo County

Belfast - St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street - Penitential Serve at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29.

Washington County

Baileyville - St. James the Greater Church, 15 Hillside Street - Monday, March 18, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Calais - Immaculate Conception Church, 31 Calais Avenue - Friday, March 22, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cherryfield - St. Michael Church, 51 Elm Street - Thursday, March 21, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., preceded by Stations of the Cross at 5 p.m.

Eastport - St. Joseph Church, 51 Washington Street - Wednesday, March 20, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Lubec - Sacred Heart Church, 14 Hamilton Street - Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., preceded by Stations of the Cross at 5 p.m.

Machias - Holy Name of Jesus Church, 8 Free Street - Friday, March 22, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. during Stations of the Cross. A soup and bread meal will follow.

Peter Dana Point - St. Ann Church, Peter Dana Point Road - Tuesday March 19, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

York County

Kittery - St. Raphael Church, 6 Whipple Road - Monday, March 18, at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, March 20, at 7 .m.

South Berwick - Our Lady of the Angels Church, 4 Angels' Way - Tuesday, March 19, at 7 pm. and Wednesday, March 20, at 1 pm.

York - St. Christopher Church, 4 Barrell Lane - Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, March 19, at 1 p.m.