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Light is On For You


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

The season of Advent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Our Lord's birth. It is a time to celebrate the way in which the Lord comes into our lives every day, and it is a time to look forward in hope to the second coming of Jesus in his glory.  Advent, like Lent, is also a time of heightened prayer, penance, and preparation so that we may be truly ready for the Lord's coming. It is why, each Advent, the Diocese of Portland offers the Light is On, a week of additional opportunities to receive the grace of the sacrament of reconciliation. Through the sacrament, we experience God's mercy, our sins are forgiven, and we are healed.

This year, the Light is On will be held during the Third Week of Advent, December 17-21, 2018.  You will find times listed by county below, or you can 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."

Androscoggin County

Aroostook County

Cumberland County

Franklin County


Hancock County


Kennebec County



Knox County


Lincoln County


Oxford County


Penoboscot County

Bradley - St. Ann Church, 84 Main Street - Monday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Old Town - Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street - Thursday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, April 12, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Orono - Our Lady of Wisdom Church, 83 College Avenue - Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Piscataquis County


Sagadahoc County


Somerset County


Waldo County


Washington County

Baileyville - St. James the Greater Church, 15 Hillside Street - Sunday, April 7, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 11, 6 to 7 p.m.

Calais - Immaculate Conception Church, 31 Calais Avenue - Monday, April 8, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Thursday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and Firday, April 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., following Stations of the Cross

Eastport - St. Joseph Church, 51 Washington Street - Saturday, April 13, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Peter Dana Point - St. Ann Church, Peter Dana Point Road - Wednesday, April 10, 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., followed by Mass and Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m.



York County