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"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, which 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.

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."

During the fifth week of Lent, parishes across our diocese will offer additional confession times to allow more people to experience the grace of the sacrament.  Times are listed by county below.  Click here to view a listing by parish.

Androscoggin County

Auburn - Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place – Wednesday, March 21, 6 to 7 p.m.

Auburn - St. Philip Church, 2365 Turner Road – Tuesday, March 20, 6 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, March 22, 6 to 7 p.m.

Lewiston - Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus Street - Monday-Friday, March 19-23, 6 to 7 p.m.

Lisbon Falls - Holy Trinity Church, 67 Frost Hill Avenue - Monday-Friday, March 19-23, 6 to 7 p.m.

Mechanic Falls - Our Lady of Ransom Church, 117 Elm Street - Tuesday, March 20, 6 to 7 p.m.

Aroostook County

Benedicta - St. Benedict Church, 1063 Benedicta Road - Monday, March 19, 6 to 7 p.m., following the 5:30 p.m. Mass

Caribou - Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn Street - Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20, 6 to 7 p.m.

Eagle Lake - St. Mary Church, 3443 Aroostook Road, Eagle Lake - Sunday, March 18, Noon to 1 p.m.

Fort Kent - St. Louis Church, 26 East Main Street - Sunday, March 18, 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Monday, March 19, and Tuesday March 20, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 to 9 a.m.; Thursday, March 22, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Houlton - St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 112 Military Street - Monday, March 19 - Thursday, March 22, 6 to 7 p.m.

Island Falls - St. Agnes Church, 76 Sewall Street - Thursday, March 22, at 5 p.m.

Madawaska - St. David Church, 774 Main Street - Sunday, March 18, Penance Service from 1 to 2 p.m.

Presque Isle - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 331 Main Street - Wednesday, March 21, 6 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, March 22, 6 to 7 p.m.

Saint Francis - St. Charles Borromeo Church, 912 Main Street - Wednesday, March 21, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Wallagrass - St. Joseph Church, 7 Church Street - Thursday, March 22, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Cumberland County

Bridgton - St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street - Wednesday, March 21, 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.

Brunswick - St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street - Tuesday, March 20, 6 to 7 p.m.

Brunswick - St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant Street - Thursday, March 22, 6 to 7 p.m.

Cape Elizabeth - St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road - Tuesday, March 20, at 4 p.m., and Thursday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m.

Falmouth - Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road - Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m.

Freeport - St. Jude Church, 134 Main Street - Wednesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Gray - St. Gregory Church, 24 North Raymond Road - Monday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Gorham - St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street - Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, 6 to 7 p.m.

Portland - St. Peter Church, 72 Federal Street - Monday - Friday, March 19-23, 6 to 7 p.m.

Portland - St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue - Monday, March 18, through Thursday, March 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Scarborough - St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road - Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, March 21, at 2 p.m.

South Portland - Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road - Monday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, March 22, at 2 p.m.

Westbrook - St. Hyacinth Church, 268 Brown Street - Monday, March 19, 6 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday, March 21, Noon to 1 p.m.

Windham - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail - Tuesday, March 20, and Wednesday, March 21, 6 to 7 p.m.

Yarmouth - Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street - Thursday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m.

Franklin County

Farmington - St. Joseph Church, 133 Middle Street - Monday, March 19, 4 to 6 p.m.

Jay - St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church Street - Tuesday, March 20, 4 to 6 p.m.

Rangeley - St. Luke Church, 9 Lake Street - Thursday, March 15, 5 to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 16, 4 to 5 p.m.

Stratton - St. John Church, 76 Main Street - Wednesday, March 14, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Hancock County

Bar Harbor - Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street - Friday, March 23, following Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:30 p.m.

Bucksport - St. Vincent de Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street- Thursday, March 22, after the 8:30 a.m. Mass and 6 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 24, at 3 p.m.

Castine - Our Lady of Holy Hope, 137 Perkins Street - Friday, March 23, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass

Ellsworth - St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street - Wednesday, March 21, at 1 p.m. and Thursday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall.

Stonington - St. Mary Star of the Sea, 8 Granite Street - Wednesday, March 21, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass

Kennebec County

Augusta - St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 41 Western Avenue – Wednesday, March 21, 6 to 7 p.m.

Gardiner – St. Joseph Church, 110 School Street – Thursday, March 22, 6 to 7 p.m.

Hallowell – Sacred Heart Church, 14 Summer Street – Tuesday, March 20, 4 to 5 p.m.

Waterville - Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street - Tuesday, March 20, 1 to 2p.m. and Thursday, March 22, 1 to 2 p.m.

Winslow - St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street - Wednesday, March 21, 6 to 7 p.m., and Friday, March 23, 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Winthrop – St. Francis Xavier Church, 130 U.S. Route 133 – Monday, March 19, 6 to 7 p.m.

Knox County

Camden - Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 7 Union Street - Tuesday, March 20, 9 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Rockland - St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway - Thursday, March 22, 9 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Lincoln County

Newcastle - St. Patrick Church, 380 Academy Hill Road - Wednesday, March 21, 6 to 7 p.m.

Whitefield – St. Denis Church, 298 Grand Army Road – Tuesday, March 20, 6 to 7 p.m.

Oxford County

Bethel - Our Lady of the Snows Church, 265 Walker's Mills Road - Wednesday, March 21, 5 to 6 p.m.

Fryeburg - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 857 Main Street - Thursday, March 22, 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.

Norway -  St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street - Monday, March 19, 6 to 7 p.m.

Rumford - St. Athanasius & St. John Church, 126 Maine Avenue - Monday, March 19 and Thursday, March 22, 5 to 6 p.m.

Penobscot County

Bangor - St. John Church, 217 York Street – Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Bangor - St. Mary Church, 768 Ohio Street – Friday, March 23, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Bradley - St. Ann Church, 84 Main Street - Monday, March 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Brewer - St. Joseph Church, 531 North Main Street – Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Brewer - St. Teresa Church, 425 South Main Street – Thursday, March 22, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Dexter - St. Anne Church, 64 Free Street - Sunday, March 25, 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.; Wednesday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. during and after Stations of the Cross

East Millinocket - St. Peter Church, 58 Cedar Street - Tuesday, March 20, 6 to 7 p.m., following the 5:30 p.m. Mass

Hampden - St. Matthew Church, 70 Western Avenue – Friday, March 23, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Howland - St. Leo the Great Church, 16 River Road - Thursday, March 20, at 6 p.m.

Lincoln - St. Mary of Lourdes Church, 164 Main Street - Monday, March 19, at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, March 20, at 11 a.m. 

Millinocket - St. Martin of Tours Church, 39 Colby Street - Friday, March 23, 6 to 7 p.m. following the 5:30 p.m. Mass

Old Town - Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street - Thursday, March 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, March 23, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Orono - Our Lady of Wisdom Church, 83 College Avenue (Newman Center) - Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Piscataquis County

Dover-Foxcroft - St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 43 High Street - Sunday, March 18, 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and Wednesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. during and after Stations of the Cross

Greenville - Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue - Thursday, March 22, Penance Service at 6 p.m.; Friday, March 23, Confessions from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Milo - St. Francis Xavier & St. Paul the Apostle, 128 Riverside Street - Saturday, March 17, 2 to 3:45 p.m.

Sagadahoc County

Bath - St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street - Monday, March 19, 6 to 7 p.m.

Somerset County

Bingham - St. Peter Church, 278 Owens Street - Thursday, March 22, 6 to 7 p.m.

Jackman - St. Faustina Church, 370 Main Street - Sunday, March 18, Penance Service at 2 p.m.; Monday, March 19, Confessions from 6 to 7 p.m.

Madison - St. Sebastian Church, 161 Main Street - Monday, March 19, 6 to 8 p.m.

Pittsfield - St. Agnes Church, 238 Detroit Street - Saturday, March 24, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and Sunday, March 25, following the 8 a.m. Mass 

Skowhegan - Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, 273 Water Street - Tuesday, March 20, Noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, March 21, 6 to 8 p.m.

Waldo County

Belfast - St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street - Wednesday, March 21, 9 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Winterport - St. Gabriel Church, 435 South Main Street – Monday, March 19, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Washington County

Baileyville - St. James the Greater, 15 Hillside Street - Sunday, March 18, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. and Friday, March 23, 6 to 7 p.m.

Calais - Immaculate Conception Church, 31 Calais Avenue - Monday, March 19, 10 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.

Cherryfield - St. Michael Church, 5 Elm Street - Thursday, March 22, 6 to 7 p.m.

Eastport - St. Joseph, 51 Washington Street  - Saturday, March 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Indian Township - St. Ann, Peter Dana Point Road - Thursday, March 22, 4 to 5:15 p.m., followed by Mass at 5:30 p.m. and Stations of the Cross

Lubec - Sacred Heart Church, 12 Hamilton Street - Monday, March 19, 6 to 7 p.m.

Machias - Holy Name of Jesus Church, 10 Free Street - Tuesday, March 20, 6 to 7 p.m.

Perry - St. Ann, 126 Bayview Drive - Saturday, March 24, Noon to 1 p.m. in the elderly center next to the church

York County

Biddeford - St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm Street - Monday, March 19, 6 to 7 p.m.

Kennebunk - St. Martha Church, 34 Portland Road - Tuesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 22, 6 to 7 p.m.

Kittery - St. Raphael Church, 6 Whipple Road - Monday, March 19, at 1 p.m. and Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the chapel

Limerick - St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane - Tuesday, March 20, following the 8 a.m. Mass and from 6 to 7 p.m.; Thursday, March 22, following the 8 a.m. Mass; and Friday, March 23 following the 8 a.m. Mass and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Before the Stations of the Cross, and afterwards if requested.)

Lyman - St. Philip Church, 404 Goodwins Mills Road - Wednesday, March 21, 6 to 7 p.m.

Old Orchard Beach - St. Margaret Church, 6 Saco Avenue - Tuesday, March 20, 6 to 7 p.m.

Saco - Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street - Thursday, March 20, 6 to 7 p.m.

Sanford - Holy Family Church, 66 North Avenue - Thursday, March 22, 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday, March 23, following the 7:30 a.m. Mass and after the Stations of the Cross (4:30 to 5:30 p.m.)

South Berwick - Our Lady of the Angels Church, 160 Agamenticus Road - Tuesday, March 20, at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m.

Springvale - Notre Dame Church, 10 Payne Street - Wednesday, March 21, following the 7:30 a.m. Mass and from 5 to 7 p.m.

Wells - St. Mary Church, 236 Eldridge Road - Monday, March 19, and Wednesday, March 21, 6 to 7 p.m.
 
York - St. Christopher Church, 4 Barrell Lane - Monday, March 19, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, March 21, at 1 p.m.

St. Luke Church, 9 Lake Street - Thursday, March 15, 5 to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 16, 4 to 5 p.m.