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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

Auburn - St. Philip Church, 2365 Turner Road - Monday, December 17, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Auburn - Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place - Thursday, December 20, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, December 21, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Lewiston - Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street - Monday, December 17, at 6 p.m. in the downstairs chapel

Lewiston - Holy Cross Church, 1080 Lisbon Street - Wednesday, December 19, at 4 p.m. and Friday, December 21, at 4 p.m.

Lewiston - Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus Street - Sunday, December 16, 2 p.m. penitential service

Lisbon Falls - Holy Trinity Church, 67 Frost Hill Avenue - Thursday, December 20, at 6 p.m.

Mechanic Falls - Our Lady of Ransom Church, 117 Elm Street - Tuesday, December 18, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sabattus - Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 131 High Street- Tuesday, December 18, at 6 p.m.

Aroostook County

Benedicta - St. Benedict Church, 1063 Benedicta Road - Monday, December 17, Mass at 5:30 p.m. followed by the sacrament of reconciliation from 6 to 7 p.m.

Caribou - Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn Street - Monday, December 17, and Wednesday, December 19, at 6 p.m.

Fort Kent - St. Louis Church, 26 East Main Street - Monday-Thursday, December 17-20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Houlton - St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 112 Military Street - Monday - Wednesday, December 17-19, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, December 21, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Island Falls - St. Agnes Church, 76 Sewall Street - Thursday, December 20, 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Presque Isle - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 331 Main Street - Tuesday, December 18, and Thursday, December 20, at 6 p.m.

Cumberland County

Bridgton - St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street - Wednesday, December 19, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Brunswick - St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant Street - Monday, December 17, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Falmouth - Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road - Thursday, December 20, at 6 p.m.

Freeport - St. Jude Church, 134 Main Street - Wednesday, December 19, at 6 p.m.

Gorham - St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street - Monday, December 17, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday, December 18, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, December 20, 12 pm. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, December 21, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Gray - St. Gregory Church, 24 North Raymond Road - Monday, December 17, at 6 p.m.

Portland - St. Peter Church, 72 Federal Street - Monday, December 17, through Thursday, December 20, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Westbrook - St. Anthony of Padua Church, 268 Brown Street - Monday, December 17, 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (after 5 p.m. Mass); Wednesday, December 19, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Windham - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail - Tuesday, December 18, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, December 19, 6 pm. to 7 p.m.

Yarmouth - Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street - Tuesday, December 18, at 6 p.m.

Franklin County

Farmington - St. Joseph Church, 133 Middle Street - Monday, December 17, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, December 19, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Jay - St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church Street - Tuesday, December 18, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, December 20, confessions from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by sung evening prayer at 5 p.m., adoration and confessions from 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and benediction at 5:45 p.m.; Friday, December 21, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Rangeley - St. Luke Church, 9 Lake Street - Thursday, December 20, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, December 22, 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

Stratton - St. John Church, 76 Main Street - Wednesday, December 19, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Hancock County

Bar Harbor - Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street - Thursday, December 13 following the 7:30 a.m. Mass and Friday, December 14, at 7 p.m.

Bucksport - St. Vincent de Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street - Monday, December 10, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and Friday, December 21, at 4 p.m.

Ellsworth - St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street - Tuesday, December 11, at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, December 12, at 1 p.m.

Kennebec County

Augusta - St. Augustine Church, 75 Northern Avenue - Friday, December 21, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Augusta - St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 41 Western Avenue - Thursday, December 20, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Gardiner - St. Joseph Church, 110 School Street - Friday, December 21, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hallowell - Sacred Heart Church, 14 Summer Street - Friday, December 21, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Waterville - Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street - Tuesday, December 18, 1 to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, December 19, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and Thursday, December 20, 1 to 2 p.m.

Winslow - St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street - Friday, December 21, 7 to 7:45 a.m.

Winthrop - St. Francis Xavier Church, 130 U.S. Route 133 - Monday, December 17, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Knox County

Camden - Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 7 Union Street - Monday, December 17, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Rockland - St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway - Thursday, December 20, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Lincoln County

Newcastle - St. Patrick Church, 380 Academy Hill Road - Wednesday, December 19, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m

Whitefield - St. Denis Church, 298 Grand Army Road - Monday, December 17, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Oxford County

Bethel - Our Lady of the Snows Church, 265 Walker's Mills Road - Wednesday, December 19, 5 to 6 p.m.

Fryeburg - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 857 Main Street - Thursday, December 20, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Norway - St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street - Monday, December 17, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Rumford - St. Athanasius & St. John Church, 126 Maine Avenue - Monday, December 17, and Thursday, December 20, 5 to 6 p.m.

Penoboscot County

Bangor - St. Mary Church 768 Ohio Street - Wednesday, December 19, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Bradley - St. Ann Church, 84 Main Street - Monday, December 17, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Brewer - St. Joseph Church, 531 North Main Street - Tuesday, December 18, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dexter - St. Anne Church, 64 Free Street - Sunday, December 16, at 1 p.m.

East Millinocket - St. Peter Church, 58 Cedar Street - Tuesday, December 18, Mass at 5:30 p.m. followed by the sacrament of reconciliation from 6 to 7 p.m.

Howland - St. Leo the Great Church, 16 River Road  - Monday, December 17, at 6 p.m.

Lincoln - St. Mary of Lourdes Church, 164 Main Street - Monday, December 17, at 11 a.m. and Thursday, December 20, at 6 p.m.

Millinocket - St. Martin of Tours Church, 39 Colby Street - Friday, December 21, Mass at 5:30 p.m. followed by the sacrament of reconciliation from 6 to 7 p.m.

Old Town - Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street - Thursday, December 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, December 21, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Orono - Our Lady of Wisdom Church, 83 College Avenue, Tuesday, December 18, 7 to 8 p.m.

Piscataquis County

Greenville - Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue -  Thursday, December 20, 6 p.m. Penance Service and Friday, December 21, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Sagadahoc County

Bath - St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street - Tuesday, December 18, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Somerset County

Jackman - St. Faustina Church, 370 Main Street - Monday and Tuesday, December 17 & 18, 6 to 7 p.m

Waldo County

Belfast - St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street - Wednesday, December 19, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Winterport - St. Gabriel Church, 435 South Main Street - Monday, December 17, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Washington County

Baileyville - St. James the Greater Church, 15 Hillside Street -  Monday, December 17, 6 to 7 p.m.

Calais - Immaculate Conception Church, 31 Calais Avenue - Monday, December 17, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Thursday, December 20, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cherryfield - St. Michael Church, 5 Elm Street - Wednesday, December 19, 6 to 7 p.m.

Eastport - St. Joseph Church, 51 Washington Street - Saturday, December 22, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Lubec - Sacred Heart Church, 12 Hamilton Street - Friday, December 21, 6 to 7 p.m.

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

Peter Dana Point - St. Ann Church, Peter Dana Point Road - Sunday, December 16, 1 to 2 p.m.

Sipayik (Perry) - Elder Center next to St. Ann Church, 126 Bayview Drive - Saturday, December 22, 1 to 2 p.m.

York County

Biddeford - St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm Street - Monday, December 17, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Kennebunk - St. Martha Church, 34 Portland Road - Monday, December 17, and Wednesday, December 19, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Limerick - St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane - Thursday, December 20, 5 to 7 p.m. and following Monday 9 a.m. Mass and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. Masses.

Lyman - St. Philip Church, 404 Goodwins Mills Road - Tuesday, December 18, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Old Orchard Beach - St. Margaret Church, 6 Saco Avenue - Wednesday, December 19, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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

Sanford - Holy Family Church, 66 North Avenue - Friday, December 21, 5 to 7 p.m.

Springvale - Notre Dame Church, 610 Payne Street - Tuesday, December 18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wells - St. Mary Church, 236 Eldridge Road - Tuesday, December 18, and Thursday, December 20, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.