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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 renewal. We long to grow closer to Christ, as we look forward to the celebration of the Paschal Mystery.

When we sin, we harm our relationship with God and his Church. That is why the sacrament of reconciliation is such a wonderful gift to experience during Lent. Through the sacrament, we experience God's mercy, our sins are forgiven, and we are healed.

This Lent, parishes will offer some additional opportunities for people to receive the sacrament, including a week in which the confessional light will be on at parishes across the diocese. You will find times listed by county below, or you will find a listing by parish here.

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 - Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place - Tuesday, April 5, and Wednesday, April 6, at 6 p.m.

Auburn - St. Philip Church, 2365 Turner Road - Monday, April 4 at 6 p.m.

Lewiston - Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street - Saturday, April 9, 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Lewiston - Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus Street - Monday, April 4 - Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  and Saturday, April 9, 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Lisbon Falls - Holy Trinity Church, 67 Frost Hill Avenue - Saturday, April 9, 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Mechanic Falls - Our Lady of Ransom Church, 117 Elm Street - Monday, April 4, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Aroostook County

Benedicta - St. Benedict Church, 1063 Benedicta Road - Friday, April 8, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Caribou - Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn Street – Monday, April 4, at 6 p.m., and Tuesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. A penitential service will also be held on Sunday, April 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Eagle Lake - St. Mary Church, 3451 Aroostook Road – Sunday, April 10, noon (after 11 a.m. morning Mass)

Fort Kent - St. Louis Church, 26 East Main Street – Monday, April 4, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, April 5, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, April 6, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; Saturday, April 9, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Frenchville - St. Luce Church, 441 U.S. Route One - Thursdays 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Houlton - St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 110 Military Street - Sunday, April 3, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 2:30 p.m.; Monday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, April 5, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; and Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Friday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Island Falls - St. Agnes Church, 76 Sewall Street - Saturday, April 1, 3p .m. to 3:46 p.m. and Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Madawaska - St. David Church, 774 Main Street - Fridays 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. A penitential service will also be held on Sunday, April 10, at 1 p.m.

Madawaska - St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 337 St. Thomas Street - Tuesdays 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Patten - St. Paul Church, 34 Katahdin Street - Saturday, April 2, 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Saturday, April 9, 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Presque Isle - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 333 Main Street – Wednesday, April 6, at 6 p.m., and Thursday, April 7, at 6 p.m.

Saint Agatha - St. Agatha Church, 379 Main Street - Mondays and Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. 

Saint Francis - St. Charles Church, 912 Main Street – Saturday, April 9, 7 p.m. (after 6 p.m. evening Mass)

Van Buren - St. Bruno-St. Remi Church, 174 Main Street - Mondays 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Cumberland County

Bridgton - St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street - Wednesday, April 6, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 9, 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Brunswick - St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street - Sunday, April 3, after the 5 p.m. Mass, and Thursday, April 7, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Brunswick - St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant Street - Tuesday, April 5, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cape Elizabeth - St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road - Monday, April 4, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday, April 5, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, April 7, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Falmouth - Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road – Tuesday, April 5, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. A parish penance service will also be held on Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m.

Freeport - St. Jude Church, 134 Main Street – Wednesday, April 6, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Gorham - St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street - Tuesday, April 5, 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and Wednesday, April 6, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Gray - St. Gregory Church, 24 North Raymond Road – Monday, April 4, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Peaks Island - St. Christopher Church, 15 Central Avenue - Wednesday, April 6, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Portland - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street - A Lenten penance service with the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation will be held on Sunday, April 3, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the sacrament of reconciliation will be offered Monday-Thursday, April 4-7, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Portland - Sacred Heart Church, 65 Mellen Street - Monday, April 4, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Portland - St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street - Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Portland - St. Peter Church, 72 Federal Street - Tuesday, April 5, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Portland - St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue - Monday, April 4, through Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Scarborough - St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road - Monday, April 4, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, April 6, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, April 9, 3:45 p.m.

South Portland - Holy Cross Church, 124 Cottage Road - Tuesday, April 5, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, April 7, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, April 8, 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; Saturday, April 9, 2:45 p.m.

Westbrook - St. Hyacinth Church, 268 Brown Street - Tuesday, April 5, noon to 1 p.m.; Thursday, April 7, noon to 1 p.m.

Windham - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail - Tuesday, April 5, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, April 8, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, April 9, noon to 1 p.m.

Yarmouth - Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street – Thursday, April 7, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Franklin County

Rangeley - St. Luke Church, 9 Lake Street - Monday, April 4, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday, April 7, 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Stratton - St. John Church, 76 Main Street - Tuesday, April 5, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, April 6, 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Hancock County

Bar Harbor - Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street - Friday, April 8, at 6 p.m.

Bucksport - St. Vincent de Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street - Tuesday, April 5, at 6 p.m.

Ellsworth - St. Joseph Church, 231 Middle Street - Thursday, April 7, at 6 p.m.

Kennebec County

Augusta - St. Augustine Church, 75 Northern Avenue - Monday, April 4, 2 p.m., and Friday, April 8, at 2 p.m.

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

Gardiner - St. Joseph Church, 110 School Street - Wednesday, April 6, 6 p.m.

Hallowell - Sacred Heart Church, 14 Summer Street - Sunday, April 3, 4 p.m.

Waterville - Notre Dame du Perpetual Secours Church, 116 Silver Street - Monday, April 4, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, April 6, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Winslow - St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street - Tuesday, April 5, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Winthrop - St. Francis Xavier Church, 130 Route 133 - Tuesday, April 5, 6 p.m.

Knox County

Camden - Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 7 Union Street - Monday, April 4, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 6, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Rockport - St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway - Tuesday, April 5, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and Thursday, April 7, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.

Lincoln County

Newcastle - St. Patrick Church, 380 Academy Hill Road - Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Whitefield - St. Denis Church, 298 Grand Army Road - Monday, April 4, 6 p.m.

Oxford County

Bethel - Our Lady of the Snows Church, 265 Walker’s Mills Road – Thursday, April 7, at 6 p.m.

Fryeburg - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 857 Main Street - Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Norway - St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street - Tuesday, April 5, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 9, 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Rumford - St. Athanasius/St. John Church, 126 Maine Avenue – Monday, April 4, at 6 p.m., and Tuesday, April 5, at 6 p.m.

Penobscot County

Bangor - St. John Church, 217 York Street - Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Bangor - St. Mary Church, 768 Ohio Street - Monday, April 4, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, April 5, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Bradley - St. Ann Church, 84 Main Street - Monday, April 4, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dexter -  St. Anne Church, 64 Free Street - Monday, April 4, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

East Millinocket - St. Peter Church, 58 Cedar Street - Monday, April 4, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hampden - St. Matthew Church, 70 Western Avenue - Wednesday and Thursday, April 6 & 7, 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Howland - St. Leo the Great Church, 16 River Street - Thursday, April 7, at 4 p.m.

Lincoln - St. Mary of Lourdes Church, 142 Main Street - Friday, April 8, at 4 p.m.

Millinocket - St. Martin of Tours Church, 19 Colby Street - Wednesday, April 6, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Old Town - Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street - Wednesday, April 6, 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.  

Orono - Our Lady of Wisdom Church, 83 College Avenue - Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Piscataquis County

Dover-Foxcroft - St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 43 High Street - Tuesday, April 5, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Greenville - Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue – Tuesday, April 5, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Sagadahoc County

Bath - St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street - Monday, April 4, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Somerset County

Bingham - St. Peter Church, 27 Owens Street - Friday, April 8, following the 2:30 p.m. Mass

Jackman - St. Faustina Church, 370 Main Street – Monday, April 4, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Madison - St. Sebastian Church, 161 Main Street - Monday, April 4, at 6 p.m.

Skowhegan - Notre Dame Church, 273 Water Street - Tuesday, April 5, at noon, and Wednesday, April 6, at 6 p.m.

Waldo County

Belfast - St. Francis Assisi Church, 81 Court Street - Wednesday, April 6, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday, April 8, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Washington County

Baileyville - St. James the Greater Church, 15 Hillside Street - Monday, April 4, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Calais - Immaculate Conception Church, 31 Calais Avenue - Friday, April 8, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cherryfield - St. Michael Church, 51 Elm Street – Friday, April 8, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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

Lubec - Sacred Heart Church, 14 Hamilton Street – Wednesday, April 6, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Machias - Holy Name Church, 8 Free Street – Thursday, April 7, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Peter Dana Point - St. Ann Church, Peter Dana Point Road - Tuesday, April 5, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

York County

Biddeford - St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm Street - Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Kennebunk - St. Martha Church, 30 Portland Road - Thursday, April 7, at 6 p.m.

Kittery - St. Raphael Church, 6 Whipple Road - Monday, April 4, at 2 p.m., and Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m.

Limerick - St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane - Monday, April 4, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 6, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, April 9, 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m

Lyman - St. Philip Church, 404 Goodwins Mills Road - Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Old Orchard Beach - St. Margaret Church, 6 Saco Avenue - Monday, April 4, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Saco - Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street - Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sanford - Holy Family Church, 66 North Avenue - Tuesday, April 5, 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. (with eucharistic adoration); Wednesday, April 6, 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.; Thursday, April 7, 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. (with eucharistic adoration); Friday, April 8, 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (with eucharistic adoration) and 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Saturday, April 9, 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

South Berwick - Our Lady of the Angels Church, 162 Agamenticus Road - Tuesday, April 5, at 2 p.m., and Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m.

Wells - St. Mary Church, 236 Eldridge Road - Tuesday, April 5, at 6 p.m.

York - St. Christopher Church, 4 Barrell Lane - Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m., and Wednesday, April 6, at 2 p.m.