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Light is On


"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, parishes across the Diocese of Portland offer the Light is On, 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. 

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 and Wednesday, December 14 & 15, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (or later if needed).

Auburn - St. Philip Church, 2365 Turner Road - Monday, December 13, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (or later if needed).

Penobscot County

Bradley - St. Ann Church, 84 Main Street - Monday, December 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Following 6 p.m. Mass)

Howland - St. Leo the Great Church, 18 River Road - Wednesday, December 22, at 6 p.m.

Lincoln - St. Mary of Lourdes Church, 142 Main Street - Thursday, December 23, at 6 p.m.

Old Town - Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street - Wednesday - Friday, December 15 - 17, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Following 8 a.m. Mass); Saturday, December 18, 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. (Followed by Mass at 4 p.m.)

Orono - Our Lady of Wisdom Church, 83 College Avenue - Tuesday, December 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by Mass at 8 p.m.

You will find a listing by parish here.