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Memorial Day Masses and Services

“Memorial Day is a time to remember those who kept the faith and died in service to our country...It is our duty as Americans to praise their sacrifice, to bless their memories, to pray for their eternal repose, and to thank God for the freedom they preserve for us.” - Bishop Robert Deeley

The origins of Memorial Day date back to the Civil War when many cities and towns would set aside a day to remember those who died in the war. Originally called Decoration Day, it was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, on May 5, 1868, and was first observed on May 30 of that year when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1971, Congress passed a law placing the celebration of Memorial Day on the last Monday in May. Here is a list of special Masses and services scheduled for the Diocese of Portland (will be updated):

Houlton
St. Mary's Cemetery
County Road
Fr. Kevin Martin will head a prayer service at the cemetery at 9 a.m.  

Lewiston
St. Peter's Cemetery
217 Switzerland Road
10 a.m. (Bishop Robert Deeley will preside at the Mass.)

Livermore Falls
Holy Cross Cemetery
Park Street
1 p.m. Mass celebrated by Father Paul Dumais, weather permitting

Rumford
St. John Cemetery
Isthmus Road
8:15 a.m. Mass will be celebrated in the cemetery

South Portland
Calvary Cemetery
1461 Broadway (near the Armed Forces section)
9 a.m.
The rain location will be Holy Cross Church on 124 Cottage Road.

Yarmouth
Holy Cross Cemetery
75 Smith Street
Mass at 9 a.m. celebrated by Father Steven Cartwright.
In the event of rain, the Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street, Yarmouth.