Our Lady of the Lakes Parish
Welcome to our parish!
Our Lady of the Lakes Parish is located in Maine's beautiful Rangeley Lakes region, amid the western Maine mountains. The parish includes Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Oquossoc, St. John Church in Stratton, St. Luke Church in Rangeley, and in the wintertime, Mass is celebrated at the Bell Chapel at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain.
The first Catholic church in the region, Our Lady of the Lakes, was built in 1908, primarily through the efforts of Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby, a well-known outdoor enthusiast who was a convert to Catholicism. She was authorized by letter from Bishop William O’Connell (dated July 23, 1906) to accept donations “with a view to a chapel in the Rangeley Region.” Collecting funds from residents and tourists and using land given to her by the railroad company, she spearheaded the construction of the church. The first Mass was celebrated in the church on August 30, 1908, by Father Ambrose H. Barry. On September 30, 1908, Bishop Walsh visited the newly built chapel. He would later bless the church on August 15, 1911.
As it was in the time of Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby, the area is known for its scenic vistas, wildlife, and outdoor sports. Visitors are drawn to the area to fish on the lakes in the spring and summer, view the fall foliage, and hit the slopes and snowmobile trails in the winter. We invite them all to join us!
Administrator: Rev. Philip Clement
Rectory Address: 43 Rangeley Avenue, Oquossoc
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 333, Oquossoc, ME 04964-0333
Telephone: 207-864-3795 Email: [email protected]
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