PORTLAND---From additional livestreams of private Masses to “drive-thru” confessions, many Maine priests and parishes have announced special opportunities for parishioners to connect as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts normal Mass and parish schedules. As events are confirmed, they will be added to the Diocese of Portland’s Coronavirus Response page at www.portlanddiocese.org/content/response-coronavirus.
Fr. Phil Tracy, pastor of the Parish of the Holy Eucharist in Falmouth, will offer the sacrament of reconciliation in a drive-thru format at Holy Martyrs Church on 266 Foreside Road in Falmouth on Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. People can drive up with Fr. Tracy hearing confessions at a safe distance near the automobiles.
Fr. Paul Marquis will offer the sacrament of reconciliation in a drive-thru format in the parking lot of Sacred Heart Church on 326 Main Street in Yarmouth on Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fr. Seamus Griesbach, director of vocations for the Diocese of Portland, will offer the sacrament of reconciliation in a similar drive-thru format. He will announce the details on his new YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/channel/UCP9UgarC2xgypizJwqzUhJA).
St. Joseph Church on 133 Middle Street in Farmington will be open for private prayer each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
St. Rose of Lima Church on 1 Church Street in Jay will be open for private prayer each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Holy Family Church on 429 Main Street in Old Town will be open for private prayer and adoration from 8 a.m. to 8 pm. for those who feel they need a place to pray and to be with Jesus in the Eucharist.
St. Athanasius & St. John Church on 126 Maine Avenue in Rumford will be open for private prayer and devotion Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
St. Michael Parish in Augusta will offer a live praying of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on weekdays at 3 p.m. on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/StMichaelMaine).
Fr. Marquis will pray the rosary each night at 9 p.m. on Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/paul.marquis.587).
Video Updates and Prayer Opportunities
Fr. Brad Morin of Good Shepherd Parish in Saco is periodically livestreaming prayer opportunities on his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bradmorin222).