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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

"Hail Mary, full of grace..."

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated on December 8, commemorates the day that Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin.

It is the patronal feast of the United States and of the Diocese of Portland.

Although it was long believed by many Christians that Mary, who was to be the Mother of God, was conceived without sin, it wasn't until 1854 that Pope Pius IX declared it to be dogma of the Catholic Church.  In Ineffabilis Deus, he wrote that "the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God, and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, was preserved free from every stain of original sin is a doctrine revealed by God and, for this reason, must be firmly and constantly believed by all the faithful."

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation. Mass times listed by city/town may be found below..Mass times listed by parish may be found here.

Auburn

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish,  

Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place - Wednesday, December 8, at 7 a.m. and Noon

St. Philip Church, 2365 Turner Road - Wednesday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

Bath

All Saints Parish:

St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 8 a.m.

Benedicta

St. Benedict Parish:

St. Benedict Church, 1063 Benedicta Road - Wednesday, December 8, at 9 a.m.

Biddeford

Good Shepherd Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

Bingham

Christ the King Parish:

St. Peter Church, 27 Owens Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 2:30 p.m.

Boothbay Harbor

All Saints Parish:

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 82 Atlantic Avenue - Wednesday, December 8, at noon

Bradley

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord:

St. Ann Church, 84 Main Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

Bridgton

St. Joseph Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m.

Brunswick

All Saints Parish:

St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street - Wednesday December 8, at 6 p.m.

Dover-Foxcroft

Our Lady of the Snows Parish:

St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 43 high Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

East Millinocket

Christ the Divine Mercy Parish:

St. Peter Church, 58 Cedar Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 4:30 p.m.

Falmouth

Parish of the Holy Eucharist:

Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road - Tuesday, December 7, at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, December 8, at 7:30 a.m.

Farmington

St. Joseph Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 133 Middle Street -  Wednesday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

Freeport

Parish of the Holy Eucharist:

St. Jude Church, 134 Main Street - Tuesday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Fryeburg

St. Joseph Parish:

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 857 Main Street - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

Gray

Parish of the Holy Eucharist:

St. Gregory Church, 24 North Raymond Road - Wednesday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m.

Greenville

Holy Family Parish:

Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue - Wednesday, December 8, at 7:30 a.m.

Howland

Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish:

St. Leo the Great Church, 16 River Road - Tuesday, December 7, at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, December 8, at 8 a.m.

Jackman

St. Anthony of Padua Parish:

St. Faustina Church, 370 Main Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 5 p.m.

Jay

St. Rose of Lima Parish:

St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church Street -  Tuesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, December 8, at 12:15 p.m.

Kennebunk

Holy Spirit Parish:

St. Martha Church, 30 Portland Road - Wednesday, December 8, at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Lewiston

Prince of Peace Parish:

Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 7 a.m.

Holy Cross Church, 1080 Lisbon Street - Tuesday, December 7, at 5:30 p.m.

Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

Lincoln

Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish:

St. Mary of Lourdes Church, 142 Main Street - Tuesday, December 7, at 4 p.m. and Wednesday, December 8, at 10 a.m.

Lisbon Falls

Prince of Peace Parish:

Holy Trinity Church, 67 Frost Hill Avenue - Wednesday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m.

Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 131 High Street - Tuesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

Lyman

Good Shepherd Parish:

St. Philip Church, 404 Goodwins Mills Road - Wednesday, December 8, at 9 a.m.

Madison

Christ the King Parish:

St. Sebastian Church, 161 Main Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 8 a.m.

Mechanic Falls

St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish:

Our Lady of Ransom Church, 117 Elm Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m.

Millinocket

Christ the Divine Mercy Parish:

St. Martin of Tours Church, 19 Colby Street - Tuesday, December 7, at 4 p.m.

Newcastle

All Saints Parish:

St. Patrick Church, 380 Academy Hill Road - Wednesday, December 8 at 6 p.m..

Norway

St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish:

St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 8 a.m.

Old Orchard Beach

Good Shepherd Parish:..

St. Margaret Church, 6 Saco Avenue - Wednesday, December 8, at Noon

Old Town

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord:

Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 8 a.m.

Orono

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord:

Our Lady of Wisdom Church, 83 College Avenue - Tuesday, December 7, at 8 p.m.

University of Maine campus, Bangor room of Student Union - Wednesday, December 8, at noon

Peaks Island

St. Christopher Church, 15 Central Avenue - Wednesday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m.

Pittsfield

St. Agnes Parish:

St. Agnes Church, 238 Detroit Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

Portland

Our Lady of Hope Parish:

St. Joseph Church, 673 Stevens Avenue - Tuesday, December 7, at 7 p.m.

St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue - Tuesday, December 7, at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, December 8, at 9 a.m.

Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes:

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 8 a.m. (Latin Mass in the chapel) and at 12:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Masses at 12:15 and 6 p.m. also livestreamed) 

Sacred Heart Church, 65 Mellen Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m.

St. Christopher Church, 15 Central Avenue, Peaks Island - Wednesday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m.

St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street, Portland - Wednesday, December 8, at 4 p.m.

St. Peter Church, 72 Federal Street, Portland - Wednesday, December 8, at 7 a.m.

Rangeley

St. Luke Church, 19 Lake Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 8 a.m.

Sabattus

Prince of Peace Parish:.

Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 131 High Street - Tuesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

Saco

Good Shepherd Parish:

Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 6 p.m..

Sanford

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish:

Holy Family Church, 66 North Avenue - Tuesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, December 8, at 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Skowhegan

Christ the King Parish:

Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, 273 Water Street - Wednesday, December 8, at Noon

Stratton

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish:

St. John Church, 76 Main Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

Waterville

Corpus Christi Parish:

Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 12:15 p.m.

Wells

Holy Spirit Parish:

St. Mary Church, 236 Eldridge Road - Wednesday, December 8, at 9:15 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Winslow

Corpus Christi Parish:

St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

Yarmouth

Parish of the Holy Eucharist:

Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street - Wednesday, December 8, at 9 a.m.