Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Masses - By Parish

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. A list of Masses by parish is found below. A listing by city/town may be found here.

Immaculate Conception Prayer

Holy Day Mass Times

All Saints Parish, Brunswick

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 82 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor - Thursday, December 8, at Noon

St. Ambrose Church, 29 Kimball Street, Richmond - Thursday, December 8, at 10 a.m.

St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street, Brunswick - Thursday, December 8, at noon and 6:30 p.m.

St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant Street, Brunswick - Thursday, December 8, at 8 a.m. (School Mass but all may attend).

St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street, Bath - Thursday, December 8, at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Portland

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland - Thursday, December 8, at 8 a.m., 12:15 p.m. (Bishop Deeley), and 6 p.m.

Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, East Millinocket

St. Peter Church, 58 Cedar Street, East Millinocket - Thursday, December 8, 4:30 p.m.

Christ the King Parish, Skowhegan

Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, 273 Water Street, Skowhegan - Thursday, December 8, at noon and 4 p.m.

St. Peter Church, 27 Owens Street, Bingham - Thursday, December 8, at 2 p.m.

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

Corpus Christi Parish, Waterville

Notre Dame du Perpetual Secours Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville - Thursday, December 8, at 12:15 p.m.

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

Good Shepherd Parish, Saco

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

St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm Street, Biddeford - Thursday, December 8, at 9 a.m. (With St. James schoolchildren participating, but all are invited.)

St. Margaret Church, 6 Saco Avenue, Old Orchard Beach - Thursday, December 8, at Noon

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

Holy Family Parish, Greenville

Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue, Greenville – Thursday, December 8, 8 a.m.

Holy Spirit Parish, Wells

St. Mary Church, 236 Eldridge Road, Wells - Thursday, December 8 at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

St. Martha Church, 30 Portland Road, Kennebunk - Thursday, December 8, at 9:15 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Auburn

Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place, Auburn - Thursday, December 8, at 7 a.m. and noon

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

Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish, Madawaska

St. David Church, 774 Main Street, Madawaska - Thursday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m.

St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 337 St. Thomas Street, Madawaska - Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

Our Lady of Hope Parish, Portland

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

St. Joseph Church, 673 Stevens Avenue - Wednesday, December 7, at 7 p.m. and Thursday, December 8, at noon

Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, Lincoln

St. Leo the Great Church, 16 River Street, Howland - Wednesday, December 7, at 5:30 p.m.

St. Mary of Lourdes Church,142 Main Street, Lincoln - Thursday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m.

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Oquossoc

St. John Church, 76 Main Street, Stratton - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

St. Luke Church, 19 Lake Street, Rangeley - Thursday, December 8, at 9 a.m.

Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Dexter

St. Anne Church, 64 Free Street, Dexter - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 43 High Street, Dover-Foxcroft - Thursday, December 8, at noon

Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Saint Agatha

St. Joseph Church, 413 Shore Road, Sinclair - Thursday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m.

St. Luce Church, 441 U.S. Route One, Frenchville - Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

Parish of the Ascension of the Lord, Kittery

Our Lady of the Angels Church, 162 Agamenticus Road, South Berwick - Thursday, December 8, at 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

St. Christopher Church, 4 Barrell Lane, York - Thursday, December 8, at 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

St. Raphael Church, 6 Whipple Road, Kittery - Wednesday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, December 8, at 9 a.m.

Parish of the Holy Eucharist, Falmouth

Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth - Thursday, December 8, at 7:30 a.m.

Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street, Yarmouth - Thursday, December 8, at 8 a.m.

St. Gregory Church, 24 North Raymond Road, Gray - Thursday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m.

St. Jude Church, 134 Main Street, Freeport - Thursday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m.

Parish of the Holy Savior, Rumford

Our Lady of the Snows, 265 Walker's Mills Road, Bethel - Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

St. Athanasius & St. John Church, 126 Maine Avenue, Rumford - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. and Thursday, December 8, at 8:15 a.m.

Parish of the Precious Blood, Caribou

Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn Street, Caribou - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. and Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 333 Main Street, Presque Isle - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. and Thursday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m.

Sacred Heart Church, 1141 Van Buren Road, North Caribou - Thursday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m.

St. Denis Church, 147 Main Street, Fort Fairfield - Thursday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m.

St. Mark Church, 13 Allen Farm Road, Ashland - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, Old Town

Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street, Old Town - Thursday, December 8, at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

St. Ann Church, 84 Main Street, Bradley - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Bar Harbor

Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor - Thursday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Prince of Peace Parish, Lewiston

Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 122 Ash Street, Lewiston – Thursday, December 8, at 7 a.m.

Holy Cross Church, 1080 Lisbon Street, Lewiston – Wednesday, December 7, at 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m.

Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus Street, Lewiston – Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

Holy Trinity Church, 67 Frost Hill Avenue, Lisbon Falls – Thursday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m.

Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 131 High Street, Sabattus – Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish, Portland

Sacred Heart Church, 65 Mellen Street, Portland - Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m. (trilingual)

St. Agnes Parish, Island Falls

St. Agnes Church, 76 Sewall Street, Island Falls - Thursday, December 8, at 4 p.m.

St. Agnes Parish, Pittsfield

St. Agnes Church, 238 Detroit Street, Pittsfield - Thursday, December 8, at 10 a.m.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Jackman

St. Faustina Church, 370 Main Street, Jackman – Thursday, December 8, 11 a.m.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Westbrook

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail, Windham - Thursday, December 8, 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street, Gorham - Thursday, December 8, 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

St. Hyacinth Church, 268 Brown Street, Westbrook - Thursday, December 8, 7:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

St. Benedict Parish, Benedicta

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

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, Camden

Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 7 Union Street, Camden - Thursday, December 8, at noon

St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland - Thursday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m.

St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street, Belfast - Wednesday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m.

St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island

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

St. John Paul II Parish, Scarborough

Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road, South Portland - Thursday, December 8, at 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. (With Holy Cross School students, but all are invited.)

St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth - Thursday, December 8, at 5 p.m.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough - Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

St. John Vianney Parish, Fort Kent

St. Charles Borromeo Church, 912 Main Street, Saint Francis - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

St. Joseph Church, 7 Church Street, Wallagrass - Thursday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m.

St. Louis Church, 26 East Main Street, Fort Kent - Wednesday, December 7, at 4 p.m. and Thursday, December 8, at 9 a.m.

St. Mary Church, 3451 Aroostook Road, Eagle Lake - Thursday, December 8, at 11 a.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Bridgton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 857 Main Street, Fryeburg - Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street, Bridgton - Wednesday, December 7, at 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Ellsworth

St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth - Thursday, December 8, at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Farmington

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

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Calais

Immaculate Conception Church, 31 Calais Avenue, Calais - Thursday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m.

St. James the Greater Church,15 Hillside Street, Baileyville - Thursday, December 8, at 9 a.m.

St. Joseph Church, 51 Washington Street, Eastport - Thursday, December 8, at noon

St. Louis Parish, Portland

St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street, Portland - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, Houlton

St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 110 Military Street, Houlton - Thursday, December 8, at 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

St. Matthew Parish, Limerick

St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane, Limerick - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. and Thursday, December 8, at 9 a.m.

St. Michael Parish, Augusta

St. Augustine Church, 75 Northern Avenue, Augusta - Thursday, December 8, at 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 41 Western Avenue, Augusta - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m., and Thursday, December 8, at 9 a.m.

St. Joseph Church, 110 School Street, Gardiner - Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

St. Denis Church, 298 Grand Army Road, Whitefield - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

St. Francis Xavier Church, 130 Route 133, Winthrop - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. and Thursday, December 8, at 8 a.m.

St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Bangor

St. John Church, 217 York Street, Bangor - Thursday, December 8, at 9:30 a.m. and noon.

St. Mary Church, 768 Ohio Street, Bangor - Thursday, December 8, at 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

St. Joseph Church, 531 North Main Street, Brewer - Wednesday, December 7, at 4 p.m.

St. Teresa Church, 425 South Main Street, Brewer - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

St. Matthew Church, 70 Western Avenue, Hampden - Wednesday, December 7, at 5:30 p.m.

St. Gabriel Church, 435 South Main Street, Winterport - Thursday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m.

St. Peter Parish, Portland

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

St. Peter Chanel Parish, Van Buren

St. Bruno - St. Remi Church, 174 Main Street, Van Buren - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

St. Peter the Fisherman Parish, Machias

St. Michael Church, 51 Elm Street, Cherryfield - Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

Sacred Heart Church, 14 Hamilton Street, Lubec - Thursday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m.

Holy Name Church, 8 Free Street, Machias - Thursday, December 8, 5:30 p.m.

St. Rose of Lima Parish, Jay

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

St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Norway

Our Lady of Ransom Church, 117 Elm Street, Mechanic Falls - Wednesday, December 7, at 5:30 p.m.

St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street, Norway - Thursday, December 8, at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Sanford

Holy Family Church, 66 North Avenue, Sanford - Thursday, December 8, at 10 a.m. (School Mass but all are invited) and 6 p.m.

Stella Maris Parish, Bucksport

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 8 Granite Street - Wednesday, December 7, at 4 p.m.

St. Vincent de Paul Church, 64 Franklin Street, Bucksport - Thursday, December 8, at 8:30 a.m.