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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Masses - By Parish

"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.

All Mass times below are for the vigil on Friday, December 7, or for the Holy Day on Saturday morning, December 8

To view a listing by city/town, click here.

All Saints Parish, Brunswick

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 82 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor - Saturday at 9 a.m.

St. Ambrose Church, 29 Kimball Street, Richmond - Saturday at 9 a.m.

St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street, Brunswick - Saturday at 9 a.m.

St Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street, Bath - Friday at 6 p.m.

St. Patrick Church, 380 Academy Hill Road, Newcastle - Friday at 6 p.m.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland - Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:15 p.m. (Saturday Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert P. Deeley)

Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, East Millinocket

St. Martin of Tours Church, 39 Colby Street, Millinocket - Friday at 6 p.m.

St. Peter Church, 58 Cedar Street, East Millinocket - Friday at 4 p.m.

Corpus Christi Parish, Waterville

Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville - Saturday at 9 a.m.

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

Good Shepherd Parish, Saco

Most Holy Trinity Church, 272 Main Street, Saco - Friday at 4 p.m.

St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm Street, Biddeford - Saturday at 8 a.m.

St. Margaret Church, 6 Saco Avenue, Old Orchard Beach - Friday at 6:30 p.m.

St. Philip Church, 404 Goodwins Mills Road, Lyman - Saturday at 9 a.m.

Holy Family Parish, Greenville

Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue, Greenville - Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Holy Savior Parish, Rumford

Our Lady of the Snows Church, 265 Walker's Mills Road, Bethel - Friday at 6 p.m.

St. Athanasius & St. John Church, 126 Maine Avenue, Rumford - Saturday at 8:15 a.m.

Holy Spirit Parish, Wells

St. Mary Church, 236 Eldridge Road, Wells - Saturday at 8 a.m.

St. Martha Church, 34 Portland Road, Kennebunk - Saturday at 9 a.m.

Holy Trinity Parish, Lisbon Falls

Holy Trinity Church, 67 Frost Hill Avenue, Lisbon Falls - Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Auburn

Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place, Auburn - Saturday at 7:45 a.m.

St. Philip Church, 2365 Turner Road, Auburn - Friday at 6 p.m.

Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish, Madawaska

St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 337 St. Thomas Street, Madawaska - Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Our Lady of Hope Parish, Portland

St. Joseph Church, 673 Stevens Avenue, Portland - Friday at 7 p.m.

St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue, Portland - Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Windham

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail, Windham - Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m.

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Oquossoc

St. John Church, 76 Main Street, Stratton - Friday at 6 p.m.

St. Luke Church, 9 Lake Street, Rangeley - Saturday at 9 a.m.

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Sabattus

Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 131 High Street, Sabattus - Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Dexter

St. Anne Church, 64 Free Street, Dexter - Saturday at 9 a.m.

St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 43 High Street, Dover-Foxcroft - Friday at 5 p.m.

Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Saint Agatha

St. Agatha Church, 379 Main Street, Saint Agatha - Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

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

Parish of the Ascension of the Lord, Kittery

Our Lady of the Angels Church, 160 Agamenticus Road, South Berwick - Friday at 7 p.m.

St. Christopher Church, 4 Barrell Lane, York - Saturday at 10 a.m.

St. Raphael Church, 6 Whipple Road, Kittery - Friday at 7 p.m.

Parish of the Holy Eucharist, Falmouth

Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth - Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street, Yarmouth - Saturday at 8:15 a.m.

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

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

Parish of the Precious Blood, Caribou

Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn Street, Caribou - Friday at 6 p.m.

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 331 Main Street, Presque Isle - Friday at 6 p.m.

Sacred Heart Church, 1143 Van Buren Road, North Caribou - Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

St. Denis Church, 143 Main Street, Fort Fairfield - Friday at 6 p.m.

St. Louis Church, 100 Main Street, Limestone - Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

St. Mark Church, 13 Allen Farm Road, Ashland - Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, Old Town

Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street, Old Town - Saturday at 8 a.m.

St. Ann Church, 84 Main Street, Bradley - Friday at 6 p.m.

Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Bar Harbor

Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor - Saturday at 9 a.m.

Prince of Peace Parish, Lewiston

Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, 122 Ash Street, Lewiston - Saturday at 7 a.m. in the basilica chapel

Holy Cross Church, 1080 Lisbon Street, Lewiston - Friday at 4 p.m.

Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus Street, Lewiston - Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m.

Sacred Heart / St. Dominic Parish, Portland

Sacred Heart Church, 65 Mellen Street, Portland - Friday at 5 p.m.

St. Agnes Parish, Island Falls

St. Agnes Church, 76 Sewall Street, Island Falls - Friday at 5:30 p.m.

St. Agnes Parish, Pittsfield

St. Agnes Church, 238 Detroit Street, Pittsfield - Friday at 6 p.m.

St. Anne Parish, Gorham

St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street, Gorham - Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Jackman

St. Faustina Church, 370 Main Street, Jackman - Saturday at 10 a.m.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Westbrook

St. Hyacinth Church, 268 Brown Street, Westbrook - Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at Noon (Latin Mass)

St. Bartholomew Parish, Cape Elizabeth

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

St. Benedict Parish, Benedicta

St. Benedict Church, 1063 Benedicta Road, Benedicta - Saturday at 9 a.m.

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, Camden

Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 7 Union Street, Camden - Friday at 6:30 p.m.

St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland - Saturday at 8 a.m.

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

St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island

St. Christopher Church, 15 Central Avenue - Friday at 6:15 p.m.

St. John and Holy Cross Parish, South Portland

Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road, South Portland - Saturday at 9 a.m.

St. John Vianney Parish, Fort Kent

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

St. Louis Church, 26 East Main Street, Fort Kent - Friday at 4 p.m.

St. Mary Church, 3451 Aroostook Road, Eagle Lake - Saturday at 11 a.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Bridgton

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

St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street, Norway - Saturday at 8 a.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Ellsworth

St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth - Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Farmington

St. Joseph Church, 133 Middle Street, Farmington - Friday at 6 p.m.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Calais

Immaculate Conception Church, 31 Calais Avenue, Calais - Friday at 5:30 p.m.

St. James the Greater Church, 15 Hillside Street, Baileyville - Friday at 4 p.m.

St. Joseph Church, 51 Washington Street, Eastport - Saturday at 9 a.m.

St. Leo the Great Parish, Howland

St. Leo the Great Church, 16 River Road, Howland - Friday at 6 p.m.

St. Louis Parish, Portland

St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street, Portland - Friday at 6:30 p.m.

St. Mary of Lourdes Parish, Lincoln

St. Mary of Lourdes Church, 142 Main Street, Lincoln - Saturday at 9 a.m.

St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, Houlton

St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 112 Military Street, Houlton - Saturday at 8 a.m.

St. Matthew Parish, Limerick

St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane, Limerick - Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Scarborough

St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough - Saturday at 9 a.m.

St. Michael Parish, Augusta

St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 41 Western Avenue, Augusta - Friday at 6 p.m.

St. Francis Xavier Church, 130 U.S. Route 133, Winthrop - Saturday at 8 a.m.

St. Joseph Church, 110 School Street, Gardiner - Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

St. Augustine Church, 75 Northern Avenue, Augusta - Saturday at 9 a.m.

St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Bangor

St. John Church, 217 York Street, Bangor - Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

St. Mary Church, 768 Ohio Street, Bangor - Friday at 7 p.m.

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

St. Teresa Church, 425 South Main Street, Brewer - Saturday at 10 a.m.

St. Peter Parish, Portland

St. Peter Church, 72 Federal Street, Portland - Saturday at 7 a.m.

St. Peter Chanel Parish, Van Buren

St. Bruno-St. Remi Church, 174 Main Street, Van Buren - Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

St. Peter the Fisherman Parish, Machias

Holy Name of Jesus Church, 10 Free Street, Machias - Saturday at 9 a.m.

Sacred Heart Church, 12 Hamilton Street, Lubec - Friday at 6 p.m.

St. Michael Church, 5 Elm Street, Cherryfield - Saturday at 9 a.m.

St. Timothy Church, Catholic Cemetery Road, Campobello - Friday, 5:30 p.m. Atlantic Time

St. Rose of Lima Parish, Jay

St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church Street, Jay -  Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Norway

Our Lady of Ransom Church, 117 Elm Street, Mechanic Falls - Friday at 6 p.m.

St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Parish Street, Norway - Saturday at 8 a.m.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Sanford

Holy Family Church, 66 North Avenue, Sanford - Friday at 4 p.m.

Notre Dame Church, 10 Payne Street, Springvale - Saturday at 9 a.m.

Stella Maris Parish, Bucksport

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 8 Granite Street, Stonington - Friday at 4 p.m.

St. Vincent de Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street, Bucksport - Friday at 6:30 p.m.