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

All Saints Parish, Brunswick

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

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

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

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

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland - 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) 

Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, East Millinocket

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

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

Christ the King Parish, Skowhegan

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

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

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

Corpus Christi Parish, Waterville

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

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

Good Shepherd Parish, Saco

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

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

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

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

Holy Family Parish, Greenville

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

Holy Spirit Parish, Wells

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

St. Mary Church, 236 Eldridge Road, Wells - Wednesday, 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 - Wednesday, December 8, at 7 a.m. and Noon

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

Our Lady of Hope Parish, Portland

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

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

Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, Lincoln

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

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

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Oquossoc

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

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

Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Dexter

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

Parish of the Holy Eucharist, Falmouth

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

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

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

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

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, Old Town

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

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

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

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

Prince of Peace Parish, Lewiston

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

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

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

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

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

Sacred Heart / St. Dominic Parish, Portland

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

St. Agnes Parish, Pittsfield

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

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Jackman

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

St. Benedict Parish, Benedicta

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

St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island

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

St. Joseph Parish, Bridgton

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

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

St. Joseph Parish, Farmington

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

St. Louis Parish, Portland

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

St. Peter Parish, Portland

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

St. Rose of Lima Parish, Jay

St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church Street, Jay -  Tuesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, 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 8, at 5:30 p.m.

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

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Sanford

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