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The Season of Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation for the Lord's coming. The sacrament of reconcilation opens our hearts to receive him, which is why it is such a wonderful gift to experience during Advent. Through the sacrament, we experience God's mercy, our sins are forgiven, and we are healed.

Before participating in the sacrament of reconciliation, it may be useful to reflect upon your thoughts and actions. To assist you, the U.S. bishops put together “A Brief Examination of Conscience Based on the Ten Commandments."

During the third week of Advent, parishes across our diocese will offer additional confession times to allow more people to experience the grace of the sacrament. Locations and times, organized by parish, are listed below.  To view a listing by county,

Confession times are listed by parish below. Click here to view a listing by county.

All Saints Parish, Brunswick

St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant Street, Brunswick - Tuesday, December 19, 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street, Bath - Thursday, December 21, 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Patrick Church, 380 Academy Hill Road, Newcastle - Monday, December 18, 6 to 7 p.m.

Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, East Millinocket

St. Martin of Tours Church, 39 Colby Street, Millinocket - Friday, December 22 - 5:30 p.m. Mass, followed by the sacrament of reconcilation from 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Peter Church, 58 Cedar Street, East Millinocket - Tuesday, December 19 - 5:30 p.m. Mass, followed by the sacrament of reconcilation from 6 to 7 p.m.

Corpus Christi Parish, Waterville

Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville - Tuesday, December 19, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday, December 21, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Both follow a 12:15 p.m. Mass)

St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow - Wednesday, December 20, 6 to 7 p.m. and Friday, December 22, 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. with adoration

Good Shepherd Parish, Saco

Most Holy Trinity, 271 Main Street, Saco - Monday, December 18, 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm Street, Biddeford - Wednesday, December 20, 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Margaret Church, 6 Saco Avenue, Old Orchard Beach - Tuesday, December 19, 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Philip Church, 404 Goodwins Mills Road, Lyman - Tuesday, December 19, 6 to 7 p.m.

Holy Savior Parish, Rumford

Our Lady of the Snows Church, 265 Walker's Mills Road, Bethel - Wednesday, December 20, at 5 p.m.

St. Athanasius & St. John Church, 126 Maine Avenue, Rumford - Monday, December 18, 6 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, December 21, 6 to 7 p.m.

Holy Spirit Parish, Wells

St. Martha Church, 34 Portland Road (Route One), Kennebunk - Monday, December 18, 6 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, December 20, 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Mary Church, 236 Eldridge Road, Wells -  Tuesday, December 19, 6 to 7 p.m.

Parish of the Precious Blood, Caribou

St. Mark Church, 13 Allen Farm Road, Ashland - Sunday, December 17, 11:30 a.m.

Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn Street, Caribou - Monday and Tuesday, December 18 & 19, 6 p.m.

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 331 Main Street, Presque Isle - Wednesday and Thursday, December 20 & 21, at 6 p.m.

Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Bar Harbor

Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor - Monday, December 18, 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Agnes Parish, Island Falls

St. Agnes Church, 76 Sewall Street, Island Falls - Thursday, December 21, 5 p.m.

St. Bartholomew Parish, Cape Elizabeth

St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth - Thursday, December 21, 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Benedict Parish, Benedicta

St. Benedict Church, 1063 Benedicta Road, Benedicta - Monday, December 18 - 5:30 p.m. Mass, followed by the sacrament of reconcilation from 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, Camden

Our Lady of Good Hope Church, 7 Union Street, Camden - Monday, December 18, 9 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland - Thursday, December 21, 9 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street - Wednesday, December 20, 9 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

St. John and Holy Cross Parish, South Portland

Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road, South Portland - Monday, December 18, 6 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, December 19, 2 to 3 p.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Ellsworth

St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth - Wednesday, December 20, 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Calais

Immaculate Conception Church, 31 Calais Avenue, Calais - Sunday, December 17, 6 to 7 p.m.; Monday, December 18, 10 to 11 a.m.; Thursday, December 21, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, December 22, 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Ann Church, Peter Dana Point Road, Indian Township - Sunday, December 17, 1 to 2 p.m.

St. Ann Church, 126 Bayview Drive, Pleasant Point (Perry) - Saturday, December 23, 1 to 2 p.m. at the Elder Center next to the church.

St. James the Greater Church, 15 Hillside Street, Baileyville - Monday, December 18, 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Joseph Church, 51 Washington Street, Eastport - Saturday, December 23, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, Houlton

St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 112 Military Street, Houlton - Sunday, December 17, 2 to 4 p.m. Penitential Service and Monday-Wednesday, December 18-20, 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Scarborough

St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough - Tuesday, December 19, 6 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, December 20, 2 to 3 p.m.

St. Matthew Parish, Limerick

St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane, Limerick - Tuesday, December 19, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, December 21, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

St. Peter Parish, Portland

St. Peter Church, 72 Federal Street, Portland - Monday - Friday, December 18 - 22, 6 to 7 p.m.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish:

Notre Dame Church, 10 Payne Street, Springvale - Monday, December 18, 6 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, December 20, 5 to 7 p.m.

Stella Maris Parish:

St. Vincent de Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street, Bucksport - Monday, December 18, 6 to 7 p.m.

Castine - Our Lady of Holy Hope Church, 137 Perkins Street, Castine - Friday, December 22, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.


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