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“Drive-Thru” Confessions, Social Media Events, and More Highlight Maine Parishes and Priests Response to Mass Suspension

PORTLAND---From additional livestreams of private Masses to “drive-thru” confessions, many Maine priests and parishes have announced special opportunities for parishioners to connect as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts normal Mass and parish schedules. As events are confirmed, they will be added to the Diocese of Portland’s Coronavirus Response page at www.portlanddiocese.org/content/response-coronavirus.

“Drive-Thru” Confessions

Fr. Phil Tracy will offer the sacrament of reconciliation in a drive-thru format at Holy Martyrs Church on 266 Foreside Road in Falmouth on Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. People can drive up with Fr. Tracy hearing confessions at a safe distance near the automobiles.

Fr. Paul Marquis will offer the sacrament of reconciliation in a drive-thru format in the parking lot of Sacred Heart Church on 326 Main Street in Yarmouth on Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Fr. Seamus Griesbach will offer the sacrament of reconciliation in a similar drive-thru format at Holy Rosary Church rectory on 131 High Street in Sabattus on Mondays through Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fr. Aaron Damboise will offer the sacrament of reconciliation outside of Holy Family Church, located on 145 Pritham Avenue in Greenville, on Saturdays at 3 p.m. and outside of St. Anthony of Padua Church, located on 370 Main Street in Jackman, on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Private Prayer

St. Joseph Church on 133 Middle Street in Farmington will be open for private prayer each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

St. Rose of Lima Church on 1 Church Street in Jay will be open for private prayer each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Holy Family Church on 429 Main Street in Old Town will be open for private prayer and adoration from 8 a.m. to 8 pm. for those who feel they need a place to pray and to be with Jesus in the Eucharist.

St. Athanasius & St. John Church on 126 Maine Avenue in Rumford will be open for private prayer and devotion Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Martha Church on 34 Portland Road in Kennebunk will be open for private prayer each day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Mary Church on 236 Eldridge Road in Wells will be open for private prayer each day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Blessed Sacrament Chapel, located on 101 Silver Street in Waterville, will be open for adoration and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No Mass will be offered and the lay adoration program has been suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

St. Michael Parish in Augusta will offer a live praying of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on weekdays at 3 p.m. on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/StMichaelMaine).

Rosary

Fr. Marquis will pray the rosary each night at 9 p.m. on Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/paul.marquis.587).

Video Updates and Prayer Opportunities

Fr. Bill Labbe and Fr. Jack Dickinson of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Sanford and St. Matthew Parish in Limerick will offer video content on Facebook (www.facebook.com/StThereseMaine).

Fr. Brad Morin of Good Shepherd Parish in Saco is periodically livestreaming prayer opportunities on his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bradmorin222).

Our Lady of Hope Parish, Portland
Viewers can visit www.ladyofhopemaine.org and participate in Masses from St. Pius X Church in Portland on Mondays through Fridays at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Sundays at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., and 5 p.m.

Parish of the Ascension of the Lord, Kittery
Fr. Scott Mower, pastor of the Parish of the Ascension of the Lord, will livestream Masses starting on weekdays at 9 a.m. on the parish’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Parish-of-the-Ascension-of-the-Lord-431589963651437/). He will also livestream a Mass on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m.

Parish of the Holy Eucharist, Falmouth
Viewers can visit www.facebook.com/ParishOfTheHolyEucharist and participate in Masses from Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 5:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.; Saturdays at 4 p.m.; and Sundays at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, Old Town
Fr. Kyle Doustou will celebrate Mass on Facebook (www.facebook.com/parishoftheresurrectionofthelord) each night at 6 p.m.

Prince of Peace Parish, Lewiston
Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston will begin live-streaming all of its Masses online on the parish website and on the parish Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PrinceOfPeaceME). For more information, visit www.princeofpeace.me.

St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Bangor
Viewers can visit https://stpaulbangor.me/watch-mass-live or www.facebook.com/StPaulBangor and participate in Masses from St. Mary Church in Bangor on Mondays through Fridays at 8:30 a.m. and Sundays at 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. They can also participate in Masses from St. John Church in Bangor on Mondays through Fridays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m., and Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

St. Anthonyof Padua Parish, Jackman/Holy Family Parish, Greenville

Fr. Aaron Damboise, pastor of St. Anthony Parish, will celebrate Masses on Mondays and Tuesdays at 9 a.m.; Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m.; Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Sundays at noon. You can participate in the Masses by visiting Fr. Damboise's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/aaron.damboise.50.

Saint Joseph College, Standish

Fr. Gabriel Muteru, will celebrate Mass on Mondays through Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. and on Sundays at 7 p.m. on the college’s YouTube channel
(www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDKNJWjNfU01F12iN-1jKA).

***Additional parishes are planning to livestream Masses.


Masses on Television/Radio

EWTN-TV
Viewers can participate in daily Masses at 8 a.m. and noon, seven days a week, and at 7 p.m. every day but Sunday. The Masses are broadcast over the air and online (www.ewtn.com/tv/watch-live). The Masses are also archived at the site.

CatholicTV
CatholicTV also broadcasts Masses at 9:30 a.m. each day over the air and online (www.catholictv.org/masses/catholictv-mass). The Masses are also archived at the site.

Relevant Radio
Listeners can participate in Masses each day at 1 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 10 a.m. on Relevant Radio. The network is available on a variety of platforms: on 106.7 FM in Portland, 105.7 FM in Springvale/Sanford, 97.5 FM in Fort Kent, 90.3 FM in Bangor, 89.7 FM in Bath/Brunswick, 89.5 FM in Augusta, and 1390 AM in northern Maine; at www.relevantradio.com/listen; or on smartphones by downloading the Relevant Radio app.

Although we are temporarily unable to come together in person at Mass, it is important that we unite in supporting our parishes as best we can so that they can continue to serve the faithful throughout this crisis and long after it’s over. Parishioners can continue to support their local parish through the WeShare online giving option. Parishioners can find a direct link to their parish account at www.portlanddiocese.org/OnlineGiving.