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List of Masses for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord in the Diocese of Portland

Mass times for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord in Maine churches around the diocese for Wednesday, May 25, and Thursday, May 26, are now available (listed below by city/town and online at www.portlanddiocese.org/ascensionofthelord. While some ecclesiastical provinces have transferred the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, that is not the case in the province of Boston, of which the Diocese of Portland is a part. Here, the celebration remains on the proper Thursday and is a holy day of obligation. In the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, we celebrate Christ's bodily ascension into heaven, which occurred in the presence of his apostles. The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord occurs 40 days after Christ's resurrection and is the important, final piece of the paschal mystery, which began with Christ's passion and death. Because Christ ascended, we, as members of the Body of Christ, also look forward to ascending into heaven after our bodily resurrection. On the solemnity, we are also reminded of our evangelizing mission. Before Christ ascends, he gives his disciples final instructions, telling them to await the arrival of the Holy Spirit and then "go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). 

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

Auburn
Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place - Thursday at 7 a.m. and noon
St. Philip Church, 2365 Turner Road - Thursday at 6 p.m.

Augusta
St. Augustine Church, 75 Northern Avenue - Thursday at 7:30 a.m.
St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 41 Western Avenue - Thursday at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Baileyville
St. James the Greater Church, 15 Hillside Street - Thursday at noon

Bangor
St. John Church, 217 York Street - Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (School Mass)
St. Mary Church, 768 Ohio Street - Thursday at 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

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

Belfast
St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street - Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. preceded by an hour of eucharistic adoration

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

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

Biddeford
St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm Street - Thursday at 9 a.m.

Bingham
St. Peter Church, 26 Owens Street - Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Boothbay Harbor
Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 82 Atlantic Avenue - Thursday at noon

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

Brewer
St. Joseph Church, 531 North Main Street - Thursday at noon
St. Teresa Church, 425 South Main Street - Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Bridgton
St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street, Bridgton - Thursday at 6 p.m.

Brunswick
St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street - Thursday at 6 p.m.
St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant Street - Thursday at 8 a.m. and noon

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

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

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

Caribou
Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn Street - Thursday at 6 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church, 1143 Van Buren Road - Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Cherryfield
St. Michael Church, 51 Elm Street - Thursday at 6 p.m.

Dexter
St. Anne Church, 64 Free Street - Thursday at Noon

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

Eagle Lake
St. Mary Church, 3443 Aroostook Road - Thursday at 11 a.m.

East Millinocket
St. Peter Church, 58 Cedar Street– Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

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

Ellsworth
St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street - Thursday at 5 p.m.

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

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

Fort Fairfield
St. Denis Church, 143 Main Street - Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

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

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

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

Fryeburg
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church,857 Main Street - Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

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

Gorham
St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street - Thursday at 7 p.m.

Gray
St. Gregory Church, 24 North Raymond Road - Thursday at 8 a.m.

Greenville
Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue - Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Jackman
St. Faustina Church, 370 Main Street - Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Lewiston
Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street - Thursday at 7 a.m.
Holy Cross Church, 1080 Lisbon Street - Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus Street - Thursday at 6 p.m.

Limerick
St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane - Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Limestone
St. Louis Church, 100 Main Street - Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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

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

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

Machias
Holy Name of Jesus Church, 8 Free Street - Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Madawaska
St. David Church, 774 Main Street – Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 337 St. Thomas Street – Thursday at 6 p.m.

Mars Hill
St. Joseph Church, 17 Main Street - Thursday at 6 p.m.

Madison
St. Sebastian Church, 175 Main Street - Thursday at 8 a.m.

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

Millinocket
St. Martin of Tours Church, 19 Colby Street – Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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

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

Norway
St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street - Thursday at 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Old Orchard Beach
St. Margaret Church, 6 Saco Avenue - Thursday at noon

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

Patten
St. Paul Church, 34 Katahdin Street - Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Peaks Island
St. Christopher Church, 15 Central Avenue, Peaks Island - Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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

Portland
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street - Thursday at 8 a.m. (Latin Mass), 12:15 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church, 65 Mellen Street - Thursday at 6 p.m.
St. Christopher Church, 15 Central Avenue, Peaks Island - Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph Church, 673 Stevens Avenue - Wednesday at 7 p.m.
St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street - Wednesday at 6 p.m.
St. Peter Church, 72 Federal Street - Thursday at 7 a.m.
St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue - Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday at 9 a.m.

Presque Isle
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 333 Main Street - Thursday at 6 p.m.

Rangeley
St. Luke Church, 19 Lake Street - Thursday at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Richmond
St. Ambrose Church, 29 Kimball Street - Thursday at 6 p.m.

Rockland
St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway - Thursday at 6:30 p.m. preceded by an hour of eucharistic adoration

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

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

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

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

Sanford
Holy Family Church, 66 North Avenue - Thursday at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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

Skowhegan
Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, 273 Water Street - Thursday at noon

Soldier Pond (Wallagrass)
St. Joseph Church, 7 Church Street - Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Van Buren
St. Bruno – St. Remi Church, 174 Main Street – Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m.

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

Washburn
St. Catherine Church, 13 McManus Street - Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Waterville
Notre Dame du Perpetual Secours Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville - Thursday at 6 p.m.

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

Westbrook
St. Hyacinth Church, 268 Brown Street - Thursday at 7:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 5 p.m.

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

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

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

Winthrop
St. Francis Xavier Church, 130 U.S. Route 133 - Thursday at 6 p.m.

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

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

In addition to participating in Mass on the holy day, another wonderful way to celebrate is through lectio divina, a contemplative prayer of the Scriptures. Catholics will celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles on Pentecost Sunday, June 5. During the days between the Solemnity of the Ascension and the Solemnity of Pentecost, we are called to intense prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit. This time of prayer comprises a novena, during which we pray that we may receive the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.