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Lenten Retreats

Lenten Retreats and Parish Missions

Click on any of the links below to learn about these opportunities to deepen your Lenten experience.

All Saints Parish, Brunswick

“Gritty Prayer,” an opportunity to “uncover what’s buried and share it with God,” will be offered in three of the churches of All Saints Parish in March. The free, three-part retreat for adults will feature presentations, music, prayer, and guided journaling with no small or large group sharing. The experience will be facilitated by Sheila Murphy, who holds degrees in music and pastoral theology and is a trained spiritual director. Each session will be offered twice on those days (10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) to accommodate a variety of schedules. Participants can attend all three or any session, and we will also provide the livestream links to people who want to participate from home. Whether it’s one part or three parts, people will have a fruitful experience attending. All sessions will be available for viewing at at the “Gritty Prayer” link. Registration is recommended but not required. To register, call the parish at (207) 725-2624. For more information, visit

All are warmly invited to a Retreat for Adoration on Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Mary Church on 144 Lincoln Street in Bath. The morning consists of two dynamic talks and times of silent prayer before our Eucharistic Lord. Father Patrick Agbodi, SMA, will lead the retreat speaking on the topics of: "Freedom from Addiction and Healing of Memories" and "The Crisis of Division in our Church, Local Parish and the Vatican." Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Joann at (207) 443-9343 or Mike at (207) 721-0396.

Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, Biddeford

"I will give you Rest" - Young adults are invited to journey into Lent with a retreat, March 4-6, at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford. Sessions during the reterat will be led by area priests and the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist.  Email Abrey at [email protected] to register. The deadline is February 18. The cost is $260 with an overnight stay and $130 for commuters. Meals are included. The cost ofr attending Saturday only is $55. [Learn more.]

"We are all sinners passionately loved by God" - A retreat led by Sister Ann Boyle, RSR on March 3, 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. [Learn more.]

"Finding God in All Things": An Ignatian-directed Prayer Weekend led by Sister Aline Plante, p.m., Sister Claire Gagnon, p.m., and Sister Diane Dube, p.m., March 4 - 6  [Learn more]

Office of Lifelong Faith Formation

RCIA Lenten Afternoon of Reflection - A virtual retreat, "Walking with Christ through Holy Week" will be held for elect and candidates, their godparents and sponsors, and RCIA teams on Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contact your parish RCIA coordinator if you are interested in participating [Learn more.]

Office of Vocations

All high school aged men who are striving to live out their faith and to follow God’s will in their lives are encouraged to participate in the Lenten Day of Recollection on Saturday, April 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Mary Church on 768 Ohio Street in Bangor. The day will include talks from priests across the diocese, lunch, a Holy Hour, and Mass. The event is sponsored by the Diocese of Portland’s Office of Vocations and Seminarians. To register or for more information, contact Jennifer Bernier in the Office of Ministerial Services at [email protected].

Prince of Peace Parish, Lewiston

The Knights of Columbus will host a men's retreat, with discussion led by the priests of Prince of Peace Parish, on Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Holy Trinity Church, 67 Frost Hill Avenue in Lisbon Falls. Register at or by calling Bob Michaud at 207-740-6585. [Learn more]

St. Benedict Parish, Benedicta

St. Benedict Parish, located at 1063 Benedicta Road in Benedicta, will host a Lenten retreat with guest speaker, Fr. Michael Sevigny, OFM Cap., the director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Portland. The retreat will be held on Friday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a theme of “Abundance of Grace.” Mass will follow the retreat at 5 p.m. Confession and adoration will be available. An anointing of the sick and a healing service will also be held. For more information, call the parish at (207) 365-4294 or email [email protected].

St. John Paul II Parish, Scarborough

On Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m., Fr. Jack Dickinson and Michelle Valcourt will look at the role of the church in our spiritual healing, specifically through the sacraments, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church on 150 Black Point Road in Scarborough. The event will also be livestreamed at the parish website.

St. Matthew Parish, Limerick

"I will be their God and they will be my people." (Ezekial 37:27) -  Father Bill Labbe and Jessica Rice will lead a retreat at St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane in Limerick, from Sunday, March 13 through Wednesday, March 16. Eucharistic adoration with the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation will be held from 5 p.m to 5:45 p.m., followed by Mass at 6 p.m. and a reflection at 6:30 p.m.

St. Michael Parish, Augusta

The "Lenten Family Retreat" will be held on Sunday, March 27, in both the hall of St. Francis Xavier Church, located on 130 Route 133 in Winthrop, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the hall of Sacred Heart Church, located on 14 Summer Street in Hallowell, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome to either retreat, which will educate about the Stations of the Cross and invites participants to create their own "Resurrection Garden" that will come to life during Easter. If you plan to attend, call (207) 623-8823 or email [email protected]

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Sanford

"I will be their God and they will be my people." (Ezekial 37:27) -  Father Bill Labbe and Jessica Rice will lead a retreat at Holy Family Church, 66 North Avenue in Sanford, from Sunday, March 6 through Wednesday, March 9. Eucharistic adoration with the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation will be held from 5 p.m to 5:45 p.m., followed by Mass at 6 p.m. and a reflection at 6:30 p.m.