Corona Virus Update
Regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Currently Fr. Nathan is available for confession by appointment only.
Some priests are offering a "drive-through" confession, fyi https://portlanddiocese.org/content/response-coronavirus .
However, many other dioceses have restricted access to the sacrament limiting it to only cases of immediate danger of death. Further, many States and cities have now enacted Shelter in Place laws that would make it difficult for people to receive the Sacraments. This is truly awful. I don't know what will happen here in Maine.
In response to questions raised, the Holy See has reminded us that:
1.) With regard to Penance, it is clear that the Sacrament is not to be celebrated via cell phone. In addition, in the present circumstances, cell phones should not be used even for the amplification of voices between a confessor and penitent who are in visual range of each other.
2.) “Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452).”
Effective immediately, in response to the COVID-19 virus risks, all gatherings in the parish are being suspended. We will no longer hold daily mass, stations of the cross, prayer services, Thursdays with Thelma, Rosary group or any other organized gatherings. Weekend mass is still occurring but could change with notice from the Diocese. The parish office is closed to foot traffic but staff is available by phone or email to assist with parish business.
Even though the parish is cancelling or postponing events until further notice because of the Covid-19 virus, St Athanasius and St John Church in Rumford will be open for private prayer and devotion from 8am-2pm Monday through Friday.
OUR APOLOGIES FOR THE INCONVENIENCE
AS A PRECAUTION AGAINST POTENTIAL COVID-19 INFECTION
THE OFFICE IS CLOSED TO FOOT TRAFFIC
WE ARE STILL AVAILABLE TO ASSIST YOU!
YOU CAN REACH US
OR BY PHONE
(WE WILL MONITOR CALLS EVEN WHEN NOT IN THE OFFICE)
9:00am - 1:00pm
Closed Fridays & Holidays
2019 Annual Catholic Appeal
Diocesan Vocations Council and Vocations Survey
Bishop Robert P. Deeley has formed a Diocesan Vocations Council to assist in promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the Diocese of Portland. The council asks for your assistance by filling out a brief survey. Your contact information will only be used for vocations outreach in the Catholic Church in Maine. To complete the survey, visit: https://forms.gle/dkS7XqUL57KWvfKAA. For more information about the Office of Vocations, the history of the priesthood and religious life in the Diocese of Portland, and many other resources visit www.portlanddiocese.org/vocations