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Bishop to celebrate Confirmation May 3

PORTLAND, Maine — Bishop Robert P. Deeley will be at three parishes across the state in May to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with already baptized teens and adults living in the respective areas.

In Aroostook County, the Mass will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Presque Isle. All are welcome to attend.

Other celebrations are planned later this month in Brewer and Falmouth.

The Easter season is a time during which the Catholic Church traditionally celebrates new life. During Easter Vigil Masses, new members were baptized, and people from other Christian traditions were welcomed into full Communion with the Catholic Church through confirmation and first Eucharist. The three Masses in May are intended for already baptized Catholics to complete their initiation and to receive those same sacramental graces, according to a press release from the Portland diocese.

During one of last spring’s celebrations, the bishop said, “This is truly an evening of grace, and we are so grateful for the fact that you have heard the Lord’s call and that you come here and are willing to answer ‘I do’ to the profession of faith and go forth from here to bring your faith to the world.”

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