Beginning Sunday October 18th, the state will allow gatherings of up to 100 people for Mass attendance. All other COVID-19 guidelines are still in effect – masks, social distancing, and contact tracing are still required.
The Cathedral remains first come, first served, up to 60 people (due to the size of the chapel.) The following applies to the Basilica only:
For the 18th and 25th of October: If you have already registered for either of these Masses, your seat is guaranteed. Any additional seats for these two Masses *specifically* are first come, first served. Please be aware that there is a possibility of not being able to enter into the church if we are at full capacity.
Starting the month of November: You will be able to register for 3 Masses per month at the Basilica to guarantee seating. Any additional seats will be available on a first come first served basis at the door, but without a reservation, entry is not guaranteed.
If you regularly attend the Basilica and are willing to travel to the Cathedral on an “off” week, there is no restriction against that, but again it is first come, first served. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we continue to work within the Diocesan directives.
Please note that due to current restrictions, confessions are NOT being heard before Mass at this time.
The St. Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy, of the Diocese of Portland, Maine was established by Bishop Richard J. Malone to serve those who wish to make use of the Missal of 1962 as provided by Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.
Beginning on July 1, 2008, Father Robert Parent formally began his position as Chaplain to the Latin Mass community in southern and central Maine.
According to the terms of the motu proprio, any priest may provide a Mass in the extraordinary form to those who request it. However, the bishop felt that under the particular circumstances in the diocese, the most practical solution was to create a Chaplaincy to serve the various individuals and communities attached to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.