Year of Consecrated Life, 7:30 a.m., Notre Dame Brothers Congregation Day, Feast of Mary’s Assumption with Mass followed by rosary. Brothers of Christian Instruction, Shaker Hill, Alfred.

Messiah’s Mansion, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a full-scale replica of the wilderness temple that was built by the Israelites shortly after they left Egypt, as noted in Exodus. The traveling exhibit is open to the public at no cost. Tours start every 15 minutes and last about 75 minutes. Held on the grounds of Pine Tree Academy, 63 Pownal Road, Freeport.

A Renewal of Ministry, 4 p.m., service with welcome of the new rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White St., Rockland. Led by the Right Rev. Stephen Lane, Episcopal bishop of Maine, the Rev. Lael Sorensen will be installed as the new rector. An outdoor reception will follow and a tent will be set up for either shade or rain. For more information, call 594-8191.

Saturday and Sunday

St. Peter’s Italian Bazaar, 90th annual event starts at 4 p.m. Saturday with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Deeley, followed by a street procession honoring the Blessed Mother and St. Rocco. The fair is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and features food, including 7,000 cookies, traditional carnival games, live music and the “greased pole.” For details, visit


“Celtic Spirituality as a Path to Renewal,” 10 a.m., featuring Rhiannon, Celtic harpist, at the morning service. Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham.

Eckankar, 11 a.m. to noon, monthly service of the Religion of the Light and Sound of God. Falmouth Memorial Library, 4 Lunt Road, Falmouth. Visit to learn more.

Double anniversary reception, noon to 2 p.m., hosted by Good Shepherd Parish to honor Father Hubert J. Paquet and Father Renald D. Labarre. The reception will be held at St. Joseph Church hall, 178 Elm St., Biddeford. Before the reception, the priests will concelebrate the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph. Paquet is celebrating his 60th year of priesthood. Labarre will be honored for his 55 years of priesthood. Labarre is a Biddeford native and has served as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Biddeford.

Annual service, 2 p.m., with music and a sermon by Wayne Gile, affiliated with the First Baptist Church of Sanford. Held at the historic Old Corner Church, Federal Street and West Road, South Waterboro, Following the service and refreshments, Friends of Old Corner Church will have its annual business meeting. Those interested in joining the effort to preserve the 1804 landmark are encouraged to attend. For details, call Maureen at 247-3784.


Essence: The Emotional Path to Spirit, 6 to 7:30 p.m., free workshop with ChIME Founding Abbot Jacob Watson who will also sign copies of his book. Held at Chaplaincy Institute of Maine, 555 Forest Ave., Portland. An RSVP is requested. Call 347-6740.

Aug. 22

Yard and bake sale, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Highland Lake Congregational Church, 1303 Bridgton Road, Route 302, Westbrook. Rain date is Aug. 29.

Yard and bake sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., The North Saco Congregational Church, Flag Pond, Heath and Rocky Hill roads, Saco.

Yard sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to benefit the Sacred Heart/St Dominic Haiti Project. Held on the lawn at Deering High School, Stevens Avenue and Ludlow Street, Portland. Rain date is Aug. 29.

Spiritual Community Gathering, 3 to 10 p.m., events include swimming, dancing, music, chanting and potluck. Annual event presented by Sadhana Spiritual Community and held at 1 Halls Hill, Falmouth. No experience is needed. A $20 donation is suggested. For details, email [email protected]


The Lamington Presbyterian Youth Group of Bedminster, N.J., was in Maine earlier this month to help Habitat for Humanity of York County. The group helped clear land for the upcoming Kennebunkport Veterans Build for a veteran, his wife and their two young children. They also assisted with a weatherization project in Kittery and completed a landscaping project, painted, cleaned furniture and hosted a car wash for Habitat. The 13 students and their sponsors were guests of the First Parish Congregational Church in Saco. Sebago Brewing Co. in Kennebunk and the York/Ogunquit United Methodist Church provided lunch for the group. To learn more, visit

Religion calendar items must be submitted before noon Monday to be considered for the next Saturday. Please note that we are not able to list regular weekly services in the calendar. Mail to: Religion Calendar, Portland Press Herald, P.O. Box 1460, Portland, ME 04104; or email to: [email protected]