December 7, 2013

Religion Calendar

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Global Wave of Prayer, noon, Pope Francis is encouraging people of all denominations and faiths to pray to end hunger around the world. St. Ansgar Lutheran Church will be open for anyone who is interested in attending a prayer service. The church is at 515 Woodford St.. Portland.

Friday and Saturday

“Joyous Sounds for a Sacred Season,” concert by the University of Southern Maine Chamber Singers at 7 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church, 256 Main St, Yarmouth and at 3 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Church, Mellen and Sherman streets, Portland. A $10 donation is requested at the Saturday concert to benefit the church’s Capital Campaign.

Dec. 14

Catholic Men’s Conference, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 14, with Patrick Coffin, host of the national radio show “Catholic Answers Live.” Held at DoubleTree Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland. To register, call 321-7897. The fee is $55. A Vigil Mass will be said at 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Celebrate the Birth of the Savior, 5 p.m., dinner followed by a Christmas program. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15 Smith Lane, Saco.

Christmas Concert and Kids Only Shop, 6 p.m., the concert features Grace with Janice Sargent, Tamesin Fleenor and Melissa Ciccarelli at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 496 Lisbon St., Route 196, Lisbon. Bring nonperishable food items or a donation to benefit Lisbon Area Christian Outreach Food Pantry. The Kids Only Shop starts at 5 p.m. with free or low-cost gifts that children can give to someone they love. Free wrapping is provided by The God Squad Youth Group. Free desserts, coffee and hot cocoa will be available at intermission. For more information, visit

Acoustic evening, 7 to 8:30, fifth annual concert with Maine Christian artists. First E Free Church, 355 Bridgton Road, Westbrook. Tickets are free but required. An offering will be taken. Go to for details.

Saturday and Sunday

“A Visit from Saint Nick,” 2 p.m. Dec. 14 and 6 p.m. Dec. 15, Christmas by the Bay presentation by the drama, adult choir and children’s nativity at First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road, Portland. Admission is free. Call 773-3123.


The Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, Apostolic administrator for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, has announced the assignment of Fr. Olusola “Sola” Henry Adewole as parochial vicar with weekend responsibilities in the Parish of the Holy Eucharist in Falmouth, Freeport, Gray and Yarmouth and weekday responsibilities in the Portland Peninsula and Island parishes. He is a member of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph the Worker in Nigeria. He joins Fr. Dominic Eshikena, who serves parishes in Belfast, Camden, Islesboro, Rockland and Vinalhaven, as the second member of the order serving in Maine. Fr. Sola was ordained a priest in 2003, and has been the parochial vicar at St. Patrick Church in Carlisle, Pa., and was also a chaplain at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

William D. Green, a parishioner at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Portland, was recently named the winner of the Lester A. York Jr. Catholic Man of the Year Award at the 65th annual celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King. Green is the chairman of the St. Patrick’s Church Preservation Committee, chairman of the Parish Bazaar Committee, a member of the parish’s finance committee and has helped raise thousands of dollars for the parish.

Fourth-graders at St. John Catholic School are again collecting coats and snowpants to be donated to WCSH 6’s Coats for Kids Campaign. During the week before Christmas. the students will sort items and walk the donations to the nearby Hannaford on Elm Street. Outgrown and gently used outerwear for all ages can be dropped off at the school, 37 Pleasant St., Brunswick, through Dec.15.

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