Editor’s note: Please contact individual places of worship for information about specific Easter religious services.


Holy Saturday Church Walk, fifth annual pilgrimage-style walk to six churches in Portland. The walk will be held rain or shine, and participants are welcome to join or depart at any point. A stop for lunch will be held along the way. The approximate schedule is: 7 a.m., Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St.; 9:20 a.m., St. Pius X, 492 Ocean Ave.; 10:20 a.m., St. Joseph, 673 Stevens Ave.; 1 p.m., Sacred Heart/St. Dominic, 65 Mellen St.; 1:45 p.m., St. Louis, 279 Danforth St., 2:40 p.m., St. Peter, 72 Federal St.; 3:45 p.m., St. Christopher, Peaks Island, by ferry.

Easter Baskets Blessing, noon, a Polish tradition celebrating the symbolic meaning and creativity of the baskets. St. Louis Catholic Church, 279 Danforth St., Portland.

Mass for the Deaf, 4 p.m., with an American Sign Language interpreter. Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth. All are invited to join the Maine Catholic deaf community for a potluck supper after the Mass.



Annual Easter Community Dinner, with appetizers at noon and dinner at 1 p.m. The meal, featuring ham, side dishes and desserts, is being provided by local restaurants and businesses and is hosted by Adas Yoshuron Synagogue and held at St. Peter’s Church, both in Rockland. It is free and open to the public.

Easter Concert, 10 a.m., with the Lighthouse Jubilees. Held at Sixth Street Congregational Church, 109 Sixth St. in Auburn.

Easter Sunrise Services

5:50 a.m. meet at Hurd Park parking lot, 62 King St., Pine Point, at 5:40 a.m. and walk to the beach. A pancake breakfast will follow at Blue Point Congregational Church, 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough.

5:45 a.m. at Sohier Park, overlooking Nubble Lighthouse. A traditional breakfast will follow at Union Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall, 18 Church St., York Beach.

5:45 a.m. at the peak on Bradbury Mountain, Pownal. A service will also be held at the park shelter. Coffee and donuts will be offered following the service at First Parish Congregational Church in Pownal, which also will be the site of the service in case of bad weather.


Sunrise at Smiling Hill Farm, 781 County Road, Westbrook. Muffins and coffee follow the service and a pancake breakfast will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 612 Main St., Westbrook.

6 a.m. Eastern Prom by the entrance to East End Beach, Portland. All are welcome at the service presented by Stevens Avenue Congregational Church.

6 a.m. on the Kennebec River at the Phippsburg Congregational, 10 Church Lane, Phippsburg. A free public breakfast will follow.

6 a.m. at the Weymouth Cross near the town landing in Thomaston. The service is offered by the churches of Thomaston. All are welcome to attend.


“Signs of Hope: LGBT People, Their Families, and the Church,” 7 to 9 p.m., with Sr. Jeannine Gramick. Held at Hope.Gate.Way., 185 High St., Portland.


This week

Living Water Vacation Bible School, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 21 to 24, for ages 2 through fifth-grade. South Portland Church of the Nazarene, 525 Highland Ave, South Portland. Go to www.spcnazarene.com for details and to register. The program is free.

Catholic Youth Convention, April 25 to 27 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, is accepting registrations for teens in grades 9 through 12. The theme is “Lights, Camera, Action!” More than 250 teens are expected to attend the event, which includes educational workshops, fun activities and a banquet. For more information or to register, visit www.OLFFmaine.com.

April 26

Indoor yard sale, 8 a.m. to noon, North Parish Church vestry, 895 Main St., Sanford.

“A Day of Meditation for Veterans and Others Living With Post-Traumatic Stress,” 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Zen Buddhist monk, Vietnam veteran and author Claude Anshin Thomas. Held at Point Lookout, 67 Atlantic Highway, Route 1, Northport. Advance registration is strongly suggested. The fee is $30, which includes lunch. Donations are welcome. To register or for more information, contact Jay Mason at 650-0149 or go to www.zaltho.org.


Strike Down Poverty Bowl-A-Thon, held by parishioners at St. Thérèse of Lisieux in Sanford, raised nearly $1,200, which will be donated to Threads of Hope, a Catholic Charities Maine thrift store in Sanford.

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