“Into Auction,” 6:30 to 9 p.m., gala fundraiser to benefit addiction recovery and immigration support, presented by Hope Acts, with a variety of donated items and art, live music by Willicks and Recovery All Stars, appetizers and desserts, Held at HopeGateWay, 509 Forest Ave., Portland. Tickets are $10 and are available at

Saturday and Sunday

“From Conflict to Connection: The Fundamentals of Nonviolent Communication,” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, workshop with Peggy Smith, certified trainer, based on a model developed by mediator Marshall Rosenberg. Held at First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. The fee is $160. To register, contact Elinor Redmond at [email protected] or call 650-8579.


Select Children’s Choir of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, 10:30 a.m., performance at the morning service by the choir from Westminster, Vermont, at Village Baptist Church of Kennebunkport.

Service of Remembrance, 10:30 a.m.,with the USM University Chorale, Robert Russell conductor and Harold Stover organist, in recognition of All Saints Day and Veterans Day. The congregation will have a chance to participate in the performance of “Funeral March on the Deaths of Heroes.” Held at Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High St., Portland.

“Kristallnacht: Repairing the Broken Glass,” 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., free public interfaith program on tolerance and acceptance, with poetry and prose workshops designed to increase awareness and education. Held at Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave., Portland. Responses requested but not required. Email [email protected] at First Congregational Church, South Portland.

“The Songs That Won the War,” 2 p.m., Veterans Day program featuring songs of the World War II era. St. Christopher Church, 4 Barrell Lane, York.

Community Sing! 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. at John Street Methodist Church in Camden. Sponsored by Midcoast Community Chorus and open to the public with no preparation, practice or training necessary. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. For more information, call 975-0582 or visit for updates.

Peter Alexander, 5:15 p.m., folk singer and recording artist will be the guest musician at the service. A reception will follow. Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland. Call 772-5434 for details.

Veterans Day Keyboard Concert, 6 p.m., with Ellen Farber and Mark Thallander. Wells Branch Baptist Church, Route 9A, 1342 Branch Road, Wells.

Harvest Concert, 6 p.m., with band and choir. Salvation Army, 1 Church St., Old Orchard Beach. Free.


“Elections, Politics and Policies,” 6 to 7:30 p.m., forum on the issues affecting Maine’s governor, part of a series presented by the Faith in Action Committee at First Parish, 426 Congress St., Portland. Panelists include Bill Nemitz, Portland Press Herald columnist; Harold Pachios of the PretiFlaherty law firm,; Susan Sharon, MPBN deputy news director; Alan Caron, public policy and politics writer; and Colin Woodard, author and investigative reporter.


Connected Catholics of Maine Craft Night, 5:30 p.m., and potluck supper. To create Christmas trees for the Barron Center. Bring jewels and embellishments. Held at 20 Inverness Road, Falmouth. Call Grace at 878-6459 for details.

“We Remember and Give Thanks,” 6:30 p.m., communitywide Veterans Day prayer service. Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus St., Lewiston.


Aging and Grace Symposium, 3 to 5 p.m., talk about the importance of advance directives in health care by attorney Richard Traynor. The symposium continues from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 19, with a presentation by Bonita Usher on downsizing and estate dispersal; and long-term care services and options with Don Harden. The sessions are free and open to the public and will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main St., Yarmouth. For more information, contact Georgette Dionne at 553-9076 or at [email protected]


“The Spiritual Benefits of a Lifelong Marriage,” 7 to 9 p.m., first of the St. Therese of Lisieux Parish Encounter Evenings with national speakers Steve and Kathy Beirne. Held at St. Ignatius Gym Cafeteria, Riverside Avenue, Sanford. The program is open to the public. Wine, soft drinks and snacks will be provided and free-will offerings accepted. Seating is limited and registration is requested. Call Diana L’Heureux at 608-2581, Shelly Carpenter at 324-2420 or Debra Wilson at 676-9574.

Friday through Sunday

Chartres-style Labyrinth, noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16, at Woodfords Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland. Free.

This week

Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan, presentations by the Buddhist monk and scholar, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. All presentations will be at Tashi Gatsel Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center, 20 Independence Drive, Freeport. For more information, visit

“Strategic Nonviolent Action,” talks with Jamila Raqib, executive director of the Boston-based Albert Einstein Institution. The schedule is: “How to Start a Revolution,” 4:15 p.m., Tuesday at Chase Hall, Bates College, Lewiston, and at 7 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. “The Power and Potential of Nonviolent Struggle: Lessons From the Arab Spring, the Global Occupy Movement and Beyond,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Given Auditorium at Colby College, Waterville; and 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Union, University of Maine in Orono.


The following priest assignments have been announced by Bishop Robert P. Deeley of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland:

Effective Nov. 1, Father Olusola H. “Sola” Adewole will be parochial vicar for Stella Maris Parish (Bucksport, Castine; Stonington, Ellsworth, Bar Harbor; Manset and Northeast Harbor, as well as mission churches in the area). He was ordained April 5, 2003. Since December, he has served as parochial vicar, with weekend responsibilities in the Portland area Parish of the Holy Eucharist and during the week at Maine Medical Center and peninsula and island parishes. He is a member of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph the Worker in Nigeria. He has also served as parochial vicar in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he also worked in campus ministry at Dickinson College and was a chaplain at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Effective Dec. 1, Father Bruce M. Siket will be pastor of Christ the Divine Mercy Parish (Millinocket, East Millinocket and Benedicta). He is a Madison native who graduated from the University of Maine, in Orono, in 1976. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 20, 2007. Since his ordination, he has served as a parochial vicar at Corpus Christi Parish in Waterville, Fairfield, Winslow, Vassalboro, Oakland, Belgrade Lakes, and most recently, in Stella Maris Parish and St. Joseph Parish where he has served since July 2009.

Also effective Dec. 1, Father Joel R. Cyr, pastor since 2007 at Christ the Divine Mercy Parish and St. Benedicta Parish in Benedicta, will retire from active ministry. Born on Christmas Day in 1944, he attended St. Louis School in Fort Kent. He entered St. Joseph’s Seminary in Bar Harbor, studied philosophy at Ottawa University, and continued his theology studies at the University Seminary in Ottawa. Fr. He was ordained to the priesthood at St. Louis Church in Fort Kent on May 29, 1971. He served as an assistant pastor at St. Philip Parish in Auburn, St. Theresa Parish in Mexico and St. Thomas Parish in Madawaska before being named pastor of St. Gerard Parish in Grand Isle in 1979. He was appointed as chaplain of Diocesan Human Relations Services in Aroostook County in 1981. A year later, he became pastor of St. Mary Parish in Eagle Lake, where, after receiving a recommendation from the state’s chief ranger, he was named state spiritual director for the Catholic Order of Foresters. In 1986, Cyr became pastor of St. Louis Parish in Limestone, and assumed additional pastoral responsibilities in 1990 at St. Denis Parish in Fort Fairfield. In 1997, he was appointed administrator of St. Joseph and St. Teresa Parishes in Brewer and was named pastor of the parishes less than a year later. In 2006, he became administrator of St. Martin of Tours Parish in Millinocket, St. Peter Parish in East Millinocket and St. Benedict Parish in Benedicta until his current appointment.

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