Shape Note Singing, 2 to 5 p.m., meet in the undercroft at St. Andrews Church, 11 Glidden St., Newcastle. This is a free, participatory event, not a performance, and experience is not needed. Books will be available for loan or purchase and a potluck supper will follow so bring a ready-to-eat dish to share.

Monday and Tuesday

“Convocation 2015: Gifts of The Dark Wood” is presented by the BTS Center, the mission successor to Bangor Theological Seminary. The program is designed for clergy and lay leaders and features Dr. Eric Elnes and Dr. Marcia McFee among the speakers. Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland.


Labyrinth walk, available between noon to 8 p.m., indoor labyrinth for meditative walks. First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick. Open to the community. For details, visit or call 729-7331.


Jan. 31

70th anniversary of the tragic New Auburn fire, 8 a.m., special ceremony and plaque unveiling will commemorate the fire at Lacoste Babies Home on Jan. 31, 1945. Sixteen babies and one adult died in the fire. The ceremony is open to all and will be held in the chapel mausoleum at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston. After the ceremony, coffee and doughnuts will be served at The Fortin Group, corner of Turner and Center streets, Auburn. The service project was undertaken by Cub Scout Pack 111, which started two years ago under the direction of pack leader Cameron Hartley. For more information, visit the campaign’s Facebook page at or contact Hartley at


Maine Catholic Schools Week will be held Sunday through Saturday. To celebrate, students and staff at St. James Catholic School in Biddeford will participate in Cookies in the Community on Tuesday, when they will deliver more than 75 dozen handmade cookies to the Biddeford police and fire departments and many other organizations and local supporters. And in Brunswick, the Pennies for Patients program begins Monday, when students will collect and donate pennies in a “grade against grade” competition to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. St. Brigid School in Portland, St. Thomas Catholic School in Sanford and other Catholic schools in the state will conduct similar projects. For more information, visit

Religion calendar items must be submitted before noon Monday to be considered for the following Saturday. Mail to: Religion Calendar, Portland Press Herald, P.O. Box 1460, Portland, ME 04104; or email to:

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