Connected Catholics of Maine, 1 p.m., general meeting at Holy Martyrs Parish Hall, Route 88, Falmouth.

Healing service, 1 p.m., at Little House of Prayer. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary at 2:30 p.m., a teaching by Bernadette Cyr, and laying on of hands for prayers of healing. Call 284-6286 or visit

Mass for the New Year, 2 p.m., held entirely in Vietnamese for members of the local Catholic Vietnamese community with the Rev. Vo Tran Dinh, an Augustinian missionary priest. Held in the chapel of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. Confessions in both Vietnamese and English will take place at 1 p.m. and a reception will follow the Mass.

Shape note singing, 2 to 5 p.m., not a performance, and all are welcome to participate. Held at The New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. Free with tune books available. Visit for more information.


Purim Carnival, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., family program celebrating the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire with a reading of the Megillah, the Purim “Shpiel” (a fun play telling the story), games, goodies and prizes. Those in costume will receive two free carnival tickets. An adult celebration will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and includes a wine-tasting and service. Held at Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St., South Portland. For details, email [email protected] or call 879-0028.


Purim in Paris, 5 p.m., with Megillah reading, live music and entertainment by Mime-A-Lot, French buffet and a variety of activities. Sponsored by Chabad of Maine and held at Woodfords Club, 179 Woodfords St., Portland. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Prices increase by $5 after Monday. Visit or call 871-8947 to reply.

Coming up

“Dialogues of the Carmelites,” 2:30 p.m. March 8. The Portland Symphony Orchestra will perform a semi-staged version of Poulenc’s opera, which is based on the true story of Carmelite nuns in France at the time of the French Revolution who were beheaded for their defiance of a civil order. The performance features several guest performers along with the Choral Arts Society and will be sung in English with supertitles. The opera will be performed at Merrill Auditorium with an additional Concert Conversation at 1:15 p.m., and a Q&A with performers after the concert. Tickets range from $25 to $75 and are available through PortTIX at 842-0800 or A fee is added to phone and online ticket sales. Tickets may also be purchased in person between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Portland.

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