“Counteracting terrorism: the global reach of prayer,” 2 p.m., talk by Kari Mashos of Cape Neddick and Athens, Greece. Held at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 5 Heritage Lane, Kennebunk.

Holy Grounds Coffee House, 6 p.m., with Dean Richardson. Reasonably priced food will be available. Donations to support the musicians are welcomed. Held at Church of the Holy Spirit, 1047 Congress St., side entrance, Portland.

Saturday and Sunday

St. John’s Bazaar, annual festival with new amusement rides, live entertainment, raffles, food and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Catholic Church and School, 39 Pleasant St., Brunswick. For more information, visit or call 725-2624.


St. John’s Sunday, 9 a.m., service with the Rev. Mark Rustin, hosted by the Masonic Fraternal Lodge #55 at the Old Corner Church, West Road and Federal Street, Waterboro. Refreshments will follow at the Lodge,165 Waterboro Road, Alfred. The public is invited to attend.

Ordination, 10 a.m., of Matthew Gregory to the Transitional Diaconate at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. Gregory is a native of South Portland and a Cheverus graduate. He earned his commercial pilot license and flight instructor rating before studying at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore and Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Mass.

Father’s Day service, 10 a.m., featuring music by Robert Enman, David Spencer and Michael Bachem as part of the summer music series. State Street Church, Portland. The public is welcome.

Eckankar, the Religion of the Light and Sound of God, 11 a.m., service and discussion at Falmouth Memorial Library, 4 Lunt Road, Falmouth. Go to for more information.

Rejoicing Spirits, 4 p.m., special worship service for people with cognitive and/or developmental disabilities. Fellowship and supper follow the service. Trinity Lutheran Church, 612 Main St., Westbrook.


“Listening for the Heartbeat of God,” 4 p.m., free concert by the Crossflame Youth Choir and Orchestra from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Hickory, N.C. Held at the Gazebo on the Mall, Maine Street, Brunswick.


Fortnight for Freedom, 12:15 p.m., special Mass with Bishop Robert P. Deeley at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Cumberland Avenue, Portland. At 6 p.m., Monsignor John E. Kozar, president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association and the Pontifical Mission for Palestine,will speak at the cathedral. Both the Mass and talk are being held in conjunction with the fourth annual national event from June 21 to July 4. For more information about the Fortnight for Freedom, visit

June 27

Yard sale, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with bake sale at 9 a.m., to benefit a mission trip. United Baptist Church, 318 Main St., Saco. Held rain or shine.

Yard sale and flea market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main St., Raymond Center.

Silver and Gold Mass, 4 p.m., celebrated by Bishop Robert P. Deeley for couples celebrating milestone anniversaries from five to 70 years of marriage. Held at Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus St., Lewiston. Couples will receive a special blessing from the bishop. To register to participate as a couple, contact Annette Rioux at 321-7885 or email [email protected] by June 20.


Sister Aline St. James celebrated her golden jubilee as a member of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (commonly known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec), and also renewed her vows on June 14 at St. Joseph Convent in Biddeford at a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert P. Deeley. Sister Aline has assisted children at St. Ann’s Orphanage in Methuen, Mass., helped teenagers at the now-closed Saint Andre Home in Lewiston and also spent 30 years doing missionary work in Brazil.

The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine recently ordained several interfaith chaplains who have completed two to three years of study and more than 300 hours each of service in organizations. The chaplains are Cali Crowley of Scarborough, Lindy Gifford of Damariscotta, Leslie Hyde of Yarmouth, Fred B. Jordan of West Poland, Jeffery Logan of Portland, Carolyn Plummer of South Freeport and Nancy Stowell White of Bethel. ChIME is also seeking nominations for its Planetary Chaplain Award. The form and more information are available at and must be received prior to July 31.

Central Maine Medical Center has announced the graduates of its Clinical Pastoral Education program, which is accredited through the U.S. Department of Education. The graduates are Jane Burke, Christian educator at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick; Anthony Cipolle, seminarian for the Portland Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church; the Rev. Nuvia Dighello, Spanish minister from Gray; the Rev. Michael Glidden, pastor of the Sebago Lake Congregational Church in Standish; and the Rev. Jay W. Turner, director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at CMMC.

John Strong, Charles A. Dana Professor of Religious Studies at Bates College in Lewiston, has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for research into Western perceptions of Buddhist relics. The fellowship will support travel and research in London during the sabbatical year, starting in August. Strong has a doctorate in the history of religions and has authored several books. The fellowship will be used to research a book tentatively titled “Buddhist Relics in Western Eyes.”

Religion calendar items must be submitted before noon Monday to be considered for the next Saturday. Please note that we are not able to list regular weekly services in the calendar. Mail to: Religion Calendar, Portland Press Herald, P.O. Box 1460, Portland, ME 04104; or email to:

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