“The African Jazz Idiom in Sickness and in Health,” 7 p.m., community lecture featuring Matthew Dacso M.D., MSc., associate professor of medicine and director of Global Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Held at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, 50 Willow St., Rockland, and held in conjunction with the Camden Conference on The New Africa, scheduled for February. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and a chance to meet the lecturer will follow the program. For more information, visit or call 236-1034. To reach the synagogue, call 594-4523 or email [email protected]

Aug. 1

Garage sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Christ Chapel, 37 Northern Pines, off Route 85, Raymond.

Hope Haitian Choir, 6:30 p.m., free concert at Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St. in, Topsham. The group includes 15 children with accompanying adults. An offering will be taken. For details, visit


Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced the following two priest assignments effective Oct. 1:

Monsignor Paul F. Stefanko has been appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish (St. Joseph Church, Bridgton; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Fryeburg) and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish (St. Catherine of Sienna Church, Norway; Our Lady of Ransom Church, Mechanic Falls; St. Mary Church, Oxford).

Stefanko will remain judicialvicar and director of the Diocesan Tribunal for the Diocese of Portland, which is the court of the bishop that adjudicates ecclesiastical judicial cases, including marriage annulment cases.

Father Innocent Okozi, SMA, will replace Stefanko as parochial vicar of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Scarborough, St. John and Holy Cross Parish in South Portland, and St. Bartholomew Parish in Cape Elizabeth. He is currently pastor of St. Joseph Parish and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish. He has been involved in pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Portland since 2009, filling in at a number of parishes until 2012, when he was named a part-time parochial vicar at Corpus Christi Parish in Waterville. In July 2013, Okozi was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held July 19 for Wesley Garden on property owned by Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Rockland. The 6-acre botanical garden will provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation as well as contribute to the city’s sustainable development. Wesley Garden and the church are located at 15 Wesley Lane, Rockland. Call 596-5715 for more information.

The Diocese of Portland has raised $86,484.24 for victims of the April 25 earthquake and aftershocks in Nepal. The money was donated at a special statewide collection held June 13 and 14 at all Maine Catholic churches, and all proceeds will go to Catholic Relief Services. With monsoon season approaching, Catholic Relief Services is working with Caritas Nepal to get emergency and relief supplies to victims for ongoing rebuilding efforts. To donate, visit Catholic Relief Services at, call 877-435-7277 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. or mail checks, payable to “CRS,” to P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303. Please write “Nepal Earthquake” on the memo line.

The First Universalist Church of Auburn has given its annual Rose Window award to three members whose efforts have made a significant impact on the vibrancy of the church. The recipients are: Bob and Mary Wolf of Winthrop and Peggy Cox of Auburn, who are being honored as outstanding models of Unitarian Universalist principles and for their contributions to the faith community. Call 783-0461 or visit to learn more.

Raymond Village Community Church is one of just 29 churches nationally and the only church in Maine to receive a grant to explore new ways to enhance worship. The grant of $12,000 from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship will be used to generate renewed interest and energy in public worship for all ages. During the coming year, members will be creating special art installations and a community photo exhibit, developing special services and working with John Bell, a major advocate for revitalizing worship. For more information on the grants program, visit The church’s website is

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