100th anniversary Mass, 4 p.m., celebrated by Bishop Robert Deeley at St. Louis Parish, 279 Danforth St., Portland. The parish was founded in 1915 and the current church was built in 1924 by Polish immigrants. A reception will follow the Mass at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, and will feature Polish food, live music and dancing. Tickets to the reception are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Tickets will be available after Masses in the St. Louis parish hall and during the week at the Pastoral Center, 307 Congress St., and at


Fall Sermon Series, 9:30 a.m., as part of the morning service, featuring the Rev. Kate Braestrup, chaplain to the Maine Warden Service. The series continues Oct. 18, Nov. 22 and Dec. 20. United Christian Church in Lincolnville. Visit for details.

Blue Mass, 10 a.m., celebrated by Bishop Robert Deeley to honor those in the public safety community. About 9:30 a.m., a procession of federal, state and local public safety personnel will walk from Federal Street to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the Mass. All are welcome to attend the service.

Connected Catholics of Maine, 1 p.m., luncheon and business meeting. Val Halla Club House, 60 Val Halla Road, Cumberland Center.

Blue Service, 2 p.m., honoring area first responders and public safety personnel. Aerial ladder firetrucks from the Buxton and Windham fire departments will display a large American flag. Cressey Road United Methodist Church, Gorham. People of all faiths are welcome to attend.

Annual keyboard concert, 6 p.m. with Glenda Winkle-Morrow, guest pianist, and Mark Thallander, guest organist. Court Street Baptist Church, 129 Court St., Auburn. The two will also participate at the 9:45 a.m. service.

Sunday through Tuesday

Rosh Hashanah High Holiday schedule:

Congregation Beth Israel, 49 East Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday; and 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Congregation Etz Chaim, 36 Bacon St., Biddeford: 6:45 p.m. Sunday; 9:15 a.m. Monday followed by Tashlich service about 12:30 p.m. and 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.


Labyrinth walk, available between 4 and 7:30 p.m., indoor Chartres-style labyrinth for 30-minute meditative walks. Trinity Episcopal, 580 Forest Ave., rear entrance, Portland. Call 772-7421 for more information.


Meditation in Everyday Life, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., free talk by Tulku Damcho Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master from Nepal. Sponsored by Vajra Vidya Portland and held at Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland. Donations accepted. Visit portlandmaine for details.

Sept. 19

“Making the Widow’s Heart Sing,” 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. fourth annual conference with workshops to help widows with resources and tips for coping on being alone. Registration is $10 and includes lunch. The Widows Ministry is held at East Auburn Baptist Church, 560 Park Ave., Auburn. Call 782-0348 for information and space availability.

African Gala, 4 to 9 p.m., featuring cultural presentations and food, a fashion show, music and dancing. Event is hosted by Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish to benefit the capital campaign and will be held at Guild Hall, part of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland. All are welcome to attend. Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $4 for children under 12. For more information, call Nono Mukwayanzo at 253-9325 or Ray Rier at 767-1241.

“Exploring Meditation: A Workshop With Ashok Nalamalapu, 6.30 to 7.45 p.m. at Lila East End Yoga, 251 Congress St., Portland,. Suggested donation is $15. Call 671-1583 for more information.

“Sister Heart: The Story of an Indian Nun,” 7 to 9 p.m., screening of a new documentary about Maher (“Mother’s Home”), a refuge for battered women and children in India. Sister Lucy Kurien, who founded Maher in 1997, will answer questions. All donations will benefit Maher and Maher-made crafts will be available for purchase. Dessert and beverages will be served. North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth. To learn more, visit or call Darcy Cunningham at 829-2700.

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