African gala, 4 to 9 p.m., featuring cultural presentations and food, a fashion show, music and dancing, The 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. Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $4 for children under 12. For more information, contact Nono Mukwayanzo at 253-9325 or Ray Rier at 767-1241.

Holy Grounds Coffee House, 6 to 8:30 p.m., featuring music by Salinity and Juniper. Reasonably priced food is available. Church of the Holy Spirit, 1047 Congress St., Portland.

“Exploring Meditation: A Workshop with Ashok Nalamalapu,” 6.30 to 7.45 p.m. Held 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 film 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 in India and Maher-made crafts will be available for purchase. Dessert and beverages will be served. Program will be held at North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth. To learn more, visit or contact Darcy Cunningham at 829-2700.

Saturday and Sunday

Celebration weekend, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and continuing from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, River Road and Windham Center Road, Windham. Featured activities include a DJ, bouncy house, face painting and Sparks’ Ark at 4 p.m. Saturday. Visitors may tour the new expansion and learn more about the church and its offerings including a new program called “Living Compass,” which covers physical, vocational, spiritual and financial wellness and organizational planning for the whole person. Program is open to anyone in the community. There will also be online academy classes, classroom classes and onetime events.


The Rt. Rev. Stephen Lane, the Episcopal bishop of Maine, will be at the 10 a.m. service at Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, Thomaston. A reception and question and answer session will follow. All are welcome.

“Listening: Keeping What is True Before Us,” 10:30 a.m., Interfaith Worship Service held at the Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. Visit or call 347-6740 for details.

Eckankar, the Religion of the Light and Sound of God, 11 a.m. to noon, service at McArthur Public Library, 270 Main St., Biddeford. Visit for more information.

Yom Kippur services

Congregation Beth Israel, 49 East Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday. Call 450-8043 for more information.

Congregation Etz Chaim, 36 Bacon St., Biddeford: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday,Kol Nidre; Wednesday 9:15 a.m., Yizkor (Memorial Service) at 11:15 a.m., afternoon service at 5 p.m. followed by community breakfast. Go to to learn more.

Sept. 26

Indian classical music, 6:30 p.m., with Camila Celin and Roshni Thompson and Chant with Swan Kirtan. Presented by Sadhana Meditation Centre and held at 1 Hills Road, Falmouth. Tickets are $20. Contact Ashok Nalamalapu at 772-6898 for details.


Deacon Kevin N. Jacques has been named 2015 Deacon of the Year for the Roman Catholic Diocese. He serves at Good Shepherd Parish (Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco; St. Joseph Church, Biddeford; St. Margaret Church, Old Orchard Beach; and St. Philip Church, Lyman). He will be honored during the annual Deacon Assembly on Saturday at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Scarborough.

Jacques is a Biddeford native and attended local schools, graduating in 1979 from Biddeford High School and also from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. He studied at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass., and for 20 years worked at Unum and Idexx Laboratories while earning a masters degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in New Orleans.

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