SCARBOROUGH – St. John Paul II Parish, made up of St. Bartholomew Parish in Cape Elizabeth, St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Scarborough, and St. John and Holy Cross Parish in South Portland, announces its Advent/Christmas season special Mass schedules, spiritual programming, fun holiday events, and charitable efforts spanning from November into December. These offerings can also be viewed on https://jp2me.org/advent-2022

Special Mass Schedules
• Dec. 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass Schedule, Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass Schedule | St. John Paul II Parish | The Catholic Churches of Holy Cross, St. Bartholomew, and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, and South Portland, Maine | Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, South Portland, Maine (jp2me.org)
• Dec.24/25: Christmas Mass Schedule, Christmas Mass Schedule | St. John Paul II Parish | The Catholic Churches of Holy Cross, St. Bartholomew, and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, and South Portland, Maine | Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, South Portland, Maine (jp2me.org)

Fun Holiday Events
• Dec. 2-3: Holy Cross School Christmas Fair, https://holycrossmaine.org/?page_id=2416
• Dec. 6: Lessons and Carols, Lessons and Carols | St. John Paul II Parish | The Catholic Churches of Holy Cross, St. Bartholomew, and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, and South Portland, Maine | Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, South Portland, Maine (jp2me.org)
• Dec. 8 – Christmas Tree Lighting after the 5 p.m. Immaculate Conception Mass at St. Bartholomew
• Dec. 11th & 18th: Christmas Pageant, Christmas Pageant | St. John Paul II Parish | The Catholic Churches of Holy Cross, St. Bartholomew, and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, and South Portland, Maine | Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, South Portland, Maine (jp2me.org)

Charitable Efforts
The tradition of collecting mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for neighbors /families in need in the community will continue again this year. Visit the Mitten Tree page to learn more, Mitten Tree Deadline | St. John Paul II Parish | The Catholic Churches of Holy Cross, St. Bartholomew, and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, and South Portland, Maine | Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, South Portland, Maine (jp2me.org).

All three churches have identified agencies in our community that need our help by sponsoring them in the Advent Giving Trees program. Click the link to learn more about how you can help
Additional Spiritual Programming / Opportunities, Advent Giving Tree Deadline | St. John Paul II Parish | The Catholic Churches of Holy Cross, St. Bartholomew, and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, and South Portland, Maine | Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, South Portland, Maine (jp2me.org)

On the Sundays of Advent at 5 p.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Fr. Jack and Fr. Alex will be leading Evening Prayer with Adoration and Benediction, Evening Prayer with Benediction | St. John Paul II Parish | The Catholic Churches of Holy Cross, St. Bartholomew, and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, and South Portland, Maine | Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, South Portland, Maine (jp2me.org).

A great way to prepare for the Lord’s birth is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation through our regularly scheduled times, and some extra opportunities below: Regular weekly confession times, Sacrament of Penance | St. John Paul II Parish | The Catholic Churches of Holy Cross, St. Bartholomew, and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, and South Portland, Maine | Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, South Portland, Maine (jp2me.org) and The Light is On for You Dec. 12-16 schedule, The Light is on for You | St. John Paul II Parish | The Catholic Churches of Holy Cross, St. Bartholomew, and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, and South Portland, Maine | Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, South Portland, Maine (jp2me.org)