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Advent Events in Parishes and the Diocese

Advent Preparatory Events (November 24 - November 30)

Advent Family Celebration in Waterville - A gathering on Sunday, November 24, at Notre Dame Church in Waterville to help adults and children make the most of the Advent season. [Details]

Advent Wreath Making in Farmington - Make an Advent wreath on Sunday, November 24, following the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church in Farmington. [Details]

Advent Wreath Making in Pittsfield - Gather at St. Agnes Church in Pittsfield on Saturday, November 30, to make an Advent wreath and enjoy a potluck supper. [Details]

“Rejoice! Advent Meditations with Joseph” in Saco -  Four sessions beginning November 25 will help participants journey with the Holy Family at they await the birth of their son. Sessions will be faciliated by Father Brad Morin at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco. [Details]

"You Matter" Retreat in Frenchville - A one-day retreat on November 30 at the Christian Life Center in Frenchville to help adults prepare for Advent. [Details]

First Week of Advent (December 1-7)

Advent Adoration Service in Greenville - The Knights of Columbus will lead prayer services with eucharistic adoration on the Fridays of Advent at Holy Family Church in Greenville. [Details]

Advent Bible Study in Skowhegan - On the Thursdays of Advent, Fr. James Nadeau will lead Bible Study on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospel of Luke at Notre Damede Lourdes Church hall in Skowhegan. [Details]

Advent Breakfast for Men in Waterville - Men are invited to breakfast on the Wednesdays of Advent at 6:30 a.m. at Notre Dame Church hall in Waterville. [Details]

Advent by Candlelight in Gorham - All women are invited to St. Anne Church on December 1 for an evening of preparing their minds and hearts for the birth of Jesus. [Details]

Advent / Christmas Concert in South Portland - Performed by the St. John and Holy Cross Choir on December 1 at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Cross, 124 Cottage Road in South Portland. [Details]

Advent Evening Prayer in Cape Elizabeth - Evening prayer on Sunday, December 1, at 5 p.m. at St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road in Cape Elizabeth. [Details]

Advent Fireside Meditations in Topsham - Don Smith will lead meditations on the Incarnation on the Friday evenings of Advent at the Sky-hy Renewal Center in Topsham. [Details]

Advent Retreat for Grades 3-6 in Frenchville - The retreat will be held at the Christian Life Center on Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome. [Details]

Advent Vespers in Saco - Vespers on the Sundays of Advent at 4 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco. [Details]

Advent Wreath Making in Baileyville and Calais - Gather to make an Advent wreath on Sunday, December 1, at Immaculate Conception Church in Calais and St. James the Greater Church in Baileyville. [Details]

Advent Wreath Workshop in Fort Kent - All ages are welcome to attend an Advent wreath workshop on December 1 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 372 Frenchville Road at 2 p.m. [Details]

Advent Wreath Making in South Portland - Families are invited to gather to make Advent wreaths on December 1 at the Church of the Holy Cross in South Portland. [Details]

Blessing of the Manger and Lighting of the Advent Tree in Bath - The blessing and lighting will be held on December 1 at 3 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street in Bath. [Details]

Children's Nativity Play in South Berwick -  The children of the Parish of the Ascension of the Lord will present a Nativity play on Saturday, December 7, following the 4 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Church in South Berwick. [Details]

Christmas Caroling in Kennebunk and Wells -  All are welcome to join Holy Spirit parishioners as they carol at two senior living facilities in Kennebunk and Wells. [Details]

Christmas Tree Festival in Madawaska - The annual Christmas Tree Festival will be held on December 1 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Attendees will have the chance to win a beautiful tree, decorations, and gifts. [Details]

Clothes Giveaway in Biddeford - St. James students will hang hundreds of hats, mittens, and scarves in the town-owned park on the corner of South and Green Streets in Biddeford at 3:30 p.m. Anyone in need of these items can come and take them at any time. [Details]

Directed Advent Prayer in Portland - The program offers the opportunity for a week of directed prayer (December 1-7) on the Scriptures with assistance from a Jesuit spiritual director. [Details]

Evening Holy Hours in Waterville - Advent Evening Holy Hours, held at Notre Dame Church in Waterville on the Wednesdays of Advent, will include adoration, Advent chants, reconciliation, and night prayer. [Details]

Feast of St. Nicholas Family Celebration in Ellsworth - Learn about the Catholic traditions surrounding St. Nicholas and enjoy food and music during this family celebration at St. Joseph Church in Ellsworth. [Details]

"Lectio: Mary" in Calais - A DVD-Based series on what Scripture, the life of Christ, and the early Church reveal about Mary.  Sessions will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Calais on Sundays beginning December 1. [Details]

Lighting Up for Christmas in Sanford - This gathering for praying the rosary for peace on Earth will be held on Tuesday, December 3, at 7:15 p.m. in the St. Ignatius Gym on 25 Riverside Street in Sanford. The lighting of the creche at the central park across from city hall begins at 8 p.m. [Details]

Light Up for Christ Christmas Tree Blessing & Lighting - Tree lighting and caroling following the 4 p.m. Mass on December 7 at Our Lady of the Angels Church in South Berwick. [Details]

Living Nativity in Boothbay Harbor - Children and young adults will present a Living Nativity on December 1 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. outside of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. [Details]

Midcoast Tree Festival in Brunswick - The festival at St. John's Community Center, 43 Pleasant Street in Brunswick, features themed Christmas trees decorated by local businesses.  [Details]

Miracle of Jesus in York - Adults and kids of all ages will be amazed by this multisensory program on December 1 at St. Christopher Church on 4 Barrell Lane in York. [Details]

Musica Sacra in Bangor - The St. John's chamber choir and a string ensemble will present a free concert on December 7 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Church in Bangor. [Details]

Pivotal Players Film Series in Dexter - On the Sundays of Advent, Fr. Robert Lupo will lead dicussions based on the Pivotal Players film series, which is hosted by Bishop Robert Barron. [Details]

Sacred Waiting - A four-part contemplative Advent retreat to help you slow down and invite Jesus into your life more fully. The opening sessions are December 1 in Brunswick and December 2 in Newcastle. [Details]

Women's Advent Prayer Service in Limerick - The prayer service and potluck supper begins at 6 p.m. in the hall of St. Matthew Church on 19 Dora Lane. [Details]

Second Week of Advent (December 8-14)

Advent Adoration Service in Greenville - The Knights of Columbus will lead prayer services with eucharistic adoration on the Fridays of Advent at Holy Family Church in Greenville. [Details]

Advent Breakfast for Men in Waterville - Men are invited to breakfast on the Wednesdays of Advent at 6:30 a.m. at Notre Dame Church hall in Waterville. [Details]

Advent Fireside Meditations in Topsham - Don Smith will lead meditations on the Incarnation on the Friday evenings of Advent at the Sky-hy Renewal Center in Topsham. [Details]

Advent Retreat for Middle and High Schoolers in Frenchville - The retreat will be held at the Christian Life Center on Saturday, December 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome. [Details]

Advent Vespers in Saco - Vespers on the Sundays of Advent at 4 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco. [Details]

Blue Christmas Mass in Wallagrass - A Liturgy of Hope for those who are grieving or feeling a sense of loss this Christmas season will be held at St. Joseph Church in Wallagrass on December 12 at 6:30 p.m. [Details]

Breakfast with Santa in Lyman - A pancake breakfast with Santa in the hall of St. Philip Church in Lyman. [Details]

Candlelight Service of Remembrance in South Portland - Service at Holy Cross Church in South Portland on December 8 to help individuals and families find comfort in the memory of a loved one during the holiday season. [Details]

Children's Nativity Play in York -  The children of the Parish of the Ascension of the Lord will present a Nativity play on Saturday, December 14, following the 4 p.m. Mass at St. Christopher Church in York. [Details]

Christmas Dinner / Dance in Kennebunkport - A semi-formal dinner/dance at The Nonantum Ballroom in Kennebunkport on December 8, sponsored by the St. Martha Knights of Columbus. [Details]

Christmas Homilies on Canvas - Father Louis Phillips leads a guided meditation on the Mystery of the Incarnation as shared through art. The two-hour retreat will be held December 14 in Gorham, December 17 and 29 in Windham, and Dcember 27 in Westbrook. {Details]

Evening Holy Hours - Advent Evening Holy Hours, held at Notre Dame Church in Waterville on the Wednesdays of Advent, will include adoration, Advent chants, reconciliation, and night prayer. [Details]

Festival of Lessons and Carols in Cape Elizabeth - service of ritual, Scripture, and song on December 8 at St. Bartholomew Church in Cape Elizabeth.  The festival will be followed by an outdoor tree lighting and crockpot dinner. [Details]

Festival of Lessons and Carols in Yarmouth -  All are welcome at this service of Scripture and song at Sacred Heart Church, located on 326 Main Street in Yarmouth, on Tuesday, December 10, at 6:30 p.m. [Details]

Festival of Lessons and Carols in Ellsworth - Celebrate the hope, joy, and spirituality of the Advent season at the Festival of Lessons and Carols set for St. Joseph Church in Ellsworth on December 8 at 3 p.m. [Details]

Healing Oils of the Bible - Learn and experience the holy healing oils of frankincense and myrrh on December 11, 1 p.m., at St. Bartholomew Church in Cape Elizabeth. [Details]

High School Advent Retreat in Kennebunk - An Advent retreat for young men (ages 14-18) will be held at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk from Friday, December 13, at 5 p.m., to Sunday, December 15, at noon. [Details]

How Lovely is your Dwelling Place Retreat in Biddeford - Sister Diane Dube, p.m., will guide this retreat that will lead participants into a place of rest with God.  It will be held December 11 at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford. [Details]

"Lectio: Mary" in Calais - A DVD-Based series on what Scripture, the life of Christ, and the early Church reveal about Mary.  Sessions will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Calais on Sundays beginning December 1. [Details]

Pivotal Players Film Series in Dexter - On the Sundays of Advent, Fr. Robert Lupo will lead dicussions based on the Pivotal Players film series, which is hosted by Bishop Robert Barron. [Details]

Sacred Waiting -  A four-part contemplative Advent retreat, offered in Brunswick and Newcastle, to help you slow down and invite Jesus into your life more fully. [Details]

Wondering with Mary - This Advent prayer reflection will be offered Sunday, December 8, at 2 p.m. in the hall of Notre Dame Church in Waterville. [Details]

Third Week of Advent  (December 15-21)

Advent Adoration Service in Greenville - The Knights of Columbus will lead prayer services with eucharistic adoration on the Fridays of Advent at Holy Family Church in Greenville. [Details]

Advent Breakfast for Men in Waterville - Men are invited to breakfast on the Wednesdays of Advent at 6:30 a.m. at Notre Dame Church hall in Waterville. [Details]

Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols in Jay - The evening at St. Rose of Lima Church will feature chant, polyphony, carols, and readings of the season from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. [Details]

Advent Fireside Meditations in Topsham - Don Smith will lead meditations on the Incarnation on the Friday evenings of Advent at the Sky-hy Renewal Center in Topsham. [Details]

Advent Tree Lighting and Living Nativity in Portland - St. Brigid School will host a live nativity and tree lighting on Sunday, December 15. The event will also feature a load of activities for the kids and a visit from Santa. [Details]

Advent Vespers in Saco - Vespers on the Sundays of Advent at 4 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco. [Details]

Christmas Concert in Auburn - A concert of Christmas music will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place in Auburn, at 2 p.m. [Details]

Christmas Homilies on Canvas - Father Louis Phillips leads a guided meditation on the Mystery of the Incarnation as shared through art. The two-hour retreat will be held December 14 in Gorham, December 17 and 29 in Windham, and December 27 in Westbrook. {Details]

Evening Holy Hours - Advent Evening Holy Hours, held at Notre Dame Church in Waterville on the Wednesdays of Advent, will include adoration, Advent chants, reconciliation, and night prayer. [Details]

"Lectio: Mary" in Calais - A DVD-Based series on what Scripture, the life of Christ, and the early Church reveal about Mary.  Sessions will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Calais on Sundays beginning December 1. [Details]

The Light is On - The sacrament of reconcilation will be offered at additional times at parishes around the diocese [Details]

The Nativity Hour - All are welcome to bring their infants and toddlers to this program at Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth at 11 a.m. Participants will explore the Birth of Jesus through stories, songs, puppets, dancing, instruments, and more. [Details]

Pivotal Players Film Series in Dexter - On the Sundays of Advent, Fr. Robert Lupo will lead dicussions based on the Pivotal Players film series, which is hosted by Bishop Robert Barron. [Details]

Sacred Waiting -  A four-part contemplative Advent retreat, offered in Brunswick and Newcastle, to help you slow down and invite Jesus into your life more fully. [Details]

Fourth Week of Advent  (December 22-24)

Advent Vespers in Saco - Vespers on the Sundays of Advent at 4 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco. [Details]

"Lectio: Mary" in Calais - A DVD-Based series on what Scripture, the life of Christ, and the early Church reveal about Mary.  Sessions will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Calais on Sundays beginning December 1. [Details]

Musica Sacra in Bangor - The St. John's adult and youth choirs and Schola Cantorum will present a free concert of Christmas music on Sunday, December 22, at 3 p.m. at St. John's Church in Bangor. [Details]

Pivotal Players Film Series in Dexter - On the Sundays of Advent, Fr. Robert Lupo will lead dicussions based on the Pivotal Players film series, which is hosted by Bishop Robert Barron. [Details]

Sacred Waiting -  A four-part contemplative Advent retreat, offered in Brunswick and Newcastle, to help you slow down and invite Jesus into your life more fully. [Details]