‘What’s in a Name’ service

PARIS — The Sunday, Oct. 16, worship service at the First Universalist Church on Pine Street will be led by Anita White.

The title of the 10 a.m. service is “What’s in a Name.” Music will be under the direction of Donna Hurd.

Fellowship and coffee will follow the worship service, and all are welcome. Childcare is available, and the church is handicapped-accessible.

Blessing of the Animals in Auburn

AUBURN — A Blessing of the Animals will take place Sunday, Oct. 16, during worship service at First Universalist Church of Auburn, 169 Pleasant St. 

This marks the second year this ceremony will be held at the church. 

The Rev. Jodi Cohen Hayashida said, “The seventh principle of Unitarian Universalism is, ‘Respect for the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.’ This blessing of the animals, then, is a reflection of our commitment to honor the sacredness of all life.”

Companion animals who are comfortable in crowds and vaccinated are welcome. They need to be secured, either on a leash or in a carrier, for their safety. Those attending should arrive early to gather before the service. Photos of animal companions are also welcome.

Cohen will bless each one during this recognition of St. Francis’ Feast Day.

FMI: 207-783-0461 or www.auburnuu.org.

Christian Women United luncheon 

PARIS — A Christian Women United luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at South Paris First Congregational Church, 17 East Main St.

Sammie Angel of Dixfield and the Front Porch Cafe will be the entertainment.

FMI, RSVP: 207-743-5770.

St. Anne Sodality membership meeting

LEWISTON — The Ladies of St. Anne Sodality of Holy Family, Prince of Peace Parish, will host a membership meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the parish hall.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. After a brief business meeting, Halloween bingo will be played.

The admission fee is a bag of wrapped Halloween candy to be donated to the activity department of the St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion for distribution to patients. Flo Marquis will serve refreshments.

The Noel Gala will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Holy Family parish hall.

Farm to Table Dinner Oct. 22

FARMINGTON — The Catholic Rural Life Commission will host a Farm to Table Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, to help celebrate the many local farms that provide food to area residents.

The dinner will be held in the St. Joseph Parish Hall on 133 Middle St. It will be prepared by guest chef Mike MacNeil and include cheese, appetizers, local meat entrees, harvest slaw and fall vegetables. Desserts will feature apples and blueberries.

Musicians will provide entertainment.

Tickets are $15 per person, $10 for college students and $30 for families of three or more. Proceeds will pay the contributing farmers fair market price.

RSVP: 207-491-5188, [email protected]

Daughters of Isabella to meet Oct. 12

JAY — The Daughters of Isabella 677 from St. Rose of Lima held a business meeting on Oct. 12.

Discussion topics at the meeting included membership in the 40/40 Club, and sending and receiving thank-you and get-well cards. 

There will be a mass for Anointing of the Sick at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. The Daughters will be making supper after the mass for those attending.

The Deceased Members Mass for the Daughters of Isabella and the Knights of Columbus will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. After the Mass, there will be a meal put on by the Daughters and the Knights along with Chinese auction. Items will be needed for the auction. Those wishing to make a donation may contact Kim Couture. 

The Knights of Columbus free supper on Nov. 12 will be sponsored by the Daughters of Isabella.

The Daughters will be collecting items for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, items needed include stuffed animals, dolls, coloring books, crayons, fingernail polish and items for boys. These items must be new. They can be brought to the church. 

FMI: 207-897-2173, strosejayme.com.

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