Church Crawl set for April 30

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - Updated: 1:00 am
Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

Faith communities on Pittsburgh’s South Side will hold their third annual Church Crawl on Sunday, April 30, from 1-5 p.m.

While the South Side is known for its bar crawls and tours, the Church Crawl will share the history of seven churches, display their artistic beauty and show how these faiths are deeply connected and alive today.

Free, guided tours will be held at the following sites, with free parking and shuttle service available:

• St. Adalbert Church (of Prince of Peace Parish), 160 S. 15th St.

• St. Peter Church (of Prince of Peace Parish), South 28th and Sarah streets. Parking available at both sites and at the Parish Center, 81 S. 13th St.

• St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, 148 Monastery Ave. Parking available.

• St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 109 S. Seventh St. Parking available.

• South Side Presbyterian Church, 1926 Sarah St. at South 20th Street.

• Holy Assumption of St. Mary Orthodox Church, 105 S. 19th St.

• St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 73 S. 18th St.

The churches will ring their bells simultaneously at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., a practice known as the “calling of the bells.” Complimentary refreshments will be offered at various locations.

“Once again we open our church doors to everyone to see the beauty, hear the history and touch the faith,” said Sharon Sobol of Prince of Peace Parish, an organizer. “People who have made the Church Crawl before are invited to join us again and bring a friend to relive this amazing experience.”

New this year on the same day is the South Side Stroll. Meet docents from the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation in Cindy Esser Plaza, 12th Street and East Carson Street, at noon for a free, one-hour walking tour to explore the South Side with its livable community, architecture and history.

To aid in planning, e-mail the number attending to southsidechurchcrawl@gmail.com or call 412-422-9017. Visit www.PrinceOfPeacePittsburgh.org or www.StJohnsPittsburgh.com for details.

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