Around the DIocese


St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood will host a vacation Bible school titled “The Vatican Express” for ages pre-kindergarten through fourth grade Monday-Friday, June 18-22. Cost is $20 per student. To register, call Dolores at 412-661-3100, e-mail, or visit



Carlow University in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood invites high school students in grades 9-12 to Summer Science Nation, designed to offer prospective students professional insights into health care and science careers. Workshop is Tuesday-Friday, June 26-29, with on-campus housing, transportation to off-campus sites and food provided. Students will receive a T-shirt, book pack and journal, as well as the opportunity to learn about science careers and experience a glimpse of college life. Cost is $399, with financial aid available for those who qualify. For information, call Laurie Petty at 412-578-8551, or e-mail To register, visit


The ChristLife Spirit Refill team invites the public to St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville on Wednesday, June 27, at 7 p.m. for presentation titled “The One Prayer You Should Never Skip!” Program is presented by John Flaherty, parish pastoral associate. Talk will focus on the Examen, as originated by St. Ignatius Loyola. Presentation is free and open to the public.


High school-age men are invited to come and learn more about the priesthood, deepening your faith and discerning God’s call in your life at Quo Vadis Days, Sunday-Monday, July 15-16, at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township. Retreat includes brotherhood, Mass, sports, adoration and dynamic talks, and is open to all men entering grades 10-12, as well as freshman year of college. Cost is $40, with assistance available. To register, visit by July 3.



Extraordinary ministers of holy Communion and readers are asked to register with their parish for a formation workshop Saturday, July 14, in O’Connor Hall of St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. Program begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and includes workshops and question-and-answer sessions. Sponsored by diocesan Department for Liturgy and Worship, ministers are asked to register through their parish by July 3. For information, call 412-456-3041, or e-mail



The days of the week for bus pilgrimage listed in the June 8 issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic were incorrect. Pilgrimage is Wednesday-Thursday, July 11-12. Sponsored by St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Glenshaw, pilgrimage will be to the Detroit Opera House to hear the Sistine Chapel Choir, along with a visit to Blessed Solanus Casey Shrine. Arrangements will be made through Wendt Touring. For information, call Rose Stegman at 412-486-5521 at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish.


The seventh annual Extra Bases for Extra Mile night at PNC Park will be Thursday, July 12, when the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Milwaukee Brewers. Sponsored by Extra Mile Education Foundation, costs are $65, and includes all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks from 6-7:30 p.m., admission to baseball game and donation to Sponsor-A-Student. For $125 also receive exclusive entry into raffle for two free tickets to next year’s Extra Bases for Extra Mile. For tickets and information, call 412-456-3103, or visit


The Pittsburgh Region of the Federal Association of the Order of Malta will host a healing ministry with Brother Paul Miller, a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order, on Friday, June 22, at St. Stanislaus Church of St. Patrick-St. Stanislaus Parish in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. The event begins at 7 p.m. The public is invited to come and receive a blessing for themselves or a loved one.


• Immaculate Conception, Washington, Wednesday-Saturday, June 20-23, 6-10 p.m., 119 W. Chestnut St. Attractions include large indoor flea market, Chinese auction, games, prizes, early-bird bingo, photo booth, caricaturist and more. A variety of ethnic food served, including pizza, pierogies, meatballs, stuffed cabbage and more. Also featuring nightly specials. Nightly entertainment includes disc jockey and local bands. 

• St. Thomas More, Bethel Park, “Morefest,” Wednesday-Saturday, June 20-23, 6-10 p.m. (6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday), 126 Fort Couch Road. Attractions include super flea market (presale Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.), Lexus car raffle, kids zone, games of skill and chance, rides, bingo and more. Outside food booths feature hamburgers, hot dogs, hot sausage, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, french fries, funnel cakes, barbecue pork, pizza, pierogies, haluski, fresh-squeezed lemonade, ice cream, cookies, sno-cones, wine, beer, popcorn, cotton candy and more. Special Polish dinner inside Family Life Center on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. Entertainment: Wednesday, Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance, 6-7 p.m., Corned Beef and Curry, 7-10 p.m.; Thursday, talent show, 6-7 p.m., live band, 7-10 p.m.; Friday, Mansfield 5, 7-11 p.m.; Saturday, Ray Jay and the Carousels and Henny and the Versa J’s, 7-11 p.m. Special Mass with polka music Saturday at 5 p.m. 

• St. Gregory, Zelienople, “Lawn Fete,” Thursday-Saturday, June 21-23, 7-10 p.m. (7-11 p.m. Friday, 6-11 p.m. Saturday), 2 W. Beaver St. Rummage sale during festival opens at 9 a.m. Thursday and Friday and noon Saturday. Attractions include bingo, big money raffle, giant slide, moonwalk, bake sale, plant stand, kiddie games, games of chance, Chinese auction and more. Beaver Falls Beauty Academy will do hair styles, including hair chalking. Dinner menu, served from 4-7 p.m.: Thursday, meat lasagna with side vegetable, salad, bread, dessert and beverage; Friday, baked or fried fish with potato, vegetable, salad, dessert and beverage; Saturday, Salisbury steak with potato wedges, vegetable, wedding soup, salad, dessert and beverage. Takeout is available, but does not include drink. Full refreshment stand open during festival hours includes hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, nightly specials and more. Entertainment: Thursday, SpinCycle, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, We Don’t Sing, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, This-That and The Other Thing, 7 p.m. For information, visit

• St. Pamphilus, Beechview, Thursday, June 21, 5 p.m.-close, 1000 Tropical Ave. Indoor festival featuring Italian dinner, Chinese auction, flea market, raffles and more. Italian dinner features lasagna, penne pasta, sausage, meatballs, salad, rolls and desserts. Homemade Italian specialty desserts for sale. Cost is $10 for adults, $4 for kids 10 and under, and free for kids 4 and under. Festival held in air-conditioned hall.

• St. Therese of Lisieux, Munhall, Thursday-Sunday, June 21-24, starting at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday), 1 Saint Therese Court. Attractions include new inflatables, climbing wall back by popular demand, flea market, bingo, bake sale, children’s area, games for all ages, basket raffle and more. The Allegheny County Firefighters Convention will join festival this year, with parade ending at St. Therese festival Saturday, June 23. Variety of ethnic food booths, including American, Italian, Mexican and Polish. Plus funnel cakes, bake sale, ice cream, Kona Ice truck, and Mike and Tony’s Gyros. Entertainment: Thursday, Tim and John, Fran’s School of Dance; Friday, Ruff Creek playing country hits; Saturday, Platinum, playing ‘70s pop and Motown hits; Sunday, disc jockey Matt Tichon, and Mary Ann and Company Dance Studio.

• Ascension Church of St. Philip Parish, Ingram, “Fun in the Sun,” with car cruise and dinner, Sunday, June 24, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 114 Berry St. Highlights include food, games, inflatables, Chinese auction, instant bingo and more. Highlight is car cruise, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. To register cars, call Chris at 412-937-1043. Also featuring Texas Roadhouse dinner from 4-7 p.m., with ribs, pulled pork, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, roll and cinnamon butter. Cost is $17. For tickets, call 412-922-6300, ext. 5.