Around the Diocese


A summer reading group will meet every Monday for six weeks, starting July 2, at St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood to discuss select writings from Philokalia, a compilation of texts on prayer, written by desert monks. For information, e-mail Nathan at


• Public is invited to Assumption Parish in Bellevue to pray a patriotic rosary Wednesday, July 4, following 8 a.m. Mass. Rosary will be prayed for the country and its leaders and, as each state is named, a Hail Mary will be prayed for people who live there. In addition, choir will sing a patriotic song between each decade, and a brief reading written by one of our country’s Founding Fathers will be read.

• The ChristLife Spirit Refill team of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville welcomes the public to pray a patriotic rosary Wednesday, July 4, following 9 a.m. Mass. Rosary will be prayed for consecration of our nation, and includes patriotic song and readings for each mystery, prayers for all levels of government and a Hail Mary prayed for each of the 50 states. 


A novena in preparation for the solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be prayed at the Carmelite Monastery in Latrobe July 7-15 in conjunction with 7 a.m. Mass (8 a.m. Sunday). Intentions to be remembered in novena can be sent to Carmelite Monastery, 5206 Center Drive, Latrobe, PA 15650. On Sunday, July 15, a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be celebrated at 7 p.m., followed by distribution of brown scapulars.


Young adults are invited to a Theology on Tap gathering sponsored by the Oakland Young Adult Ministry on Monday, July 9, at Steel Cactus in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Gathering begins with appetizers and drinks at 7 p.m. followed at 7:30 p.m. by presentation from Father Kris Stubna, pastor and rector of St. Paul Cathedral Parish, on becoming holy in everyday life, starting at 7:30 p.m. For information, visit


St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township is starting its fourth run of The Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery Group, which provides counseling and support for family and friends of those suffering from addiction. Meetings are held Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. for 12 weeks, starting July 12. Group is guided by David Gentile, licensed psychologist with extensive experience in the field. Program is free and open to the public. For information and to register, call 412-486-6001. Walk-ins are welcome.


The fifth annual Nostra Aetate lecture will be presented at Villa Maria Community Center in Villa Maria on Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m. Lawrence H. Schiffman will present an illustrated lecture on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Program is free, with good-will offering accepted. For information, call 724-964-8886 or visit


Public is invited to Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin for Catholic Kennywood Day on Monday, July 23. Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m., with festival of praise at 8 p.m. Admission is $23. To register, visit by July 13.


St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Butler welcomes all to a festival of praise titled “Hope-Healing-Reborn” on Sunday, July 15, from 2-3 p.m. For information, call 724-282-4107.



Vincentian Home in McCandless Township is looking for energetic and caring individuals to serve and empower senior citizens. Help is needed in the following areas: extraordinary ministers of holy Communion, resident escorts, rosary leaders and more. Volunteers can choose from a variety of days, times and time commitments. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join the volunteer team, although children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those interested should call Sister Linda at 412-348-2349.


St. Joseph High School in Natrona Heights offers private tours throughout the summer for interested students and their families. For information, call Shane Palumbo at 724-226-4932, or e-mail


Those inspired by St. Therese or St. Teresa are invited to explore the possibility of a vocation as a lay member of the Third Order of Carmelites. Meetings are held monthly. For information, contact Elisha at 412-657-9317.


Advanced training in pastoral care of the sick and terminally ill is available through Family Hospice and Palliative Care. Clinical Pastoral Education class begins in September. For information, call Father Edward Pehanick at 412-651-2587 or e-mail


2018 Capuchin Golf Outing, Friday, Aug. 3, River Forest Country Club, 130 Clubhouse Drive, Freeport. Schedule: 8-8:45 a.m, registration and full breakfast; 9 a.m. shotgun start; 1:30 p.m. buffet lunch; 2 p.m. program and prize ceremony. Cost is $130 for individual golfer, or $480 for foursome, and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, use of locker room, full breakfast and buffet luncheon, course refreshments and prizes. Lunch only is $20. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Proceeds benefit Father Bill Wiethorn Scholarship Fund. For information and to register, call 412-682-1300, or e-mail Gina Pizzonia at

Tamburitzans Eighth Annual Golf Outing, Sunday, Aug. 26, Quicksilver Golf Club, 2000 Quicksilver Road, McDonald. Outing is a shotgun start, best-ball scramble, and includes skill prizes. Schedule: 11:30 a.m. registration; 1 p.m. shotgun start; 6 p.m. cocktails and music; 7 p.m. dinner. Cost is $125 per golfer, and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, prize opportunities, unlimited beverages, hot dog lunch with snack, live music during cocktail hour and awards banquet. Proceeds benefit the Tamburitzans, America’s premier international folk ensemble. For information and to register, visit


Pilgrimage to Detroit, July 11-12, has been canceled due to cancellation of the Sistine Chapel Choir’s tour. Pilgrimage was sponsored by St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Glenshaw.


An error was made in the June 8 issue on the dinner menu for St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Glenshaw. The Polish platter was served Saturday, June 16. We apologize for the mistake.