Early registration is now open for the second annual Catholic Women’s Fellowship Conference, “Overflow: Live in the Abundance of Grace,” Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Pittsburgh International Airport. Join hundreds of local women for a day of spiritual refreshment, featuring talks by Barbara Heil, Benedictine Father Boniface Hicks, Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ Sister Bernadette Beamsley and Mass with Bishop David Zubik. Early registration is $38 for adults, $25 for students. Regular registration is $50, and starts Sept. 4. For information and to register, visit www.cwfpitt.org.
St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township has begun Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery Group meetings, which provide counseling and support for family and friends of those suffering from addiction. Meetings are Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m., and can be joined at any time in the cycle. Group is guided by David Gentile, licensed psychologist with extensive experience in the field. Program is free and open to the public. For information, call 412-486-6001.
SIX STEPS TO SANITY
A new series of “Six Steps to Sanity” sessions will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 25-Oct. 12 (no class Sept. 12), in Rooms 8/9 of the Cardinal DiNardo Center at SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township. Six Steps to Sanity is a faith-based ministry and support group for people dealing with addiction of a family member. Meetings are held in a safe, confidential and supportive environment, and provide tools to help deal with addiction. For information, contact Chico Ficeri by e-mail at email@example.com, or call 724-612-6991.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical “Humane Vitae,” Holy Child Parish in Bridgeville will hold a holy hour Wednesday, July 25, at 7 p.m. Kurt Kondrich, advocate for life, will give testimony. Fellowship will follow service, and babysitting is available.
Capt. Guy Gruters, a five-year Vietnam prisoner of war, will present “The Power of Faith, Prayer and Forgiveness” at St. Maurice Parish in Forest Hills on Wednesday, July 25, at 7 p.m. Gruters will share how faith and forgiveness saved his life. A light reception will follow. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for children. For tickets and information, call 412-271-0809.
ON THE LAWN
St. John Fisher Parish in Churchill continues its summer concerts on the lawn Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. Talented parishioners will perform beloved songs from Broadway musicals, including “West Side Story,” “The Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady” and more. Wine, beer, soda and water are available for donations. Guests are welcome to bring a chair, blanket and snacks. Concert is free and open to the public, with good-will offering accepted. For information, call 412-241-4722.
A prevention, intervention and response forum on depression and suicide will be Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m.-noon (registration and light breakfast starts at 8:15 a.m.), in the Cardinals’ Great Hall at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. Speakers will be from the following sponsoring organizations: Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh; Lifeline of Listening Friends; Mental Health First Aid U.S.A.; and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Speakers will discuss facts and signs of depression and suicide, how to help a person in mental crisis, how to respond to loved ones left behind and what resources are available. Forum is free and open to the public. To register, call Catholic Charities at 412-325-6755. Registration deadline is July 27.
CHAMPION AT TYBURN
St. Genesius of Rome Theater Group presents the play “Champion at Tyburn,” the heroic story of St. Edmund Campion. Performance will be in the Bishop John McDowell Auditorium at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for youth, and free for religious, seminarians, clergy and children 10 and under. For information, visit www.sgrtheatergroup.yolasite.com, or call 412-491-4415 or 724-933-7837.
Guys 21 and older are invited to Holy Child Parish in Bridgeville on Saturday, Aug. 4, for “Holy Smoke!,” a relaxed evening of fellowship, with steaks, beers and cigars. Festivities will include a brief witness talk. For information, call 412-221-5213, or visit www.holychildrcparish.org.
The Guatemala Mission Group of St. Richard Parish in Richland Township welcomes the public to a pig roast, with a complete dinner buffet, Sunday, Aug. 5, from 4-7 p.m. in parish social hall. Dinner is free, with good-will offering accepted for orphanage in Patzun, Guatemala. Handcrafted items from Guatemala will be sold. For information, call 724-444-1971.
Holy Family Parish in Creighton invites the public to a sacred music recital Sunday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. Local and parish musicians will perform classical, traditional and contemporary music. Recital will feature organ, piano, instrumental, vocal and choral selections. Fellowship and reception will follow, featuring wine and cheese, light hors d’oeuvres and cookies.
Vincentian Home in McCandless Township is looking for energetic and caring individuals to serve seniors entrusted to their care. 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 commitments. Those interested should call 412-348-23249.
• Seventh annual “Summerfest,” July 20-21, 5-11 p.m., St. Damien Parish Park, First and Main streets, Monongahela (behind Dierkens’ Pharmacy). Highlights include bake sale, bingo, basket raffle, children and adult games, and more. Menu includes various Italian, Slovak and American foods, including wings, pizza, funnel cakes, ice cream, barbecue, Italian ice, hand-cut french fries and more. Entertainment: Friday, 7:30-10:30 p.m., NOMaD (rocking country); Saturday, 7-10:30 p.m., Pittsburgh Bel Airs (doo-wop). Mass in the park at 4 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 724-258-7742.
• St. Agnes, West Mifflin, Thursday-Sunday, July 26-29, 5-11 p.m. (6-10 p.m. Sunday, with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.; fish fry starts at 3 p.m. Friday), 653 St. Agnes Lane. Attractions include inflatables, rock climbing wall, train, bingo, huge bake sale, Chinese auction, games and more. Dinners served nightly, including salad, potato and vegetable: Thursday, roasted chicken; Friday, fried fish; Saturday, roast beef; Sunday, stuffed pork chop. Also serving pulled pork sandwich, potato pancakes, stuffed shells, pizza, hot sausage, pigs in blanket, pierogies, haluski and more. Nightly live entertainment: Thursday, Loose Change; Friday, Dallas Marks; Saturday, Mansfield 5; Sunday, The Dueling Pianos with Ron Soltis and John Hasinger.
• Madonna del Castello, Swissvale, Thursday-Saturday, July 26-28, 7 p.m. (dinners at 4 p.m.), 2021 S. Braddock Ave. Attractions include bingo, super slide, T-shirt sale, basket raffle, games for all ages and more. Homemade dinners served at 4 p.m., and include meatball, hot sausage, eggplant and stuffed peppers every night. Dinner specials: Thursday, cavatelli; Friday, linguine with clams; Saturday, manicotti. Food served nightly includes parish’s famous fried dough, “Casa Dolce,” Veltre’s pizza, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and more. Entertainment: Thursday, 6 p.m., Pittsburgh Letter Carriers Band; Friday, 7 p.m., Lorraine Busch Dance Center School; Saturday, 7 p.m., dance show. Parking available in Noble Street lot.