Around the Diocese

NOVENA

A nine-week novena will be prayed at Transfiguration Parish in Russellton on Sundays, July 29 through Sept. 29. Novena will be prayed following 10 a.m. Mass to invoke St. Michael the Archangel’s assistance to spiritually battle the drug industry and fight for the souls of drug users. On the feast of the Archangels, Sept. 29, Mass will be offered at 4 p.m. for spiritual deliverance for users and dealers. 

SOCCER CAMP

St. Joseph High School in Natrona Heights will hold a co-ed soccer camp for those entering grades 5-8 on Monday-Tuesday, July 30-31, from 6-8 p.m. at Freeport Community Park. Cost is $20 per camper, and includes T-shirt. For information and to register, contact Shane Palumbo at 724-226-4932 or admissions@saintjosephhs.com.

RUMMAGE SALE

St. Aloysius Parish, 3610 Mount Troy Road in Reserve Township, announces its upcoming rummage sale Saturday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 5, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sale offers used and new treasures in 18 rooms and three garages, including clothing, collectibles, books, records, tapes, baskets, jewelry, kitchen items and appliances, furniture, toys, electronics, lamps, crafts, seasonal items, automotive and garage items, outdoor furniture and everything imaginable. All areas will offer significant reductions on many previously displayed items. Homemade hot food and bakery will once again be offered in large air-conditioned cafeteria.

CAR CRUISE

Public is invited to Holy Spirit Parish in West Mifflin on Sunday, Aug. 5, for a car cruise from 1-5 p.m. Festivities will include array of spectacular cars, disc jockey, raffles, Chinese auction, food and giveaways. Car entry fee is $5, and includes lunch tickets. Spectator admission is free. Rain date is Aug. 12. For information, visit www.carcruises.com.

BEREAVEMENT SERIES

Holy Child and St. Barbara parishes in Bridgeville, along with St. Mary Parish in Cecil, will conduct a bereavement support series for adults and teenagers who have experienced the loss of a loved one due to death in recent months. Group meets Mondays, Aug. 6-Sept. 24 (except Sept. 3), from 7-8:30 p.m. in social hall of St. Barbara Parish. Sessions are free and open to the public. For information and to register, call Holy Child Parish office at 412-221-5213 or Becky Lucas at 412-736-0765.

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Oakland Young Adult Ministry will host a Theology on Tap gathering Monday, Aug. 6, at Steel Cactus, 5505 Walnut St. in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood, starting with appetizers and drinks at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., Jacob Williamson, director of young adult outreach for the diocese, will present “Community: Finding the Authentic Friendship After Leaving the World of Academia.” 

POLISH DAY

The 87th annual Polish Day will be at Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin on Tuesday, Aug. 7. A Mass in Polish, sung by the Karuzela Chorus, will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Fun day tickets are $24 each (for ages 4-54), $14 for seniors ages 55-69, and $9.99 for those 70 and older. Children 3 and under are free. For tickets, visit www.kennywood.com/PolishDay, or call Betty Kolano at 412-371-1827.

LIFE + LOVE

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of “Humanae Vitae,” a weekend celebration of marriage and the family, “Life + Love,” will be held in O’Connor Hall at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. On Saturday, Aug. 11, there will be a private screening of the documentary “The Sexual Revolution” at 7 p.m., followed by appetizers and open discussion with medical and ethical professionals. Suggested donation is $10. Program is appropriate for adults and older teenagers. Sunday, Aug. 12, begins with family Mass at 9 a.m., with Bishop David Zubik as celebrant, and children’s choirs. Sunday brunch follows at 10 a.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 per child and free for children under age 7. At 11 a.m., Dr. Maria Fedoryka will present to adults “The Breathtaking Beauty of God’s Design for Love and Family.” At the same time, Dolores and Michael Shipe will present a talk for teenagers (ages 13-18) titled “Sex, Science and God — Really?,” while there will be games and activities for children ages 3-12. To register for movie, visit www.tinyurl.com/movieaug11. For brunch, register at www.tinyurl.com/lifelovebrunch2018. Registration deadline is Aug. 6.

FESTIVAL OF PRAISE

“Hope and Healing” is the theme of the next Festival of Praise at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. Father John Skirtich is presider, with Father Levi Hartle as worship leader and Father Steve Kresak as emcee. 

PILGRIMAGE

Saturday, Sept. 15, is the date for the annual diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Pilgrimage will include Mass with Bishop Zubik, tour, concert, holy hour and more. For reservations, contact the following parishes that are sponsoring a bus: St. Paul Cathedral, 412-621-4951; St. Winifred, 412-344-5010; St. Benedict the Abbot, 412-941-9406, ext. 100; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 412-276-1011, ext. 221; St. Angela Merici and St. Robert Bellarmine, 412-672-9641; St. Therese of Lisieux, 412-462-8161; Holy Trinity (Robinson Township), 412-859-6734; St. Joseph (Coraopolis), 412-264-6162; Our Lady of Peace and Good Samaritan, 724-869-4723, ext. 2; Mater Dolorosa and St. Joseph, 724-445-2843; St. Catherine of Sweden and St. Richard, 412-486-6001, ext. 15; Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament and St. Joseph (Natrona), 724-226-1041; St. Joseph (O’Hara Township), 412-963-8885, ext. 301. For information, see advertisement in the Aug. 3 issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic.

TRIVIA NIGHT

Trivia fans will want to mark their calendars for Friday, Oct. 12, when Quigley Catholic High School, 200 Quigley Drive in Baden, hosts a trivia night at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Public can bring a team of eight or join a table. Fun will include games, raffles and auctions. Guests can bring their own food and beverages. Cost is $25 per player or $200 for a table of eight, with cash prizes awarded to top three winning teams. Registration begins in August. To register, e-mail kwentlingtrivia@gmail.com.

CHARTER KNIGHTS

All Saints Knights of Columbus Council 6118 in Swissvale is searching for charter members to help celebrate the council’s 50th anniversary. Council would like to locate the following charter members: William Bechtold, Richard Bolton, L. Egoli, R. Hoolahan, F. Jozwiak Jr., Richard Korem, William Lattimore, G. Leger, C. McLeigh, William Purcell, A. Ragan Jr., P. Slebrich, A. Stefko, J. Vallo, Edward Wargovich and James Desch. Members should contact Ross Cioppa, former grand Knight, at 412-551-3624.

FESTIVALS

St. Alexis, Wexford (benefiting Blessed Francis Seelos Academy), Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 1-4, 6-11 p.m., 10090 Old Perry Highway. Bingo Wednesday and Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in school cafeteria. Dinners served indoors Thursday and Saturday, 4:30-7:30 p.m., with Thursday being “Thanksgiving in July,” and Saturday is Italian night. Live entertainment on main stage every night.

Holy Redeemer, Ellwood City, Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 1-4, 6-10 p.m. (food served starting 4 p.m.), 300 Crescent Ave. Attractions include bake sale, bingo, bounces, games and more. Food menu includes “famous” homemade pizza, pepperoni puffs, pizza greens, stuffed shells and meatballs, sandwiches and more. Pulled pork added to menu this year. Dinner specials: Friday, ribs; Saturday, lamb. Nightly entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. For information about summer cash giveaway, call 724-758-4411.

St. Vitus, New Castle, Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 1-4, beginning at 6 p.m., 910 S. Mercer St. Attractions include Kiddieland rides and concessions by Thomas Family Amusements, games, face painting, new grand raffle and more. Food menu includes nightly Italian special, plus homemade foods, including cavatelli, pasta fagioli, Italian sausage, meatball, steak and eggplant sandwiches, festival favorite pepperoni puffs and more. New this year is kielbasa. Also, fried dough, fresh tomato pizza, pizza greens and chicken or lamb on the rod. Desserts by Casa de Dolce (House of Italian Treats). Italian-American entertainment nightly. Entertainment schedule: Wednesday, Aug. 1, 6-9 p.m., The Faiella’s strolling musicians, 6-8 p.m., Lawrence County Band, 6-8 p.m. visit by the Little Mermaid and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Iceburgh; Thursday, Aug. 2, 5-7 p.m. Steve Fazzini, 7-9 p.m. Red Coat Band, 9:30 p.m. Baby Doll Dance; Friday, Aug. 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Gene Testa, 7-9 p.m. Lawrence County Brass, 8-10 p.m. Tonelli Brothers; Saturday, Aug. 4, 5-6 p.m. Nunzio Burrelli, 6 p.m. Moria tournament, 6-7:30 p.m. Geno Romano, 6-9 p.m. Jot the Clown, 8-10 p.m. Butch Nichols Band. Festival concludes with fireworks by Starfire Corp. at 10:30 p.m. 

St. Athanasius, West View, Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 2-4, 6-10 p.m., 7 Chalfonte Ave. Attractions include Kids Kingdom, flea market, basket raffle, games for all ages, big money raffle, bingo Friday and Saturday, bake sale and more. Dinners served nightly from 5-7 p.m. Plus, fresh-squeezed lemonade, fresh-cut french fries, funnel cake and full refreshment stand. Nightly entertainment includes disc jockey Chris Roach, plus karaoke Friday and character visits Saturday. This year’s festival will feature Oasis, an over-21 area with beer sales.

St. Bernadette, Monroeville, Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 2-4, 6-10 p.m., 245 Azalea Drive. Attractions include Monte Carlo area, beer tent, bingo, flea market, kids area with rides and games, bake sale, flea market and more. Entertainment schedule thus far includes Dallas Marks on Thursday, and Corned Beef and Curry and East End Kids performing Saturday.

St. Mark, Liberty Borough, Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 2-4, 6-11 p.m. (5-11 p.m. Saturday), 3210 Liberty Way. Attractions include specialty and craft baskets, rides, bingo, flea market, bake sale, money wheels, kid area, games, lottery boards nightly and variety of raffles including 50/50, wheelbarrow of cheer and money. Menu includes homemade stuffed cabbage, haluski, pierogies, “Big Mark” hamburger, hot sausage, kielbasa, french fries, fresh-fried seasoned potato chips, funnel cakes, fried Oreos and Twinkies, cotton candy, popcorn and more. Friday, 7-9 p.m., Tim Litvin and the Nature Boy Band; Saturday, 6-8 p.m., Jack Tady and the Tady Bears. Plus disc jockey Tim nightly. Mass with polka music Saturday at 4 p.m.

Holy Trinity, Robinson Township, Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 2-4, 6-11 p.m. (6-10 p.m. Thursday), 5720 Steubenville Pike. Attractions include rides, games, bingo, casino, white elephant sale and more. Food trucks are an exciting addition to this year’s menu, with multiple food truck vendors on site and kid’s offerings. This year’s stage will feature entertainment highlighting multiple talents from parish, school and surrounding community. Again this year, Deacon Tim Killmeyer will serve as voice of festival. Follow Holy Trinity School on Facebook, or visit www.holytrinityelementary.org for information.

Epiphany, Monessen, Saturday Aug. 4, 5-10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 4, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Attractions include ethnic and picnic foods, lantern release (Saturday), Chinese auction, games, raffles and more. Saturdays food menu includes pierogie bar, sandwiches (pulled pork, meatball, sausage), pizza, pizza burgers and Epiphany’s famous fried dough. Sunday’s food menu includes Italian platter (lasagna and salad), Slovak platter (haluptky, pierogies, haluski) and funnel cakes. Mass on Saturday at 10 p.m. Live entertainment schedule: Saturday, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Street Level Band (eight-piece rhythm and blues funk band); Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., The Adorabulls (1980s music and beyond), 4-8 p.m, The Versa J’s (polka band). For information, visit www.eolparish.com.

St. Mary of the Assumption, Herman, Sunday, Aug. 5, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (dinner served from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.), 821 Herman Road. Attractions include basket raffle, bingo, large cash raffle, Chuck-A-Luck, games for teens and children, slide, tractor rides and more. Dinner menu features baked ham or chargrilled chicken with home-grown green beans, cucumbers and cole slaw. Also, bake sale, refreshment stand, hot sausage, hot dogs, french fries, cotton candy, funnel cakes and home-grown vegetables. Live music performed from noon-4 p.m. Shuttle bus is available from local fire hall to picnic grounds.