Around the diocese


The Gailliot Center for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood is sponsoring a study of Catholic theology titled “Theological Foundations in the Writings of John Henry Newman.” This newly designed course is held Mondays from 7-8 p.m., and is designed to present an opportunity to grow closer to God while deepening your knowledge of the Catholic faith. Weekly topic schedule: Sept. 10, “The Life of Newman;” Sept. 17, “Arians of the Fourth Century;” Sept. 24, “Lectures and Justification;” Oct. 1, “Newman as Preacher;” Oct. 8, “Development of Doctrine;” Oct. 15, optional attendance at fall Newman lecture; Oct. 22, “On the Role of the Faithful;” Oct. 29, “Grammar of Assent;” Nov. 5, “Vatican I/Letter to the Duke of Norfolk;” Nov. 12, “Preface to the Via Media;” Nov. 19, recap; Dec. 1, optional attendance at Advent morning of reflection. Cost is $20, and each student will be given a copy of Roderick Strange’s “Newman 101: An Introduction to the Life and Philosophy of John Cardinal Newman.” A limited amount of financial need-based stipends are available, and should be noted in registration e-mail. Registration deadline is Aug. 24. To register, visit



A Mass in celebration of Our Lady of Czestochowa will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Mass will include a choir singing Polish Marian hymns, and the Polish clergy will assist Bishop Donald Zubik in celebrating Mass. Event is sponsored by Polish Falcons of America.


Good Samaritan Parish, 799 Glenwood Ave., Ambridge, will host its annual festival Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Attractions include bingo, bake sale, children’s games and more. Home-style dinner menu: Thursday, stuffed chicken breast; Friday, famous fish fry; Saturday, stuffed cabbage; Sunday, spaghetti and meatballs. Also, pierogies, haluski, chicken wings and more. Entertainment schedule: Thursday, 6 p.m., Dancing Queen; Friday, 7 p.m., Casanova; Saturday, noon, Dick Tady Orchestra; 8 p.m., Jimmy Ross and the Jaggerz; Sunday, 1 p.m., Ambridge Steel Drum Band, 3 p.m., The Cavaliers, 7 and 8:30 p.m., Johnny Angel and the Halos. Mass with polka music featuring the Dick Tady Orchestra will be celebrated Saturday at 5:30 p.m.


All former students and friends of the former Ursuline Academy in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood are invited to an all-school reunion Friday-Saturday, Oct. 19-20. Reunion begins with a wine and cheese reception at Ursuline Support Services, 2717 Murray Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, Friday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. There will be a tour of Waldorf School of Pittsburgh (located at the former Ursuline Academy building) from 2-4 p.m. Celebration concludes with buffet dinner Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5-9 p.m. at Lombardozzi Restaurant, 4786 Liberty Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood. Festivities include buffet dinner, cash bar, alumnae class recognition, memorabilia display, shared memories and life updates. Dinner is $40. Registration deadline is Sept. 1. For information on how to register, contact Dorothy Chester at 412-761-5530 or e-mail, or Debby Moskala at 412-344-8398 or e-mail


St. Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood will hold evening prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 3 p.m., followed by Benediction. There will also be veneration of a relic of St. Matthew the Evangelist.



“Advanced Funeral Planning — Saving the Family From Added Stress” is the title of a presentation given at St. Patrick Parish in McKeesport on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m., and repeated at 7 p.m. Donation of $5 is requested.


Epiphany Academy, 820 Crane Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood, will host a fiction and formation group from 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 8, Oct. 6 and Dec. 8. Group will read and discuss fictional selections with a spiritual twist. Steve Geitgey is facilitator. Cost is $10 per session. For information and to register, call 412-341-7494, or e-mail


“Matthew: The King and His Kingdom” is the title of a Catholic video-based Bible study being held at St. James Parish in Sewickley on Sundays at 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 16, and Wednesdays at 1 p.m., beginning Sept. 19. Led by Jeff Cavins, this 24-week video series will dive into the personhood and kingship of Christ. Cost is $35. To register, call Tharshini Wilson at 412-801-2646.


Gospa Missions presents “Quid est Veritaz?” conference on Saturday, Sept. 22, in the parish center of St. Fidelis Parish in Lyndora/Meridian (Butler) from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Conference will be packed with dynamic speakers, Catholic devotions, Mass, music and more. Speakers include: Paul Ruggieri, award-winning media producer at WQED; Maria Henrie, former Miss America contestant and courageous proponent of Catholic values; and Father William Kiel, speaker and best known for vibrant healing ministry. Also, confession, rosary, healing blessing, Gospa bookstore and more.  For information and to register, call 724-538-3171 or visit


The ChristLife Spirit Refill team of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville will hold a special rosary titled “Praying in Crisis: The Sorrowful Mysteries of This Moment” by Elizabeth Scalia on Monday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. The St. Teresa Militia of the Immaculata Village will hold its regularly scheduled meeting following the rosary. All parishioners, family, friends and neighbors are invited to attend both the rosary and the meeting.