Friday, November 30, 2018 - Updated: 9:32 am


The public is invited to a Mass to welcome the Sisters of the Merciful Jesus to the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The liturgy is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, where the sisters will be in residence.


Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net announces a new, temporary location and hours of operation for the winter shelter for people who are experiencing homelessness. Shelter is located Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship and Veterans’s Home, 13 Pride St. in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. Serving men and women, shelter is open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly through Friday, March 15, including weekends and holidays, regardless of outside temperatures. In-kind donations of new hats, scarves, gloves, socks, boots, winter coats, toiletries and personal hygiene items are appreciated. In-kind donations are accepted by appointment. To make an appointment for donations, call 412-232-5739, ext. 2. To volunteer time or services at shelter, contact Genevieve Gigandet at 412-232-5739, ext. 4, or e-mail GGIgandet@pittsburghmercy.org.


Saturday, Nov. 24, is opening day for the annual Christmas train display on the second floor of St. Aloysius Parish in Reserve Township. Display operates Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sundays, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 24-Jan. 13. Sponsored by parish’s Christian Mothers-Women’s Guild, admission is free, with good-will offering accepted.


Get ready for a spectacular display of more than 3,600 RGM Christmas lights beautifully synchronized to favorite Christmas music, shown nightly in the parking lot of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Scott Township from 6-11 p.m. Nov. 24 through Jan. 13. Guests are invited to bring whole family to watch animated wonderland, with guest animated appearances by Santa, Mrs. Clause, Rudolph and more. To watch 40-minute show, just drive into parish parking lot and follow signs. Show is broadcast through car radio, and is free and open to the public.


The Spirit Refill team at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville is sponsoring showing of the film “Power in My Hands” on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in church. This 80-minute film portrays the impact of the rosary, and is a story of hope and the power of prayer. Showing is free and open to the public. For information on film, visit www.PowerInMyHandsTheMovie.com.


Grouping 328 of St. Mary and St. James parishes welcomes guests to a pasta feast during light up night in Sewickley on Friday, Nov. 30, from 4:30-7 p.m. in the cafeteria and gathering space of St. James Parish. Ticket entitles guests to limited reserved light up night parking. Menu includes three choices of authentic homemade recipes: classic angel hair and meatballs in red sauce, $12; angel hair in red sauce, $10; chicken parmagiana and angel hair, $13. Meal includes salad, roll and beverage. Desserts are available for $1 donation, and kids’ meals are $5 for ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. Note: adult meal tickets purchased at door are an additional $2. For advance purchase, visit St. Mary or St. James parish offices. 



Little Sisters of the Poor will greet guests at their home for elderly poor, 1028 Benton Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Brighton Heights neighborhood, Saturday, Dec. 1, for annual turkey, ham and roast drop. Little Sister of the Poor Margaret Mary and her “elves” will be on hand to graciously accept donations of frozen turkeys, hams or roasts in auditorium from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., along with WTAE-TV anchor Mike Clark, who will be there in early morning time slot. Guests are welcome to stay for cookies and hot chocolate, while Santa Claus passes treats to the children. Also, donations can be accepted at a more convenient day and time. For information, call 412-307-1100.


An Advent morning of recollection, titled “The Great Antiphons, the Heralds of Christmas,” will be at the National Institute for Newman Studies, 211 N. Dithridge St. in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m.-noon. Led by Elizabeth Farnsworth, the program will reflect on the great O Antiphons of Advent through the lens of Blessed John Henry Newman’s spiritual writings. For information and to register, visit www.newmanstudies.org.


Catholic Community of the East End of Pittsburgh parishes are hosting an Advent day of reflection titled “Finding Signs of Hope this Advent” on Saturday, Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. James Parish in Wilkinsburg. Program includes small and large group discussions, and concludes with prayer service and lighting of candle in Advent wreath. Attendees are invited to celebrate 4 p.m. Mass at parish. For information, visit www.cceepgh.org. To register, e-mail cceepgh@gmail.com.


The women’s guild of St. Valentine Parish in Bethel Park will host a funny fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 8, in parish’s Frawley Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m., with buffet dinner served at 6:30 p.m., and show at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person, and includes dinner, desserts and beverages. Guests can bring own bottle and mixers, and must be age 21 or older to attend. For tickets, contact the following by Dec. 1: Rita, 412-608-2939; Joyce, 412-303-9435; or visit www.slapsticksproductions.com.


Children and adults are invited to lunch with Santa, and to visit Santaland Railroad train display in Ascension Church’s Conner Hall of St. Philip Parish in Ingram on Sunday, Dec. 2, with doors opening at 11 a.m. Tickets are $7 per child or adult, and reservations are strongly suggested. For tickets, call Nancy at 412-921-1346, or Mary at 412-922-5795. Santaland Railroad train display operates during following hours: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 9, 16 and 30; 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m., Dec. 15, 22 and 29; 5-8 p.m., Dec. 20, 26, 27; 5:30-9 p.m., Dec. 21 and 28; 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dec. 23. Display is free and open to the public, with good-will donation accepted for Crafton-Ingram food bank and St. Vincent de Paul Society food bank.


The musical play, “In Search of the Christ Child,” written by Bob Summers, will be presented at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Township on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m., and at Sacred Heart Parish in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 4-5 p.m. A complete cast of young people and adults will present the musical reflection. Good-will offering accepted.



Sisters of the Humility of Mary invite the public to celebrate holidays at Villa Maria Community and Education Center in Villa Maria on Sundays, Dec. 2 and 9, from noon-5 p.m. Celebration includes display of Nativity sets from around the world, entertainment by local musicians and choirs, shopping at Villa Farm and Shoppe and more. A meatloaf dinner will be served Dec. 2, noon-4 p.m., at a cost of $10 for large, $7 for small. Spaghetti dinner is Dec. 9, noon-4 p.m., with a cost of $8 for large, $5 for small. Children ages 4 and under eat free. Tickets for dinner are available in advance or at the Villa Shoppe day of event. For information, visit www.humilityofmary.org or call 724-964-8920, ext. 3208.


Commemorating the martyrdom of four American churchwomen, a prayer service will be Sunday, Dec. 2, for the women who were murdered by government forces during El Salvador’s civil war in 1980. Service begins at 7 p.m. in the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse Chapel, Carlow University in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Guest speakers will be Donna and Ed Brett, authors of “Martyrs of Hope.” Service is sponsored by Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi, a Catholic peace and justice organization that meets on the last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the motherhouse chapel of the Sisters of Mercy. For information on Pax Christi or the service, call 412-445-7102.


Sacred Heart Parish in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood is opening doors for church tours Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1-3 p.m. Docents will be stationed at different locations to discuss with visitors significant storyteller stained-glass windows, reveal facts and tales portrayed in stone and wood carvings, and share history depicted in murals. For information, call Ann Massey at 412-362-7324.


On Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m., the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass presents “A Christmas Concert: Music for McGuire” at St. James Parish in Sewickley. Musicians from Quaker Valley Schools will present a pre-concert at 6 p.m. Concert is free and open to the public, with good-will offering accepted for McGuire Memorial Home in New Brighton. Reception will follow. Concert is underwritten by Sam and Judy Spanos. For information, call 412-741-6650.


Martina Spiritual Renewal Center, 5244 Clarwin Ave. in West View, will again host its annual Christmas cabaret Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon-4 p.m. Stephen Steinbeiser will serve as emcee, with the North Allegheny Golden Strolling Strings providing entertainment. Cot is $60 per person. To register, call 412-931-9766 or visit www.martinacenter.com.


Holy Trinity Parish in Robinson Township invites public to come restore and refresh their faith during parish mission, Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 3-4. Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ Sisters Bernadette and Mary Gianna will lead mission through reflections on hope and healing. Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. nightly, followed by talk at 7 p.m. For information and to register, visit www.holytrinityrobinson.org or e-mail Erin Stuvek at estuvek@holytrinityrobinson.org.


St. Kilian Parish in Adams/Cranberry townships will host a three-part Advent series, along with a social, on Tuesdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, from 6:30-8 p.m. in church hall. The “Anima Advent Video Series” will lead participants through inspiring accounts of how God’s plan for world gives us dignity and purpose. Program is free, but attendees are asked to bring following treats for each night: Dec. 4, pastry night; Dec. 11, appetizer night; Dec. 18, wine and cheese night. For information and to register, contact Deacon Ralph at 724-625-1665, ext. 2103, or e-mail rbachner@saintkilian.org.


St. James Parish in Sewickley welcomes the public to spend time in prayer and Eucharistic adoration Mondays through Fridays, Dec. 3-21, following 9 a.m. Mass until 7 p.m. in the children’s chapel. 


Capuchin Father Scott Seethaler will lead an Advent day of reflection titled “Stop, Look, Listen!” on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Ave., Pittsburgh’s South Side. Cost is $30, and includes lunch. To register, call 412-381-7676.


Young adults, ages 21 or older, are invited to a Christmas party Thursday, Dec. 6, at rectory house of Holy Child Parish in Bridgeville, starting at 6:30 p.m. Party includes food, drinks, games, and talk by Father Alek Schrenk about the Nativity.


La Roche College, along with the Sisters of Divine Providence and Providence Heights Alpha School, will host their annual Festival of Lights on Friday, Dec. 7, from 3-9 p.m. on their McCandless Township campuses. Sponsored by McCandless Crossing, event begins with craft show and ends with fireworks display. Festivities include bounce house, visit from Santa Claus, food trucks, carriage rides and more. Entertainment includes “The Nutcracker” in Providence Heights Auditorium, with musical ensembles performing in the Mother of Divine Providence Chapel. La Roche College’s student government will accept donations of nonperishable food items at the bottom entrance of the Kerr Fitness and Sports Center. Those who donate will receive a cup of cocoa. For full schedule of events, visit www.laroche.edu/lights.


Sisters of St. Joseph welcome guests to an unhurried day of prayer and card writing Sunday, Dec. 9, 1-4 p.m. at St. Joseph Spirituality Center in Baden. Following a brief Advent service, attendees will have option of private reflection, or enjoy soft music with wine and cheese. Also, guests can bring Christmas cards and address book to begin sending Christmas cards. Christmas cards designed by sisters are available for purchase. Free event is gift from sisters. To register, call 724-869-6587 or e-mail spiritcenter@stjoseph-baden.org.


Public is invited to bring family and friends to join choirs of the diocese in joyful song at the Festival of Carols and Praise on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Bishop David Zubik will preside, and Father Levi Hartle will lead praise and worship, along with praise band of Holy Apostles Parish. Program includes holiday carols and reflection, followed by light reception.

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