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Friday, January 27, 2017 - Updated: 9:26 AM


St. James Parish in Sewickley is sponsoring a 10-week Bible study titled “Eucharistic: Discovering the Mass in the Bible,” which will be held on Sundays, starting Jan. 29, from 10-11:15 a.m., in Parish Meeting Room 2, located in the gathering space. The video study will be presented by Dr. Brant Pitre, professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary, and it will delve into the biblical roots of the Eucharist in the Old Testament, the Gospels and apostolic teaching. To register, call Tharshini Wilson at 412-801-2646 or e-mail tharshini.wilson@me.com.



“Lifeline of Listening Friends” is a Catholic support group for people who understand and have experienced the loss of a loved one through suicide. The next monthly meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7-9 p.m., at St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township. For more information, call 412-508-5383.



In honor of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, the Prayer and Outreach Group to Combat Human Trafficking of the Greensburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Woman is hosting a free education forum Saturday, Feb. 4, from 1-3:30 p.m., at Caritas Christi (Sisters of Charity), 129 DePaul Center Road in Greensburg, The keynote speaker will be author Dr. Katariina Rosenblatt, who will tell her story as a survivor of sex trafficking. The event will include prayer time for those victimized. For more information and to register, contact Raissa Federline at rsvpf@hotmail.com.



St. Richard Parish in Richland Township will celebrate World Marriage Day on Saturday, Feb. 11. The program will begin with Mass at 5 p.m. with Father John Marcucci presiding. A traditional wedding reception will follow in the social hall, featuring a meal catered by John Marshall Catering, and dancing. The cost is $45 per couple. Childcare is available for $20 per family, and families must be registered to Feb. 6. For tickets and more information, call the parish at 724-444-1971.



Most Holy Name Parish in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood invites couples and singles to an evening of dancing, eating and socializing at its Valentine’s Day oldies dinner dance on Saturday, Feb. 11, 7-11 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), in the school hall, 1615 Tinsbury St. Admission is $30, and includes a buffet, and music of the 1950s-’70s provided by disc jockey Ron Hopkinson. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For tickets, call the rectory at 412-231-2994, ext. 02, or the Attic Record Store in Millvale at 412-821-8484.



The Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park welcomes the public to a Valentine social on Saturday, Feb. 11, in Marchukonis Hall, starting at 7:15 p.m. The cost is $5, and includes appetizers, wine and cheese, entertainment, raffles and more. For will-call tickets, call Tom McDonald at 724-327-4577. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Proceeds benefit seminarians. Those attending also are invited to Mass to be celebrated in parish at 6 p.m.




St. Valentine Parish in Bethel Park is launching a yearlong celebration of its golden jubilee with a celebration of World Marriage Day on Sunday, Feb. 12. Anyone who has celebrated the sacrament of marriage at the parish is invited to a special Mass at 10:30 a.m., followed by a light reception. To register, contact Mayann Wellinger at 412-835-3780, ext. 6, or e-mail mwellinger@stvals.org.



The Fine Arts Club of East Catholic School will perform Roald Dahl’s musical “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 and 7 p.m., in the school’s Keane Hall in Forest Hills. For more information, call 412-351-5403.



The Eric DeFade Quartet will perform a concert titled “Curing the Those Winter Blues,” as part of the Music Plus concert series at St. James Parish in Sewickley. The concert begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, with a preshow at 2:30 p.m. featuring vocalist Ava Maha. The concert is free, with a goodwill offering accepted. For more information, call 412-741-6650 or visit www.saintjames-church.com.


“Awaken,” an evening of praise and dynamic talks to rekindle the fire of faith, led by Father Joe Freedy, will be held at St. Titus Parish in Aliquippa on Monday, Feb. 13, from 7-9 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Other upcoming “Awaken” programs: Monday, Feb. 27, St. Valentine, Bethel Park; Monday, March 20, St. John Capistran, Upper St. Clair; Monday, April 10, St. Monica Parish, Chippewa Township; Wednesday, May 3, St. Joseph Parish, O’Hara Township.



St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township will begin a new program titled “The Six Steps to Sanity,” a positive faith-based 12-week group that provides guidance and support to parents of adult children who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Led by psychologist David Gentile, the group will meet on Thursdays, from 7-8:30 p.m., in the children’s chapel beginning on March 2. To register, call 412-486-6001 by Feb. 15.




The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, part of Pittsburgh Mercy and Trinity Health, will host a five-day preparation course titled “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing.” The course is in two parts, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, followed by Saturday, March 18, and Friday and Saturday, March 24-25, at UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust St. in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. The course offers education and resources to faith community nurses and lay health ministers. The cost is $395 for registered nurses, and includes course materials and 38 nursing contact hours. For non-registered nurses, the cost is $200, with free parking available in the hospital parking garage. For more information, call 412-232-5815 or e-mail ParishNurse@pittsburghmercy.org. To register, visit www.pittsburghmercy.org. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 15.



The public is invited to celebrate Mardi Gras at the Palisades Dance Hall, 100 Fifth Ave. in McKeesport, Sunday, Feb. 19, from 1-5 p.m. Sponsored by Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport, festivities include food, entertainment and fellowship. The menu includes pulled pork sliders, jambalaya with shrimp and sausage, rice and red beans, king’s cake and a special punch. Tickets are $20. For tickets and information, contact Kelly Connor at 724-777-7037.

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