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Friday, March 02, 2018 - Updated: 11:41 am


St. Richard Parish in Richland Township invites the public to its parish mission, “You Are a Child of God the Father,” Sunday through Tuesday, March 4-6.  Father Stephen Vrazel will speak each night at 7. For information, visit www.saintrichardparish.org.


FIRE Praise and Worship will be at St. Sebastian Parish in Ross Township on Sunday, March 4, beginning with Mass at 5 p.m. Praise and worship follows from 6-7 p.m., and includes adoration and witness talk. 



Father Mark Thomas will give two presentations at Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City for Lent. On Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m., he will present “The Importance of Biblical Accounts of Creation.” “Creative Reflection on the Passion” is the title of the second presentation Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. Both sessions are set for the Parish Ministry Center, 603 Bridge St. 


St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park will celebrate International Women’s Day and National Catholic Sisters Week with a free event titled “Standup Sisters: Green Habits” on Thursday, March 8, from 7-9 p.m. Program will include inspiring stories from five Catholic religious sisters, from five religious orders, telling five-minute stories of environmental ministries. Event also includes live music, reception and special “green” gift for all who attend. To register, visit www.standupsisters.org/event.


St. Anne Parish in Castle Shannon will host a presentation by Dr. William Wright, specialist in New Testament studies and professor at Duquesne University, titled “The Passion Narrative in the Gospel of John,” on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in parish’s Harkins Hall. Presentation will discuss how John’s teaching that the death of Jesus on the cross reveals that “God is love.” 


Father Terry O’Connor will lead a Lenten retreat titled “Lent: A Brand New Day” on Saturday, March 10, at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Meadow Lands. Schedule is: Talk 1, 1:30-2 p.m.; Talk 2, 2:15-2:45 p.m.; Talk 3, 3-3:30 p.m.; rosary, 3:30-4 p.m.; confession, 4 p.m.; Mass, 5 p.m. Sponsored by Holy Name Society, retreat is free and open to the public. For information, call George Pecharka at 724-503-4083, or e-mail georgepecharka@gmail.com.


Public is invited to a Festival of Praise, a spiritually uplifting adoration service, on Saturday, March 10, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin. Led by Father Dan Waruszewski, service includes praise and worship music with parish’s praise band. Special witness talk by Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ Sister Mary Gianna, who journeyed from agnostic student at Columbine High School during the shooting to entering religious life. Light refreshments will follow.


Sisters of St. Joseph welcome guests to an Adoration, Praise and Retreat Day on Saturday, March 10, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at their motherhouse in Baden. Schedule includes Eucharistic adoration and praise from 12:30-2 p.m, followed by optional retreat from 2-3:30 p.m. Retreat includes opportunities to meet with spiritual director, participate in prayerful guide of outdoor sacred spaces and more. Program is being offered as part of National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, and is free and open to the public. To register, call 412-926-2059, or visit www.bit.ly/MarchAdoration.


All Catholic school students in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to compete in the Aquinas Academy Chess Invitational on Saturday, March 10, at 4:30 p.m. in the school’s Rhodora J. Donahue Building in Gibsonia. Students will compete in one of four levels, determined by grade, and is for beginners and advanced players. Medals and trophies will be awarded to top finishers. For more information, visit www.AquinasAcademy.info.


Irish dinner, music, auction, children’s crafts and more are part of the Shamrock Shake on Saturday, March 10, in Gallagher Hall of St. Raphael School in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $15 for adult, $8 for children. For more information or for tickets, call parish center at 412-661-3100.


The annual celebration of Gorzkie Zale (Lenten lamentations in Polish) will be Sunday, March 11, at Immaculate Heart of Parish Parish in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood, starting at 3 p.m.



The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians will host a panel discussion on “Merging Music Ministries: Plans for Implementation” on Monday, March 12, at St. Cyril Parish in Pittsburgh’s Brighton Heights neighborhood. Discussion will be led by musicians who are undergoing, or have undergone, a merger process. All pastoral musicians are strongly encouraged to attend. Program also will include night prayer and refreshments. For more information, visit www.npmpgh.org.



College and post-college men are welcome to St. Paul Seminary in Crafton to College Discernment Night on Monday, March 19, from 5:45-8:30 p.m. Program will include talk by Father Mike Ackerman, as well as prayer, dinner with seminarians and fellowship. To register, e-mail tsullivan@diopitt.org by March 12.


“Therese of Lisieux: The Saint We Need in These Days of Spiritual Confusion and Violence” is the title of a retreat to be led by Christian Brother Joseph Schmidt at St. Bernadette Parish in Monroeville on Monday-Wednesday, March 12-14, with talks given each day at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Monday begins with regularly scheduled Mass). Subjects: Monday, “Therese’s Spiritual Vision: Challenge and Consolation;” Tuesday, “Therese’s Way of Charity and Our Call to Love as Jesus Loved;” Wednesday, “Therese’s Way of Praying and Our Call to Pray.” For more information, visit https://stbpitt.com/parish-lenten-mission-event-march-12-13-14/.


The PA Pro-Life Federation is sponsoring an essay contest for all Pennsylvania students in grades 7-12 on a pro-life subject of abortion, euthanasia or stem-cell research. Word limit is 500 for grades 7-9, and 750 for grades 10-12. Submission must include a cover page with student’s name, home address, home phone number, grade and school. Cash prizes are awarded. Submit entries via e-mail to lifelines@paprolife.org, or mail to PA Pro-Life Federation, 4800 Jonestown Road, Suite 102, Harrisburg, PA 17109. Registration deadline is Monday, March 12.


The Serving Our Seniors Ministry at Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park is hosting an education seminar on Tuesday, March 13, at 1 p.m. A representative from the office of Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein will provide information on tax programs and credits for seniors, including the senior tax relief program, and will answer questions relating to other services. Seminar is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. For information and to register, call Kathy at 412-310-1490.


The Christian Mothers of St. Cecilia Parish in Rochester will host a day of reflection on Tuesday, March 13, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parish social hall. Directed by Capuchin Father Mark Carter, program includes question-and-answer session, sacrament of reconciliation, Mass and lunch. Cost is $15. To register, call 724-728-2529.


New “Six Steps to Sanity” sessions will begin Wednesday, March 14, at Transfiguration Parish in Russellton. Sessions will be held Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., for 12 consecutive weeks. This free faith-based ministry program is designed to support family and friends of those caught in the cycle of addiction. For information and to register, call Judi Damon at 412-496-8582, or e-mail judiannedamon@gmail.com.


Public is invited to the Bentleyville church of St. Katharine Drexel Parish on Wednesday, March 14, for a simple soup supper at 6:15 p.m. A presentation will follow at 7 p.m. by Dave Van Vickle titled “How Lent Prepares Us to Share the Good News of Our Easter Joy.” For information and to register, call parish at 724-209-1370.


“A Woman Called by God to Save a Nation: Joan of Arc” is the title of a presentation by Paul Osterman on Thursday, March 15, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the library of Word of God Parish, located on first floor of parish center (formerly Word of God School) in Swissvale. Presentation will examine character and faith of the saint through her childhood, triumph and suffering. For more information, call 412-243-1078, or e-mail goldbachkm@verizon.net.


“How Much is Too Much? Techniques for Parenting Amidst Our Media Technology Culture” is the title of a presentation by Dr. Eugene Gan, professor at Franciscan University in Steubenville, on Thursday, March 15, 7-8:15 p.m., in the Rhodora J. Donahue building at Aquinas Academy in Gibsonia. Light reception will follow talk. Program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.AquinasAcademy.info.


“Let Us Make It a ‘Can-Do’ Lent” is title of a presentation by Mary French on Thursday, March 15, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Cost is $10. To register, call 412-381-7676.


St. Bernadette Parish in Monroeville welcomes the public for FIRE Night of Worship on Thursday, March 15, from 7-9 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Event includes holy hour, presided by Father Tony Gargotta, talk by Father Mike Ackerman and the combined charismatic worship teams from Steubenville and Pittsburgh, along with sight and sound support. Evening sponsored by FIRE for the New Millennium. Good-will donation accepted. For more information, e-mail Santos Hernandez at 1026hernandez@gmail.com.



As part of the Sister Mary Schmidt Lecture Series at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, the Rev. Craig Mousin, DePaul University ombudsperson, will present “Debating Immigration: Law in the Midst of Exile” on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in Cecilian Hall, in the campus administration building. Lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 724-836-0406, ext. 6613, or visit www.scsh.org.


“What Putin and Trump Want: The Religious Dimension of U.S.-Russian Relations” will be discussed at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave. in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, on Thursday, March 15, from 7-9 p.m. For information and to register, call 412-924-1417, or visit www.pts.edu.



St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood will celebrate the feast of St. Patrick vigil on Friday, March 16, following Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m., through 9 p.m. Evening includes prayer, Eucharistic adoration and devotions to St. Patrick of Ireland. Also includes praying St. Patrick’s breastplate, reading from “The Life of St. Patrick,” by Muirchu, and listening to medieval Irish plainchant. 


The Catholic Youth Organization of St. Sebastian Parish in Ross Township presents the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Performances are on the following days: Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m. Donations accepted to benefit Project HOPE and the diocesan mission in Chimbote, Peru.


The Byzantine Catholic Serra Club of Pittsburgh invites the faithful to a Lenten retreat Saturday, March 17, titled “Seek the Lord — He Will Be Found” at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius, 3605 Perrysville Ave. on Pittsburgh’s North Side, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Program includes Akathist Hymn to Our Lady, presentations by Bishop John Kudrick, penitential service and more. Offering is $20, and includes lunch. To register, call Richard Trankocy at 412-672-4665.


Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave. in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, will host workshop titled “Word Made Flesh: Writing for Social Change” from 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, through noon Saturday, March 17. Workshop is led by Tony Norman, Post-Gazette columnist, and Liberty Ferda. For more information and to register, call 412-924-1417, or visit www.pts.edu/word-made-flesh-2018.


St. Joseph Sister Carol Zinn will present “Choosing the Way of the Gospel ... Without Counting the Cost” on Sunday, March 18, at Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless Township, starting at 1:30 p.m. Her talk will serve as a reminder of the Gospel’s way of asking us “to always move toward mercy over judgment, love over fear and inclusion over exclusion.” Cost is $20, and payable at the door. For information, call Father John Oesterle at 412-232-7512.



St. Irenaeus Parish in Oakmont will welcome Dr. Susan Muto, author and dean of the Epiphany Academy, on Monday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. for a talk titled “Gratefulness: The Habit of a Grace-Filled Life.” Program is free and open to the public.

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