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Monday, October 15, 2018 - Updated: 10:56 am


In response to Bishop David Zubik’s call for a year of prayer and penance, St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park will offer a holy hour beginning at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 (following 5 p.m. Mass). Service includes Scripture readings, quiet prayer and concludes with Benediction. Deacon Bill Batz will preach on “Why Remain Catholic?” 


Stuffed cabbage, pierogies, kielbasa and Ukrainian borscht are some items being sold at the annual Ukrainian food festival Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Parish hall, 73 S. 18th St. on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Admission is free, with takeout available.



“Social Scholarship and Digital Humanities in the 21st Century” is the title of lecture presented by Daniel Michaels on Monday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. in Heinz Memorial Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh in the city’s Oakland neighborhood. The following day, Tuesday, Oct. 16, Michaels will present a workshop titled “Interactive and Interoperable: The Promise of Digital Humanities Today” at 10 a.m. in the Gailliot Center for Newman Studies, 211 N. Dithridge St. in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Lecture and workshop is sponsored by National Institute for Newman Studies. For reservations and information, e-mail office@ninsdu.org.


Learn why Catholics do what we do when the 2018-19 speaker series kicks off at St. Malachy Parish in Kennedy Township with Father John Marcucci’s presentation on “Come Back for the Basics” on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. Talk is free and open to the public.


The 2018 Red Mass to invoke God’s blessing upon all judges, lawyers, legislators and government officials will commence at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the chapel at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. Dinner will follow in university’s Power Center Ballroom. Bishop David Zubik is celebrant. The 2018 St. Thomas More Award will be presented to John Giltinan. Program is sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society, an association of Catholic lawyers. Dinner is $75 per person, or $550 for a table of eight. For reservations, call Victoria Bechtold Kush at 412-562-1694, or e-mail victoria.kush@bipc.com.



Holy Spirit Sister Norma Rodriguez will speak on relaxation techniques at Citipark’s Lawrenceville Senior Center, 4600 Butler St. in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. Topics include learning your stress triggers, discovering best relaxation techniques and how to calm your inner self. To register, call Katie at 412-622-6918, or Christian Home Health Care at 412-323-0203, ext. 6112.


Angel’s Place, which provides family support and early childhood education, will host its Halo Award Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the LeMont Restaurant, 1114 Grandview Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington neighborhood. Award will be presented to William Isler for his efforts to positively impact children in the community. Social hour and entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and presentation starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $90 per person, $135 for patron reservations, $850 for table of 10 and $75 for those age 35 and under. Ticket deadline is Oct. 18. For information and tickets, contact Cari Goss Quinn at 412-321-4447, or e-mail cquinn@angelsplacepgh.org.



Monthly coffee, tea and free buffet breakfast will be at the Ascension worship site of St. Philip Parish in Ingram on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 8:30-10 a.m. Program includes free breakfast, prayerful reflection and talk by chef Samantha Sloan on “Preparing Quick and Healthy Meals.” To register, call MaryAnn at 412-922-6388.


The 53rd annual Peru Mission Dinner will be Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel on Pittsburgh’s South Side, starting with reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. Proceeds benefit Chimbote Foundation. For information and tickets, call 412-456-3085, e-mail Chimbote@diopitt.org or visit www.chimbotefoundation.org/events/annual-peru-dinner.


Public is invited to St. Wendelin Parish hall in Carbon Center (Butler) for authentic German music, dancing, food, beer and beverages during St. Wendelinfest on Friday, Oct. 19, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for those under 21. For tickets, call office at 724-287-0820.



St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Homestead/Munhall will host a parish festival in social hall, cafeteria and convent Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21. Highlights include games for children, huge Chinese auction, flea market, bingo and more. Menu includes fish on Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and large variety of ethnic foods, including Polish and German. Entertainment: Dallas Marks, Friday, 7-9 p.m.; Mansfield 5, Saturday, 7-9 p.m. For information, call 412-461-1054.


During senior lunch Friday, Oct. 19, at St. Athanasius Community and Education Center, 7 Chalfonte Ave. in West View, Joanne Andiorio, administrator for health and wellness for Sisters of Divine Providence, will speak on “The Continuing Journey to a Healthy You.” Program is sponsored by Christian Home Health Care. There is a $1 charge for lunch. To register, call Sister Evelyn at 412-931-6633, ext. 1.



St. George Orthodox Parish, 3230 Washington Pike in Bridgeville, invites the public to a Mediterranean food festival Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21, noon-8 p.m. (noon-6 p.m. Sunday). Guests will enjoy a variety of homemade family recipes, including shish kabob lamb, baked kibbee, grape leaves, meat pies, hummus, tabouleh, baklawa, lady locks and more. Eat-in or takeout, plus frozen dishes available. Credit cards accepted. To order, call 412-221-2277, or visit www.stgeorgebridgeville.org.


The 2018-19 Caritas Concert series (formerly the Avila Concert series) begins Sunday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. with a performance by Allegheny Brass Band at St. Athanasius Parish in West View. Other concerts in series include: Dec. 16, 3 p.m., music ministry Christmas concert, St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Perrysville; May 5, 2019, One Voice Christian Vocal Ensemble Lenten performance, St. Sebastian, Ross Township. All concerts begin at 3 p.m., and are free and open to the public, with good-will offering accepted. For information, call Kathy Melago at kathymelago@hotmail.com.


On Sunday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., the music ministry of St. James Parish in Sewickley will host The Lemington Gospel Choir, under the direction of the Rev. Deryck Tines, in a spirited concert of traditional and contemporary gospel music. The 60-member choir will be accompanied by orchestra and piano. Concert is free and open to the public, with good-will offering accepted. Reception will follow. For information, call 412-741-6650.



Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood will host an Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 20. A traditional German dinner will be served from 3-7 p.m. in school hall, with German music played from 4-8 p.m., and D’Lustigen Isartaler Bavarian Club dancers and chorus performing. Dinner tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children. For tickets and information, call parish office at 412-231-2994.


Public is invited to a fall family pig roast at St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis on Sunday, Oct. 21, starting at 1 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Highlights include complete dinner, train display, raffles, trick or treat (dressed as favorite saint), pumpkin painting, treat bag decorating, best saint costume prizes and more. Sponsored by parish’s hospitality ministry, cost is $25 for adults, $10 for children. For questions, call 724-561-6494, or e-mail rossilm0321@gmail.com.



The Secular Franciscans welcome the public to an open house Sunday, Oct. 21, starting at 1:30 p.m. in the lower room of St. Augustine Church of Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. Program includes rosary, evening prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours and formation talk on “Living the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order.” For information, call Josette Baker at 412-220-7117.


A Mass and procession in honor of El Senor de los Milagros (Our Lord of the Miracles) will be at St. Regis Parish in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood on Sunday, Oct. 21, starting at noon. A gathering will follow in social hall.


People Concerned for the Unborn Child invites the public to annual “Celebrate Life” banquet Sunday, Oct. 21, at Crowne Plaza West in Green Tree, with doors opening at noon. Columnist and commentator Nick Adams is guest speaker. Also featuring auction baskets, raffles and full-course dinner. Tickets are $35 per person, or $300 for table of 10. For tickets and information, call 412-531-9272.



Theology Night Club at SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township continues Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 7-9 p.m. in parish’s upper Cardinal DiNardo Center. Helene Paharik will present “Keeping Kids Catholic.” Program is free and open to the public, with good-will offering accepted.


Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless Township, presents “The Mandala of the Great Round of Life” on Thursday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-noon. Program includes presentation, drawing, interpretation and journaling, while participants consider the organization of the circle as it relates to the stages of life. Facilitator is Carolyn Heil. Cost is $30, and includes all materials. Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch and stay after program for discussion. To register, call 412-366-1124, or visit www.cdpsisters.org/kearns.



Three younger sisters will speak about their vocation stories Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2-4 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Baden. Felician Sister Desire Findlay, Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sister Virginia Herbers and Congregation of Notre Dame Sister Deborah Warner will present “In Our Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World.” The event, which includes light refreshments, is free and open to the public. Women and men religious, vocation and formation directors, individuals on a journey to religious life and those working with young adults are encouraged to attend.


Birthright of Pittsburgh, a pro-life pregnancy center, is sponsoring a fall fundraiser at The Chadwick Restaurant, 10545 Perry Highway in Wexford, Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Event includes buffet lunch, presentation by Father Joseph Freedy, student art show, raffles, singing performance and client testimony. For information and reservations, call 412-621-1988 or visit www.birthrightpittsburgh.org.


St. Fidelis Parish in Butler is sponsoring Catechesis of the Good Shepherd formation courses, which offers adult spiritual enrichment and certification for catechists. Level 1 formation courses prepare catechists for atrium of children ages 3-6 and will be Thursdays, Nov. 8 through April 4, 1-5 p.m., or 6-9 p.m. Level 2 course prepares catechist for atrium with children in grades 1-3, and is held in weekend clusters, Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. on the following weekends: Nov. 10-11, Dec. 8-9, Jan. 12-13, Feb. 9-10, March 9-10, and sacrament preparation retreat, March 22-23, April 13-14 and May 18-19. Course is retreat style, and is open to priests, deacons, parents, grandparents, teenagers and more. Catechists from parishes will receive diocesan credit to be certified catechists and certification from CGS national office upon completion of all course requirements and morality course. For information and to register, call Amanda Kramer at 724-482-2362, ext. 236, or e-mail faithformation@saintfidelis.org. For information on Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, visit www.cgsusa.org.

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