Around the Diocese

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - Updated: 10:36 am


Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge will hold an ethnic cooking class Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in parish’s Jericho Hall. Colcannon, a cabbage and potato dish traditionally served on Halloween, will be taught by Holly Hewitt Mathias. To register, call Bob Mikush at 724-266-3140 by Oct. 21.


Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and American Guild of Organists will gather Monday, Oct. 22, at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Program begins at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and brief meeting. Russell Weismann, organist and scholar, will present “The Life and Work of Rudolf von Beckerath,” who built the organ for St. Paul Cathedral. Dinner is $25. For information and reservations, visit www.npmpgh.org.


East Catholic School in Forest Hills continues its story time for preschoolers Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7-8 p.m. in Keane Hall with “Boo-tacular.” Children ages 2½ through kindergarten are invited to dress in their Halloween costume and come to story time, featuring not-so-scary stories, silly crafts and spooky snack. Parents and guardians are invited to accompany child. Registration is required by Monday, Oct. 22, To register, call school office at 412-351-5403 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.


St. Sylvester Parish in Brentwood, along with parish’s Ladies of Charity, will partner with Catholic Relief Services to host a fair trade marketplace Saturday, Oct. 27, 2-6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-noon. Public is invited to shop handmade items from around the world, including baskets, scarves, jewelry and home decor. Fair trade coffee, tea, olive oil, soup mixes and chocolate also will be sold. Proceeds benefit parish’s Ladies of Charity and CRS.



Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light will hold annual state conference Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 1066 Washington Road in Mount Lebanon. Titled “Facing the Climate Crisis: Called to Save Our Sacred Home,” conference will include workshops on sustainable building, engaging your congregation in environmental issues and more. Also features green fair. For information and to register, call 1-814-208-8465 or visit www.paipl.us.



St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Parish, 109 S. Seventh St. on Pittsburgh’s South Side, will host an ethnic food fair, along with flea market and bake sale, Saturday, Oct. 27. Hot foods, including stuffed cabbage, pierogies, haluski, kielbasa and sauerkraut, hot dogs and hot sausage will be served from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Guests can dine in or takeout. Flea market, bake sale, raffles and frozen pierogie sale begins at 8 a.m., with doors closing at 7 p.m.


Kate Fletcher, who founded Hekima Place in Kenya, will speak on “Beatitudes” at the Sisters of St. Joseph Associates’ annual Memorial Day of Reflection on Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the sisters’ motherhouse in Baden. Cost is $35, and includes lunch, with scholarship available. To register, contact Kathy Lotzmann at 412-508-1623 or e-mail kalgolf4@hotmail.com.


Dave VanVickle will present “The Catholic Truth About Angels, Demons, Ghosts, Exorcism and Hauntings” on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7-8:15 p.m. in the Rhodora J. Donahue building of Aquinas Academy, 2308 W. Hardies Road in Gibsonia. The well-balanced, highly evangelistic and engaging presentation will answer questions relating to angels, demons, ghosts and more. Catechetical certification enrichment credits available for diocesan catechists and teachers. Light reception will follow. Talk is intended for adults and children age 16 and older. For information, visit www.AquinasAcademy.info.


Duquesne University’s Gumberg Library, along with local partners, will host a documentary and scholar-led discussion series about immigration issues. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, “Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience” will provide participants a chance to explore history and impact of immigration in the United States. Next documentary in series is “Help Wanted — Immigration and Work,” which will be shown Monday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 104 of College Hall at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. For complete schedule and information, visit www.duq.edu/BecomingAmerican.


Volunteers are needed to make polar fleece tie blankets for local men and women homeless shelters. The 17th annual blanket drive, in honor of Kathy Buchner, will be at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Green Tree on Friday, Nov. 2, starting at 7 p.m. Participants are asked to bring scissors, 2 yards of printed and 2 yards of solid polar fleece. Blankets can also be made in advance and delivered to Greentree Printing, 2351 Noblestown Road in Green Tree, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For information, call Lynne Gross at 412-921-5570 (day) or 412-276-4173 (evening).


St. Vincent Camerata and Chatham Baroque will perform G.F. Handel’s “Dixit Dominus and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria” as part of Camerata’s 50th anniversary. Concert will be presented at St. Bernard Parish in Mount Lebanon on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Conducted by Benedictine Father Stephen Concordia, concert is free and open to the public. Concert also will be performed at historic St. Vincent Archabbey Basilica in Latrobe on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. For information, call 724-805-2579.


Public is invited to join parishioners, alumni, family and friends of former St. George Parish and School in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood and St. John Vianney Parish in Pittsburgh’s Hilltop neighborhood for a fall fest Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Pius X Byzantine Catholic Parish, 2336 Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood. Program includes dinner, live music, dancing, door prizes and raffles. For reservations, call 412-502-5062.



Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center in Villa Maria is offering “Prayer and Doodling,” a workshop to be presented by Humility of Mary Sister Paulette Kirschensteiner on Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Program provides a variety of ways to relax in prayer and doodling. Class will involve working on paper no larger than 3½ by 5 inches square. Cost is $40, and includes all supplies. To register, call 724-964-8886 or visit www.vmesc.org.



Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, part of Pittsburgh Mercy and Trinity Health, will host a dinner and gathering titled “Health Ministry: Success in Church and Community” on Friday, Nov. 9, in the Sister M. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. Registration is at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6, followed by program until 8 p.m. Event will provide continuing education, resources and networking opportunities. Speakers include health minister Consuelo Cruz-Martinez, and faith community nurses Kathy Conrad, Joyce Ott and Kelly Rupp. Cost is $40, and includes continuing-education credits for nurses, $30 (does not include credits), and $20 for nursing students, seminarians and clergy. To register, call 412-232-5815, e-mail ParishNurse@pittsburghmercy.org or visit www.pittsburghmercy.org/faith-communities/education/#dinner-and-gathering.


A variety of different pierogies are being sold every Friday at St. John the Baptist Parish in Baden. Menu includes potato, sauerkraut, cottage cheese and prune pierogies for $7.50 per dozen. Dine in or takeout, with option of your containers or theirs. To place order, call pierogie hotline at 724-869-9758, starting at 6 a.m. Friday.


The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill are selling Enjoy 2019 coupon books through Dec. 29. Cost is $30. To purchase a book, call Charity Sister Agnes Steedle at 724-836-0406, ext. 6646, or Charity Sister Patrice Hughes at 412-343-1382.


The Sisters of Divine Providence are selling lucky number tickets based on the day and evening Pick 3 daily number Pennsylvania lottery games. Tickets are $25, and are valid from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. Prizes range from $25-$150. For tickets, call 412-635-5401 or visit www.cdpsisters.org/luckynumber.

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