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Friday, October 26, 2018 - Updated: 8:39 am


The Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group of St. Paul Cathedral Parish will host a talk by Betty Pickett on “Implicit Bias: The Human Element in Hidden Racism,” Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. in Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St. in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Event is free and open to the public. For information, call 412-824-1917.



St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Pleasant Hills is offering a dementia support group for family and caregivers, beginning Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 107 of the parish’s Pius X Hall. Group will meet on the first Thursday of each month, and will help participants learn about dementia and how the disease affects your loved one’s life. No registration necessary. For information, call 412-207-1655.


The Literary Society of La Roche College is hosting a series of book readings and lessons of faith found in Broadway productions. On Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., award-winning author Rosemary Hanrahan will present “When Dreams Touch.” Discussion will focus on how powerfully dreams can touch our lives and bring people together. Program is held in the Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center on the college’s McCandless Township campus. Series is free and open to the public. For information, call 412-536-1216 or e-mail rita.yeasted@laroche.edu.


In celebration of National Vocations Awareness Week, Nov. 5-9, the diocesan Vocations Office is sponsoring a poster and essay contest. Participants can enter by drawing or writing about a time that a priest or religious impacted their faith lives. Students in grades 4-8 are invited to create posters, either digitally or by hand, on 11-by-17 poster board or paper. Mail posters to Vocations Office, St. Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. High school students in grades 9-12 are invited to write a 500- to 750-word essay, typed, double-spaced and in Microsoft Word. Essays can be e-mailed to tsullivan@diopitt.org. First- through third-place winners in each category receive Amazon gift cards, and their entry may be published in the Pittsburgh Catholic.


The 17th annual Blanket Night, in honor of Kathy Buchner, will be held at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Green Tree on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the parish cafeteria. Volunteers will make polar fleece tie blankets for local homeless shelters. Attendees are asked to bring 2 yards of printed and 2 yards of solid polar fleece. Blanket makers age 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call Lynne Gross at 412-921-5570 (day) or 412-276-4173 (evening).


A free rosary-making workshop will be Saturday, Nov. 3, noon-2 p.m. at Legion of Mary Home, 1705 Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood. Workshop will include history of rosary, celestial background music, prayer intentions and more. For information, call 412-885-5840 or visit www.pittsburghregia.com.



Catholic Cemeteries Association will celebrate an All Souls prayer service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the following cemeteries: All Saints (Braddock); Calvary (Pittsburgh’s Greenfield neighborhood); Christ Our Redeemer (Ross Township); Good Shepherd (Monroeville); Holy Savior (Gibsonia); Mount Carmel and Our Lady of Hope (Verona); Queen of Heaven (Peters Township); Resurrection (Moon Township); Sacred Heart (Monongahela); St. Joseph (North Versailles) and St. Stanislaus/St. Anthony (Millvale).


St. Sebastian Parish, 801 Broad Ave. in Belle Vernon, is sponsoring an ethnic food fest Sunday, Nov. 4, noon-3 p.m. in parish hall. Festival will feature foods from different nationalities, including German, Italian, Filipino, Lebanese, Polish, Ukrainian and more. Takeout is available.


Catholic Charities’ 28th annual Love Walk for the Poor will be Sunday, Nov. 4. Program begins at 2 p.m. with Mass at St. Peter Parish on Pittsburgh’s North Side, with Father Michael Ackerman as celebrant. One-mile walk through streets of Downtown Pittsburgh will follow, ending with arrival at Catholic Charities building in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Participants are asked to donate winter outerwear and nonperishable food items to Catholic Charities for distribution to those escaping the cold. For information, contact Brendan Avila at 412-456-6969 or visit www.ccpgh.org.


Duquesne University’s Gumberg Library, along with local partners, continues documentary and scholar-led discussion series about immigration issues titled “Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience.” Final two documentaries in series are: “Family and Community,” Monday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m.; “Immigration and Popular Culture,” Monday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. Both films are shown in Room 104 of Duquesne University’s College Hall in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. For complete schedule and information, visit www.duq.edu/BecomingAmerican.


“Creating a New Image of Aging — Going Deeper” is Part 2 of the Conscious of Aging series held at Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless Township. Workshops will be Wednesdays, Nov. 7, 14, 28 and Dec. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-noon. Topics include emotional resilience, coming home to yourself, creating circles of connection and more. Cost is $60, and includes class materials. The “Chemistry of Joy Workbook” by Henry Emmons is available for $20. Class prerequisite is 2018 Spring Conscious of Aging class. To register, call 412-366-1124 or visit www.cdpsisters.org/kearns.


Carlow University Theatre presents the Neil Simon comedy “Fools” at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15-17, in Rosemary Heyl Theatre, Antonian Hall on university’s campus in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Tickets are $12 for seniors and students, $15 for adults.


Central Catholic and Oakland Catholic high schools’ Masque presents the musical “The Pajama Game” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 8-10, at McGonigle Theater on campus of Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. For tickets, call masquetickets@centralcatholichs.com.


St. Elizabeth School in Pleasant Hills will hold a preschool story hour Thursday, Nov. 8, from 1-2 p.m. Any child, 3 and older (and is potty trained) is welcome to come hear a story, followed by activities with some of the middle school students. Parents are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary. For information, e-mail slydon@st-elizabeth.org.



“Accepting God’s Love and Mercy” is the title of the next festival of praise at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin on Saturday, Nov. 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Father Joe Freedy is presider and guest speaker. Service also includes Eucharistic adoration with Benediction, with music provided by parish’s Praise Band.


Disc jockey Frankie Day, along with Terry and Marcie, will play favorites at the annual Oldies Dance at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in East McKeesport on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7-11 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Sponsored by parish’s Men’s Club, program includes beer, beverages, snacks, ham barbecue, hot dogs, beef stroganoff and more. Cost is $15. For tickets, call parish office at 412-824-2644 or Joe at 412-216-1524.



St. Gabriel Parish in Whitehall is hosting a blood drive Saturday, Nov. 10, in honor of Tina Famiglietti in the school gym from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. To make an appointment, visit www.centralbloodbank.org, click Make An Appointment, and search group code G0040081, or call Debbie Cerminaro at 412-884-2375 or Mary Balogh at 412-884-1283. Walk-ins are welcome.


Women of the diocese are welcome to join Magnificat Pittsburgh for a prayer breakfast Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m.-noon at Pittsburgh Marriott North, 100 Cranberry Woods Drive in Cranberry Township. Keynote speaker is Emily Stimpson Chapman, Catholic writer, author and speaker. Cost is $23. To register, call Pam at 412-461-8906 or visit www.magnificatpittsburgh.org by Nov. 9.


St. Bernadette and North American Martyrs parishes in Monroeville present FIRE for the New Millennium Conference V, “Faith to Fire,” on Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Robert A. Read Performing Arts Center at Gateway High School in Monroeville. Doors open at noon, and concludes with Mass at 4:30 p.m. Program features music ministry with Ben Walther, and talks by Father Michael Ackerman, Katie Hartfiel, Kris Frank and Holly Joy McIlwain. Father Joseph Mele will present homily at Mass. Cost is $10 for individual, and free for religious. To register, visit www.namcatholicchurch.org or www.stbpitt.com.



Public is invited to SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township on Sunday, Nov. 11, to welcome best-selling author Mike Yankoski as he talks about his time “Under the Overpass” and his journey of faith while on the streets. Guests are invited to a brown-bag lunch in the parish’s Cardinal DiNardo Center at noon, followed by presentation at 12:30 p.m. in church. Donation is $10 per person, $20 per family, and includes lunch. To register, visit www.stsjohnandpaul.org/yankoski.


On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Holy Family Institute and the Pittsburgh Steelers will honor recipients of the 26th annual Courage House and Ed Block Courage Awards at the 2018 Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Courage Award luncheon. Holy Family Institute alumna Heather Cratsenberg will receive Courage House Award at luncheon at Heinz Field on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Registration with silent auction begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch, award presentation and autograph sessions with current and former Pittsburgh Steelers. For reservations, contact Amanda Bublinec at 412-766-9020, ext. 1439, or e-mail bublinec.amanda@hfi-pgh.org.


Butler Catholic School’s Winter Wonderland Auction will be Friday, Nov. 16, in social hall of St. Michael Parish in Butler, from 6-10 p.m. This adults-only fundraiser features live and silent auctions, basket raffles and more. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at door, and includes dinner and beverages, and chance to win one of four items being drawn throughout evening. For tickets, call 724-285-4276 or visit www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-wonderland-auction-2018-tickets-51386853462.


The Catholic Medical Association, along with the St. Thomas More Society, presents “Beyond Sensational Headlines: Perspectives on the Grand Jury Report,” on Sunday, Nov. 18, in Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St. in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, starting at 11:20 a.m. Panel includes Dr. John P. Nelson, psychiatrist; Frederick Thieman, former U.S. attorney for western Pennsylvania; Father Kris Stubna; Dr. Anthony Isacco, licensed psychologist. Program is open to the public. For information, e-mail info@caqthmedpittsburgh.org.

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