Friday, November 30, 2018 - Updated: 9:33 am
ST. NICHOLAS STORYTIME
This month’s “Perfect for Preschoolers Storytime” at East Catholic School, 2001 Ardmore Blvd in Forest Hills, is about St. Nicholas. This free story, rhyme, song and craft program for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old, will be Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Parents and guardians are invited. To register, call school office at 412-351-5403 by Monday, Dec. 3.
NONE TO NUN
Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ Sister Mary Gianna never imagined that God would call her to religious life, having not been raised in any religion. After surviving the tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999, she came to believe God had a plan for her life. Public is invited to hear her compelling story at Assumption Parish in Bellevue on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. Talk is free and open to the public, with good-will offering accepted.
BREAKFAST AND SPEAKER
The monthly coffee, tea and community free buffet breakfast, with prayerful reflection and speaker, will be Thursday, Dec. 6, 8:30-10 a.m. at Ascension Church of St. Philip Parish in Ingram. Designer Frank Bey will speak on “Decorating for the Holidays.” Program is free and open to the public. To register, call MaryAnn at 412-922-6388.
The Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery Ministry, designed to serve families and friends of loved ones struggling with addiction, will meet Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 20, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township. Group meets every other week and is facilitated by psychologist David Gentile. Enrollment is open, and newcomers are welcome at any time. For information, call parish office at 412-486-6001.
YOUNG ADULTS GATHERING
Young adults, ages 21 and older, are invited to a casual evening of fellowship Thursday, Dec. 6, from 7-9 p.m. at Generoasta Coffee, 901 Warrendale Village Drive in Warrendale, presented by St. Alphonsus Parish in Wexford. “Getting to Know the God Who Loves Us” will be presented by Bob Lesnefsky. Beer, wine, appetizers and coffee are provided. For information, e-mail info@SaintAlphonsusWexford.org.
ANGELS, LAMBS AND MORE
Preschool through fourth-grade students at East Catholic School will present the children’s musical “Angels, Lambs, Ladybugs and Fireflies” on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria, 2001 Ardmore Blvd. in Forest Hills. This presentation tells the Christmas story in a new way.
GATHER THE LOGS
“Gather the Logs — Rekindle the Fire,” modeled after the Gathering of Catholic Men, will be Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m.-noon at St. Andrew Parish in Center Township. Titled “Your Mother’s Hands,” program will include Mass at 8 a.m. celebrated by Father Philip Farrell and talks by Dennis Johnston, Deacon John Ragan and Father Terry O’Connor. Also includes fellowship, Eucharistic adoration, confession and closing with Benediction. Program is free and open to all men, with good-will offering accepted to help defray costs.
SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS
Hekima Place presents “The Many Sounds of Christmas” on Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park, starting at 7:30 p.m. This live Christmas concert will feature Kathy English, director and pianist, as well as choirs from St. Thomas More Parish, classical guitar, African drum, barbershop quartet and more. Concert is free, with good-will offering to benefit children of Hekima Place, a home for orphaned and abused girls in Kenya.
NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM
• Families with children ages 2-10 are invited to Farmer Hall of St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township for a journey to Bethlehem on Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at 6 p.m. Guests can watch puppet show, hear a story, eat cake and see a live Nativity with animals. Tickets are $6 per child, and free for adults with donation of baby item for Lifeline of Southwestern Pennsylvania. For tickets, visit www.stcatherineofsweden.org.
• St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Township welcomes families to “One Night in Bethlehem” on Saturday, Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. Guests can walk through town of Bethlehem, visiting Mary’s Kitchen to have birthday cake for Jesus, stop in “3 Kings Corner,” play a game in “Bethlehem Game Center,” listen to story in “Book Barn” and take a chance at the “Candy Cane Pull.” To conclude evening, guests can follow star to live Nativity. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For tickets, call CCD office at 412-264-9368.
The North Hills Chorale will present a Christmas concert, “Favorite Christmas Memories,” on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. in the Visitation Chapel at Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless Township. Program includes audience sing-along of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Concert is free and open to the public, with good-will offering accepted, as well as nonperishable food donations for the North Hill Community Outreach Food Pantry. For information, visit www.nhchorale.com.
PREPARING THE WAY
St. Maurice Parish in Forest Hills will host a two-part video presentation from Bishop Robert Barron’s popular video series. Part 1 is viewing and discussion on St. Francis of Assisi, following 10 a.m. Mass Sunday, Dec. 9, and repeated Friday, Dec. 14, after 9 a.m. Mass. Part 2 will focus on “Happy Are We: The Lesson of Jesus” on Sunday, Dec. 16, following 10 a.m. Mass and Friday, Dec. 21, following 9 a.m. Mass. While adult series is in session on Sundays, kids ages 3 and up can celebrate Advent with biblical stories and crafts to reinforce meaning of Christmas. To register, call parish center at 412-271-0809 by Dec. 5.
NOT FINISHED YET
The Flame of Love Praesidium of the Legion of Mary, along with FORMED Film, Faith and Fellowship committee, will host a viewing of film “1531: The Story That is Not Finished Yet” on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 12:45 p.m. (following 11:30 a.m. Mass) in Quinn Hall of Resurrection Parish in Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood. Light refreshments and prayers conclude program.
St. Mary Church of St. Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg is location of free Christmas concert, featuring the Pine Creek Community Band, on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m.
On the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Wednesday, Dec. 12, St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Ave. on Pittsburgh’s South Side, is offering a day of reflection, “Advent Seeking — Reflecting on the Promises of Advent: A Quiet Day of Reflection in Preparation for Christmas.” Presented by Passionist Fathers Gerald Laba and Junesh Xavier, program is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $30, and includes lunch. To register, call 412-381-7676.
FIELDS OF GRACE
In celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the book club of St. Winifred Parish in Mount Lebanon will host festive reception and reading of Father Richard Infante’s short story, “Fields of Grace,” on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in parish’s Benedict Hall. Story is about an uncle and nephew who resolve tensions while on pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Program is free and open to the public. For information, call Judy Price at 412-881-3441.
The youth theater of All Saints Parish in Etna will present the Christmas musical “The Promise” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in parish’s activity building. Suggested donation is $7 per person, $30 per family. For tickets, call 412-781-5183 or e-mail email@example.com.
The time for choral concert at St. Elizabeth Parish in Pleasant Hills on Sunday, Dec. 9, has been changed from the time posted in the Parish Advent listings, published in the Nov. 16 issue. Concert will be at 3 p.m, and will feature the Parish choirs of St. Clare of Assisi in Clairton, St. Thomas A Becket in Jefferson Hills, St. Elizabeth in Pleasant Hills and Holy Spirit in West Mifflin.
PREPARE YOUR HEART
Sacred Heart Parish in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood is offering a three part Advent program, ‘Prepare Your Heart for the Christ in Christmas, on Mondays at 7 p.m., beginning Dec. 3. Program includes prayer, video, scripture and discussion. Also, parish will hold following devotions on Sundays in Advent; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Eucharistic adoration and rosary; 7:30-7:45 p.m. Benediction; 7:45 p.m. Advent Mass.
On Monday, Dec. 3, St. Camillus Parish in Neshannock Township will host advent walk starting at the education building, 314 W. Englewood Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Walk in silence while music plays, and observe and ponder at various sites.