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Friday, December 07, 2018 - Updated: 3:08 pm


The Catholic Community of Wexford welcomes the public to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday at St. Alphonsus Parish in Wexford, beginning at 12:30 p.m. (following noon Mass), and closing at 8 p.m. Confessions are offered between 7 and 8 p.m. Adoration is also at St. Alexis Parish in Wexford every first Friday of the month, starting at 8:30 a.m. (following 8 a.m. Mass) and ending at 6:30 p.m.


FIRE Praise and Worship, with Eucharistic adoration, starts at 6 p.m. (following 5 p.m. Mass) Sunday, Dec. 9, at St. Sebastian Parish in Ross Township. Special guest speaker is Father Michael Ackerman. Service concludes with Benediction at 7 p.m.



Public is invited to join the Latino Ministry of the diocese in celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Ceremonies begin with Eucharistic adoration at 5:30 p.m., followed by rosary at 6:30. Our Lady will be greeted with singing of Las Mananitas, followed by procession into cathedral featuring a color guard of flags from many nations. Bishop David Zubik will lead celebration of Mass at 7 p.m., with reception to follow. For information, call 412-337-7268.


Father James Downs will present “Prepare the Way of the Lord!” during an Advent luncheon in McGurk Hall of St. Camillus Parish in Neshannock Township on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at noon. Cost is $6. Guests can pay at the door.



For those experiencing concerns for the victims of sexual abuse, as well as questions about the future of the Catholic Church, St. Malachy Parish in Kennedy Township will host an evening of reflection, prayer and dialogue Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Program will begin with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, prayer reflection and brief talk by Father Lou Vallone. Father Vallone will then follow with an open microphone session, where attendees can ask questions and share comments. Program concludes with reposition.


Public is invited to join the Spirit Refill team at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. to pray the rosary. Also, Father Christopher Mannerino will lead a presentation on “The Apparitions of Rosa Mystica.”


Father Marchukonis Hall of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park is the location of a DVD presentation and discussion titled “Science Tests Faith — Following the Trail of the Blood of Christ” on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.


The Youth Theater of All Saints Parish will present “The Promise,” a musical by Michael Card and book by Bernadette Calvino. Musical not only tells the story of Christ’s birth, but imparts the lasting impression his birth had on those who witnessed it. Performances are at All Saints Parish in Etna on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $7 per person, $30 per family.


The Vigil Project presents an Advent night of worship and prayer, with special guest Kris Frank, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 7-9 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Church of St. Patrick-St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Sponsored by Move A Mountain Missions, program is free and open to the public. For information, e-mail VigilProjectPGH@gmail.com.


Trivia players are invited to an Advent trivia night titled “Becoming Confidently Catholic” in the parish center of St. Maurice Parish in Forest Hills on Saturday, Dec. 15, starting at 5 p.m. For information, call 412-271-0809.



Santa Claus is coming to St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville on Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-noon (doors open at 9:30 a.m.). Sponsored by the parish’s Oaxaca Mission Group, program includes breakfast, craft stations, a treat for children, Christmas sing-a-long, raffles and visit from Santa Claus. Cost is $8 per person, with children under 2 admitted free. Reservations can only be made by visiting www.avilaparish.org. Proceeds benefit the Anna Seethaler Hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico.


The combined music ministries of St. James Parish in Sewickley will present a Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. Performing will be parish choir, directed by Lou Valenzi, “The Bells of St. James,” and children’s choir, directed by Sharron Schaefer. Musical accompaniments include Donna Amato on piano, Phil Liebscher and Sharron Schaefer on organ. Reception will follow. For information, call 412-741-6650.


For those feeling the Christmas blues due to loss of loved one, divorce, unemployment, health problem or other reason, Listening Friends support group is offering an evening of comfort and healing by sharing the crosses we bear this Christmas season with others who are willing to listen with compassionate hearts. Support group will meet Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Program is free and open to the public. To register, call Jack Shaw at 412-508-5383.


Choirs and instrumentalists of St. Kilian Parish in Adams/Cranberry townships will perform a Christmas concert, “Sing We Noel,” on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the church. Admission is free, with good-will offering collected to benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. For information, visit www.saintkilian.org/noel.


Little Sisters of the Poor are again offering Christmas cards sketched by Sister Martha. This year’s card is a blue sketch of Mary holding baby Jesus. Cards are seven for $10 (plus $2 shipping), 12 for $15 (plus $3 shipping) or 30 for $25 (plus $6 shipping). Previous year’s cards are also available. Cards can be viewed and ordered online at www.littlesistersofthepoorpittsburgh.org, or by calling 412-307-1100 or stopping at the Little Sisters’ home. All proceeds help support the elderly poor residents in the Little Sisters’ care.



Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park will open its doors for the fourth annual Christmas Day brunch from 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, for anyone who needs a hot meal and seeks fellowship for the holiday. From its inception in 2015, the event has grown, with more than 200 meals served in 2017. Last year, program was able to send guests home with a second meal, fruit and cookies, with $300 in prizes given away. Meals also were delivered to area shut-ins. Brunch is free and open to all. However, for planning purposes, reservations are requested. To register, call 412-795-4389 or e-mail altomars@aol.com.

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