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Wednesday November 26, 2014
CALENDAR

MONDAY, DEC. 1

Charismatic Mass, 7 p.m., St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3

Mass, with prayers for healing, 7 p.m., Word of God Parish, 7446 McClure Ave., Swissvale. Sponsored by the Fraternity of Priests.

SATURDAY, DEC. 6

Hidden treasures rummage sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Treasure House of Most Holy Name Parish, 1626 Hatteras St., Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood. For more information, visit www.mostholynameofjesusparish15212.org.

Devotions and meeting, Apostolate of Fatima/Blue Army, St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Guest speaker is Bernadette Conklin, who will bring newly rendered traveling statue, “Mary Ark of the New Covenant.”

Devotions and meeting, Beaver Valley Blue Army, 8:15 a.m. Mass, 9 a.m. Mass, followed by meeting, St. John the Baptist, 375 Linmore Ave., Baden. Members are asked to bring one dozen cookies or other breakfast/brunch food. New members welcome; call 724-375-3846.

Christmas craft show, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Margaret Parish, 310 Mansfield Ave., Green Tree. Show features more than 80 crafters in two large rooms.

Arts, crafts and food bazaar, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, 730 Washington Ave., Carnegie. For information, call 412-257-2415 or 412-279-4652.

Breakfast with Santa, 10 a.m.-noon (doors open at 9:30), St. Teresa of Avila Parish, 1000 Avila Court, Perrysville. Program includes breakfast, craft stations, sing-a-long, visit from Santa and more. Cost is $6 per person, with children under 2 free. For reservations, visit www.stteresas.org. Proceeds benefit the Anna Seethaler Hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico.

St. Nicholas bingo, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (doors open at 10:30), St. Irenaeus School, 637 Fourth St., Oakmont. Cost is $40 and includes lunch and bingo. Also, cash prizes, gift baskets and door prizes. For tickets, call 412-828-8444 or 412-519-4133.

Lunch with Santa, noon, St. John Fisher Parish, 33 Lewin Lane, Churchill. Cost is $5, and must be purchased by Sunday, Nov. 30. For tickets, call 412-241-4722.

Prayer group devotions, 3:45 p.m. rosary, Mass at 4:30 p.m., St. Christopher Parish, 229 N. Franklin St., Prospect. Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the needy.

SUNDAY, DEC. 7

Breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon, St. Wendelin Parish, 210 St. Wendelin St., Carbon Center. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and includes pancakes, eggs and sausage. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus.

Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. James Parish, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for kids under 5. Features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, eggs and more.

Breakfast brunch buffet, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., St. James Parish, 4019 U.S. Route 422, Pulaski. Cost is $8 for adults, $3 for kids, and includes French toast, pancakes, eggs, home fries and much more.

Monthly Mass in Polish, 10 a.m., Our Lady Queen of Peace Church of St. Peter Parish, 907 Middle St., Pittsburgh’s North Side. For information, call 412-921-7589.

Calix Society Mass and meeting, 10:30 a.m., St. Mary Church of St. Juan Diego Parish, 201 Ninth St., Sharpsburg. Calix is an association for Catholics in recovery. For information, call 412-607-4011.

Super bingo, 1:45 p.m. early birds (doors open at 12:30), St. Gregory Parish, 2 W. Beaver St., Zelienople. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For information, call 724-452-7245.

Holy hour and Benediction, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Parish, 81 S. 13th St., Pittsburgh’s South Side.

Wednesday November 26, 2014
AROUND THE DIOCESE

COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

St. Cyril Parish in Pittsburgh’s Brighton Heights neighborhood invites the public to a “Come Home for Christmas” celebration Sunday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Deacon Alex Wroblicky will be homilist at the 11 a.m. Mass. Events for the day include Christmas pageant, music, food, children’s activities, craft tables, sale of gently used Christmas decorations, sale of poinsettias, wreaths and Christmas trees, and more. Santa Claus will visit from noon-2 p.m.

CHRISTMAS BLUES

A four-week Advent series is being offered for those who are feeling the holiday blues, maybe for the loss of a job, a recent death or just feeling disconnected. Series will be at St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township, beginning Sunday, Nov. 30, from 12:15-1 p.m. in the conference room. Program will use prayer, Scripture and DVD presentation. To register, call Jack Shaw at 412-508-5383.

TRAIN DISPLAY

St. Aloysius Parish in Reserve Township invites the public to its train display Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 29 through Jan. 4. Trains will be viewed from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free, with free-will offering accepted.

ADVENT REFLECTIONS

The diocesan Department for Parish Advisory Councils will present an Advent evening of reflection, “The Word Was Made Flesh,” for pastoral and finance council members on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7-9:30 p.m. at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. Program includes presentations by Father Joseph Mele and Father Samuel Esposito. To register, call 412-456-3047 or e-mail advisorycouncil@diopitt.org.

DAY OF RECOLLECTION

St. Hilary Parish in Washington is the location of a day of recollection Thursday, Dec. 11. Program begins at 10 a.m. and includes two presentations by Father Samuel Esposito, regional vicar for Vicariate 3, reconciliation, quiet prayer and lunch. Mass and closing prayer is at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $12 and includes boxed lunch. To register, call 724-222-4087 by Dec. 3.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

La Roche College and the Sisters of Divine Providence in McCandless Township invite the public to visit their adjoining campus to experience the annual Festival of Lights on Friday, Dec. 5, starting at 3 p.m. Festivities include craft show in Zappala College Center, live Nativity, ice carving, carriage rides, activities and crafts for children, and a visit from Santa in the Kerry Fitness and Sports Center. Entertainment includes performances by Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra, Providence Heights Alpha School choir and band, Village Singers of TriCounty Choir Institute and La Roche College’s dance team. In addition, there will be a Cans for Cocoa food drive in which guests are asked to donate nonperishable food items for North Hills Community Outreach, and in return will receive a cup of cocoa. Evening ends with a grand fireworks display at 8:15 p.m. For schedule of events, call 412-536-1069 or visit www.laroche.edu/lights.

MORNING OF REFLECTION

The Christian Mothers of Our Lady of the Valley Parish invite the public to its morning of reflection for Advent Saturday, Dec. 6, at the church and social hall in Donora. Program will begin with rosary at 9 a.m., followed by Mass and guest speaker. Fellowship and refreshments will end program in social hall. Participants will receive the book “Our Advent Journey with Christ in the Words of Pope Francis.” Program is free and open to public, no registration needed. For more information, call parish at 724-379-4777.

BENEFIT CONCERT

St. Irenaeus Parish in Oakmont will host the Steel City Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus for a concert of popular music Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Blough Hall. Concert is free and open to the public, with free-will offering collected for St. Paul Baptist Church in Oakmont that burned to the ground in September.

CRECHE DISPLAY

The Sisters of the Humility of Mary continue their Advent tradition of displaying hundreds of Nativity sets from around the world. Display is from noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14, at the sisters’ community center in Villa Maria. A roast beef dinner will be served in conjunction with display from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Cost is $10 for large, $6 for small. Spaghetti dinner will be noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Cost is $7 for large, $5 for small. Takeout is available, and children 7 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, call 724-964-8920, ext. 3348, or visit www.humilityofmary.org.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

“American Composers, International Carols” is the title of a Christmas concert to be performed by the North Hills Chorale at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Concert is in the Visitation Chapel on the campus of Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless Township. Concert is free and open to public, with free-will offering accepted. Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for North Hills Community Food Pantry. For more information, visit www.nhchorale.com.

COOKIE SALE

“A Taste of Heaven” cookie sale will be at St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church, 2005 Mohawk Road in Upper St. Clair, Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $7 for small container, $14 for large. Shoppers can select from a variety of homemade cookies. For information, call 412-835-7800.

FAIR TRADE

Jewelry, leather, wood, embroidery and other items from crafters and artisans in developing countries around the world will be sold at St. James Parish in Sewickley from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. This sale enables a fair wage for crafters around the world, and for many women the income means having food on the table.

CONCERT

Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Ralph Vaughan William’s “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” are just some of the featured songs to be performed at St. John Fisher Parish in Churchill on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. The parish choir and concert choir will perform other Christmas favorites. Program is free and open to the public.

MUSIC FOR MCGUIRE

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass will perform “A Christmas Concert: Music for McGuire” at St. James Parish in Sewickley on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. Donation is $25, with proceeds benefiting McGuire Memorial in New Brighton, a ministry of the Felician Sisters of North America that provides services to people with mental and physical disabilities.

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God will open their doors to the public to share the beauty of Christmas on Mount Providence, the affectionate name for their home in Whitehall. Open house is Thursday, Dec. 11, beginning at 7 p.m. in the reception area. Congregational archivist Dennis Wodzinski will guide guests through 90 years of history and holiday traditions in the decorated motherhouse and Mary Immaculate Chapel. Refreshments will be served following tour. Event is free, but registrations are suggested. To register, call 412-885-7231.

CHRISTMAS CARDS

The Little Sisters of the Poor are again offering Christmas cards for sale. This year’s card is sketched by Sister Martha and shows the Blessed Mother holding baby Jesus and the words “A Child is Born.” Cards are seven for $10 (plus $1.50 for shipping), 12 for $15 ($2 for shipping) or 30 for $25 ($5 for shipping). Last year’s card is also available. To place an order, call 412-307-1100 or visit www.littlesistersofthepoorpittsburgh.org. Proceeds help support elderly poor residents in the Little Sisters’ care.

MASS AND DINNER

A Tridentine rite Mass will be celebrated at St. Boniface Church of Holy Wisdom Parish at midnight on New Year’s Eve, preceded by adoration with rosary at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. A free dinner for the entire family will be served at 9 p.m.

THE PARTY

St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry Township will host its annual New Year’s Eve Party Wednesday, Dec. 31, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Pittsburgh North, Route 228 in Cranberry Township. Cost is $75 per person if purchased by Dec. 21 and $80 per person after Dec. 21. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, three-course dinner, champagne or sparking juice toast, two free drink tickets and discounted drink prices. Disc jockey Kevin Spark will play requests all night. To purchase tickets, call Bonnie at 724-776-9177, ext. 313, or Nancy at 724-779-3985. Marriott offers guests discounted room reservations for $99.95 plus tax, with 2 p.m. checkout. For hotel reservations, call 724-772-3700.

CLASS DATE CHANGE

There was a date change for the Holy Wisdom Parish Scripture study listed in the Parish Advent Activity listing in the Nov. 21 issue. The class will meet Sundays, Nov. 23 and 30, Dec. 7 and 21 (no class Dec. 14), from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the archive room of St. Boniface Church, Holy Wisdom Parish on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Father Lawerence DiNardo will conduct the class.

RETREATS

Mount St. Macrina House of Prayer, 510 W. Main St., Uniontown. To register, call 724-438-7149.

• Christmas preparation morning retreat, Saturday, Dec. 13, 9:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Father Jim Hess is presenter. Offering is $30, and includes lunch. Registration deadline is Dec. 8.

• Christmas preparation afternoon retreat, 1:15-5 p.m. Deacon Tim Corbett is presenter. Offering is $30 and includes supper. Registration deadline is Dec. 9.



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