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Friday, March 01, 2019 - Updated: 1:35 pm



The Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English will host “A Pop-Up Symposium: Reading Our Reality” on Friday, March 8, at Seton LaSalle High School in Mount Lebanon from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Symposium will include diverse speakers exploring literacy through the perspectives of literature, media, film science and sustainability. Event is open to English educators in kindergarten through college, as well as educators in all disciplines, students, parents, librarians and others. Advance registration (postmarked by March 1) is $50 for adults, and $25 for students and seniors 62 and older. On-site cost is $60 for adults, $35 for students and seniors. Make check payable to WPCTE and mail to P.O. Box 9257, Pittsburgh, PA 15224.



Cast of St. Joseph High School’s spring musical production of “In The Heights” will host a fundraiser for all ages Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center on the school’s Natrona Heights campus. Event includes cast performances, themed foods, basket auction and more. For children, Penny’s Candy Store and Daniela’s Beauty Salon will be open. Tickets are $10. For reservations, e-mail sjhsteatertickets@gmail.com.



• The Bridgeville/Cecil Parish grouping will conduct a bereavement support series, “Comfort in Grief,” for adults and teenagers who have experienced death of family member or friend. Sessions are held in RCIA Room at St. Barbara Parish hall in Bridgeville on Mondays, March 4-April 15, 7-8:30 p.m. Support sessions are free and open to the public. To register and for information, call Becky Lucas at 412-736-0765.

• The parish family at RocKenRo is offering a bereavement support group for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Group meets Mondays, March 18-April 29, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish center at Holy Trinity Parish in Robinson Township. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. To register, call Mary Stevens at 412-874-0604.

Lifeline of Listening Friends is a faith-based program that offers support for people grieving the loss of a loved one due to suicide. For information and to find a support group, call Jack Shaw at 412-508-5383.


Vagabond Missions invites the public to Threadbare Cider House in Pittsburgh’s Spring Garden neighborhood for Bantam Night on Thursday, March 7, from 6-9 p.m. Guests can enjoy cider, food and fellowship. A percentage of proceeds from purchases will support work of Vagabond Missions programs for inner-city youth. For information, visit www.vagabondmissions.com or e-mail shannon@vagabondmissions.com.


“Jesus A Friend for You!” is the theme of this month’s festival of praise at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin on Saturday, March 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. This celebration of Jesus includes Benediction, Eucharistic procession, along with worship and praise music provided by parish’s praise band. Father Chris Mannerino is presider and speaker, with Father Levi Hartle serving as praise and worship leader. For information, visit www.catholiccommunityofsouthpgh.org.


“Praying Always, Living the Grace of Unceasing Prayer” is title of talk Monday, March 11, 7-8:30 p.m. in cafeteria of St. Elizabeth School in Pleasant Hills. Presented by Lori Mitchell McMahon from Epiphany Association Academy of Formative Spirituality, talk will focus on deepening your prayer with the spiritual masters through the ages. To register, call 412-882-8744 or e-mail alamartina@st-elizabeth.org. For other Lenten programs occurring in parish groupings, see parish activities list on Pages 17-20.



The diocesan Tribunal Office is offering free annulment workshops during Lent. Held from 7-8 p.m., workshop will include such topics as theology of marriage, ministry of the tribunal, process overview and more. Afterward, participants will be able to ask questions and/or start the process. Schedule: Monday, March 11, Mary, Mother of the Church, New Castle; Tuesday, March 19, North American Martyrs, Monroeville; Monday, March 25, St. Katharine Drexel, Bentleyville; Thursday, April 4, All Saints, Etna; Monday, April 8, St. Kilian, Adams/Cranberry townships; Thursday, April 11, St. Barbara, Bridgeville. To register, call 412-456-3033 or e-mail annulmentsIntake@diopitt.org.


The Catholic Alive! series in Butler continues Wednesday, March 13, at St. Micheal Parish, starting at 6:30 p.m., when Divine Providence Sister Mary Ellen Rufft presents “How to Be an Assertive Christian.” Talk is free and open to the public.


The Serving Our Seniors Ministry of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park will host an educational seminar on “Five Easy Steps for Downsizing,” presented by Karla Casertano of Remax Realty, on Thursday, March 14, in the parish’s Father Marchukonis Hall. Program will include solutions for decluttering, hiring estate liquidators, movers and organizers. Program is free and open to the public. To register, call Kathy at 412-310-1490 or e-mail kakb5101@gmail.com.


The National Institute of Newman Studies, in conjunction with Duquesne University, presents the 2019 Spring Newman Lecture and Symposium dedicated to Blessed John Henry Newman and commemorating the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the First Vatican Council. Plenary lecture, “The First Vatican Council, John Henry Newman, and the Making of a Post-Christendom Church,” will be given by Dr. William Portier, chairman of Catholic theology at the University of Dayton, on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. Symposium will be Friday, March 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., featuring talks by Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Dr. Thomas Albert Howard and Dr. Shuan Blanchard. All programs will be held at the Gailliot Center for Newman Studies, 211 N. Dithridge St. in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. To register, call 412-681-4375 or visit www.newmanstudies.org/symposium2019.


The movie “Gosnell,” about the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, will be shown Saturday, March 16, from noon-2 p.m. at Legion of Mary Home, 1705 Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood, followed by discussion and prayers for unborn. For information, call 412-885-5840 or visit www.pittsburghregia.com.


Public is invited to a wine and spirits tasting gala, “A Night to Shine,” Saturday, March 23, from 7-10 p.m. at Greystone Fields, 4085 Sandy Hill Road in Gibsonia. Festivities include food, spirits, music, raffles and fellowship. Event is held in support of St. Richard Parish’s 2019 mission trip, where approximately 90 teenagers, 10 college students and as many as 50 adult leaders will travel to Mullens, West Virginia, to complete 20 or more job-site projects. For tickets, visit www.saintrichardlifeteen.com/appalachia-mission-trip.


A fun evening for adults is planned Saturday, March 23, when Quigley Catholic High School in Baden hosts an adult trivia night, beginning at 7 p.m. (trivia starts at 8 p.m.). Also includes games of chance, raffles, 50/50, cash prizes and more. Cost is $25 per player, or $200 for a table of eight. For tickets and information, call Kristen Wentling at 1-216-904-0768 or e-mail kwentlingtrivia@gmail.com.


Princesses, ages 2-9, are invited to the seventh annual princess tea party on Saturday, March 30, 10:30 a.m.-noon at Bishop Canevin High School gym, 2700 Morange Road in Pittsburgh’s Oakwood neighborhood. Children can meet Cinderella, Aurora, Moana, sit for storytime with fairy godmother and more. Tea (pink lemonade), along with tea sandwiches and cookies will be served. Cost is $30 per princess, and free for adults, and includes door-prize tickets, hair styling, make-up and jewel from queen’s jewels, make your own princess wand, nails painted with choice of royal tattoo. All proceeds benefit fight for childhood cancer through CURESEARCH. For reservations, call 412-251-3933 or e-mail mahaloteaparty2011@gmail.com. Reservation deadline is March 24.


Flame of Love Prayer Cenacle group gathers every Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry Township, following 8:30 a.m. Mass.


Aquinas Academy in Gibsonia is taking appointments through April for eighth-grade students wishing to experience being a “Crusader for a Day” at the school. For information, call Joe Austin at 724-444-0722, ext. 20, or e-mail austin@aquinas.pvt.k12.pa.us.


The 48th annual St. Bede Parish Mardi Gras celebration will be Saturday, March 2, from 6 p.m.-midnight in school gymnasium, 6920 Edgerton Ave. Includes games of chance and raffles. Cost is $30 at the door, and $15 for seniors, and includes food and drinks.

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