Around the Diocese

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - Updated: 12:07 pm


Transfiguration and St. Victor parishes invite those dealing with the addiction of a loved one to its Six Steps to Sanity program, which meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at Transfiguration Parish in Russellton. This faith-based ministry is designed to bring hope, healing and serenity to family and friends of those caught in cycle of addiction. For information, call Judi Damon at 412-496-8582 or e-mail judiannedamon@gmail.com.



St. Scholastica Parish in Aspinwall presents a Lenten soup and prayer program, “Living the Works of Mercy,” on Tuesday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall. For information, e-mail hopeforhaiti@saintscholastica.com.


The Sisters of St. Joseph Auxiliary invites public to join them for a Lenten day of reflection Tuesday, March 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Baden. Led by St. Joseph Sister Carolyn Wiethorn, day includes continental breakfast, Mass and lunch. Program is free, but registration is required. To register, call 724-869-6574 or visit www.auxspringdayofreflection.eventbrite.com.


Father Jeremy Mohler will lead three sessions on developing and deepening a life of prayer titled “Listening to the Voice of God: Entering More Deeply Into Prayer.” Program, which begins at 7 p.m., will include teaching, followed by discussion and prayer time. Schedule: Wednesday, March 27, basic forms of prayer, Sacred Heart Church of Good Shepherd Parish, Braddock Hills; Thursday, April 4, praying with Scripture, St. Maurice Parish Center, Forest Hills; Thursday, April 11, struggles in prayer, Madonna del Castello Parish in Swissvale. Program is free, and no registration required.


The Lenten speaker series sponsored by St. Anne and St. Winifred parishes continues Thursday, March 28, with a talk by Dr. William Wright titled “Encountering God in Scripture” at St. Anne Parish in Castle Shannon, starting at 7 p.m. Presentation will include discussion on how Scripture mediates the presence of God, and how we can encounter him when reading Scripture with proper dispositions. Program is free and open to the public. For information, call Jim Hanna at 412-531-5964.




The Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery Ministry continues at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township. Program serves family and friends struggling with the addiction of a loved one. Sessions are 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish’s children’s chapel Thursdays, March 28, April 11 and 25. Program is facilitated by psychologist David Gentile. To register, call 412-486-6001. Walk-ins are always welcome.


The Legion of Mary Butler Curia invites all active and auxiliary legionaries, family members and friends devoted to Our Lady, Queen of the Legion, to its Acies, the annual consecration ceremony, on Sunday, March 31, at St. Andrew Parish in Center Township, starting at 12:30 p.m. Program includes exposition of Blessed Sacrament, prayer and hymns, rosary recitation and Benediction. Father Dan Waruszewski, spiritual director, will present homily. A reception will follow.


• Paul Koleske will present a parish mission titled “Igniting the Light of Christ with You.” He will preach at 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, April 1-3, at St. Boniface Church of Holy Wisdom Parish.

• Capuchin Father John Petrikovic will lead a parish mission titled “Disciples in the Real World: Finding the Footprints to Follow” from Monday-Wednesday, April 1-3, at St. Joseph Parish in Cabot. Talks are presented at 7 p.m., with the following themes: April 1, “Finding Faith: It’s Who You Know;” April 2, “Forging Footprints: It’s Who You Follow;” April 3, “Follow with Feelings: It’s Who You Meet.” 


“Beatitudes: Striving for Holiness” will be presented Wednesday, April 3, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Ave. on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Cost is $10, and includes light refreshments. To register, call 412-381-7676.


The new chapter of the Thomistic Institute at Carnegie Mellon University will host a lecture by Order of Preachers Father Thomas Petri, vice president and dean of Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., titled “More Than a Body, More Than a Mind: The Human Person in the Catholic Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas,” on Thursday, April 4, in 5403 Wean Hall at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Event is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.thomisticinstitute.org/events/what-does-it-mean-to-be-human.


Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless Township, will host a program titled “Women in Hebrew Scripture: Miriam,” on Thursday, April 4, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Program is presented by Bernadette Revicky. Cost is $30, and includes light lunch and materials. To register, call 412-366-1124 or visit www.cdpsisters.org/kearns.



Cornhole enthusiasts are invited to participate in a tournament Saturday, April 6, in St. Anne School gymnasium, 4040 Willow Ave. in Castle Shannon. Doors open at 1 p.m., and features tournament with prizes, raffles, games and more. Cost is $50 per team, $25 per single player and $10 entrance fee for non-team members, and includes food and drinks. To register, visit www.bit.ly/stannecornhole or e-mail Amanda Scruggs at ascruggs@stanneparish.com.


“Encounter Mercy” is the theme of this year’s Gathering of Catholic Men on Saturday, April 6, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 Fifth Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Doors open at noon, and concludes with Mass at 4:30 p.m. Speakers include: Steve Pokorny, author and television host; Sean O’Hare, entrepreneur and chairman of Students for Life of America; and Jimmy Mitchell, founder of Love Good. Bishop Zubik is homilist and celebrant, with Bob Rice serving as worship leader and Kris Frank as emcee. Cost is $20 online, $25 at the door and free for priests. To register, visit www.cmfpitt.org.


Designer purses, as well as dinner, baskets, jewelry, gift cards and more, are all part of the Purse Bash 2019 on Saturday, April 13, 6:30-10:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at Mount Troy Ballroom, 33 Lonsdale St. in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood, to benefit Holy Cross Academy in Ross Township. New this year will be an interactive raffle. Tickets are $50, and only 300 will be sold. For information on purchasing tickets, e-mail Lynn Brown at lbrown@holycrossacademy.net.


Saint Vincent College in Latrobe will host its ninth annual Faith and Reason summer program for students age 15 and older from Sunday, June 9, through Friday, June 14. Program introduces young minds to intellectual tradition of the Roman Catholic faith, and is designed to prepare students for a college-level education. Cost is $495, and includes housing and meals. Limited scholarship funding is available. For information, contact Dr. Michael Krom at 724-805-2844 or email michael.krom@stvincent.edu. Students can register at www.stvincent.edu/faithandreason.



Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities House of Discernment Program helps women, ages 20-50, to discern God’s call as they live, work and pray together. House is located in Millvale. For information, call Sister Caryn Crook at 1-315-751-6819 or e-mail ccrook@sosf.org.


The annual celebration of Gorzkie Zale (Polish lamentatins) will be held on Sunday, March 31 at 3:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood. Bishop William Waltersheid is celebrant.

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