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Friday, April 12, 2019 - Updated: 2:15 pm


St. Sebastian Parish in Ross Township invites Catholic community to pray the solemn novena and chaplet of Divine Mercy for nine consecutive days. Novena will be prayed at parish beginning Good Friday, April 19, following Passion liturgy at 1:30 p.m., and continue for next eight days, from 3-3:15 p.m. in parish chapel. On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28, there will be exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from noon-4:30 p.m., and will include veneration of image of Divine Mercy. On that day, Father Michael Zavage will celebrate the Hour Hour of Great Mercy from 3-4 p.m., concluding with Benediction at 4:30 p.m.

• On Sunday, April 28, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood, will celebrate 40th anniversary as the first church in the United States to publicly pray the Divine Mercy of God novena, with a Mass at 11 a.m. celebrated by Bishop William Waltersheid. Following Mass, there will be a Eucharistic procession, veneration of the Divine Mercy image and relic. Reception will follow, and Divine Mercy gift shop will be open. The parish encourages Catholics to pray the novena on their own every day, beginning on Good Friday.

St. Gregory Parish in Zelienople will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m., with devotions to include chaplet of Divine Mercy, rosary praises of Divine Mercy and veneration of images. 


The Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh will host their 2019 Culture of Giving Gala on Saturday, May 4, in the Grand Hall at the Priory, 614 Pressley St. on Pittsburgh’s North Side, with VIP reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and general admission starting at 6:30 p.m. Evening includes dinner, dancing, raffles and more. WPXI-TV news anchor Peggy Finnegan will serve as emcee and special guest at VIP reception. During gala, Dr. Edward Kelly will receive the 2019 Culture of Giving Award. Entertainment provided by Jeff and Tania Grubbs Quintet, featuring music of Billy Strayhorn. Cost is $145, and includes VIP reception, or $100 for general admission. Proceeds benefit Benedictine sisters’ ministries. For tickets and information, visit www.osbpgh.org. Reservation deadline is Sunday, April 20.


Father Michael Zavage will present five Life in the Spirit seminars at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville on Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m., starting April 22. Schedule of topics: April 22, “Love of the Father;” April 29, “Love of the Son;” May 6, “Love of the Spirit;” May 20, “Baptism of the Spirit;” June 3, “New Life in the Spirit.” Participants will experience the power of the Holy Spirit in a deeper way. Sponsored by Neighbors North Catholic Community. For information and to register, call hotline at 412-367-9001, ext. 584, or visit www.AthanasiusWelcomesYou.org and click on “Life in the Spirit.”


On Good Friday, April 19, Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi, along with St. James Parish in Wilkinsburg, part of Catholic Community of the East End of Pittsburgh, invites public to join them for a public procession of prayer, song and silence to commemorate the passion and death of Jesus. Procession starts from St. James Parish at 10 a.m., and processes along a one-mile route, stopping at various stations along the way. Participants are encouraged to bring a cross or banner to carry, inscribed with a peace and justice issue important to them. Program will end at 11:30 a.m. Goodwill offering taken for social ministries of the Catholic Community of the East End.


St. Anne Parish in Castle Shannon is offering a seven-week spring bereavement program Mondays at 7 p.m., starting April 22, and continuing for six more weeks. Sessions are free and open to the public. For information and to register, call Kathy at 412-344-9690.

Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park will offer a seven-week bereavement support series Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m., starting April 24. Support group is for those who have lost a loved one and seek the company of others in their time of need. For information and to register, call Liz Bachtel at 724-337-0049 or religious education office at 412-795-4389.

• “Healing Pathway Through Grief” is a seven-week support group program sponsored by Listening Friends that helps navigate participants through stages of grief. Program begins Tuesday, April 23, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood. To register, contact Jack Shaw at 412-508-5383.


Public is invited to a potluck luncheon, along with presentation and discussion with Gordon Oyer, author of “Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest,” on Thursday, April 25, from 6-9 p.m. at Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, 2018 S. Braddock Ave in Swissvale. Oyer will speak about need for protest today from a Christian and spiritual perspective. Event is co-sponsored by Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi. For information, call Mimi Darragh at 412-445-7102.


Faculty and staff from La Roche University will compete against players from the Pittsburgh Steelers during a charity basketball game Friday, April 26, in the Kerr Fitness and Sports Center on the university’s McCandless Township campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with game starting at 8 p.m. Event will also include autograph signing at halftime, prizes, raffles and performance by cheerleaders. Tickets are $7, and can be purchased at door. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


Young adults are invited to enjoy a Pirates game Friday, May 31. Evening begins with Mass, celebrated by Father Mike Ackerman at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary of Mercy Parish in Downtown Pittsburgh. Following Mass, guests will go to social hall for dinner, catered by Moe’s Southwest Grill, and then walk to PNC Park for baseball game, where Pittsburgh Pirates play San Diego Padres. Game will end with fireworks. Cost is $25, and tickets are limited. For tickets, visit www.PGHPriest.com by April 26.


La Roche University in McCandless Township will celebrate success, alumni achievements and its recent transition to university status at “Celebrate La Roche Gala” on Friday, April 26, at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh. Gala begins with cocktail reception in the Allegheny Grand Ballroom at 6 p.m., with dinner and program at 7 p.m. Entertainment provided by Gary Racan and the Studio E Band. Cocktail attire required. During event, the following will be inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Circle: Jeremy Bison, Francis Feld, Divine Providence Sister Donna Marie Gribschaw, Brandon Hassett, Francine Irakoze, Robert Kopler, Scott Moffat, Jean-Pierre Nsanzabera, Dana Olwan, Andrea Peck, Suzanne Platt, Jennifer Popich and Donna Reuss. To register, contact Janet Dennis at 412-536-1092, e-mail janet.dennis@laroche.edu or visit www.laroche.edu/celebrate.


The Catholic Community of the East End of Pittsburgh is pleased to host an organ recital at St. James Parish in Wilkinsburg on Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. Titled “An Afternoon of Hope,” concert will feature local resident and Duquesne University graduate student Michael Kearney on the parish’s M.P. Moller Opus 9628 organ. Organ was installed in 1962, and is a medium-to-large instrument, with three manuals, five divisions, 54 ranks and 3,189 pipes. A reception will follow concert. Recital is free and open to the public. Goodwill offering accepted for organ maintenance.


Alumnae and friends of Elizabeth Seton and Seton LaSalle high schools will celebrate their annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Legacy Scholarship Fund luncheon Sunday, April 28, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bethel Park, starting at 1 p.m. Cost is $35. For tickets and information, call Pat at 412-401-6709.


The presence of princesses, along with their mothers and grandmothers, is requested at special Royal Princess Tea on Saturday, May 4, from 12:30-3 p.m. at social hall of St. Pamphilus Parish in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood. Cost is $30 for adults, $15 for princess, and includes royal high tea with dainty treats and fun activities. Girls are invited to dress as favorite princess, with moms and grandmothers invited to wear a high tea hat. Photos can be taken in a real Cinderella carriage. Sponsored by the Addiction Recovery Ministry. To purchase tickets, visit www.addictionrecoveryministrypittsburgh.org/events or call 412-218-5410. All proceeds benefit the ministry.

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