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Friday, May 10, 2019 - Updated: 3:34 pm


Tickets are on sale for the annual Catholic school picnic at Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, on Tuesday, June 11, with fun and games starting at 1 p.m. in the pavilion behind Jack Rabbit ride. Tickets are valid May 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 28-31, June 1-30 and weekdays in July. For discount tickets, contact the following: John Wagner, 412-462-1957, jsrwagner@yahoo.com; Joe Ansemo, 412-398-0457, janselmo@cme-co.com.


Nationally known speaker Capuchin Brother Casey Cole will present “Breaking the Habit: A Franciscan Friar’s Journey” on Friday, May 10, at Holy Trinity Parish in Robinson Township. Program is part of parish’s Connect Night series, and begins with Mass at 6:30 p.m., followed by talk at 7:15 in cafeteria. Evening includes fellowship and refreshments (including beer and wine). Program is free and open to the public.


Public is invited to a night of praise and worship on Saturday, May 11, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin. Program includes contemporary music with parish’s praise band, Benediction and Eucharistic procession, led by Fathers Joe Freedy and Levi Hartle.


Monday, May 13, will mark the two-year anniversary of the 13th of the month rosary program, sponsored by the Spirit Refill Team at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville. Program continues with recitation of rosary at 7 p.m. May 13, followed by presentation by John Flaherty titled “Mary: Model of Responding to God’s Call.” Program is open to the public.


Father Michael Yaksick will present an eight-week DVD study session on “Ephesians: Discover the Inheritance,” with Jeff Cavins, on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. starting May 14 in Healy Hall of St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis. Cost is $10 for study guide. To register, call Eileen Fratangelo at 412-264-6162, or e-mail efratangelo@gaggle.net.


The North Hills Branch of the American Association of University Women will host a discussion on redistricting reform titled “Gerrymandering 101” at La Roche University on Tuesday, May 14. Program will be from 7-9 p.m. in the Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center on the university’s McCandless Township campus, and is free and open to the public. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/gerrymandering-101-tickets-56933854692.


SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township will host a talk by author and theologian Scott Hahn on the subject of the Eucharist. Talk starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. Free and open to the public, but courtesy registration is requested by visiting www.sts-jp.org/hahn.



Dr. Theresa Farnan will speak on “Truth and Tolerance: Raising Catholic Children in a Post-Christian World” on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at St. James Parish in Sewickley. Presentation is part of the VERITAS speaker series in St. James/St. Mary parish grouping. A wine and cheese reception will follow.


St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township will host a viewing of the movie “Power in My Hands,” a story of hope and the power of prayer, Friday, May 17, in parish’s Farmer Hall starting at 7 p.m. Film features 13 all-star presenters conveying the power of the rosary in a way that speaks to modern viewers. For information on film, visit www.powerinmyhandsthemovie.com.



Married couples are invited to participate in series, “Beloved — Finding Happiness in Marriage,” at St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park. Sessions are Saturdays, May 18, June 1, 8 and 15, from 7-9 p.m. Couples can register even though they cannot attend all dates. To register, include name, phone, e-mail, parish and years married, and e-mail: Joe and Carol Schuck, jcschuck@yahoo.com or Rick and Anna George, georgefam515@gmail.com, or mail to “Beloved,” c/o St. Thomas More Parish, 126 Fort Couch Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241.


Donations for the Sisters of Divine Redeemer’s annual flea market are being accepted through May 17 on Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at their convent, 999 Rock Run Road in Elizabeth. It is requested that the following not be donated: televisions, computers, clothing, exercise equipment and hardback books. To make arrangements for donations, call Sister Rosemary from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at 412-751-8600.


On Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m., Rocco Magnelli will share his story of a family dealing with addiction and loss of a child at John Paul I Center, 201 Ninth St. in Sharpsburg. Program is sponsored by the Addiction Recovery Ministry of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. For information, visit www.addictionrecoveryministrypittsburgh.org.



St. Anthony Congregation invites the public to a celebration honoring the Blessed Mother at St. Anthony Center in West Aliquippa on Sunday, May 19. Deacon Tony Giordano will lead recitation of rosary at the center’s Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at 3 p.m., followed by celebration and reception.


Bado’s Pizza and Grill, Brisketburg, Bull Dawgs, Causelot Creamery, Cousins Maine Lobster, Pittsburgh Pierogie Truck, Kilimanjaro Flovour and La Catrina on Wheels are just some of the vendors taking part in the sixth annual North Hills Food Truck Festival on Sunday, May 19, from noon-5 p.m. at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville. Sponsored by the Music Ministries of Neighbors North Catholic Community, the festival will feature 28 food and fashion vendors, as well as a heavenly homemade bake sale, caricature artists, craft beer and vodka cocktails, and instant bingo. 


Betty Karleski and Michael Ocilka, senior safety advisers with Seniors Safe at Home, will speak about safety for seniors in the home at 1 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Father Marchukonis Hall of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park. Seminar will cover home assessments, maintaining independence, safety, and will include how to reduce falls. Seminar is free and open to the public. For information, call 412-310-1490.



The Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, a member of Trinity Health, serving in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, will offer a health ministry educational support meeting in May titled “Spiritual Care of the Elderly with Dementia.” Meetings are 6-8 p.m. (registration at 5:30 p.m.) at the following locations: Monday, May 20, Zion Lutheran Church, 11609 Frankstown Road in Penn Hills; Thursday, May 30, Southwestern Pennsylvania Lutheran Synod Chapel, 9625 Perry Highway in Ross Township. Meeting can benefit faith community nurses, health ministers, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, clergy and general public. Meetings are free, with a cost of $10 for nurses who want educational credits (accepted at door).


High school sophomores and juniors, sponsored by their parish grouping or Catholic high school, are invited to apply for the 2019-2020 Diocesan Youth Council, which gathers youth for formation in discipleship, preparation for the apostolate and growth as virtuous servant leaders, culminating with an informed discussion and consultation with Bishop David Zubik and his pastoral staff. Council members are required to attend retreat at Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center from Sunday-Tuesday, July 14-16. For application, visit www.diopitt.org/dyc. Application deadline is May 31.

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