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Friday, May 17, 2019 - Updated: 1:08 pm


Tomatoes, basil, herbs, geraniums and air plants are just some of the items on sale at the fourth annual “Blooming on Baum” plant sale Friday, May 24, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pittsburgh Mercy Intellectual Disabilities Services’ Alternative Training and Employment Center, 4749 Baum Blvd. in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood. Sale features plants and vegetables that program participants grew from seeds and cuttings. Requested donation is up to $6 per plant, with proceeds benefiting programs that serve adults with intellectual disabilities. For information, call Jeff Bisdee at 412-661-8916.



The Pittsburgh Chapter of Sidewalk Advocates for Life is offering a training session Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Bellevue Knights of Columbus Hall, 450 Lincoln Ave. in Bellevue. Cost is $20 per person and includes lunch and training booklet. After completion of training, attendees will be eligible to become an official SA, which allows volunteers to be placed on schedule as advocates in front of Planned Parenthood in Downtown Pittsburgh. To register, e-mail susanmcgrath526@comcast.net by May 27.



Entire family is invited to a day of fun at the ninth annual Ralph Swain Queen’s Race for Love and Life, a pro-life 5K race and 1-mile family fun walk, along with the annual Pittsburgh Diaper Derby. Activities will be at North Park boat house in Hampton Township on Saturday, June 1. Run starts at 10 a.m. (pre-registration at 9 a.m.), with walk starting five minutes later. Kids ages 5 and under can wobble, toddle and run to win prizes at the diaper derby. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 2555, proceeds benefit Women’s Choice Network. To register for run/walk, visit www.RaceforLoveandLife.com. To raise funds for diaper derby, visit www.pghdiaperderby.com.


The feast of St. Anthony of Padua will be celebrated Sunday, June 2. Festivities begin with Mass at St. Titus Parish in Aliquippa, starting at 4 p.m., with Father Michael Ruffalo as celebrant. A reception will follow Mass at St. Anthony Center in West Aliquippa, with Gino Romano providing entertainment.


In solidarity with our priests, the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a national relic pilgrimage of St. John Vianney’s incorrupt heart. Relic can be venerated at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood on Tuesday, June 4, with veneration and confession from 4-8:45 p.m., and night prayer at 8:45 p.m. Veneration and confession also will be Wednesday, June 5, from 9 a.m.-noon, with Mass at 8:15 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. The 12:05 p.m. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop David Zubik. For information, visit www.kofc.org/vianney.


National Association of Pastoral Musicians Pittsburgh presents “An Evening with Tony Alonso” on Wednesday, June 5, in Duquesne University’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood, starting at 7 p.m. Alonso will share his music and insights on the importance of psalms that are sung in virtually every liturgy celebrated. Following presentation, refreshments and koinonia will be held in the Bayer Rotunda. To register, visit www.npmpgh.org.



Public can visit two first-class relics of St. Anthony of Padua in days leading up to his feast on Thursday, June 13. Relic veneration will take place throughout the diocese from Thursday-Wednesday, June 6-12. For veneration times and locations, visit www.diopitt.org/liturgy-and-worship. The schedule also will be listed in the June 2019 monthly calendar of events section, to be published in the May 24 issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic.


Public is invited to a Pentecost vigil at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood on Saturday, June 8. Schedule is as follows (however, visitors can come and go as they please): 6 p.m. Mass; 7:30 p.m. festival of praise with Holy Apostle Parish’s praise band; 9:30 p.m. healing ministry; 11:30 p.m. intercessory prayer; midnight Benediction; 1 a.m. prayer ministry concludes. For information, visit www.diopitt.org/events/pentecost-vigil or contact Jim Zern at 412-818-3226 or e-mail jim.zern@yahoo.com. Look for information in an advertisement in the May 31 issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic.


The Addiction Recovery Ministry of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, 201 Ninth St. in Sharpsburg, provides opportunities for education, enrichment and support for those addicted and afflicted. For information, call 412-218-5410, e-mail addictionrecoveryministrypgh@gmail.com or visit www.AddictionRecoveryMinistryPittsburgh.org.


• The Oakmont/Plum/Verona parish grouping will offer a vacation Bible school titled “Roar: Life is Wild — God is Good” from Monday-Friday, June 17-21, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Plum. Two sessions are available, 9 a.m.-noon and 5:30-8:30 p.m. For information and to register, visit www.OPCatholic.org, call 412-793-4511 or e-mail youth@stjohnplum.org.

• The parishes of Ambridge/Baden/Conway/Franklin Park will sponsor a vacation Bible school titled “Roar: Life is Wild — God is Good” from Monday-Friday, June 17-21, 5-8 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Conway. Program is for children through sixth grade, and includes dinner, crafts, music, science experiments, games and more. Cost is $5 per child. To register, call 724-869-4723 or visit www.olopconway.com/valley-vbs.

Holy Trinity Parish in Robinson Township is offering a vacation Bible school titled “Miraculous Mission,” Monday-Friday, June 17-21. For information, visit www.rockenrocatholics.org or call 412-787-2140.

St. Malachy Parish in Kennedy Township is offering a vacation Bible school titled “Roar: Life is Wild — God is Good,” Monday-Friday, June 24-28. For information and to register, visit www.rockenrocatholics.org or call 412-771-7480.


St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Pleasant Hills: White elephant pre-sale, Sunday, May 19, 1-3 p.m., with $5 admission. Festival, Monday-Saturday, May 20-25, 6-10:30 p.m., 1 Grove Place. Attractions include rides, games, bake sale, big money raffle (with chance to win up to $10,000), huge white elephant sale from 6-9 p.m. and more. Food menu includes “famous” homemade doughnuts, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, french fries and hot sausage. Nightly food specials: Monday, turkey croissant; Tuesday, kielbasa with sauerkraut; Wednesday, taco salad; Thursday, pulled pork with coleslaw; Friday, cabbage and noodles; Saturday, chili and chili corndogs. Entertainment: Tuesday, car cruise; Thursday, new car display from Dean Honda; Friday, South Hills Dance Studio; Saturday, South Hills music performance.

St. Ursula, Allison Park: Flea market “pre-market,” Sunday, May 26, 6-8 p.m. Festival, Monday-Saturday, May 27-June 1, starting at 6:30 p.m. (flea market opens at 5:30 p.m. May 27 and 6 p.m. May 28-June 1), 3937 Kirk Ave. Attractions include games of skill and chance, rides, moonwalk, bingo, grand raffle (with top prize of $10,000), 50/50 progressive raffle, basket raffles and more. Food menu includes hot sausage, haluski, hot dogs, pulled pork, baked goods, funnel cakes, ice cream, candy, pizza, sno-cones, pretzels, nachos and more. Dinners: spaghetti dinner, Wednesday, May 29, 4:30-7 p.m., sponsored by Blessed Trinity Academy; Saturday, 4:30-7 p.m., stuffed chicken dinner. Entertainment begins at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, The Brass Staff; Wednesday, Weird Paul and comedy of Elliott Burns; Thursday, Sonic Delite with Father Aaron Kriss; Friday, Bobby 5.



• Tuesday, May 28: 12th annual JFK School Golf Classic, Valley Brook Country Club, 452 Hidden Valley Road, Canonsburg. Registration and lunch are at 11 a.m., with tee time at 12:30 p.m., and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $175 per golfer, and includes golf, cart, cookout lunch and dinner. Proceeds benefit John F. Kennedy Catholic School in Washington. For information and to register, visit www.jfkcatholic.com/golf-outing, or e-mail golfouting@jfkcatholic.com.

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