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Friday, August 02, 2019 - Updated: 11:53 am


Knights of Columbus Council 14696 announces a raffle for two tickets to all eight 2019 regular-season Pittsburgh Steelers home football games. Tickets are $10 each. Winning ticket determined using the three-digit daily Pennsylvania lottery numbers drawn at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. Tickets are in section 508, row P, seats 17 and 18. Proceeds benefit Knights of Columbus charities, and can be purchased by the following: from council members; St. Sebastian Parish rectory in Ross Township, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Facebook via Knights of Columbus Council 14696 page. For questions, call Rich Dovi at 412-425-7512 or e-mail kofc14696@gmail.com.


The Addiction Recovery Ministry is sponsoring a presentation Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. in Adat Shalom, 368 Guys Run Road in Cheswick. Father Michael Decewicz will present “We Are as Sick as Our Secrets,” based on the story of David and Bathsheba. Program is free and open to the public.


“Jesus’ Call to Us” is the title of the next festival of praise on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin. Program is a time of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction and Eucharistic procession. Father Joe Freedy will serve as presider and speaker, with Father Levi Hartle as worship leader. Parish’s praise band will provide music. For information, call 412-884-7744 or visit www.holyapostlesparish.org.


Those who make bagna cauda, a hot Italian dish made from garlic and anchovies, are invited to enter the annual Bagna Cauda contest during the annual Festa Italiana on Sunday, Aug. 11, at Kennedy Park in Vandergrift. Festival begins with Mass at 10:30 a.m., followed by procession, that will include a litany of saints. Attractions include an array of homemade Italian food and entertainment. To register for contest, call Andretta or Kathi at 724-265-4603. For information, visit www.festaitaliana.us.


Follow the Blessed Mother’s path from childhood to the Assumption during special tour of stained-glass windows, mosaics, sculptured panels and wood carvings at Sacred Heart Church in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Tours start after the 6 p.m. Mass Thursday, Aug. 15. 


The West Jefferson Hills Knights of Columbus announce “Bingo Under the Stars” on Friday, Aug. 16, in outdoor pavilion of St. Thomas à Becket Parish in Jefferson Hills. Cost is $20, with all proceeds benefiting area seminarians. Light food and beverages available. For tickets, visit the following parishes: St. Thomas à Becket, Holy Spirit in West Mifflin, St. Clare of Assisi in Clairton and St. Elizabeth in Pleasant Hills, or call 412-384-7264.


This year the diocese will continue its partnership with “Play Like a Champion Today,” a national coach and parent education program designed specifically to elevate the culture of Catholic school-sponsored sports. A coaching clinic will be Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m.-noon at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. To register, e-mail sports@diopitt.org by Aug. 22. For information, call Gary Roney at 412-456-3090.



“New Ways of Being, New Ways of Ministering” is title of conference for women religious and associates Saturday, Sept. 7, from 2-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8, 8:15 a.m.-noon at Kearns Spirituality Center in McCandless Township. Associates and religious women will discuss insights from Leadership Conference of Women Religious and engage in imaginative thinking for the Ohio/Pennsylvania Associate Movement. It will feature St. Joseph Sister Jayne Helmlinger, president-elect, LCWR. Cost: overnight, $130 for Ohio Pennsylvania Associate Leadership members, $140 for non-members, including meals and lodging; commuter, $80 for OPAL, $90 for non-members, and includes food. For information, call Dan Carney at 412-343-9020 or e-mail carneygdaniel@gmail.com.


St. Louise de Marillac Parish in Upper St. Clair will host a presentation by Dr. Derya Little, author and guest of EWTN’s “The Journey Home” and “Live with Father Mitch Pacwa,” on Saturday, Sept. 7, following 9 a.m. Mass in parish’s LeGras Hall. Presentation is titled “On Journey from Islam to the Catholic Church, Through Atheism and Protestantism,” and will include question/answer session. Program is free and open to the public.


The eighth-grade class of 1969-70 from St. Raphael School in Pittsburgh’s Morningside neighborhood is planning a 50th class reunion Saturday, Sept. 21. If you are an alumni or know of somebody who is, e-mail cbredbird806@gmail.com.


A Renaissance Choir is forming in New Castle to explore sacred music of the Catholic Church. Focus will be centered on, but not limited to, the repertoire of the medieval and renaissance eras. Interested adults should visit www.palestrinachoirschool.com, e-mail joe@palestrinachoirschool.com or call 1-215-272-5995.


Friday, Sept. 6: 19th annual St. Athanasius golf outing, Pittsburgh North Golf Club, 3800 Bakerstown Road, Bakerstown. Registration is at 8 a.m., with shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost is $65 for early birds before Aug. 16, $70 for registration before Aug. 30 and $75 at event, and includes continental breakfast, souvenir T-shirt, golf cart, dinner, on-course beverages and snacks, chance at door prize and skill prizes. Proceeds benefit St. Athanasius Parish in West View. For information on how to register, contact Patrice Mikec at 412-979-5735.


Holy Spirit Parish Festival, New Castle: Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 7-10, beginning at 6 p.m., St. Vitus Church grounds, 910 S. Mercer Ave. Attractions include kiddieland, rides, games, morra tournament, basket raffle, grand raffle (with $24,000 in total prize money), baby doll dance, fireworks and more. Nightly dinner specials, plus an array of homemade Italian foods, including cavatelli, pasta fagioli, Italian sausage, sandwiches (meatball, steak and eggplant), pepperoni puffs, fried dough, fresh tomato pizza, chicken or lamb on rod and more. Variety of desserts at “Casa de Dolce” (house of Italian treats). Entertainment schedule: Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. The Faiella’s strolling musicians, 6-8 p.m. Lawrence County Community Band; Thursday, 5-7 p.m. Steve Fazzini, 7-9 p.m. The Red Coat Band, 9:30 p.m. baby doll dance; Friday, 5 p.m. morra tournament, 5-7 p.m. Gene Testa, 7-9 p.m. Lawrence County Brass, 8-10 p.m. The Dorals; Saturday, 6-7:30 p.m. Nunzio Burrelli, 8-10 p.m. The Butch Nichols Band, followed by fireworks.

South Hills Catholic Parish Grouping 218 SummerFest at St. Valentine, Bethel Park: Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 7-10, 6-10 p.m., 2710 Ohio St., Bethel Park. Attractions include rides by Reinhart Amusements, games of skill and chance for all ages, nightly cash raffle drawing, 50/50 and more. Nightly dinners, 5-6:30 p.m., Frawley Hall: Wednesday, barbecue chicken and ribs with french fries, corn on the cob and cole slaw; Thursday, penne pasta, with choice of sauce, meatballs or Italian sausage, salad and garlic breadstick; Friday, chicken breast with stuffing and gravy, along with red-skin parsley potatoes, green beans and cole slaw; Saturday, Polish platter that include fresh kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, haluski and pierogies. Children’s dinner nightly, 5-6:30 p.m. features chicken strips, french fries, applesauce and juice. Other food items include freshly made doughnuts, ice cream sweets, funnel cakes, sandwiches (kielbasa and sauerkraut, Italian sausage, grilled chicken breast), pizza, hot dog, hamburgers, cabbage roll, haluski, french fries, pierogies and more. Entertainment: Wednesday, Ibeji Drum Ensemble, Sonic Delite (light rock) featuring Father Aaron Kriss; Thursday, Contemporary Ensemble featuring Kyle Davies, Intrinsic Jazz Band; Friday, Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance, Soul Searchers (rock) featuring Father John Skirtich; Saturday, Ray Jarusinski Polka Band, ventriloquist Father John Hissrich. Mass with Polka music will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

St. Mary of the Assumption, Glenshaw: Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 8-10, 6-10 p.m. (time for Saturday to be announced later), 2510 Middle Road. Attractions include children’s rides, games, bake sale, craft corner, bingo, huge basket auction and more. Special 5K Saturday. An outdoor grill serving kielbasa, hot dogs, hamburgers, wings, french fries and more. Also, funnel cake booth and children’s refreshments featuring cotton candy and homemade lemonade. Dinner served nightly from 4:30-7 p.m. (5-8 p.m. Saturday): Thursday, turkey; Friday, pulled pork; Saturday, Polish platter. Entertainment nightly: Thursday, to be announced; Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Kardaz; Saturday, 7-10 p.m., Dancing Queen.

St. Raphael, Morningside: Thursday, Aug. 8, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9, 7-10:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, 6-10:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11, 6-10:30 p.m., 1154 Chislett St. Attractions include games, bounce houses, flea market, used book sale, Chinese auction, raffles, bingo, bake sale, beer garden and more. Food menu includes cheese steak sandwich, sausage sandwich, funnel cake, cotton candy, kettle corn and daily food specials. Entertainment: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. parade, 7:30-8:30 p.m. magician Al Mazing, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Joe Coniglio; Friday, 8-10 p.m. Bel Airs (doo-wop); Saturday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Al Mazing, 7-10:30 p.m. Scheer Element (rock music); concludes with St. Rocco festival Sunday, featuring procession of St. Rocco statue at 6 p.m., followed by music with Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms and concluding with fireworks at 10:15 p.m.

St. Ferdinand, Cranberry Township: Family festival, Friday, Aug. 9, 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, 5-10 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11, 4-9 p.m., 2535 Rochester Road. Attractions include bingo, kiddieland, face painting, bake sale, country kitchen, boutique, raffles, games, train rides, theme basket raffles and more. White elephant hours: 5-9 p.m. Friday; 4-9 p.m. Saturday; 3-8 p.m. Sunday. Dinners: Friday, 4-8 p.m., Italian; Saturday, 4-8 p.m., chicken barbecue; Sunday, 3-7 p.m., ham or turkey. Also featuring a variety of food booths and entertainment.

Holy Sepulcher, Glade Mills: Sunday, Aug. 11, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. flea market and bake sale, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. dining room and takeout, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. all others, 1304 E. Cruikshank Road. Attractions include bingo, Chinese auction, Kid’s World, games, bake sale, flea market and more. Food menu includes apple dumplings, funnel cake, hot dogs, pizza, fresh vegetables, bake sale and more. Special barbecue chicken and smoked ham dinners. Live entertainment from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

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