Around the Diocese

Friday, September 27, 2019 - Updated: 2:38 pm


A photo exhibition titled “A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton,” is now on display in the Gumberg Library, on the campus of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. Exhibition runs now until Friday, Nov. 8. In conjunction with exhibit, Bruce Soun Harris Roshi, Zen teacher and artist will present “Seeing Which is Being Which is Acting,” on Saturday, Nov. 9 in library, starting at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the following: Emily Stock, 412-396-1317 or 412-277-9273; Rose Ravasio, 412-396-0651 or 412-818-0234; Ken Walters, 412-396-1154 or 412-471-8156.



Every Wednesday in October, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood will celebrate Mass and Marian devotions, starting at 6:30 p.m.


Food trucks will be parked in parking lot of at SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Scott Township every Friday in October, from 4-8 p.m. Also featuring live music from 6-8 p.m., bonfire, smores, yard games and more fun the parish’s front lawn. For more information, call Peg Sembrat at 412-818-6623.


Dr. Beverly Tatum will present “Can We Talk About Race? A Conversation,” on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 7-9 p.m. at Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless Township. Presentation is second in a three-part speaker series sponsored by Association of Pittsburgh Priests (APP). Cost is $20. To register, call 412-366-1124, or e-mail kearns@cdpsisters.org.


Knights of Columbus invite public to annual Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 4, from 6-10 p.m. at St. James Parish in Sewickley. Held in outdoor atmosphere with friendly fireside settings, includes music, children games, tractor rides and more. Dinner is served from 6-9 p.m. and includes German potato salad, hot dogs, pork and beans, applesauce, kielbasa and sauerkraut, German chocolate cake and more. Dinner is $13 for adults, $3 for children up to seventh grade, and $5 for youth in grades 8-12, with drinks included.


On Friday, Oct. 4, the first Friday candlelight Mass at St. Stanislaus Church of St. Patrick-St. Stanislaus Parish in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, will celebrate the memorial of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. Evening begins with adoration and confession at 7 p.m., with Mass at 8 p.m., and litany to Blessed Seelos and veneration of his relic at 9 p.m. Father Brian Welding will preside. Blessed Seelos served the diocese from 1845-1854. For more information, e-mail seelosforsainthood@gmail.com. 


German, Italian, Slovak, Mexican and American are some of the nationalities represented at the annual Nationality Fair held at St. Malachy Parish in Kennedy Township, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 3-5, from 4-10 p.m. Menu also includes gyros, pierogies, homemade cookies, funnel cakes, doughnuts and more. Featuring raffles, instant bingo, and games for children and much more.


Parents and loved ones of adults struggling with addiction can find guidance and support through the faith-based Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery Program at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township. Facilitated by David Gentile, psychologist, meetings are held on Thursdays. Oct. 3-24, starting at 7 p.m. For information, call 412-486-6001. New members are welcome at anytime.


St. John the Baptist Parish in Baden will begin pierogie sales on Friday, Oct. 4. Varieties include potato, sauerkraut, cottage cheese and prune. Dine-in and takeout begin at 9:30 a.m. (following 9 a.m. Mass) Cost is $8 a dozen. Telephone orders begin at 6 a.m. To place an order, call 724-869-9758. To volunteer, call 724-869-2280.



On Saturday, Oct. 5, Most Holy Name Parish in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood will celebrate an Oktoberfest. A traditional German dinner and beverages will be served from 3-7 p.m. in social hall. Dinner is $15 for adults, $5 for children, with cash bar featuring beers from Penn Brewery. Special Oktoberfest Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy live entertainment, including a performance from the Alpen Schuhplattler Und Trachten Verein D’ Pittsburgher, a premier Bavarian dance group. For dinner tickets, call 412-231-2994.



Ladies of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) division 21, invite women to its annual Irish Fling card party and luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 5, in gymnasium of St Anne School in Castle Shannon, 4040 Willow Ave., from noon-4 p.m. Tickets are $15, and include lunch, dessert and beverages. All proceeds benefit local charities.


St. Bede Catholic School in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood, will host a golf outing at Westwood Golf Club, 825 Commonwealth Ave. in West Mifflin, on Saturday, Oct. 5. Cost is $125, and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, box lunch, dinner and prizes. For more information, contact Jerry Conner at jdconner90@gmail.com, or call 412-667-8722.

St. Anne School in Castle Shannon will host a golf outing on Monday, Oct. 14, at Valley Brook Country Club, 425 Hidden Valley Road in McMurray, on Monday, Oct. 14. Schedule: 10 a.m. registration and driving range open; 11 a.m. lunch; noon shot gun start, with scramble format; 6 p.m., dinner and cash bar. Cost is $175 for golf and dinner, $50 for dinner only. Fore more information, and to register, visit www.saintanneschool.org, or call Yvonne at 412-561-7720 or Rudy Richtar at 412-341-5479.



Sisters of St. Joseph invite families and their pets for a special Mass and blessing ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. on motherhouse grounds, 1020 State St. in Baden. Following Mass, will be potluck supper, with hot dogs, drinks and dessert provided. Guests are asked to bring side dish to share, and lawn chairs. Weather permitting, all will be held outdoors. To register, call 724-869-6587, or visit www.animalblessingbaden.eventbrite.com.


Ladies are invited a a purse party on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Ross Township Municipal Building, 1000 Ross Municipal Drive in Ross Township. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Designer purse raffle will start at 6 p.m. Also includes door prize drawing, basket raffle and more. Sponsored Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) Division 4, cost is $35, with all proceeds benefitting local charities. For information and tickets, call 412-298-2001.


The 86th annual Eucharistic Rosary March, “May Peace Reign in Our Hearts in Our Homes and in Our World,” will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Epiphany Parish in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. Celebration starts at 1:15 p.m. with praise music, followed by Mass at 1:30 p.m. Following Mass is procession through Downtown Pittsburgh with statue of Our Lady of Fatima, with rosary prayed en route. Procession will return to Epiphany for Benediction and crowning. For those who can not walk, rosary will be prayed in church. Auxillary Bishop William Waltersheid is presider. March is sponsored by Legion of Mary. For more information, call 412-884-3213, 412-886-1786 or 412-600-0859. 


The MACH 1 Parish Grouping will present a parish mission titled “Follow the Footprints: Disciples of Jesus in the Real World.” Led by Capuchin Father John Petrikovic, mission will be held Monday-Thursday, Oct. 7-10, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Location schedule: Monday, Oct. 7, St. Frances Cabrini Center Township; Tuesday, Oct. 8, St. Titus, Aliquippa; Wednesday, Oct 9, Our Lady of Fatima, Hopewell Township; Thursday, Oct. 10, St. John the Baptist, Monaca.


A bereavement support series, “Comfort in Grief,” for adults or teens who are grieving loss of family member or friend will be held in hall of St. Barbara Parish in Bridgeville,  from 7-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 7-Nov. 18. For more information, and to register, call Becky Lucas at 412-736-0765.


More than 140 colleges, universities and trade schools will participate in the North Pittsburgh College Fair on Monday, Oct. 7, from 6-8 p.m. at Kerr Fitness and Sports Center on the campus of La Roche University in McCandless Township. High school students and their parents will be able to meet with representatives to learn about campuses and programs.  For more information, call 412-536-1272, or e-mail northpittsburghcollegefair@laroche.edu.


St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Ave. on Pittsburgh’s South Side, will offer, “Abide in His Love,” presented by Mary French on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. Cost is $10. To register, call 412-381-7676.


St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish is offering Alpha, an 11-week free course that aims to introduce participants to Christian faith, and help build a relationship with Jesus. Classes are held in social hall of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood, on Thursdays, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., starting Oct. 10. Program includes homemade dinner, 20-minute video and group discussion. Participants are divided in same-age peer groups. For more information, visit following: facebook, Alpha Beechview; instagram, @alphabeechview; twitter, @AlphaBeechview.


A two-day Unbound conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12 at St. Andrew Parish in Center Township. Unbound is a simple, gentle and powerful prayer ministry where participants learn to claim freedom Christ promised. Program is held from 6:30-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 12. Cost is $35. For information, contact the following: Bill & Rita Malloy, 724-285-1012, billrita301@gmail.com; Kim Hutchins, 412-817-5465, hutchins@hssop.org. To register online, visit http://bit.ly/2kUPU8j.



Tickets are now on sale for the third annual Italian buffet dinner on Columbus Day, Saturday, Oct. 12, at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin, from 3-7 p.m. Menu includes fresh-baked rolls, traditional wedding soup, pasta fagioli, spaghetti, linguini with clam sauce, meatballs, ravioli, tortellini, stuffed shells, lasagna, hot sausage, chicken cacciatore and parmigiana, eggplant parmigiana, chocolate fountain and much much more. Dinner is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Gilmary Council 3868, with food service donated by Chef Steve of Signature Servings. Cost is $13 in advance, or $15 at door for adults, $6 in advance, or $8 at door for kids under age 10. Tickets are available after all parish Masses. 



“Mindfulness and the Enneagram: Tools for Awareness and Healing,” is title of workshop to be held at St. Joseph Spirituality Center, 1020 State St. in Baden, on Friday, Oct. 13, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Course will introduce the Enneagram and its application for psychology and spirituality, and interweave mindfulness practice and scientific evidence. Cost is $100, and includes lunch. A total of six Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) is offered for $30. To register, call 724-869-6587 or visit www.bit.ly/ExploringMindfulness.


• The date for the McClure lecture to be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood was listed incorrectly in the Sept. 20 issue, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Al Tizon will present “Lifestyles of the Rich and Faithful: Confronting Classism in Mission.” Program is free and open to public. For more information, call 412-924-1345, or visit www.pts.edu/McClure-2019.

• The date for St. John of God Parish’s chicken dinner was incorrect in monthly calendar, published in Sept. 20 issue. Dinner is on Sunday, Oct. 20, from noon-6 p.m. at Rockefeller’s Banquet hall, 1833 McKees Rocks Road in Kennedy Township. Cost is $20, and includes salad, stuffed chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans almondine and more. Dine-in or takeout. Also includes raffles and bake sale. Advance ticket purchased is recommended, since limited tickets are available at door. For tickets, call 412-331-3443.

• New Mass times during the Triennial Clergy Convocation on Sept. 30-Oct. 3 have been amended for the following parishes: Monday, Sept. 30: 7 p.m., St. Maurice, Forest Hills. Tuesday, Oct. 1: 8 a.m., St. Colman, Turtle Creek; 9:30 a.m., Sacred Heart, Shadyside. Wednesday, Oct. 2: 8 a.m., St. John Fisher, Churchill/Turtle Creek/Wilmerding; 9:30 a.m., Sacred Heart, Shadyside. Thursday, Oct. 3: 8 a.m., St. John Fisher, Churchill/Turtle Creek/Wilmerding; 9:30 a.m., Word of God, Swissvale. There will be no daily Masses at Holy Rosary in Muse and St. Patrick in Canonsburg on these dates.


The Unity choir is seeking people to sing unifying messages of hope, reconciliation and togetherness. Practices are held at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Baden, from 7-8:30 p.m., on Mondays, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9. To join, call Sarah Crotty at 724-869-6529.

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