Friday, October 18, 2019 - Updated: 2:35 pm


Public is invited to “Southside Reconnect: Praying with St. Paul of the Cross,” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Monastery, 148 Monastery Ave. on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Night will be focused on learning to pray with St. Paul of the Cross, founder of the Passionists. Led by Passionist Father Gerald Laba, program will examine how to view the world through the crucified Christ. For information, visit www.stpaulofthecrossmonastery.com.


Parishes of St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Ursula present a prayer and worship pre-Advent reflection hour, “Prepare Him Room,” Thursday, Oct. 24, from 7-8 p.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Glenshaw. All ages are welcome to program, which includes Eucharistic adoration, guided prayer, meditation and music with Mirella Brun del Re and Brendan Tobin.


“St. Ignatius of Loyola — His Spiritual Journey — Transformation from Soldier to Saint” will be presented by Paul Osterman on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the library of Word of God Parish in Swissvale. Program will focus on the personal attributes of this saint. Light refreshments served. For information, call Karen at 412-243-1078 or e-mail goldbachkm@verizon.net.


Pastoral musicians are invited to a free retreat and renewal with renowned composer Dan Schutte, “Disciples of Hope: Finding Meaning in Times of Darkness,” Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Baden. Lay ecclesial ministers and choir directors are asked to extend invitations to choir members, cantors and instrumentalists. Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 25. To register, call 724-869-6585 or e-mail spiritcenter@stjoseph-baden.org. Schutte will present a concert Sunday, Nov. 10, at the motherhouse, starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, and must be purchased by Oct. 25. For tickets, visit www.sistersofstjoseph.eventbrite.com.



Couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary are asked to register for the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass by Friday, Oct. 25. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop David Zubik on Sunday, Nov. 17, at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, starting at 2:30 p.m. Couples and their families are welcome. To register, call 412-436-0088 or e-mail info@renewtheido.org.


The members of D’Lustigen Isartaler Bavarian Club are sponsoring a German (Gedachtnis) Memorial Mass Saturday, Oct. 26, at Holy Spirit Parish in Millvale, starting at 4 p.m. Mass is in German, and is held to honor all Americans of Germanic descent in the Pittsburgh area. Benedictine Father Warren Murrmann is celebrant. All, including local German clubs, are invited to come honor family and friends. For information, call Marianne Loibl at 412-398-0586.


Children are invited to a trick or treat party at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in social hall. Trick-or-treaters will find tables of treats. Guests can also paint a pumpkin, get a Halloween tattoo, sing and dance to music, eat cookies and hot dogs, and more. For information, call parish at 412-486-6001.


All ages are invited to United by Love on Saturday, Oct. 26. Event begins at noon in front of PNC Park (Federal Street side) on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Participants will walk one mile to Catholic Charities in Downtown Pittsburgh for music and refreshments. Sponsored by Catholic Charities, participants will include Bishop David Zubik and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. Those attending are encouraged to donate winter outerwear, nonperishable snack items, diapers and wipes for those in need. For information, visit www.ccpgh.org.


On Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3:30 p.m., Catholic Cemeteries Association will host “Sacred Music in Sacred Space: A Concert in Honor of Our Lady of the Rosary.” Concert will feature North Hills Chorale, Jessica Lee and handbell choir of Good Shepherd Parish, performing in Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel Mausoleum of Calvary Cemetery in Pittsburgh’s Greenfield neighborhood. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, call 412-586-3999.


Bob Rice, Catholic speaker, musician, author and teacher, will lead a mission, “In the Footsteps of the Fisher of Men,” Sunday-Tuesday, Oct. 27-29, at St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Ursula parishes. Theme and schedule of talks: Sunday, Oct. 27, “Into the Deep,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Mary, Glenshaw; Monday, Oct. 28, “Caught in the Story,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Ursula, Allison Park; Tuesday, Oct. 29, “Lord, You Know That I Love You,” 10 a.m. anointing of the sick Mass, 7-8:30 p.m. talk, St. Mary. 



St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville will welcome Capuchin Father Scott Seethaler, who will preach at all Masses Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27. The parish’s Oaxaca Mission group will serve an all-you-can-eat harvest brunch Sunday, Oct. 27, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Menu includes pancakes, eggs, carved ham, salads, casseroles, fruit and more. Brunch is free, with goodwill offering accepted, to benefit the Anna Seethaler Hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico.



The next installment of the Caritas Concert Series will feature the renowned Heritage Gospel Choir, performing at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. Concert is free and open to the public, with goodwill offering accepted.


Patricia Sandoval, author of book “Transfigured,” will speak at St. Anne campus of St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Castle Shannon on Monday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. She will tell her story of how Jesus turned her life around through Rachel’s Vineyard retreat. Talk is free and open to the public, with goodwill offering accepted.



Kearns Spirituality Center in McCandless Township will host a brunch and special presentation by Redemptorist Father Francis Gargania on “Advent: Celebration of Peace, Hope, Love and Joy.” Cost is $40, and includes brunch and presentation. Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 28. To register, call 412-366-1124 or e-mail kearns@cdpsisters.org.



On Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m., SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township will present a talk by Augustinian Father Rob Hagen of Villanova University. Father Rob will speak on his close friendship with Father Bill Atkinson, a quadriplegic priest who is being considered for sainthood by the church. Talk is part of parish’s Boldly Catholic Speaker Series, and is being sponsored by special needs awareness committee. Program is free and open to the public, but courtesy registration required. To register, visit www.greatgrouping.org/fr-hagan.


The 18th annual Blanket Night in honor of Kathy Buchner will be Friday, Nov. 1, at St. Margaret School cafeteria in Green Tree, starting at 7 p.m. Participants will make fleece polar blankets for Southwest Meals on Wheels clients. Participants are asked to bring 2 yards of printed and 2 yards of solid polar fleece, and scissors. Those 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call Lynne Gross at 412-921-5570 (day) or 412-276-4173 (evening).


Public is invited to St. Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood on All Saints’ Day, Friday, Nov. 1, when the Bel Suono Ensemble, a woodwind quartet of Pittsburgh musicians, performs starting at 7 p.m. Their classical and traditional repertoire features selections from Mozart, Francaix and others. Concert will feature sounds of chapel organ. A wine and cheese reception will follow. Plus, gift shop will be open. Tickets are $20. For tickets, call 412-999-4401.


St. Mark Parish in Liberty Borough will host a Fall Back Cash Bash on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 6-10 p.m. at Liberty Borough Fire Hall, 900 Haslage St. in McKeesport. Total of $6,000 in cash prizes. Numbers will be drawn every 20 minutes. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $30, and include entry in raffle, food and beer. Guest tickets are $15. For tickets, call parish at 412-678-6275 or Cathy Esack at 412-980-2918.


The retreat series “33 Days to Morning Glory” will be offered at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township. Initial program is Monday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m., then continues Tuesdays from Nov. 12-Dec. 10. Father Michael Gaitley leads video lessons, sharing the teaching of Scripture and saints to guide students to Jesus through Mary. A special Marian concentration will be Sunday, Dec. 8. For information and to register, call Will Reaves at 412-486-6001, ext. 15, or e-mail willr@scospgh.org.


The Providence Heights Alpha School Gala returns to Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh’s North Side on Saturday, Nov. 9, starting at 6 p.m. Gala ends at 9:30 p.m. with after-party until midnight. For tickets, visit www.ALPHAgala.givesmart.com. Those who cannot attend can bid on auction items or enter raffle for Disney World package that includes six-night stay for family of four, five-day hopper passes and more. For raffle ticket, visit www.Alphaschool.org and click Mickey.


Registration is open for the 2019 Catholic Women’s Fellowship Conference, “Unshakeable,” on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township. Schedule includes talks, community building, confession, Eucharistic adoration and Mass. Featured speakers are Hallie Lord, Father Joe Freedy, Emily Stimpson Chapman and John Beaulieu. To register, visit www.cwfpitt.org.


Reservations are being accepted for a Thanksgiving blood drive in the gym of St. Gabriel School in Whitehall on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit www.vitalant.org, click on donate button and search for group code G0040081, or call Debbie Cerminaro at 412-884-2375 or Mary Balog at 412-884-1283.


The Bereavement Ministry of the OPV Parish Grouping is a hosting a seven-week grief support series titled “Healing After Loss.” It begins Tuesday, Oct. 22 at two different times and locations: from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at

St. Irenaeus in Oakmont or 7-8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Joy in Plum. This is for those who have lost a loved one. For more information contact psm@opvcatholic.com or call 412-793-4511.


Tickets are selling fast for talk by Abby Johnson, author of best-selling book “Unplanned,” at SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. She will speak on her experience with Planned Parenthood and her dramatic exit from the abortion industry. Cost is $20. For tickets, visit www.greatgrouping.org/johnson.


The date for the craft show at St. Benedict the Abbot in Peters Township was incorrect in the announcement titled “Pre-Order Pierogies” in the Oct. 11 issue. Vendor and craft show is Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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