Friday, November 15, 2019 - Updated: 3:18 pm


St. Titus Parish in Aliquippa is hosting a benefit spaghetti dinner Sunday, Nov. 24, at the B.P.O. Elks Lodge, 2655 Broadhead Road in Aliquippa. Proceeds benefit parishioner Mary Louise Kohser, a senior at Franciscan University of Steubenville, who needs assistance with student loan so she can enter the Franciscan religious community of the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. Dinner is $10. Tickets can be purchased at door or by calling Carol Ritchie at 724-777-4936 or Marty Richie at 724-777-9450.



St. Bernadette Parish in Monroeville invites members of the community to a free Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 28, 1-3 p.m. in the parish’s Lourdes Center. Menu includes turkey, potatoes, vegetables and more. For reservations, call Ray at 412-373-0050, ext. 210, or e-mail breakingbread15146@gmail.com. Walk-ins welcome.

St. Cecilia Parish in Rochester will host a free community Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings Thursday, Nov. 28, noon-3 p.m. in the parish social hall. For reservations, call Marlene at 724-775-8875.

• The Butler parish tradition of more than two decades continues, with a Thanksgiving community meal Thursday, Nov. 28, noon-1 p.m. at St. Peter Parish hall in Butler. To request a sit-down meal, takeout meal or delivery, e-mail ButlerThanksgiving@gmail.com, or call or text 724-427-4153 by 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.


Volunteers are coming together to sing, pray and pack 1 million “meals of hope” for the hungry during Amen to Action on Friday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/amen-to-action-2019-tickets-72120595643.


St. Teresa of Calcutta Maronite Catholic Mission in Beaver Falls will host the 17th annual Grand Hafli on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6 p.m.-midnight at the Fez Banquet Room, 2312 Broadhead Road, Hopewell Township. Event features Lebanese and American dinner buffet, and music by Said Abi Akl and Band. Tickets are $50 for adults, $20 for students, and free for children 2 and under. For tickets, call 724-375-2860 or 724-827-5024. No tickets sold after Nov. 30.



The Addiction Recovery Ministry will host a presentation by Father Michael Decewicz on coping with the holidays. Talk is Monday, Dec. 2, at the John Paul I Center, 201 Ninth St. in Sharpsburg, starting at 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.addictionrecoveryministrypittsburgh.org.


Parents 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. Upcoming meetings are Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19, at 7 p.m. Facilitator is David Gentile, psychologist. New members are welcome any time. For information, call 412-486-6001.


Advent hymns, Christmas carols, carriage rides, ice sculpting, visit from Santa and fireworks are all part of the Festival of Lights on Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 3 p.m. on the campuses of La Roche University and Sisters of Divine Providence Motherhouse in McCandless Township. Schedule highlights: craft show, 3-9 p.m., Zappala Campus Center; food trucks, 4-8:30 p.m., Kerr Fitness Center; cans for cocoa booth, 5-8 p.m., Kerr Fitness Center; children’s activities, 4-8 p.m., Kerr Fitness Center, with visit from Santa from 5:30-8 p.m.; carriage rides, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wright Library lawn; musical performances, 6-8 p.m., Mother of Divine Providence Chapel and more. La Roche dance majors and Bodiography Student Company will perform “The Nutcracker” from 7-8 p.m. in Providence Heights Auditorium, followed by photos with ballerinas for children. Festival concludes with fireworks at 8:30 p.m. For information, visit www.laroche.edu.


Pittsburgh Mercy presents the 16th annual Reindeer Ball on Sunday, Dec. 8, 4-7 p.m. at the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, 1000 Penn Ave. in Downtown Pittsburgh. This children’s gala offers an evening of fun for families with young children, while helping children and families in need. Dressed in their holiday finest, guests can mingle with some favorite holiday characters and storybook friends, create crafts, decorate cookies, and enjoy a meal from the adult and child-friendly buffet stations. Gala features a dazzling holiday revue titled “Christmas Around the World,” and visit from Santa Claus. Cost is $115 for adult tickets, $60 for children’s tickets, with sponsorships available. To purchase tickets or donate, visit www.pittsburghmercy.org/events. 


Public is invited to the 23rd annual Christmas cabaret at Martina Spiritual Renewal Center, 5244 Clarwin Ave. in West View on Sunday, Dec. 8, noon-4 p.m. Stephen Steinbeiser is emcee of event, with the North Allegheny Golden Strolling Strings providing entertainment. Cost is $60 per person, $15 for children 3-12 and free for children under 3. For reservations, call 412-931-9766, e-mail info@martinacenter.com or visit www.martinacenter.com.


College and post-college men are invited to “Made for Greatness: A Christmas Discernment Retreat,” Friday-Sunday, Dec. 13-15, at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Ave. on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Deacon Jim Keating will lead retreat that includes Mass, adoration, conferences, opportunity for confession and brotherhood. Men must be 18 or older to attend. To register, visit www.PGHPriestl.com by Dec. 8.


The Little Sisters of the Poor are once again offering Christmas cards, sketched by Little Sister of the Poor Martha. This year’s card is beige with red sketch of Mary holding baby Jesus. Cost are: $10 for seven, (plus $2 shipping);  $15 for 12 cards (plus $3 shipping); $25 for 30 cards (plus $6 shipping). Previous year’s cards are also available. All proceeds help support the elderly residents in the Little Sisters’ care. For information on ordering, call 412-307-1100 or visit www.littlesistersofthepoorpittsburgh.org.


The “famous” pierogies of St. John the Baptist Parish in Baden on are sale every Friday through Dec. 13 (except Thanksgiving week). Menu includes potato, sauerkraut, cottage cheese and prune pierogies. Cost is $8 per dozen, to eat-in or takeout. To place an order, call pierogie hotline at 724-869-9758.LUCKY NUMBER

The Sisters of Divine Providence are sponsoring a year-long 2020 Lucky Number ticket raffle, based on the day and evening Pennsylvania lottery game. Tickets are $25 each, and are valid from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Daily winners receive prizes from $25-$150 if three-digit number on ticket is selected in lottery. Proceeds support mission and ministries of the sisters. For tickets, visit www.cdpsisters.org/LuckyNumber.


Father Paul Cruz from Kerala, India, is collecting used and new Christmas cards and rosaries, to be shared with missionaries. His address is Father Paul Cruz, Kottiyam PO Kollam 691 571, Kerala, India.SUBMITTING NEWS ITEMS

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