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Friday, December 06, 2019 - Updated: 1:14 pm


On Saturday, Dec. 7, 10-10:30 a.m., Eternal World Television Network will broadcast program showing students, staff and clergy from Archangel Gabriel School in Robinson Township, along with children across the globe, praying the Divine Mercy chaplet, consecration to the Holy Family and more during Eucharistic adoration.


Father Zach Galiyas will speak on “Consoling the Heart of Jesus” during the monthly Divine Mercy devotions at St. Columbkille Parish in Imperial on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. Talk will also look at Jesus’ thirst for our love and how we can satisfy that thirst. Rosary and chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed following talk.


The health ministry of Parish Grouping 328 invites those struggling with grief, loss of job, failing health, loneliness or other reasons during the holiday season to a candlelight service of hope and comfort Wednesday, Dec. 11, at St. Mary Parish in Aleppo Township, starting at 7 p.m. 


A celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, “Empress of the Americas,” will be Thursday, Dec. 12, at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Eucharistic adoration; 6 p.m. rosary; 7 p.m. Mass; with confessions available from 5:30 p.m. 


Parents and loved ones of adults struggling with addiction are invited to support meeting for the faith-based Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery program at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township. Upcoming meetings are at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 12 and 19, with David Gentile, psychologist, as facilitator. New members always welcome. For information, call 412-486-6001.


All are welcome to Advent retreat titled “The Joy of Repentance,” led by “pilgrim” George Walter on Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Mary Parish in Aleppo Township. Lunch and child care provided. To register, call Jordan at 724-622-8397.


“St. Nicholas: The Real Story” is title of documentary to be shown at Legion of Mary House, 1705 Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood, on Saturday, Dec. 14, at noon. Snacks and refreshments will be served. For information, call 412-885-5840.


The Catholic Community of South Pittsburgh will sponsor a talk by Dr. Lillian Meyers on “Mourning Our Losses Across the Life Cycle: An Emotional and Spiritual Journey” on Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-noon in the St. Albert Faith Formation Building of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin. Program is free and open to the public. Meyers’ book will be available for purchase for $15. To register, call 412-882-8593, ext. 134.


The Little Sisters of the Poor will host their annual “Turkey, Ham and Roast Drop” on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the sisters’ Home for the Elderly, 1028 Benton Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Brighton Heights neighborhood. Sister Josephine and her “elves” will be on hand to accept donations of frozen turkeys, hams or roasts. Guests are invited to stay for cookies and hot chocolate, while Santa Claus gives treats to children. Arrangements can be made to make donations at another time. For information, call 412-307-1100.


Pittsburgh’s 40 Days for Life calls for “Peace in the Womb” and singing of Christmas carols Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9-10 a.m. outside Planned Parenthood, 933 Liberty Ave. in Downtown Pittsburgh. The pro-life caroling day is one of nearly 100 events scheduled throughout the country. For information, call Tim Barr at 412-417-7822, e-mail timbarr5480@gmail.com or visit www.40daysforlifepittsburgh.com.


• Jon Zellhart and Friends present the Kronos Duo at St. John Fisher Parish in Churchill on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. Featuring Matthew Korbanic and Nolan Petote, the classical guitar and clarinet Kronos Duo will play a variety of music. Also, Zellhart and parish cantors will sing several favorites and lead congregation in singing of favorite Christmas selections. Concert is free and open to the public, with goodwill offering accepted.

• The music ministry of Neighbors North Catholic Community parish grouping will perform a Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 15, from 3-4 p.m. at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville. Concert is part of the 2019-20 Caritas Concert series, and features adult choir, cherub choir, contemporary choir, Good News Band, handbell choir, instrumentalists, Joyful Noise Ensemble and Spirit Band. Concert is free and open to the public, with goodwill offering accepted.

• World-renowned Irish tenor, Mark Forrest, will be performing at both St. Mary and St. Ursula parishes. On Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m., he will perform an inspirational Christmas concert at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Glenshaw, in conjunction with parish choir. On Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., he will perform at St. Ursula Parish in Allison Park.


“Finding God in the Flesh” is the title of a reflection by Father Michael Decewicz to be presented Sunday, Dec. 15, at Madonna of Jerusalem Church of St. Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg. Program is sponsored by Addiction Recovery Ministry.


Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge will hold a Christmas bake sale Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21-22, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in parish’s Jericho Hall. Menu features nut, poppyseed and apricot rolls at $12 for whole, $6.50 for half. Also, frozen potato/cheese pierogies on sale for $8 a dozen. Orders must be received by Monday, Dec. 16, at noon. To place an order, call hotline at 724-266-1670.


“Christ in Me: An Advent Desert Day” is title of program at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Ave. on Pittsburgh’s South Side, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Presenters are Passionist Fathers Gerald Laba and Junesh Xavier. Cost is $30, and includes lunch. To register, call 412-381-7676.


Public is invited to a live Nativity at St. Susanna Parish in Penn Hills on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., featuring students of the Penn Hills CCD program. Reception will follow in parish’s Spirit Room. For information, call 412-798-5596, or 412-977-2721.


Reservations are being taken for bus headed to March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 24. Bus will leave St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Glenshaw at midnight, then pick up more passengers at St. Scholastica Parish in Aspinwall at 12:30 a.m. There will be a stop for breakfast and at youth rally, before attending life rally. Cost is $25. For reservations, call Mary Catherine at 412-781-6550.


The contact name and e-mail address pertaining to the free community brunch at Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park that was published on Page 19 of the Nov. 22 issue was incorrect. The free community brunch will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, in parish’s Father Marchukonis Hall. For reservations, call Sal Altomore at 412-780-6929 or e-mail altomars@aol.com.

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