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Friday, February 21, 2020 - Updated: 3:51 pm


Transfiguration, Russellton, and St. Victor, Bairdford

Ash Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Victor Activity Hall, 527 Bairdford Road. Menu: deluxe fish sandwich; freshly breaded or baked cod; sandwiches or dinners; shrimp basket; clam strips; crab cakes; breaded oysters; pierogies; haluski; New England clam chowder; and more. Eat-in or takeout. Phone number is 724-265-4017.


Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless Township, announces the following upcoming programs. To register, call 412-366-1124, e-mail kearns@cdpsisters.org or visit www.cdpsisters.org/kearns.

• “Zentangle with Spirit” is title of workshop being presented by certified Zentangle instructors Monday, March 2. Two sessions are offered, 10 a.m.-noon or 6-8 p.m. Instructors Jeanne Pittavino and Pat Abraham will guide students through the process of creating art, along with reflection on Scripture. No artistic experience necessary. Pre-registration required. Fee is $35, and includes all supplies.

•  The series, “A Grieving Hearts Journey,” will be Thursdays, March 4-April 23, from 10-11:30 a.m. Led by Divine Providence Sister Marlene Luffy, program offers support, conversation and understanding of the grief process. Goodwill offering accepted. Space is limited, so register by Feb. 27.

• The book, “Sacred Fire: A Vision for Deeper Human and Christian Maturity” by Ronald Rolheiser, will be discussed in group setting for seven weeks Wednesdays, March 4-April 15, from 10-11:30 a.m., facilitated by Divine Providence Sisters Joan Coultas and Margie Modro. Cost is $30 for series, or $5 per session, plus cost of book. 

• Workshop, “Finding Common Ground: Gun Violence in America,” will be Wednesday, March 11, 7-9 p.m. Don Gaffney, author, will engage participants via presentations and small group discussion. Fee is $20. 



Those interested in joining a mission trip to Chimbote, Peru, this summer are required to attend one of two Chimbote Information Nights, Tuesday, March 3, or Thursday, March 12. Meetings are from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Cardinals’ Great Hall at St. Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road in Crafton. Information on how to apply for Mike Clark scholarship also will be presented. Anyone interested should e-mail Deacon Rick Tucek at rtucek@diopitt.org.



Attention all high school and college organists: You are invited to St. Paul Cathedral on Saturday, March 7, at 1:30 p.m. for an afternoon with cathedral organists Don Fellows and Ken Danchik, along with a chance to hear the cathedral’s Beckerath organ. Young organists will have an opportunity to play the organ if they would like to while learning from two of the best organists in Pittsburgh. Program is sponsored by the youth initiative of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. To register and for information, visit www.npmpgh.org.



People are invited to deepen their love and knowledge of the Eucharist when Magnificat House, 1705 Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood, will host a three-part series Saturdays, March 14, 21 and 28, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bernice Dumitru will lead discussion on video presentations of Scott Hahn’s “The Lamb’s Supper, “The Fourth Cup” and “Consuming the Word.” To register, call 412-531-5589 or e-mail bdumitru1709@comcast.net. Registration deadline is March 7.


The Bob O’Connor Foundation will hold a St. Patrick’s Day party Saturday, March 7, from 6-10:30 p.m. at the Sokol Club, 2912 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh’s South Side. Festivities will include food, wine, beer, silent auction, photo booth, Chinese auction and more. Entertainment provided by Bealtaine, Burke Conroy School of Irish Dance, Mike and Johnny Gallagher, The Low Kings and the Pittsburgh Firefighters Memorial Pipe Band. TV anchor Mike Clark will serve as master of ceremonies. Cost is $40. To purchase tickets, visit www.boboconnorfoundation.com or call Heidy (O’Connor) Garth at 412-427-5235.



The National Institute for Newman Studies will sponsor a spring symposium, “Liturgy, Sanctity and Selfhood in the Theology of St. John Henry Newman,” Thursday and Friday, March 12-13, at the Gailliot Center for Newman Studies, 211 N. Dithridge St. in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Program will begin with keynote address Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m., when Dr. Timothy O’Malley presents “The Liturgical Imagination in John Henry Newman: Liturgy, Theology and the Pursuit of Wisdom.” Friday, March 13, will feature presentations by Dr. Jennifer Newsome Martin on “Sainthood as Selfhood: The Dramatic Art of Becoming Holy,” and Dr. Matthew Levering on “Newman on Doctrinal Corruption.” Includes roundtable discussion with presenters and lunch. For information and to register, visit www.newmanstudies.org/2020-spring-symposium or call 412-681-4375.


A conference on Unbound, a simple, gentle and powerful prayer ministry, will be Saturday, March 14, 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. John the Baptist de la Salle social hall, 497 Athena Drive in Delmont. Program will feature video presentation by Neal Lozano, author, and live teaching by Father Joe Freedy and Alice Hartle. Cost is $25. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/unbound-march-14-tickets-88915411389. For information, call or e-mail the following: Kim Hutchins, 412-817-5465, hutchins@hssop.org; or Rose Parente, 412-551-0101, antkatdan@yahoo.com.


Those dealing with a love one’s addiction are invited to a meeting of Six Steps to Sanity, a ministry that offers support and tools to families in a safe and confidential environment. Next meeting is Wednesday, March 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. in Rooms 8 and 9 of the Cardinal DiNardo Center at SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township. This faith-based ministry and support group is adapted from the best-selling book, “Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children,” by Allison Bottke. Sessions will use the book’s study workbook and will teach steps to produce healing and sanity for parents of adult children with addiction. For information, call Chico Ficerai at 724-612-6991 or e-mail Chico.Ficerai1@gmail.com.


Public is invited to come and shop local, while helping students at Archangel Gabriel School, at Vendor Palooza on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in school gym and cafeteria of Archangel Gabriel School in Robinson Township. Event will feature more than 100 local vendors and crafters, concessions, Chinese auction and raffle. For information, visit www.archangelgabrielpgh.org or e-mail agsvendorpalooza@gmail.com.



The Beginning Experience Ministry will host a program Friday-Sunday, March 27-28, at Martina Spiritual Renewal Center, 5244 Clarwin Ave. in West View. Program is designed to help widowed, divorced or separated men and women pass through grief and move forward with their lives. To register, visit www.BeginningExperiencePittsburgh.com or make a confidential call to Mary at 412-523-2405 or Rob at 412-584-5575.


The Pittsburgh Cursillo Movement is accepting applications for its spring weekend. Men’s weekend is Thursday-Sunday, April 16-19, and women’s weekend is Thursday-Sunday, April 23-26. Cursillo is an international lay movement of evangelization meant to build up and sustain the local church. For application, e-mail the following: Eileen Schmura, teschmura@comcast.net; Dan Kubisiak, kuby22000@yahoo.com; or Wayne Fleckenstein, fleckenstein@verizon.net. Application deadline is March 22.


The Sokol Club of Pittsburgh, 2912 E. Carson St. on Pittsburgh’s South Side, is the location of a Funny Fundraiser on Friday, April 17. Doors open at 6 p.m., with show at 7:30 p.m. Featured comedians are Tracy Locke, David Kaye and Trey McDonough. Cost is $20 in advance, and $25 at the door, and includes draft beer, pop, chips and pretzels. Proceeds benefit the Sokol Club’s building fund. For tickets, call 412-228-9387 or visit www.slapsticksproductions.com.


The Christ Child Society of Pittsburgh is now accepting reservations for its annual Red Wagon Fare on Saturday, April 25, at Pittsburgh Field Club, 121 Field Club Road in Fox Chapel, starting at 10:30 a.m. Event includes lunch and raffles. Cost is $40. Proceeds benefit the society’s mission of meeting the needs of under-served children with the following projects: Angels’ Closet, for new winter coats; layette ministry; Backpacks for Hunger; All of Us Care, for after-school activities; Camp Aim, which helps special-needs children. For reservations, call 412-552-9211.



St. Elizabeth School in Pleasant Hills offers full-day 4-year-old preschool five days a week. Parents can choose the following options: three days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), half or full day; five days, half or full days. Also, school offers 3-year-old preschool, which runs Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11 a.m. For information, call 412-881-2958 or e-mail slydon@st-elizabeth.org.



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