Around the Diocese

Thursday, August 08, 2019 - Updated: 10:33 am


Young adults are invited to a Theology on Tap gathering at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at McFadden’s, 211 North Shore Drive on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Hosted by Oakland Young Adult Ministry, program will feature a talk by Debra Classen titled “Explosions of Grace and Mercy: A Conversion.”


Women are invited to join Magnificat Pittsburgh as they welcome Nicole Abisinio at a prayer breakfast Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m.-noon at DoubleTree Hilton in Cranberry Township. Abisinio, a producer, actress and film marketing executive, will discuss her journey to Catholicism. Cost is $23. To register, call Deb at 412-736-7523 or visit www.magnificatpittsburgh.org. Registration deadline is Aug. 16.


The Rick Purcell Band will play favorite songs of the 1950s and ‘60s during a concert on the lawn at St. John Fisher Parish in Churchill on Friday, Aug. 16, starting at 7 p.m. Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets. Beverages and snacks will be available. Concert is free and open to the public, with goodwill offering accepted.


Are you seeking something more in your spiritual life? The Associates of the Sisters of St. Joseph, a group of women and men who share the charism of unity and reconciliation with the Sisters of St. Joseph, invite those interested in a “Come and See” event Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Baden, starting at 1 p.m. For information or to register, call Judy at 412-831-5654 or e-mail Lewisjudith68@gmail.com.


Only one week left to register for Bishop’s Latin School Alumni’s 17th annual Vocations Mass and Alumni Spirit Awards on Sunday, Aug. 18. Program begins with Mass at 4 p.m. in the Holy Spirit Chapel at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood, with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo as principal celebrant. Dinner will follow in university’s Dougherty Ballroom. Awardees include Michael Ferchak, Regis Flaherty, John Hopper, Cheryl Hopper and Spiritan Father Sean Hogan. For tickets, visit www.blsalum.org.


Father Malcolm McDonald will speak about incarceration and addiction at a presentation Monday, Aug. 19, in the John Paul I Center, 201 Ninth St. in Sharpsburg, starting at 7 p.m. Presentation is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Addiction Recovery Ministry.


SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township is hosting a “Boldly Catholic Speaker series” of renowned speakers who will share the joy of Catholicism. Talks begin at 7 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, Aug. 20, author Paul Kengor will discuss his book “A Pope and a President,” which examines relationship between Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan; Wednesday, Sept. 11, Roy Schoeman, “From Jewish Harvard Professor to Catholic Evangelist;” Tuesday, Sept. 17, Sarah Swafford presents “Relationships: It’s Complicated.” Free and open to the public, with courtesy registration requested. To register, visit www.stsjohnandpaul.org.


“Unbound: Freedom in Christ” is the title of a one-day conference Saturday, Aug. 24, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in LeGras Parish Center of St. Louise de Marillac Parish in Upper St. Clair. Unbound is a simple, gentle and powerful prayer ministry. Conference will include video presentation by Neal Lozano and live teaching by Benedictine Father Boniface Hicks. Cost is $25 and includes materials and lunch. Hosted by Unbound Pittsburgh/Greensburg. To register, visit http://bit.ly/31lxGfI.


The Sisters of St. Joseph will present a discussion on “Martyrs of Hope: U.S. Missionary Martyrs in Central America, Models of Spiritual Transformation” on Sunday, Aug. 25, 1-4 p.m. at their motherhouse in Baden. Dr. Edward Brett and Donna Brett will spotlight lives of seven martyrs. Also includes time for reflection and walking motherhouse grounds. Program is free and open to the public. To register, call Toni at 724-869-6525 or e-mail tdunlap@stjoseph-baden.org.


Public is invited to put on dancing shoes for Diocesan National Black Catholic Congress Team-Pittsburgh’s fourth annual Old School Dance on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Terrace on 5th, 1014 Fifth Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood, which has outdoor patio that overlooks city. Program includes full dinner buffet, music by DJ Mighty Man, door prizes, Steelers basket raffle and dancing. Tickets are $55, and must be purchased in advance. For tickets, call 724-472-7832 or e-mail nbccpgh@gmail.com. Registration deadline is Aug. 29.


St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township is offering the 13-week Christ-centered DivorceCare Program, beginning Wednesday, Aug. 28. A new topic will be covered each week, through use of video, group discussion and workbook activities. Free and open to the public. To register, call Will Reaves at 412-486-6001, ext. 15.


Local author Lillie Leonardi will discuss her memoir, “In the Shadow of a Badge,” on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 7-8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Meadow Lands. Book details her experience with events surrounding Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville on Sept. 11, 2001. Book signing will follow. To register, e-mail Kathleen.bowers@comcast.net.


The faith-based Six Steps to Sanity program, for those dealing with addiction or alcoholism in the family, will be conducted for 12 weeks at St. Louise de Marillac Parish in Upper St. Clair on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m., starting Sept. 17. Hosted by the parish’s Substance Addiction Ministry, program is designed to bring hope, healing and serenity to those impacted by the addiction of a loved one. Program is free and open to people of all faiths. To register, call Bruce and Nancy Shea at 412-952-1084 or e-mail bruceandnancy6@gmail.com.




St. Teresa of Avila, Perrysville: Monday-Saturday, Aug. 12-17, 6-10 p.m. (6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with dinners beginning at 4:30 p.m., and flea market open at 6 p.m.), 1000 Avila Court. Attractions include giant flea market, bingo (Wednesday-Saturday), rides (with all-night-ride ticket available), Chinese auction, games, outdoor beer garden, bake sale, Kiddie Corner and more. Variety of festival foods served nightly. Dinner, starting at 4:30 p.m.: Monday, roast beef; Tuesday, Eastern European; Wednesday, stuffed chicken or meatloaf; Thursday, German; Friday, fish fry; Saturday, Italian. Entertainment nightly: Monday, The Kardaz Brothers; Tuesday, East End Kids; Wednesday, The Brass Staff; Thursday, T-Bird and Freddie; Friday, The Eldorado Band; Saturday, Back in Time.

Our Lady of Grace, Scott Township: Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 14-17, opens at 7 p.m. (dinners at 4 p.m.), 310 Kane Blvd. Attractions include bingo (in air-conditioned gym), rides (including Ferris wheel), Kids Corner, game booths, bake sale and more. Restaurant provided meals from 4:30-6:30 nightly; cost is $15: Wednesday, steak dinner from Bistecca Steak House; Thursday, stuffed chicken from Cooked Goose; Friday, lasagna and meatball feast from The Other Place; Saturday, barbecue from Texas Road House. Also featuring food and grill tent, hot dogs and hamburgers, ice cream, soft drinks, beer and more. Entertainment nightly, starting at 7 p.m., including: Wednesday, Daniels and McLain (folk group); Thursday, Mansfield Five; Friday, Bell Airs.

St. Francis of Assisi, Finleyville: Parish picnic, Sunday, Aug. 18, 1 p.m. until dark, 3609 Washington Ave. Features games for all ages, country store, craft and theme baskets, all-day bingo, bake shop, games and more. Delicious food menu includes roast beef and lamb cooked on a spit, barbecue chicken, hot sausage, kielbassi and sauerkraut, hot dogs, haluski and more.

St. Sylvester, Brentwood: Pre-festival spaghetti dinner, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2-6 p.m. Flea market pre-sale, 2-6 p.m., with $3 admission. Festival, Monday-Saturday, Aug. 19-24, 7-10:30 p.m., 3754 Brownsville Road. Attractions include rides by Reinhart Amusements, bingo, flea market, progressive 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction and more. Food menu features funnel cakes, pizza, ice cream and nightly specials. Entertainment nightly, including Disc Jockey Dave, from 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

St. Wendelin, Carbon Center (Butler): Sunday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 210 Saint Wendelin Road. Attractions includes bingo, games for kids, basket raffle, Chuck-A-Luck wheel and car cruise. Menu features baked chicken and ham dinner, plus snack bar. Live bands will perform near games and basket raffle. Disc jockey also will be on site.

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