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Friday, August 30, 2019 - Updated: 12:30 pm

HOW WE AGE

“Seasons of Your Life,” is a series of sessions dealing with challenges of aging and retirement, held at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township. Second session in series is on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m., when Dr. Michael Farrell, presents “How We Age and What We Can Do to Help,” or “Holy Cow...When Did All This Happen!” Session will include time for questions and answers. 

FALL FESTIVAL

Ethnic foods galore, games for all ages, instant bingo and entertainment can be found at  fall festival held at St. Blaise Parish in Midland, from 5-9 on Saturday, Sept. 7, and from noon-6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8. Food menu includes pierogies, haluski, stuffed cabbage, hot sausage, funnel cakes, fried dough, hot dogs, hamburgers, enchiladas, pizza and much more. 

ST. ANTHONY FESTIVAL

The 20th annual St. Anthony Festival, held on street in front of St. Stanislaus Church of St. Patrick-St. Stanislaus Parish in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Festival kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 7, with an Italian dinner, served at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by ColAngelo’s, cost is $25, and includes music by Luigi. For dinner reservations, call 412-822-4604, or 412-281-7080. Celebration on Sunday begins at 11 a.m., with Mass in Italian at 1:30 p.m., followed by procession and veneration of relic of St. Anthony. Festival includes food, wine beer, contests and more. Entertainment schedule: 2:30-3:30 p.m. LaBanda Rossa; 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nunzio’s Melodies; 5-8 p.m. Gli Italiani Orchestra.

HARVEST HOME

St. Alphonsus Parish in Wexford continues with its more than a century old Harvest Home tradition. Event kicks off on Friday, Sept. 6, with a Twilight Fun Run/Walk at 6 p.m., and 5K run at 6:30 p.m. Participants should gather at Harmar Pavilion (near swimming pool.) To register, visit www.runsignup.com/HarvestHome5K. Harvest Home celebration continues with festival on Sunday, Sept. 8, starting at 12:30 p.m. on parish campus. Attractions include games, country store, Treasures from the Attic sale, raffle and more. Home-cooked dinner is centerpiece of festival, featuring locally grown produce, served from 1-6 p.m. Diners have choice of charcoal-grilled half a chicken, ham or pulled pork, with variety of hot and cold side dishes. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children and $12 for takeout. For information, visit www.SaintAlphonsusWexford.org/Harvest-Home-1.

JOURNEY FROM ISALM

On Saturday, Sept. 7, following 9 a.m. Mass at St. Louise de Marillac Parish in Upper St. Clair, Dr. Derya Little will speak on her “Journey from Islam to the Catholic Church, through Atheism and Protestantism.” For more information on speaker, visit www.deryalittle.com.

 

THE LAND

“The Land: a Pilgrimage through the Footsteps of Jesus,” is title of DVD course to be held at Holy Spirit Parish in West Mifflin from 9:30-10:45 a.m. (coffee and donuts at 9:15 a.m.) on the second and Sunday of each monthly, beginning Sept. 8.

DIVORCED AND

SEPARATED

SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township is sponsoring a support group for those separated and divorced. Group will meet for 13 weeks on Mondays, from 7-9 p.m., starting Sept. 9. Topics covered included anger, loneliness, annulments, forgiveness, financial survival and more. For more information, call Ralph Joy at 412-741-5456, or e-mail ralph.r.joy@gmail.com.

BUILDING FAITH COMMUNITIES

A fall speaker series begins on Monday, Sept. 9, from 7-9 p.m. at Kearns Spirituality Center in McCandless Township, when Father Jack Bendick speaks on “Building Faith Communities Amid Changing Realities.” Series is sponsored by Association of Pittsburgh Priests. Other speakers in series include: Dr. Beverly Tatum, “Can We Talk About Race?” Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7-9 p.m.; Dr. Carolyn Helsel, “The Racist Next Door: How to Have Anti-Racist Conversations in Your Community.” Cost $20 per talk. To register, call 412-366-1124, or e-mail kearns@cdpsisters.org.

SET AFIRE BY GOD’S LOVE

Kearns Spirituality Center in McCandless Township is sponsoring a program on St. John of the Cross titled “Set Afire by God’s Love: St. John of the Cross and Dark Nights.” Sessions are on Mondays, Sept. 9-Oct. 21, from 10 a.m.-noon. Facilitator is Sister of Divine Providence Margie Modro.  Cost is $10 per session, $55 for series. To register, call 412-366-1124 or e-mail kearns@cdpsisters.org.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

The parishes of St. Bernard in Mount Lebanon and Our Lady of Grace in Scott Township will conduct a bereavement support series for those who have experienced the loss of a loved. Facilitated by Paula Elliott, group will meet on Wednesdays, Sept. 11, 25, Oct. 9 and 23, Nov. 6 and 20, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Fotenay Center of St. Bernard Parish. Program is free and open to public. For more information, and to register, call 412-440-2681, or 412-279-6560.

KICK-OFF

40 Days for Life campaign campaign kicks off with a special event on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at St. Bernard Parish in Mount Lebanon. A pro-life fair begins at 6:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m is a viewing of  documentary, “I Lived on Parker Avenue,” followed talk featuring Melissa Coles, who was featured in film. The fall campaign will run from Sept. 25-Nov. 3.

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

The 19th Annotation extends the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola over 35 weeks, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10, and continuing through May 12, at St. Joseph Spirituality Center in Baden. A spiritual director will work with a small group that meets on Tuesdays, from 1-2:15 p.m. Program will cover weekly prayer practices, readings and meditation. Cost is $500. To register, call 724-869-6587, or visit www.stjoseph-baden.org/spirituality.

ALPHA

Alpha, a Christian-based video series that explains basic questions about faith, will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Program includes dinner, short video and open discussion. St. Ursula Parish in Allison Park will hold afternoon session from noon-2 p.m., with evening session at St. Mary of Assumption Parish in Glenshaw, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. To register, visit www.stmaryglenshaw.org/alpha.

CHOIR CONCERT

The renowned Gonville and Caius Collegiate Choir will perform in concert at St. Anne Church of St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Castle Shannon on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, with proceeds benefiting the historic pipe organ renovation fund. For tickets and information, call 412-531-5964.

PROFESSOR TO EVANGELIST

SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township continues its “Boldly Catholic” speaker series with a talk by Roy Schoeman titled, “From Jewish Harvard Professor to Catholic Evangelist,” on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Program is free and open to public, with courtesy registration requested. To register, visit www.sts-jp.org/schoeman. 

ALLIES IN FAITH

Christian Associates of Southwest PA and Pittsburgh Theology Seminary are joining to offer, “Allies in Faith: Encouraging Hospitality to Immigrants,” a two-day learning program for clergy and religious leaders. Special program is held from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. on Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 11-12, at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood. To register, visit www.pts.edu/allies-in-faith-1920.

LIFT HIGH THE CROSS

Butler Catholic Men’s Fellowship will host a “Gather the Logs — Rekindle the Fire” conference on Saturday, Sept. 14, at St. Andrew Parish in Center Township. Titled “Lift High the Cross,” program begins with Mass at 8 a.m. Schedule is as follows: 9:15 a.m. songs of gathering and registration; 9:30 a.m. address by Deacon Toby Gains; 10:30 a.m., address by Father Ben Vaghetto; 11:15 a.m., stations of the Cross; 12:15 p.m. Benediction. 

PILGRIMAGE MEETINGS

A pre-departure meeting for the Marian Shrines Pittsburgh Catholic sponsored pilgrimage will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 3-4 p.m., in O’Connor Hall on campus of St. Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road, Crafton. Spots are still open for pilgrimage, led by Bishop Zubik Oct. 6-16. Mass, celebrated by Bishop Zubik will be held at 4 p.m. Following Mass, an information session on Holy Land pilgrimage, from Jan. 31-February 9, 2020, will be held in hall. Interested adults are welcome.

GOLF OUTING

Quicksilver Golf Club, 2000 Quicksilver Road in Midway, is the location of a Charity Golf Outing for St. Bernard School in Mount Lebanon on Monday, Sept. 23. Schedule for this four-person scramble format is: 7 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. shotgun start; 1 p.m. luncheon and prize drawings. Cost is $125 per golfer, $450 per foursome, and includes light breakfast, green and cart fees, 18 holes of golf. luncheon and prizes. To register, call 412-341-5444 and ask for Molly Jesso, or e-mail mjesso@stbpgh.org.

ORGAN CLASSES

Organ classes for all skill levels are starting at Neighbors North Community Center on the campus of St. Athanasius Parish in West View. Classes held on the second, third and fourth Tuesday of the month. Large classroom will feature several organ models. Cost is $30 for three hour group lesson. For more information, call 724-396-2730.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The two-day monthly large rummage sale at St. Aloysius Parish in Reserve Township is looking for people to join dedicated volunteer staff. All are welcome to help, including seniors, boy and girl scouts, college students and community service volunteers. For information, call Claire at 412-821-1189.


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