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Friday, September 20, 2019 - Updated: 9:58 am


The Serving our Seniors Ministry of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park will offer a free education seminar, “What is Alzheimer’s/Dementia,” on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. in parish’s Father Marchukonis Hall. Presented by Doreen Putnam, certified dementia practitioner, program will look at difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, and other important topics related to disease. To register, call Kathy at 412-310-1490 or e-mail kakb5101@gmail.com.


Duquesne University presents an Integrity of Creation Conference, “Toward a Healthy Planet,” Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 24-25, in the university’s Power Center in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. Conference begins with welcome address at 7 p.m. Tuesday, followed by presentation by Sylvester “Jim” Gates titled “Challenges of Anthropocenic Policy-Making.” Wednesday schedule is 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and features talks on such topics as food security, Spiritan Global Citizen program, sustainability, food asset potential and more. Event is free and open to the public, with $5 reduced parking rates. For information, visit www.duq.edu/ioc or call Gloria Smith at 412-396-4504.


Dine at Texas Roadhouse, 1155 Washington Pike in Bridgeville, on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 4-10 p.m. and 10 percent of total food purchase will be donated to Confraternity of Christian Mothers at Holy Child Parish in Bridgeville. Also includes raffle and Chinese auction.


St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 109 S. Seventh St. on Pittsburgh’s South Side, will begin its annual pierogie sale Thursday, Sept. 26. Menu includes seven varieties: potato, potato with jalapeno, potato with bacon and chives, sauerkraut, potato and sauerkraut, and sauerkraut with kielbasa and cheese. Prices range from $8-$10. Orders taken by phone Tuesdays from 8 a.m.-noon and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon. Pick-up is Thursday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. To place an order, call 412-481-5022. 


The time for Mass and novena to St. Therese of Lisieux was incorrect in the Sept. 13 issue. Mass and novena will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood on the following days and times: Friday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 28, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.; Monday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.


Stuffed grape leaves, lamb shish kabob, meat pies, hummus and baklawa are just some of the many family recipes prepared by hand at a Mediterranean food festival at St. George Orthodox Church, 3230 Washington Road in Bridgeville, from noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Dine-in or takeout. Credit cards are accepted, and orders can be taken by telephone or online. For information, visit www.stgeorgebridgeville.org or call 412-221-2277.


St. John Parish in Fenelton (Coylesville) will host its annual apple dumpling festival Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on parish grounds. Besides fresh-baked apple dumplings, there will be homemade soups, haluski, stuffed cabbage, hot sausage and more. Also featuring giant rummage sale, bake sale and raffle. 


Sisters of the Humility of Mary will host their annual harvest day Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on the grounds of Villa Maria Farm in Villa Maria. Festivities include music, hay rides, activities for children, face painting and more. Guests can shop for fresh produce, bakery items, gifts baskets and more. Food menu includes famous butternut squash soup. Free admission and parking. For information, visit www.humilityofmary.org.


“What Every Catholic Needs to Know About Hell!” documentary will be shown at noon Saturday, Sept. 28, at Legion of Mary’s Magnificat House, 1705 Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood, followed by discussion. Documentary features Father Bill Casey, Scott Hahn and Steve Ray. For information, call 412-885-5840 or visit www.pittsburghregia.com.



“Come Back to the Old Country” is the theme of the 11th Annual Festa Italia at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Butler from 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. On Saturday, guests can stroll through Italian village that features ristorante serving chicken piccata, eggplant Parmesan, hot sausage, lasagna, wedding soup, Italian love cake and more. Village also includes ice cream parlor, bakery and rosary makers. A spaghetti dinner will be served Sunday. Live Italian music will be performed by Mirella the Musician on Saturday from 5-8:30 p.m., and accordionist Joe Savannah will perform from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For information, contact Barb and Jim Direnzo at 724-282-3092 or bjdirenzo@zoominternet.net, or Larry and Linda Rottman at 724-287-6828 or lrottman@zoominternet.net.


St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Herman (Butler) will hold its annual sports raffle Saturday, Sept. 28, at Roman Catholic Men’s Club, 128 Mens Club Lane in Butler. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., with drawings held every 10 minutes from 12:30-6 p.m. Prizes include trips, guns, bows and cash. Food menu includes beef, pork and chicken barbecue. Cost is $25. For tickets and information, call the following: Gary Martin, 724-991-3370; Leann Bauer, 724-822-7381; Becky Kriley, 724-283-7850; or St. Mary Parish, 724-285-3285.


The ninth annual living rosary will take place on grounds of Quality Life Services, 160 Medical Center Road in Chicora, on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Speaker will lead a patriotic rosary, with participants praying on World Mission rosary over each of the 50 states and each branch of government. With each prayer, a red or blue light is illuminated. As prayers are finished, a living, glowing rosary appears. Sponsored by the following parishes: Mater Dolorosa in Chicora, St. Joseph in North Oakland and St. Wendelin in Butler. 



The 10th season of monthly Music Plus concert series at St. James Parish in Sewickley begins Sunday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. with virtuoso flutist Alberto Almarza, accompanied on piano by Vahan Sargsyan. Repertoire will range from tango-inspired music of Piazzola to medieval Japanese music and more. A pre-concert with piano students will begin at 2:30 p.m. Dessert reception will follow concert, which is open to the public. Goodwill offerings accepted. For information, call 412-741-6650. For complete season schedule, visit www.stjamesmusic.org.


The sacrament of the sick will be offered during a special Mass Sunday, Sept. 29, at St. Anthony’s Chapel in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood, starting at 1:30 p.m. Blessing of relics of patrons of different illnesses will be offered. Sacrament will be offered to Catholics experiencing serious physical ailments, those undergoing serious surgery, those battling serious illness who have not been anointed recently, and seriously ill children who have reached the age of reason. Ladies of Charity will distribute bottles of holy water to take home. 


An Artsy Doodle craft party will be held in social hall of St. Cecilia Parish in Rochester on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 5-8 p.m. Participants can make a custom doormat, wood signs or burlap door hanger. To register, call Sue Jamery at 724-312-0142 or e-mail sjamery@hotmail.com.


Men ages 18-40 are invited to join St. Joseph’s Guild discernment group. Meetings will be monthly on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton, and will include Mass, brunch, discussion and Eucharistic adoration. Upcoming meeting dates: Sept. 29, Oct. 20 and Nov. 24. To register, visit www.PGHPRIEST.com. 


In recognition of World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Father Carmen D’Amico will facilitate a three-part series titled “Immigration: Then and Now” in the garden room of St. Patrick Parish Center in Canonsburg on Mondays, Sept. 30-Oct. 14, from 7-9 p.m. Series schedule: Part 1, Monday, Sept. 30, “The Story of Our European Immigrant Ancestors,” will look at immigrant experience of Italian-Americans; Part 2, Monday, Sept. 7, showing of “Black Fury,” a 1935 film banned in Pennsylvania that spotlights struggles of Eastern European immigrants who came to work coal mines in Pennsylvania; Part 3, Monday, Oct. 14, showing of “Sin Nombre,” a 2009 film about Honduran girl trying to immigrate to United States. 


St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Pleasant Hills will host Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism series on Sundays, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 29-Dec. 1. Program will be offered in Room 107 of parish’s St. Pius X Hall. 


Starting Monday, Sept. 30, St. Maria Goretti Parish will offer the seven-week ChristLife series, Following Christ, at 6:30 p.m. Series held Mondays in Immaculate Conception Church hall in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood. 


High school-age youths are invited to the annual Faith Afloat aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet’s Empress on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 3-6 p.m. Program includes prayer, dinner, dynamic talks, praise and worship, games, prizes and dance party. Cost is $21. For tickets, visit www.PGHPRIEST.com by Oct. 1.


The Rev. Dr. Al Tizon will present “Lifestyles of the Rich and Faithful: Confronting Classism in Mission” during the annual McClure Lecture in World Mission and Evangelism at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave. in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood. Program is free and open to the public. For information, call 412-924-1345 or visit www.pts.edu/McClure-2019. 


Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Parish, 455 Center Road in Monroeville, will offer an adult iconography workshop for all levels Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 3-6. Class will meet Thursday and Friday from 6-9:30 p.m., then all day Saturday, and following liturgy Sunday until completed. Students will write icon of Christ the Teacher, or Nativity of Jesus, on a gesso-covered board, and will learn techniques for faces, garments, gilding and tooling. Participants must be able to attend all days to have completed icon. For information, call Marylyn Barone at 412-678-9453 or e-mail mwbarone@comcast.net.

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