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Friday, January 03, 2020 - Updated: 10:05 am


St. Joseph and St. Mary of Czestochowa parishes in New Kensington present annual “Epiphany Experience” on Sunday, Jan. 5, at St. Joseph Parish, 1125 Leishman Ave., starting at 2 p.m. Service includes lessons and carols, tableaux and live animals. An Epiphany home blessing kit will be distributed. Reception will follow in cafeteria. Program is free and open to the public, with goodwill offering accepted.



The registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 6, at 4 p.m. for enrolling in “Consoling the Heart of Jesus” series at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township. Series looks at the thirst of Jesus for our love, and teaches how to console him with our love and trust. Evening sessions Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m., starting Jan. 14. Morning sessions from 10:30 a.m.-noon, starting Jan. 17. To register, contact willr@scospgh.org or call 412-486-6001, ext. 15, and indicate if you need a retreat packet and/or the “Consoling the Heart of Jesus” book.


Parents of adult children struggling with addiction are welcome to participate in the Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery Group at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township. Group meets Thursdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30, starting at 7 p.m. To register, call 412-486-6001.


The Legion of Mary Home, 1705 Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood, will host a viewing of documentary, “What Every Catholic Needs to Know About the Bible,” followed by faith discussion Saturday, Jan. 11, at noon. Popcorn will be served. Program is free and open to the public. For information, call 412-885-5840 or visit www.pittsburghregia.com.


Father Mike Ackerman will speak on “The Justice and Mercy of the Father” during Divine Mercy devotions at St. Columbkille Parish in Imperial on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. Following talk, rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed.


On Sunday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m., Toni Jester will come to St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township to speak about Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry to men and women suffering from effects of abortion. Ministry offers retreats, counseling and other resources. For information, contact Will Reaves at willr@scospgh.org.



All women, high school-age and older, are invited to the Women in God’s Spirit (WINGS) morning of reflection Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-noon, in the Upper Cardinal DiNardo Center of SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township. Program includes prayer, presentation, fellowship, light brunch and Mass. Child care provided, but requires pre-registration. To register, visit www.greatgrouping.org/wings.



Women across the diocese are being asked to consider joining Seven Sisters Apostolate aimed at strengthening the church by ensuring a Holy Hour is prayed each day of the week for the intention of a specific priest or bishop. Those who wish to join apostolate are asked to make a commitment for one year. One of the seven women serves as “anchoress,” and is responsible for overseeing her prayer warriors. For information about establishing an apostolate, visit www.sevensistersapostolate.org or e-mail Monica Leihy at monicaleihy@gmail.com.

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