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Friday, January 24, 2020 - Updated: 1:04 pm


The parishes of St. Raphael in Pittsburgh’s Morningside neighborhood and Sacred Heart in the city’s Shadyside neighborhood are praying a “9 Days for Life” novena, Jan. 21-29. Participants are asked to pray the rosary each of the nine days and attend Mass Wednesday, Jan. 22 (which marks the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court rulings legalizing abortion). Masses are at 12:05 p.m. at Sacred Heart and 7 p.m. at St. Raphael, with rosary at 6:30 p.m. A special Mass to conclude novena will be at St. Raphael on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m., with rosary at 6:30 p.m.



The cost and date of the prayer breakfast for women, published in the Jan. 17 issue, contained incorrect information on date and cost. Magnificat Pittsburgh, a ministry for women, will host a prayer breakfast Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m.-noon at DoubleTree by Hilton in Cranberry Township. Father Levi Hartle will speak about his journey to the priesthood. Cost is $25 for adults, $15 for students. To register, call Donna at 412-364-0969 or visit www.magnificatpittsburgh.org.


National Association of Pastoral Musicians Pittsburgh will bring the Christmas season to a liturgical close with its fifth annual “Candlemas Celebration: Mass and Invitational Choir Fest of Music for the Season,” on Sunday, Feb. 2, at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Township. Mass begins at 3 p.m., followed by festival of local parish choirs singing Christmas anthems. Reception and fellowship follow. All are welcome to celebrate this ancient fest. For information, visit www.npmpgh.org.



“Laudato Si’, My Parish and Me,” four-session program on Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., will begin Feb. 5 at Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless Township. Featuring message of Pope Francis with information for individuals and parishes on how to have necessary but non-threatening conversations about climate change and its consequences. Sessions will be facilitated by James McCarville, vice president (lay member), Association of Pittsburgh Priests. To register, call 412-366-1124 or e-mail kearns@cdpsisters.org.


The Women’s Guild and Christian Mothers of St. Valentine Parish in Bethel Park invite women to the 65th annual Queen of Hearts Card Party and Luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 8, in the parish’s Frawley Hall, with doors opening at 9 a.m. Party features lunch catered by Cyd West Comfort Catering. Cost is $25 per person, purchased by Feb. 1. For tickets and information, call 412-608-2939 or 412-303-9435. 


Diocesan Addiction Recovery Ministry will celebrate its first anniversary Sunday, Feb. 9, with an anointing Mass for those struggling with addiction or are in recovery. Mass will start at 3 p.m. at Madonna of Jerusalem Church of St. Juan Diego Parish, Ninth Street in Sharpsburg. An activity and refreshments will follow in the John Paul I Center (across the street). For information, visit www.addictionrecoveryministrypittsburgh.org.


Two parishes are beginning an 11-week Alpha course that includes a meal, short video and discussion. St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Glenshaw will host course Tuesdays, starting Feb. 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with dinner served. St. Ursula Parish in Allison Park will hold course Wednesdays from noon-2 p.m., starting Feb. 12, and will serve lunch. For information and to register, visit www.stsmaryandursula.org/alpha.


Learn about the growth and development of the Mass through the last 2,000 years at a two-part program, “The Heart of the Mass,” at Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless Township, on Tuesdays, Feb. 11 and 18, from 7-8 p.m. Conducted by John Corcoran Jr., first session focuses on Liturgy of the Word, second session on Liturgy of the Eucharist. Cost is $30. For information and to register, call 412-366-1124, e-mail kearns@cdpsisters.org or visit www.cdpsisters.org/kearns.



St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish invites public to evening of music, food, drink and friends Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in McCann Hall of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood. Music provided by a New Orleans-flavored rock and blues band, The Colbys. Cost is $35 per person, $65 for couple, and includes buffet dinner and setups (BYOB). For information and tickets, call 412-563-0858.



Married couples are invited to St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Ave. on Pittsburgh’s South Side, for a retreat day Sunday, Feb. 16, from 1:30-7 p.m. Program includes special Valentine’s Day dinner and presentations by married couples Deacon Tim and Lisa Noca and Jenny and Eric Collier. Cost is $80. For information and to register, call 412-381-7676.



St. Joseph Spirituality Center, 1020 State St. in Baden, presents a six-part series, ”An Introduction to Christian Meditation,” on Monday evenings, March 2-April 6. Participants will meditate in a small group setting while entering into prayer through silence, stillness and simplicity. Cost is $120. To register, call 724-869-6587 or visit www.bit.ly/ChristianMeditation2020. Registration deadline is Feb. 21.



Catholic parishes and schools are invited to submit information to the Pittsburgh Catholic for the Parish Fish Fry Guide, to be published in the Feb. 14 issue, with a submission deadline of Friday, Jan. 31, and Parish Lenten Services/Activities listing, to be published in the Feb. 21 issue, with a submission deadline of Monday, Feb. 3. Prepared fliers, bulletin announcements and news releases can be submitted by e-mail to pzezza@pittsburghcatholic.org or by fax to 412-471-4228. Pittsburgh Catholic also has an information form. For those wishing to use the form, call Peggy Zezza at 412-471-1252, ext. 3571, and a form will be e-mailed. There is no charge to parishes and schools for listing. For paid advertising, contact sales representative or call 412-471-1252.

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