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Friday, September 26, 2014
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Friday September 26, 2014


Blood drive, 12:30-6 p.m., Finley Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 3609 Washington Ave., Finleyville. Walk-ins welcome. For an appointment, call Frank Kovscek at 724-348-6537 or Keith Folz at 724-348-0504.

Shopping extravaganza, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, 1617 Route 228, Cranberry Township. Vendors include Avon, It Works, Photography with Scripture, Mary & Martha, Silpada, Tupperware and more.


Oktoberfest, 6-10 p.m., St. James Parish, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley. Menu includes German potato salad, hot dogs, pork and beans, German chocolate cake and more. Cost is $10 for adults, $3 for children up to eighth grade and $5 for youth in grades 8-12. Also includes music, children’s games and tractor rides.

Transitus service (recalling passing of St. Francis of Assisi), 7 p.m., Our Lady of the Angels Parish, 225 37th St., Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.


Blood drive, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., St. Mary Parish, 10 St. Mary’s Lane, Cecil. Walk-ins welcome.

Fall flea market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Elizabeth Parish, 1 Grove Place, Pleasant Hills. For information, call 412-653-4857.

Devotions, World Apostolate of Fatima/Blue Army, 8 a.m. Mass, followed by rosary and meeting, St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler.

Giant rummage sale, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., St. Aloysius Parish, 3616 Mount Troy Road, Reserve Township. Includes 18 rooms of items. Also, Sunday, Oct. 5, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Call 412-821-3610.

Craft show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., school gym and cafe of St. Thomas More Parish, 126 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park. Blessing of animals, 11 a.m., Our Lady of the Angels Parish, 225 37th St., Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.

Fall festival/flea market, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Wendelin School, 211 St. Wendelin Road, Carbon Center.

Blessing of animals, 12:30 p.m., St. Therese Lisieux Parish, 1 St. Therese Court, Munhall.

Devotions, Apostolate of Fatima, 3:45 p.m. rosary, followed by Mass and confession, St. Christopher Parish, 229 N. Franklin St., Prospect. Participants are asked to bring nonperishable goods for the needy.

Night at the races and spaghetti dinner, 5 p.m. doors open, dinner at 5:30 p.m., races at 7 p.m., Risen Lord Parish, 3250 California Ave., Pittsburgh’s Marshall/Shadeland neighborhood. Cost is $10, and includes dinner.

Blessing of pets, 6:30 p.m., St. James Parish, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley. For more information, call 412-741-6650 or visit www.saintjames-church.com.

Night at the races, 6:30 p.m., Our Lady of Fatima, 2270 Brodhead Road, Hopewell Township. Tickets are $15. For information, e-mail Carla.Mastellino.Thomas@gmail.com.


Breakfast brunch buffet, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., St. James Parish the Apostle Parish, 4019 U.S. Route 422, Pulaski. Cost is $8 for adults, $3 for kids. Menu includes, french toast, pancakes, ham, bacon, cinnamon rolls and more.

Craft/vendor show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Archangel Hall of St. Michael Parish, 101 McLay Drive, Elizabeth. Sponsored by Christian Mothers/Women’s Guild.

Calix society Mass and meeting, 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary Church of St. Juan Diego Parish, 201 Ninth St., Sharpsburg, followed by meeting. Calix Society is an association for Catholics in recovery. Call 412-607-4011.

Super bingo, 12:30 p.m. doors open, St. Gregory Parish, 2 W. Beaver St., Zelienople. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For tickets, call 724-452-7245.

Life Chain, 1-2 p.m., St. Hugh Parish, 408 Route 88, Carmichaels. This is part of an international hour of prayer on behalf of the unborn at risk of elective abortion. Blessing of pets, 2 p.m., St. John Fisher, 33 Lewin Lane, Churchill. Light refreshments served.

Mass of the anointing of the sick, 3 p.m., St. Paul Cathedral, 108 N. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Mass is not only for sick, but also their loved ones, caregivers and anyone who would like to participate in this time of prayer and grace. For more information, call 412-621-4951.



Bowen Family Systems Theory, a practical approach for managing the relationship challenges that can bog down a church or organization, will be explored in an eight-session class, meeting from 12:30-3:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month, from Oct. 10-May 8, in Room 203 of Domenec Hall of St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. Licensed clinical social worker Ann Depner will instruct the class, which consists of a lecture and an application section. There is a fee. For more information or to register, call 412-952-3144 or e-mail ADepner57@gmail.com. The registration deadline is Oct. 3.


The speakers series at Aquinas Academy in Hampton Township continues on Friday, Oct. 3, from 7-8:30 p.m., in the Rhodora J. Donahue Building. Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society, will present “How to Raise ‘Complete Thinkers’ in a One-Dimensional Educational Culture.” Ahlquist will give insights into how to reignite learning, drawing on the wisdom of G.K. Chesterton. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 724-444-0722.


Former students and graduates of Ursuline Academy in Pittsburgh’s Friendship neighborhood are invited to an all-class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 4-7 p.m., in the conference center and Wintergarden of Allegheny/West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood. Mass will be celebrated, followed by dinner. The cost is $35. To register, call Ellen McKnight at 1-502-515-7526, or e-mail emcknight@ursulineslou.org by Oct. 3.


La Roche College in McCandless Township will host The North Pittsburgh College Fair, featuring more than 140 colleges and universities, on Monday, Oct. 6, from 6-8 p.m., in the college’s Kerr Fitness and Sports Center. Admission and parking is free. For more information, call the Office of Freshman Admissions at 412-536-1272.


St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry Township will host a free presentation by Real Foods coach and speaker Kathy Parry titled “Learn Your ABCs and Omega 3s of Supplements,” on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, call 724-776-1357.


World War II and Korean War veterans are invited to join a free bus trip to visit the national memorials in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Oct. 9. Buses will leave at 6 a.m. and return at 9 p.m. Boxed lunches, dinners and beverages will be provided. Nurses and helpers will be on board to offer assistance. To register, call 724-709-3614.


The diocese is offering two training sessions titled “Forming Intentional Disciples,” presented by author Sherry Weddell, for priests, deacons, pastoral associates, religious education directors and coordinators, young adult and youth ministers, leaders in adult faith formation, parish pastoral and finance council members and diocesan staff. Sessions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, at 10 a.m., in the Cardinals’ Great Hall on the campus of St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. The cost is $10, with five continuing education credits given. To register, visit www.diopitt.org. The registration deadline is Oct. 9.


The Christian Mothers of St. Gabriel Parish in Whitehall will host a designer purse and cash bash on Friday, Oct. 10, in the parish hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the purse raffle begins at 7 p.m. and cash raffles start at 7:15 p.m. The raffles will be held every 15 minutes. The cost is $30, and includes dinner and dessert. Proceeds benefit the parish school. For tickets, call Cathy Zeigler at 412-478-5853.


St. Mary of the Mount Parish in Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington neighborhood will host a festival in Sullivan Hall on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11, from 4-8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 12, from 1-7 p.m. Highlights include a variety of ethnic foods, crafts, entertainment and flea market.


The public is invited to attend the fifth annual St. Ursula Parish gala dinner and reverse raffle on Friday evening, Oct. 10, in the parish social hall located in Allison Park. The evening features a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by a catered dinner, a raffle and more. The donation is $100, and includes raffle tickets. Dinner only is $50. For tickets, call 412-654-4721.


German fare, kids’ activities, live music and raffles are some of the highlights of St. Joe’s Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 11, from noon-7 p.m., at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in New Castle. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.StJoesOktoberfest.org.


The 22nd annual Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Symposium will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in the Sister M. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium on the campus of UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust St. in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. KDKA-TV reporter and author Jennifer Antkowiak, founder of Jennifer Cares, a Pittsburgh-based company that provides multimedia content and products to help caregivers, will deliver the keynote address titled “Take Care Tips: How to Care for Yourself While Taking Care of Others.” Antkowiak will offer insights on how faith community nurses, health ministers and family caregivers can help others be better prepared for the caregiving journey. The cost ranges from $10-$40, depending on the person’s needs to receive continuing education credits. All participants receive brunch and free parking. Advance registration is required by Oct. 17. To register, call 412-232-5815, or visit www.pmhs.org/parish-nurse-program/education-and-resources.aspx.

ENJOY 2015

The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill are selling 2015 Enjoy coupon books for $30 each. The books include hundreds of coupons for dining, shopping, events and more. To reserve a book, call Sister Agnes Steedle at 724-836-0406, ext. 6464, or Sister Patrice Hughes at 412-343-1382.


The public is invited to St. Augustine Hall of Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood for an Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, Oct. 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The festival features German food, strudel, beverages, wine, beer and more. Tickets are $15.


Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality, 820 Crane Ave., Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood. To register, call 412-341-7494 one week in advance of session.

• “Tuesday Evenings with the Masters: Augustine of Hippo,” Monday, Oct. 7, 7-9:30 p.m., Dr. Susan Muto is facilitator. Cost is $10.

• “First Mondays, “The Legacy of Prison Literature — The Prison Meditations of Jacques Fesch,” Monday, Oct. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Dr. Susan Muto is facilitator. Cost is $20.

St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Ave., Pittsburgh’s South Side. To register and for more information, call 412-381-7676.

• Women’s retreat, “Bringing Hope and Compassion to a Hurting World,” 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, through noon Sunday, Oct. 12.

Franciscan Spirit and Life Center, 3605 McRoberts Road, Whitehall.

• “Catechist Make and Take Sharing Session,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Featuring take-home activities that can be used in the next session. Cost is $10. To register, call 412-215-7743.

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