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Monday April 21, 2014


• St. Gregory Parish in Zelienople invites the public to Divine Mercy devotions at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Devotions include the Divine Mercy chaplet and praises, rosary and veneration of the Divine Mercy image.

• Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Burgettstown will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday on April 27 with adoration following the 11:30 a.m. Mass until 3 p.m., at which time the Divine Mercy chaplet will be sung.

• SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Scott Township will hold an Easter procession with the Ambrose-Romanos singers on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. in the church.


The monthly Theology Night Club at SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m., will feature speaker Father Lawrence DiNardo, vicar for canonical services of the diocese. The presentation will include an update on the upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops. The program is free and open to the public. To register, call Mary Bulger at 412-364-6199, e-mail mayme4@verizon.net or visit www.stsjohnandpaul.org. For baby-sitting availability, call Bonnie at 724-935-2104, ext. 230.


Songwriter, recording artist and speaker David Kauffman will perform a concert titled “A Hand to Hold” on Tuesday, April 22, from 7-8:30 p.m., in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on the campus of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. The concert is free and open to the public, with a free-will offering accepted. For more information, call Stephen Steinbeiser at 412-396-6019, or e-mail Steinbeiser@duq.edu.


Adults are invited to learn the art of iconography at a workshop to be held at Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church in Wall from Friday through Sunday, April 24-27. Students of all levels are welcome, and they must be able to attend all three days to have a completed icon. The cost is $110, and will cover all supplies including an 8x10 gesso board, paints, gold leaf and more. The cost of a 10x12 icon is $125. Snacks will be provided. For more information and to register, call Marylyn Barone at 412-678-9453 or e-mail mwbarone@comcast.net.


Dance to the oldies with disc jockey Ron on Saturday, April 26, at Most Holy Name Parish in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with dancing from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, and are available at parish rectory and The Attic Record Store in Millvale. Draft beer and wine (for adults), mixers, water and food will be available.


Bingo, games, crafts, a country store and basket raffles are some of the highlights of the spring festival sponsored by School Sisters of St. Francis and Mount Assisi Academy Preschool, 934 Forest Ave. in Bellevue. The event also will feature halupki, and chicken dinners and baked goods.


“Encounter the Fire,” a Life in the Spirit Seminar, will meet at 7:45 p.m. for six consecutive Tuesdays starting April 29 at St. Richard Parish in Richland Township. For more information, call Bob at 724-444-6524 or Joan at 724-265-2514.


The Christian Ladies of Joy will host their 90th annual spring luncheon on Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m., in Father Marchukonis Hall of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park. Tickets are $15, and include lunch, refreshment and entertainment. For tickets, call Theresa Taylor at 412-793-6022 by Sunday, April 27.


The new DVD study “Catholicism” series, “The New Evangelization,” featuring Father Robert Barron, will be offered for the first time in the Diocese of Pittsburgh at St. Bernard Parish in Mount Lebanon. The six-week study begins on Monday, May 12, and will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the parish’s Clairvaux Hall. The program is designed to enrich the participants’ Catholic faith and inspire them to share it with those who have fallen away from the church. To register, send name, e-mail address, street address and phone number, along with a $30 check for material, made payable to St. Bernard Church and mail to: Attn: Father Barron Study, St. Bernard, 311 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15216. Registration deadline is May 2.


Magnificat Pittsburgh, a ministry for women, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary at a prayer breakfast on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the Sheraton Four Points in Cranberry Township. Father Tom Sparacino, the group’s spiritual advisor, will give the keynote address. The cost is $20. To register, call Kay at 724-772-6749, Pam at 412-461-8906, or visit www.magnificatpittsburgh.org. Registration deadline is May 2.


Catholic Hospice and Palliative Services invites the public to participate in its annual Peace, Love, Run 13.1 half-marathon and 5K Run Walk on Sunday, June 22, starting at the boathouse in North Park in McCandless Township. The half-marathon starts at 7 a.m., and the 5K Run/Walk begins at 7:45 a.m. Early registration cost for the half-marathon is $45, and $20 for the 5K Run/Walk. Day of event costs are $50 for half-marathon and $25 for the 5K Run/Walk. Proceeds benefit Catholic Hospice (not affiliated with the Diocese of Pittsburgh). To register, visit www.active.com, or call Catholic Hospice at 1-866-933-6221. Donations and volunteers are also needed. For more information, call 1-866-933-6221.

50TH ANNIVERSARY,p> St. Gerard Majella Parish in Penn Hills has announced it will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 19, beginning with Mass at 10 a.m. celebrated by Bishop David Zubik. A brunch will follow at 3 Lakes Golf Course, 6700 Saltsburg Road in Penn Hills. Any former parishioners wishing to join in the celebration should call Mary Ann at 412-793-6713.


Holy Cross Parish in East Pittsburgh has changed the date of its parish gathering to mark the closing of the parish. A small celebration will now be held on Sunday, April 27, following the 11 a.m. Mass at St. William Church.

Monday April 21, 2014

Mass with prayers for healing, 7 p.m., St. John the Baptist Parish, 444 St. John St., Plum. Sponsored by Fraternity of Priests.


“Junque” sale, 5-8 p.m., Benedict Hall of St. Winifred Parish, 550 Sleepy Hollow Road, Mount Lebanon. Also, Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.-noon, with bag sale at 10:30 a.m. Free admission.


Pro-life Easter egg hunt, for children ages 2-12, 11 a.m., SS. John and Paul Parish, 2586 Wexford Bayne Road, Franklin Park/Marshall Township. Featuring 5,000 eggs and more than 100 pounds of candy. Free-will donations will be accepted for Genesis House of Pittsburgh. To register, visit http://www.tinyurl.com/ssjpegghunt2014.

Bingo, 7:30 p.m., social hall of Our Lady of Joy Parish, 2000 O’Block Road, Holiday Park. Sponsored by the Holy Name Society. The cost is $15.


All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Augustine Auditorium of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, 225 37th St., Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, with proceeds benefitting local charities.

Spaghetti dinner, 1-5 p.m., motherhouse of Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God, 3603 McRoberts Road, Whitehall. Cost is $8, and includes freshly prepared spaghetti, homemade sauce and meatballs with salad and dessert. Takeout is available. For more information, call Mary Scabilloni at 412-881-8754.

Super bingo, 1 p.m. (early birds at 12:45 p.m.), St. Jude Parish, 405 Westinghouse Ave., Wilmerding. Cost is $25.

Spring bingo, 2 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.), social hall of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, 1313 Fifth Ave., East McKeesport. Sponsored by Christian Women/Mothers and youth group. Donation is $20.

Mass in Spanish, 4 p.m., Grotto Chapel on the campus of SS. John and Paul Parish, 2586 Wexford Bayne Road, Franklin Park/Marshall Township. Father Fernando Torres will be the celebrant. Presented by the International Families Ministry.

Monday April 21, 2014
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, 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, through noon Sunday, May 4.

Martina Spiritual Renewal Center, 5244 Clarwin Ave, West View, 412-931-9766, www.sistersoftheholyspirit.com.

• Encounter with Silence scriptural retreat, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 18, through lunch on Sunday, May 25. A scriptural retreat spent in silence, meditation, prayer and daily Mass. Presenter is Benedictine Father John-Mary Tompkins. Cost is $375.

Gilmary Retreat Center, 601 Flaugherty Run Road, Findlay Township, 412-264-8400, www.gilmarycenter.org.

• Retreat for women, “Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola,” Friday through Sunday, May 30-June 1. Silent retreat with spiritual talks for personal meditation. Presented by priests of Miles Christi. Cost is $135 for double occupancy, $150 for private room.

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