Friday March 27, 2015
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
Stuffed pork chop dinner and raffle, noon-5 p.m., St. Mary Lyceum, 910 Chestnut St., Pittsburgh’s North Side. Cost is $11. Takeout is available. Call 412-322-6255.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
Musical opera on the Passion of Christ, “Make Us Believers,” 7:30 p.m., St. Camillus Parish, 314 W. Englewood Ave., Neshannock Township. Suggested donation of $5 will be accepted at the door.
Tenebrae service, 8 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Parish, 1000 Third Ave., Conway.
THURSDAY, APRIL 2
Chrism Mass, 10 a.m., St. Paul Cathedral, 108 N. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.
SUNDAY, APRIL 5
Mass in Polish, 10 a.m., Our Lady Queen of Peace Church of St. Peter Parish, 907 Middle Road, Pittsburgh’s North Side. Call 412-921-7589.
Blessing of families, 2 p.m., St. Paul Cathedral, 108 N. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Conducted by Bishops David Zubik, William Waltersheid and William Winter.
AROUND THE DIOCESE
The South Central Cursillo Ultreya will host a traditional Seder dinner on Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m., in the social hall of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport. The dinner is open to the public. The cost is $10 with advance registration required. To register, call Mary or Wayne Fleckenstein at 412-678-1723 or Jennie Quintana at 412-673-9159 by Sunday, March 29.
DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
The Divine Mercy of God novena will be conducted at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood from April 3-12. The novena schedule: April 3, following the 2 p.m. Good Friday liturgy, and 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 4, following the 2 p.m. blessing of Easter foods and baskets; Sunday, April 5, following the 8:30 a.m. Easter Sunday Mass in Polish; Monday-Friday, April 6-10, 7 p.m. Mass and novena; Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mass and novena; Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m. Mass and Eucharistic procession, veneration of the Divine Mercy picture and relic. For more information, call 412 -621-5170.
WAY OF THE CROSS
On Good Friday, April 3, Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi invites the public to join in an ecumenical public procession of prayer, song and silence to commemorate the Passion and death of Jesus. The group will meet at the Greyhound bus station in Downtown Pittsburgh at 8:45 a.m., and the event will end at 10:30 a.m. At various stops prayers will be offered, and speakers will talk on such issues as fair wage, racism, care of the environment and more. Participants are asked to bring a cross to carry inscribed with a peace and justice issue important to them. A collection will be taken up for Casa Jose, a local program providing housing and services for immigrants. For more information, call Mimi Darragh at 412-445-7102.
THEOLOGY ON TAP
Young adults in their 20s and 30s are invited to a Theology on Tap gathering on Monday, April 6, from 7-9 p.m., at Steel Cactus, 5505 Walnut St. in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Franciscan Father Dave Pivonka will share his spiritual journey walking along the El Camino de Santiago in Spain. Free appetizers will be served. The donation is $5.
• St. Anne Parish in Castle Shannon is offering a seven-week bereavement series starting Thursday, April 9. Meetings are held on Thursdays, at 7 p.m., in the dePalma Room. For more information and to register, call Pegi Wright at 412-531-1193 or Kathy Raimondi at 412-344-9690.
• Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park will sponsor a seven-week grief support series for those who have lost a loved one. Meetings will be held on Wednesdays, from 7-8:30 p.m., April 8-May 20. To register and for more information, call Liz Bachtel at 724-337-0049 or the religious education office at 412-795-4389.
La Roche College will host the 10th annual Global Problems, Global Solutions conference titled “Saving Our Children: A Global Issue — A Local Response.” The conference begins with registration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Zappala College Center Square on the main campus in McCandless Township. A general session will be at 7 p.m., with the keynote address delivered by Maureen Dunn, division chief of the Office of Policy and Strategy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The conference will continue on Friday, April 10, with discussions by local experts from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Ryan Room of the Zappala College Center. The conference is free and open to the public. For information or to register, visit www.laroche.edu/global or call 412-536-1215.
Avgolemeno (Greek chicken), wedding and split pea will be the soups featured during the monthly soup takeout sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God on Wednesday, April 15, from 3-6 p.m., at the motherhouse, 3603 McRoberts Road in Whitehall. The cost is $5 for a quart, and includes two dinner rolls. To place an order, call 412-885-7232 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, April 9.
VERA BRADLEY BINGO
The Confraternity of Christian Mothers at St. Gabriel Parish in Whitehall will host a Vera Bradley Bingo on Saturday, April 11, in the parish hall. Doors will open at 11 a.m., with lunch served at 11:30 a.m. and bingo at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door (pending availability). For tickets and more information, call Shannon at 412-650-0105.
LIFE IN SPIRIT
St. Monica Parish in Chippewa Township will begin a seven-week Life in the Spirit seminar. Meetings will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12 and 19. A retreat on Saturday, April 23, will conclude the program. The program is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, call 724-846-7540. EXPLORE
The Sisters of St. Joseph are offering an opportunity for girls in seventh through 12th grade to”explore” the life of a religious sister at the motherhouse located at 1020 State St. in Baden. The day includes Mass with the sisters, lunch, input, reflection, sharing and a social. The program is offered on two days, Sunday, April 19, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., or Thursday, April 23, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The program is free. For more information and to register, call Sister Marguerite Kropinak at 724-869-6585 by April 12.
Martina Spiritual Renewal Center, 5244 Clarwin Ave., West View.
• Retreat, “Joy of the Resurrection: A Reason to Celebrate,” for faith community nurses, health ministers, clergy and others interested in reconnecting with and celebrating the Easter season, 4 p.m. Friday, April 24, through 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Hosted by the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, part of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, and Trinity Health. The cost is $110, with partial scholarships available. Registration is limited to 20 participants. To register, visit http://www.pmhs.org/about-us/news-and-publications.aspx by April 15. For more information about partial scholarships, call 412-232-7151.
St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Ave., Pittsburgh’s South Side.
• “Part 2: Discovering the Gift of the True Self: Seeing Ourselves from God’s Perspective,” 5 p.m. Friday, April 17 (dinner at 6:10 p.m.), through 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Presented by Fran Tarkett and Passionist Father Edwin Moran. The cost is $160. To register, call 412-381-7676.