Friday December 06, 2013
All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. James School cafeteria, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, eggs and more. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 5. For information, call 412-741-6650 or visit www.saintjames-church.com.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
Story time for preschoolers, 12:30-1:30 p.m., East Catholic School library, 2001 Ardmore Blvd., Forest Hills. Program includes story, rhyme, song and craft. It is free and open to children ages 2˝-5 years old and their parents or guardian. To register, call 412-351-5403 by Monday, Dec. 9.
Theology on tap gathering, 7 p.m., Rivertowne Pourhouse, 312 Center Road, Monroeville. Roni Salas, from Jerusalem and Bethlehem Christian Families — Land of Peace Mission, will speak about the organization. All young adults in their 20s and 30 are invited. Free appetizers are included.
FRIDAY, DEC. 13
Concert, 7 p.m., St. Kilian Parish, 7076 Franklin Road, Adams/Cranberry townships. Dreher Concert Chorale will perform “Come, Messiah, Come.” Concert includes orchestral accompaniment, soloists, narrators and video. Program is free and open to the public, with good-will offering accepted.
Mass in Italian, for feast of St. Lucy, 7 p.m., St. Regis Parish, 3235 Parkview Ave., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. For more information, visit www.saintregisparish.org.
SATURDAY, DEC. 14
Lunch with Santa, noon, St. John Fisher Parish, 33 Lewin Lane, Churchill. Cost is $5 for adults and free for children. For tickets, call 412-241-4722.
Homemade cookie sale, 3-5 p.m., St. Thomas More cafeteria, 126 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park (across from South Hills Village). Featuring cookies made by youth group, including double chocolate, lemon bars, coconut lady fingers, mini nut rolls, gingerbread and more. Small, medium and large plates for sale. Proceeds benefit youth group’s summer mission trip. For information, call Ann Shoplik at 412-344-5448.
SUNDAY, DEC. 15
All-you-can-eat breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon, St. John the Baptist Parish, 377 Linmore Ave., Baden. Featuring pancakes, French toast and sausage. Cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children age 10 and under, and free for children under 5.
Cookie and candy walk, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sacred Heart Parish, 310 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Featuring a variety of Loretta’s cookies and candies. Cost is $8 a pound.
Christmas Music Day for children, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., St. James Parish, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley. Geared for children 0-5 years old, this is a parent/child Christmas music class that includes song, story, dancing, instruments and more. Cost is $10 per family and includes a special gift. For information, call Caitlyn at 412-256-8603.
Choral concert, 3 p.m., St. John Neumann Parish, 2230 Rochester Road, Franklin Park. TriCounty Choir Institute will perform “Christmas Choral Buffet.” Good-will offering accepted. Reception will follow in social hall. For information, call 412-741-3463.
Organ recital, 3 p.m., St. Margaret Parish, 310 Mansfield Ave., Green Tree. Jacob Temple, parish director of music, will perform selections from Cesar Franck, J.S. Bach, Marcel Dupre and Louis Vierne. Concert is free and open to the public, with good-will offerings accepted.
Friday December 06, 2013
The TV program “Sunday Night Prime” on EWTN, hosted by Franciscan Father Andrew Apostoli, is set to spotlight the group Jesus — The Divine Mercy Foundation, including president Pat Polachek of Bentleyville. The show will air Sunday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m. The organization’s goal is to spread the message of Divine Mercy.
“Renew Theology on Tap” is coming to the Cranberry, Pittsburgh North and Butler areas. The first gathering will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the North Park Deckhouse, 20810 Route 19 in Cranberry Township. Father Philip Fogarty will discuss the infancy stories in the Gospels. All adults, ages 19-39, are invited. For information, call Kelly at 724-612-4749 or Barb at 724-776-1357.
WAVE OF PRAYER
Catholic Charities will answer the call of Pope Francis to join others around the world in a “Wave of Prayer” to end hunger. The wave will include 164 countries, and begin in Tonga and progress around the world until it reaches American Somoa 24 hours later. Pittsburgh will pray at noon Tuesday, Dec. 10, in front of the Catholic Charities Building, 212 Ninth St. in Downtown Pittsburgh. For more information, visit www.ccpgh.org.
“Transferable Skills” is the theme for the Joseph’s People workshop for December. Mary Lee Cannon, president of the St. Margaret Foundation and StartingOverNow.com, will present the workshop at St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Program is free, but registration is required. To register, call 412-963-8885.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
The public is invited to join Bishop David Zubik and the Latino Catholic Community for the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass in Spanish at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Celebration begins with the arrival of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from St. Regis Parish, along with the singing of “Las Mańanitas.” A reception will follow in social hall.
The Vilija (Slovak Christmas Eve dinner) will be celebrated for the 20th year in the Prince of Peace Parish Center, 81 S. 13th St. on Pittsburgh’s South Side, Saturday, Dec. 14, with dinner served at 5 p.m. (doors open at 4). Also known at Stredry Vecer (Bountiful Evening), it is a traditional meatless meal that features baked fish, homemade pirohy, mushroom soup, bobalky, palachinky, nut rolls and more. The Pittsburgh Slovakians will present Slovak folk songs and dances. Program will end with the Jaclickare (the retelling of Christ’s birth by poor shepherds). Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children under 12 and free for children under 3. Group discount is available. For reservations, call 412-481-8380.
HELP LITTLE SISTERS
The public can help the Little Sisters of the Poor fill the freezer for their Home for the Elderly in Pittsburgh’s Brighton Heights neighborhood by participating in its first “Turkey, Ham or Roast” drop on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Frozen turkeys, hams or roasts can be delivered to the Little Sisters’ home, 1028 Benton Ave., where volunteers will be on hand to collect food. For more information, call 412-307-1100.
MASS AND MEMORIAL BLESSING
The Knights of Columbus Gilmary Council 3868 will celebrate a Mass and memorial blessing at St. John Vianney Parish in Pittsburgh's Hilltop neighborhood on Sunday, Dec. 15, starting at noon. Bishop David Zubik will be the main celebrant. Following the Mass, there will be a dedicaiton and memorial blessing service to honor Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus.
St. Alexis Parish in Wexford will sponsor a parish mission, “The Crib, The Cross, The Gift,” presented by Franciscan Father Dave Pivonka, Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 16-18. Evening talks begin at 7 p.m. Scheduled talks: Monday, Dec. 16, “The Crib,” followed by penance service; Tuesday, Dec. 17, “The Cross,” followed by adoration; Wednesday, Dec. 18, “The Gift,” followed by Mass. On Monday and Tuesday, a dinner will be served in the cafeteria. Those attending dinner should bring a side dish or salad. Desserts will be served after Wednesday’s Mass and talk. For information, call 724-935-4343.
FATHER SCOTT TO SPEAK
Capuchin Father Scott Seethaler will lead a Spirituality on Aging Program at St. Patrick Parish in Canonsburg on Monday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. Father Scott also will address the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Program is free and open to the public. To register, call 724-745-6560.
The Music Plus Concert Series continues at St. James Parish in Sewickley, with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performing “A Christmas Concert: Music for McGuire” on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 3 p.m. Quaker Valley School Musicians will perform at 2:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $25, with all proceeds benefitting McGuire Memorial in New Brighton. A dessert reception will follow concert. For information, call 412-741-6650.
Servant Song Ministries, 720 E. Greene St., Waynesburg, 724-852-2133.
• Advent retreat day, “Comet to the Quiet,” Wednesday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch will be served. • Retreat day for kids, “What Gift Will You Bring?,” Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-3:30 p.m. For elementary to middle school-age kids. Includes story, song and crafts.