Friday, March 09, 2018 - Updated: 2:06 pm
St. Monica Parish in Beaver Falls welcomes the public to a teaching session and sacred relics exposition Saturday, March 10, following 6 p.m. Mass. More than 150 relics will be shown, some believed to be as old as 2,000 years. Among the treasures will be relics from St. Monica, St. Joseph, St. Maria Goretti, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua and more. For more information, visit www.treasuresofthechurch.com.
“Examen Prayer of St. Ignatius Loyola as a Lenten Practice” is the title of a presentation by Cathy Wray on Tuesday, March 13, 6:30-8 p.m. at Nativity Parish in South Park Township. To register, call 412-215-7743.
The 55 Plus Group at St. James Parish in Sewickley invites those interested to a lunch and meeting Thursday, March 15, from noon-2 p.m. at the parish. Cathi Rhodes, Patsy Cline tribute artist, will perform. Lunch is $9 for members, $9.50 for nonmembers. Public is welcome to join group, which meets for lunch and entertainment on the third Thursday, from September through May. To register, call Ed at 412-977-8813.
Public is invited to Harkins Hall of St. Anne Parish in Castle Shannon to hear author Kerry Crawford speak on “Pilgrimage: The Journey Beyond and Within” on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m.
EASTER BUNNY BRUNCH
Risen Lord Parish in Pittsburgh’s Marshall/Shadeland neighborhood welcome guests to a brunch with the Easter bunny on Sunday, March 18, with doors opening at noon. Festivities include brunch, story time, art projects, Easter egg hunt and photo opportunity. Cost is $5 for children and adults. For reservations, call Monica Milsop at 412-613-3107, or parish office at 412-761-1507, ext. 4.
Thirteen novenas to St. Anthony of Padua will be prayed on Tuesdays starting March 20 at St. Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood. Novena ends June 12. Mass and novena is at 8:30 a.m., with novena and Benediction at 7:30 p.m.
JESUS CALLS US TO FORGIVE
“70 X 70: Jesus Call Us to Forgive” will be presented by Eileen Colianni on Wednesday, March 21, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Ave. on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Talk will examine obstacles/misconceptions to forgiving, physical and spiritual repercussions of refusing to forgive and more. Cost is $10. To register, call 412-381-7676.
The Benedictines for Peace, a committee of the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh, invite the public to a Lenten prayer/meditation, “The Way: The Stations of the Cross in Prayer and Clay,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at St. Benedict Monastery, 3526 Bakerstown Road in Bakerstown. Social will follow. Program will feature clay art by Benedictine Sister Dolores Conley. To register, call Sister Susanne at 724-420-2566.
SPIRIT OF ST. JOSEPH
St. Joseph High School in Natrona Heights named three recipients for the third annual Spirit of St. Joseph Award: Larry Barkowski, Father Donald Conroy and Frances Woytek (posthumously). Awards will be presented at a dinner and ceremony Saturday evening, March 24, in the ballroom of Oakmont Country Club. Event is open to all with advance reservations. Contact Development Director Christie Benton at 724-226-8043, or e-mail email@example.com for information and reservations.
The Vigil Project concert, “Seeking and Saving” tour, featuring a community of artists and musicians, will be at St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood on Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. This Lenten night of worship for the whole family includes music, prayer and reflection. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Children under age 12 are free. For tickets, call 412-661-3100, or visit www.vigilproject.eventbrite.com.
“Unbound,” a video seminar and teachings from Benedictine Father Boniface Hicks, will be Saturday, March 24, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Parish, 11400 St. Agnes Lane in Irwin. “Unbound” is a simple, gentle and powerful prayer ministry where participants learn to claim freedom that Jesus Christ promises. Cost is $20, and includes lunch. For more information and to register, contact the following: Marti Ditoppa, 724-863-2626, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Peggy Evans, 412-398-0776, email@example.com.
The South Central Cursillo Ultreya invites the public to a Seder dinner Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the social hall of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport. A representative Jewish Seder meal will be shared along with a regular meal. Cost is $12. For reservations, call Mary or Wayne Fleckenstein at 412-678-1723 by Sunday, March 25.
St. Bernadette School in Monroeville is selling tickets for its annual fundraising gala Saturday, April 7, from 5:30-11 p.m. at Stratigos Banquet Hall in North Huntingdon. Gala highlights include open bar, food stations, raffles, auctions, dancing and photo booth. Cost is $60. For information and tickets, call Lisa Pavlik at 412-841-2197, or e-mail LisaLyates@yahoo.com. Deadline for reservations is March 31.
Hear Rwandan genocide survivor and best-selling author Immaculee Ilibagiza share her story of faith, hope and the power of forgiveness on Tuesday, April 3, in the Union Ballroom at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with talk from 7-8:30 p.m. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Talk is sponsored by the university’s Center for African Studies. Event is free and open to the public, with good-will offering accepted at door. Book sale and signing will follow. To register, visit www.duq.edu/forgiveness.
Registration is now open for the Following Christ series at St. Pamphilus Parish in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood on Mondays, April 9-May 21, from 7-9 p.m. Course consists of seven sessions and a retreat day. Sessions include prayer, teaching video and small group discussion. To register, call Christine Gedid at 412-337-9383.
ART ROONEY AWARD DINNER
The Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh and the Rooney family will host the 45th annual Art Rooney Award dinner Monday, April 9, at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh. During dinner, the following awards will be presented: Art Rooney Award, Morgan O’Brien, CEO of Peoples Natural Gas Co.; Bob Prince Award, Mike Sullivan, head coach, Pittsburgh Penguins; John E. McGrady Award, Dr. Stanley Marks, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; and Bill Burns Award, Lynn Hayes Freeland, KDKA-TV reporter. For tickets, call CYA at 412-621-3342, or visit www.artrooneyaward.com.
Tickets are being sold for the annual Chocolate Sunday, a benefit for McGuire Memorial set for Sunday, April 15, 2-5 p.m. at Seven Oaks Country Club, 132 Lisbon Road in Beaver. Guests will be able to visit vendors and receive samples of chocolate, candy, cake and more. Sponsored by the Marion Gordon Auxiliary, cost is $25. For tickets, call 724-728-3716.
Past and present parishioners and friends of Incarnation Parish in Pittsburgh’s Observatory Hill/Perry North neighborhood are invited to the parish’s 25th anniversary celebration on Pentecost Sunday, May 10, at the Four Seasons Banquet House in Gibsonia. Celebration begins with special Mass at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Cost is $10 per person for those age 13 and over, and free for those 12 and under. For information and reservations, call parish office at 412-931-2911, ext. 7. Reservations deadline is April 22.
Applications are being accepted for Junior Achievement scholarships for students who have participated in Junior Achievement in some way. To view scholarships that students would be eligible for, visit www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-westernpa/ja-scholarships. Application deadline is April 13.