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Friday, February 23, 2018 - Updated: 1:32 pm


St. Gabriel, Whitehall

• Five-week lecture series, “The Epistles of St. Paul,” Mondays, Feb. 26, March 5-26, 6:30-7:45 p.m., parish hall. Presented by Dr. William Switala, lectures will explore the structure and meaning of the basic teachings of St. Paul, and how they relate to the fundamental doctrines of the church. For information, visit www.stgabespgh.org/special-events.

• Free program, “A Lent to Remember,” includes Lenten reflections, videos and discussion, led by Father John Skirtich, Tuesdays, Feb. 27, March 13, 20 and 27, 7-8 p.m. Program is open to the public. For information, visit www.stgabespgh.org.

North American Martyrs, Monroeville

All at North American Martyrs in Monroeville, unless otherwise noted.

• “Inspirational Poetry,” presented by Father Aaron Kriss, Sunday, March 4, 12:15 p.m., DeLuca Hall.

• Parish Eucharistic Day, Monday, March 12, exposition and all-day adoration, starting at 8:30 a.m., with holy hour and Benediction at 7 p.m.

• Communal Penance service, Monday, March 26, 7 p.m.

• Stations of the Cross: Fridays of Lent, Feb. 23-March 23, 2:20 p.m.; Fridays of Lent, Feb. 23, March 9, 7 p.m.: Fridays, Feb. 16, March 2, March 16, St. Michael Church, Pitcairn; Friday, March 23, 7 p.m., Silhouette Stations of the Cross.


The free Bridgeville Area Catholic Lenten Speaker Series continues Monday, Feb. 26, with a talk by award-winning author Dawn Eden Goldstein titled “How Jesus Transfigures Our Wounds” at St. Barbara Parish in Bridgeville, starting at 7 p.m. She will discuss her conversion to the Catholic Church at age 31, and how she discovered Jesus is the Divine Physician.


Four parishes will join for a cluster parish mission titled “Our Journey with God,” to be presented by Joe and Maria Killian, Monday-Thursday, Feb. 26-March 1, at 7 p.m.; Feb. 26, Our Lady of Grace, Scott Township; Tuesday, Feb. 26, SS. Simon and Jude, Scott Township; Wednesday, Feb. 28, St. Margaret, Green Tree; Thursday, March 1, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Carnegie. 


Capuchin Father Scott Seethaler will present “The Healing Power of Lent” at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the parish’s ChristLife Spirit Refill team, program is free and open to the public.


Ascension Church of St. Philip Parish will host a soup and salad dinner, followed by speaker on Wednesdays, Feb. 21-March 21, starting with dinner at 6:15, through 8:30 p.m. Titled “Following Jesus on Road to Calvary,” the scheduled speakers are as follows: Feb. 28, “The Cross,” presented by Dr. Maureen Crossen; March 7, “The Psalms,” presented by Deacon Bill Batz; March 14, “The Last 7 Words of Christ,” presented by Father John Gizler; March 21, small group discussion. For information, call 412-922-6300.


St. Winifred Parish in Mount Lebanon is the location of a women’s Lenten retreat Saturday, March 3, starting at 9 a.m. Father Peter Horton will present “The Desert Shall Bloom.” Program includes light breakfast, talk and Mass. To register, call 412-561-6830 by March 1.


St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood will host a date night Saturday, March 3, from 7-9 p.m. Program will feature a scavenger hunt, “The Search for Love.” Free babysitting upon request. To register, call 412-661-3100, or e-mail Dolores Shipe at dshipe@straphaelpgh.org.


St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in Munhall will present a Lenten parish renewal titled “Light-Life-Love: The Johannine Trilogy,” led by Father John Marcucci from Sunday, March 4, through Wednesday, March 7. Schedule of talks: Sunday, March 4, 6 p.m., “Overview of the Johannine Trilogy;” Monday, March 5, 7 p.m., “The Light of Christ Abolishes the Darkness of Sin;” Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m., “The Life of Christ Conquers Death Itself,” followed by sacrament of reconciliation; Wednesday, March 7, 1 p.m., special session for seniors, “Growing into an Ageless Spirituality,” 7 p.m., “The Love of Christ Reveals the Divine Mystery,” followed by reception. Meager meals held in parish’s club room, Monday-Wednesday, March 5-7, at 6 p.m. For more information, call 412-462-8161, or visit www.st-therese.net.



Public is invited to free program, “The Shroud of Turin: One of the Greatest Mysteries!” to be presented at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Township on Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. A full-size replica will be on display to touch, view up close and take photographs. Shroud expert Bill Wingard will discuss early history, whether wounds of the shroud match the Bible accounts, why the image still baffles scientists and more.


Our Lady of Victory Parish in Harwick will host Capuchin Father Scott Seethaler for a presentation titled “L.E.N.T.: Let’s Eliminate Negative Thinking” on Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m. Dessert fellowship will follow. Sponsored by the parish’s education committee, program is free and open to the public, with good-will offering accepted. For information, call Mrs. T at 724-274-8575, ext. 5, or e-mail olovreligioused@outlook.com.


Disciple of the Lord Sister Mary Gianna will present “From None to Nun” at St. Mary Parish in Cecil Township on Monday, March 5, at 7 p.m. Sister will share her 10-year journey from agnostic student at Columbine High School during school shooting, to hearing God’s call to enter religious life. Talk is the third of the three-part Bridgeville Area Catholic Lenten Speaker Series “Unless You Turn,” and is free and open to the public.


“Lectio Divina: Praying with Scripture During the Season of Lent” is the title of a program to be held at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Ave. on Pittsburgh’s South Side, on Tuesday, March 6, from 7-8:30 p.m. Presented by Passionist Fathers Gerald Laba and Timothy Fitzgerald, program will include opportunity for meditation on a Scripture passage for the Lenten season, with faith sharing afterward. Cost is $10. To register, call 412-381-7676.


Eileen Colianni will present a Lenten morning of reflection titled “Fasting from Fear, Worry and Anxiety” on Tuesday, March 6, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the spiritual center of Nativity Parish in South Park Township. Program includes two talks, time for reflection, prayer experiences, discussion and lunch. To register, call Mary Ann at 412-215-7743.


Father Eugene Lauer will present “Spirituality/Peace for a Tense, Stressed-Out U.S. Culture” on Thursday, March 8, 4:30-9 p.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Ave. on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Program includes dinner, Eucharistic exposition and Benediction, conference, opportunity for sacrament of reconciliation and Mass. Cost is $30. To register, call 412-381-7676.


A 12-week video-based course titled “The Bible and Virgin Mary” will be held at SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Scott Township on Thursdays, March 8 through May 31 (no session on Holy Thursday, March 29), from 6:30-8 p.m. in Parish Life Center. Mary Angela Ogg is facilitator. Cost is $10. To register, call 412-563-3189, ext. 209, or e-mail bethann@ssjpittsburgh.org.


St. James Parish in Sewickley, along with the parish’s Knights of Columbus, will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a dinner dance Saturday, March 10, from 6-10 p.m. in the school gym. Menu includes baked chicken, stuffed cabbage, salad, green beans, baked potato and desserts. Celebration includes music by JL Entertainment, Chinese auction and raffle. Tickets are $25 each, and must be purchased in advance. For tickets and information, call 412-741-6650, ext. 310, or visit www.saintjames-church.com.


Contemplative Outreach Pittsburgh will conduct an introductory workshop on centering prayer from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at St. Sylvester Parish in Brentwood. Suggested donation is $25, and includes light breakfast and book, “Open Mind, Open Heart,” by Father Thomas Keating. For more information, call 412-882-8593, ext. 218, or visit www.pghcenteringprayer.org.


Music Plus Concert series at St. James Parish in Sewickley presents “The Art of the Folk Song” on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. Featured artists include Larry O’Loughlin, tenor; Alastair Murray, bagpipes; Donna Amato and Sharron Schaefer, assisting artists. Piano students of Kerry Monahan will present a pre-concert at 2:30 p.m. Concert is free and open to the public, with good-will offering accepted. For information, call 412-741-6650, or visit www.stjamesmusic.org.


Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave. in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, will present a class titled “Discipleship: A New Testament Examination of the Inner and Outer Life of Faith” from 7 p.m. Sunday, March 11, through 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 14. Instructor is Tucker Ferda. Cost is $375, and includes some meals. Limited lodging is available on campus. For information and to register, call 412-924-1417, or visit www.pts.edu.


The Christian Mothers of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Center Township will host a Day of Recollection on Tuesday, March 20, beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m. in the parish’s O’Connell Hall. Led by Father Frank Mitolo, program includes conferences, confessions, devotions, lunch, raffles and Mass. Cost is $15, and includes catered buffet lunch. Mail reservations, along with check made payable to St. Francis Cabrini Christian Mothers, to SFC Christian Mothers, c/o St. Frances Cabrini Parish, 115 Trinity Drive, Aliquippa, PA 15001. Reservation deadline is March 11.


The National Institute for Newman Studies, in conjunction with Duquesne University, is hosting a presentation, response and question-and-answer session to discuss Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman’s influence on Vatican II and its reception on Thursday, March 15, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Gailliot Center for Newman Studies, 211 N. Dithridge St. in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Events will feature two leading John Henry Newman scholars, Dr. Ryan Marr and Edward Mazich. For information and to register, call 412-681-4375, ext. 100, or visit www.thenewmaninstitute.org.


Risen Lord Parish in Pittsburgh’s Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood is searching for former parishioners, alumni, teachers and friends to join in parish’s silver anniversary celebration Saturday, April 28. Celebration includes Mass at 4 p.m., followed by reception in parish’s education center. For information and to register, call parish at 412-761-1507.


Fish Fry Guide, Feb. 9 issue, St. Alphonsus, Wexford. The phone numbers for takeout were incorrect. For takeout, call 724-766-0420 or 1-878-208-3192.

Fish Fry Guide, Feb. 9 issue, St. John the Baptist, Baden (Beaver County). Pierogie sale is held Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday. For information, call 724-869-9758.

The charity bingo listed in the monthly calendar, published in the Feb. 16 issue, was posted under the wrong date. Bingo is Sunday, March 11, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Finleyville, starting at 1 p.m.

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