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Friday, June 01, 2018 - Updated: 2:32 pm


“Renewing Our Baptismal Calling” is the theme of the next Festival of Praise on Saturday, June 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin. Worship leader is Father Levi Hartle, with speakers Father Tom Galvin and Donna Yantz. Program includes praise and worship music, Benediction and Eucharistic procession. For information, call 412-884-7744.



Saturday, June 9, is the deadline to sign up and pay for The Blue Army of Butler’s one-day pilgrimage to the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio. Cost is $30 for adults and $10 for kids 14 and under. Call Cathy at 724-256-9395 for information and to reserve your seat.


Caregivers are invited to St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Center Township for a free retreat titled “Relax Refresh and Renew Your Spirit!” on Sunday, June 10, from 1-5 p.m. Led by Father John Oesterle, chaplain at UPMC Mercy Hospital, program includes spiritual messages, sharing reflections of caregiving experience with others and light supper. Program is free, but registration is requested by Tuesday, June 5. To register, call 724-462-5436, or e-mail nurse@sfcabrini.us.


The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at noon Sunday, June 10, at St. Bede Parish in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood. Luncheon will follow. Public is welcome, with reservations needed for luncheon. For reservations and information, call Peggy Bond at 412-343-3040.


Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality, 320 Crane Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood, is sponsoring a Summer Institute on Women Doctors of the Church, Monday-Thursday, June 11-14, 5:30-8 p.m. Schedule of saints to be discussed: June 11, St. Catherine of Siena; June 12, St. Teresa of Avila; June 13, St. Therese of Lisieux; June 14, St. Hildegard of Bingen. Partcipants are invited to bring light brown-bag dinner, with refreshments and desserts provided. Fee is $10 per session, with continuing education units awarded. To register, call 412-341-7494 by June 8.



• Feast of St. Anthony of Padua will be celebrated with a Mass at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at St. Titus Parish in Aliquippa, with Father Michael Ruffalo as celebrant. Following Mass, St. Anthony Congregation invites public to a reception at St. Anthony Center in West Aliquippa. Gino Romano will provide entertainment for evening.

The annual Mass in Italian to mark the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua will be celebrated Wednesday, June 13, at St. Michael Church of North American Martyrs Parish in Pitcairn, starting at 7 p.m. Guest celebrant is Father Brian Noel. Following Mass is an outdoor procession with Italian songs, with music provided by Mirella-the-Musician, and an Italian festa dinner, featuring homemade food, to be served in social hall. 

St. Patrick Parish in McKeesport will celebrate its annual Mass in honor of St. Anthony on his feast day, Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. Father Vincent Velas is celebrant. Following Mass, homemade bread baked by parishioners will be blessed and distributed.


St. Scholastica Parish in Aspinwall will host a three-session Bible study on “Trust: Confidence in the God of Salvation,” beginning Wednesday, June 13, from 7:30-9 p.m. in the ministry center library. Study will include reading and reflection upon passages that give witness to a God worthy of trust, using booklet from Little Rock Scripture Study. Fee is $15, and payable at first session. For information and to register, contact Andrew Bechman at 412-781-1086, ext. 18, or e-mail andybechman@saintscholastica.com. Registration deadline is Monday, June 4.



Men and women 55 and older are invited to the activities center of St. Joseph Parish in Verona on Thursday, June 14, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for Old-Fashioned Game Day. Board and card games available include checkers, cribbage, Scrabble, Monopoly, bridge, canasta, pinochle, Uno and more. Guests can also bring their own board or card game to share. Program is hosted by parish’s Ladies of Charity. Tickets are $5, and include boxed lunch, beverage and special treat, and must be purchased in advance. For ticket information, call Joanne Osbourne at 724-795-0488.


Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, Stephen P. Barry Assembly 490, will hold a flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Cemetery, 529 Grant Ave. Extension in West Mifflin. Purpose of ceremony is to ensure the proper disposal of American flags deemed no longer serviceable. Public is invited to bring flags and participate in ceremony.



Children ages 4 through those entering fifth grade are invited to “Rolling River Rampage” vacation Bible school at St. Winifred Parish in Mount Lebanon from 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday, June 25-29. On Friday, June 29, at 11:30 a.m. there will be a concert to conclude school. Students entering sixth grade through graduating seniors are invited to volunteer. Registration deadline is June 15. To register, call Dana Mahr at 412-563-1414.


Save the date for the second annual Father’s Day breakfast celebration Sunday, June 17, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Sylvester Parish in Brentwood. Hosted by Knights of Columbus Gilmary Council 3868, breakfast buffet will be catered by Chef Steve of Signature Servings.



The religious education office of All Saints Parish in Etna will hold auditions for its upcoming production of the drama, “Little Nellie,” a tale of sacrifice, love and an incredible Irish girl. Students ages 6-18 are invited to audition Saturday, June 16, from 9-11 a.m. and Tuesday, June 19, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Stage crew and instrumentalists familiar with Irish music, including fiddle, tin whistle and voice are needed. Performance will be Friday-Sunday, Aug. 24-26. For information and to sign up for audition spot, e-mail allsaintsreled@comcast.net. Fee for those cast is $40 to help cover costume costs.


• St. Margaret, Green Tree, Wednesday-Saturday, June 6-9, 6-10 p.m. (6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday), 310 Mansfield Ave. Attractions include rides, instant bingo, $10,000 cash raffle, bingo, Chinese auction and more. Menu includes funnel cakes, fresh-cut french fries, pizza, Philly cheese steak, hamburger, hot dogs and walking tacos. Disc jockey will play music nightly. 

• St. Maurice, Forest Hills, Wednesday-Saturday, June 6-9, 7-10 p.m. (7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday), 2001 Ardmore Blvd. Attractions include games, activities for kids, bingo, raffle, bake sale, white elephant and more. Dinners: Thursday, spaghetti; Friday, fish; Also featuring variety of festival foods nightly. Entertainment: Wednesday, “International Night,” featuring entertainment from around the world; Thursday, “Broadway at the Festival;” Friday, Amie’s Dance Academy, Burlap Road; Saturday, Lorraine Busch Dance Center, The Soul Searchers. 

• St. Rosalia, Greenfield, Thursday-Saturday, June 7-9, 6-10 p.m. (5-11 p.m. Saturday), 411 Greenfield Ave. Attractions include huge basket raffle, kiddie area, homemade baked goods, beer garden, games, great prizes, raffle every half-hour during festival and more. Menu features pizza, funnel cakes, hot dogs, hot sausage and more. Entertainment: Thursday, Matt Tichon, 7-9 p.m.; Friday, The BelAirs, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday, The Optimists, 7:30-9:30 p.m. On Thursday, Big 104.7 radio will broadcast live from 6-8 p.m., with giveaways including concert tickets.

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