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All young adults of Our Lady, Queen of Peace and Saint James Parishes, as well as their friends, are invited to this new parish program at Allusion Brewing Co. on 134 Grant Avenue in Vandergrift on Wednesday, August 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. The topic, Religion and Sports in American History, will be delivered by Art Remillard. The format is a 20 minute presentation, 20 minute socializing, and 20 minute question/answer. All participants are responsible for their own beverages.

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All adults of our partner parishes, as well as their family members and friends, are invited to this new program at the Central Restaurant and Bar at 204 North Warren Avenue in Apollo on Monday, August 22, at 7 p.m. Our speaker will be Jennifer Miele and the topic is “The Newest Evangelization.” The format is a 20 minute presentation, a 20 minute break, and a 20 minute question/answer period.

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Members of our partner parishes and their family members and friends are invited to bring a lawn chair and participate in a corn hole evening on the lawn of Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish on Friday, August 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Pizza, beer and water will be provided. There is no cost, but reservations are necessary with the parish office in Apollo by Monday, August 8.

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Members of Our Lady, Queen of Peace and Saint James Parishes, as well as their family members and friends, are invited to a kayaking trip on the Kiskiminetas River on Sunday, September 4 [weather and water conditions pending]. Please meet at the Rivers Edge dock in Parks Township at 1:45 p.m. We will shuttle to the Vandergrift Bridge and take a 4-mile, 2-hour kayak trip to the River’s Edge dock. The cost of the venture is $43 per person which includes kayak rental, equipment and the shuttle. Those who have their own kayaks are welcome to shuttle with the group for a $20 fee. The $20 cost includes parking, a shuttle for the kayaker and their kayak, and access to River’s Edge private ramp. Afterwards, those who are interested are invited to gather at Niki’s Quick Six in North Vandergrift for food and drink [on your own]. To sign-up, please submit your name, phone number and $43 fee to the parish office by Friday, August 26.

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August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. Originally known as the Natale or Dormitio (“The Falling Asleep”) of Mary, the solemnity came to be celebrated as early as the fifth century in the East and in Rome. Because Mary belongs to Christ, she is the first to share in the mystery of the Resurrection by being assumed, body and soul, into Heaven.  In our partner parishes, the Mass schedule is:  Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church, Monday, August 15, 12 noon; and Saint James Church, Monday, August 15, 7:30 a.m.  Because the Holy Day falls on a Monday in 2022, this year the obligation to attend Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption is lifted.

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Toddlers through 5th grade children of our partner parishes are invited to a Petting Zoo Kids Fest on the lawn in front of the grotto of Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish on Sunday, September 11, beginning at 2 p.m. [In case of inclement weather the event will be held on Sunday, September 25]. Adults who accompany the children may want to bring a lawn chair. The event will include our own petting zoo, a fish pond, tattoos, cookie decorating, piñata, corn hole game, a craft, snacks, and more. Although there is no cost, registration is necessary through the parish office in Apollo by Monday, September 5.