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RELIGION DIGEST: Children's musical, Latin Mass

| Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, 8:59 p.m.

Manor Twp. church to have ‘Children's Christmas' musical

The children of Appleby Manor Memorial Presbyterian Church, Manor Township, will present the musical “Children's Christmas” at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at the church, 810 Main St.

The musical was composed by church member Louise Jackson and tells of the story of the first Christmas through verses from the Gospel of Luke and traditional Christmas carols.

Refreshments will be served afterward in the church social hall.

Latin Mass to be at St. Joseph High School

St. Joseph High School will celebrate its 31st annual Latin Mass at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1526 Union Ave., Natrona Heights, Harrison.

The Rev. Larry Kulick, an alumnus of the school, will be the celebrant. Kulick is vicar general of the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg, acting chancellor and moderator of the curia and assists Bishop Lawrence Brandt in the day-to-day administration of the diocese.

A reception will be afterward in the school cafeteria. The public is welcome.

New Year's Eve service set for Apollo church

New Life Baptist Church, 319 N. Second St., Apollo, will have a New Year's Eve service at 10:30 p.m. at the church.

Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish to share at a 9 p.m. dinner.

‘Winter Contemplative Prayer' scheduled in Jan.

The Villa Maria Community Center, 2105 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, will sponsor a coffee-and-contemplation series, ”Winter Contemplative Prayer,” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8.

Humility of Mary Sister Barbara O'Donnell will be the speaker.

Cost is $12 and includes the program and lunch, or $7 for the program.

To register, call 724-964-8886.

Festival of Carols to be at Lutheran church

Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3084 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, will have a Festival of Lessons and Carols at the 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship services.

For details, call 724-335-0559.

Praise-and-worship set for Arnold Towers

A praise-and-worship service will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays in the community room of Arnold Towers, 1528 Horne Blvd., Arnold. The Revs. Carmen Butler and Harold M. Mele Jr. will be the speakers.

For details, call 724-334-1849.

Shadyside church to host Pittsburgh Camerata

The Pittsburgh Camerata will present a Candlelight Epiphany Concert at 4 p.m. Jan. 6 at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 5121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh. The concert will feature the professional chamber choir under the direction of Rebecca Rollett. Tickets are $10; $5 for students and people older than 60.

For details, call the church at 412-682-4300.

String ensemble to be at St. Emma Monastery

The Benedictine nuns at St. Emma Monastery, 1001 Harvey Ave., Greensburg, will host a concert featuring the Igou Family String Ensemble at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fatima Chapel. There will be a reception afterward and an opportunity to view a display of more than 150 Nativity scenes from various countries.

Donations will be shared with the Benedictine nuns.

For reservations, call 724-834-3060, ext. 113 or e-mail retreats@stemma.org.

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