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'Building community is challenging'

'Building community is challenging'

Four years ago, the situation was serious at four parishes in Pittsburgh’s West End neighborhoods. Membership and Mass attendance were down, debt was rising, several buildings were in...

Servants of Jesus and his Holy Spirit

Servants of Jesus and his Holy Spirit

Two members of the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, a Franciscan charismatic religious community, have found a home as administrators of The Ark and the Dove Retreat Center, just outside of...

Legatus honors Bishop Zubik

Legatus honors Bishop Zubik

Bishop David Zubik recently received the 2018 Cardinal O’Connor Defender of the Faith Award from the Legatus Foundation.Awarded to exemplary figures in the Catholic Church who...

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'Building community is challenging'

Four years ago, the situation was serious at four parishes in Pittsburgh’s West End neighborhoods. Membership and Mass attendance were down, debt was rising, several buildings were in...

"Book Club" presents some embarrassing elements

NEW YORK — "Can we please stop saying sex?" a character asks in the ensemble romantic comedy "Book Club" (Paramount). The answer, in a word, is no.In fact, there's hardly a line of...

Servants of Jesus and his Holy Spirit

Two members of the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, a Franciscan charismatic religious community, have found a home as administrators of The Ark and the Dove Retreat Center, just outside of...

All-night Pentecost vigil set May 19-20

The feast of Pentecost, which celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus, will be marked in a special way this year in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.A Hope Reborn...

Bishop David Zubik

Sunday will never be the same again

June is a month of endings and beginnings.Many people marry in June. It’s the beginning of a new life together, of building a home and filling it with love. Yet this requires husband...

Bishop Zubik answers On Mission questions

On April 12, 2015, Bishop David Zubik launched On Mission for The Church Alive! with a year of prayer and study. It continued with extensive consultation, open to all Catholics in the Diocese of...

'What are you DOING for Lent?'

“What are you DOING for Lent??”In a much earlier time in my life, the Mondays and Tuesdays before Ash Wednesday were filled with that...

Christmas: One lasting word

No doubt. The decorations are down. Ornaments carefully packed. Boxes stored until December. Memories of Christmas 2017 are nestled in the heart.As we have once again focused on the real...

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No such thing as harmless gossip

QUESTION: I wonder where the line is between gossip and just talking things out with a friend or neighbor? ANSWER: “Just talking things out” can be a...

Uncomfortable with the Holy Spirit?

QUESTION: Is it me or do we Catholics almost ignore the Holy Spirit? ANSWER: The question above has two aspects. The first relates to the official worship of the...

Perspective, patience, prayer needed

QUESTION: Now that we pretty much know where we are starting from with this On Mission project, what is expected of the average parishioner?ANSWER: The grouping of parishes...

Eucharist, sign of our unity

QUESTION: Is it still true that only Roman Catholics are welcome to receive Communion in a Catholic church? And if so, why is that? ANSWER: It is correct that only...

God's justice prevails in eternity

QUESTION: I have been reading about Pope Francis and the existence of hell. I don’t want to get into the media issues, but I am interested in what the Catholic Church does teach about...

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