The hard grace of being a Catholic journalist

By Greg Erlandson Catholic News Service

“Are you still working for that evil organization?” sneers one person. “Why aren’t you defending the bishops more strongly?” chides another. Welcome to... More

What are deacons allowed to do?

Over dinner one evening at the convent where I live, one of the sisters asked about the ordination of transitional deacons this past summer. Although she has lived in the United States for a...

Four facets of the diamond of discipleship

The first and most radiant facet of the diamond of discipleship is faith. Imagine this virtue as a power source capable of launching a rocket into outer space. Only if we live by faith in the full...

Jesus' M.O.: Hope and healing

As our days get shorter and our liturgical year draws to a close, our readings focus on judgment and the kingdom of God. We will all have much to answer for. Perhaps the greatest and saddest...

Why we worship idols

He calls it “the default mode of human thinking.” It’s the way we think when something doesn’t make us think better. That mode, says writer Scott Shay, is what the Bible...

Stephen Ministers help those who are hurting

Onome Omabele believes that if you love God and you want to serve him, you must reflect it in your love of others. The Stephen Ministry gives her the opportunity to do it. “Every time...

Stay true to Christ

I recently had a discussion with a friend that I suspect many Catholics have been having lately. In this instance, the friend didn’t want to buy a charity lottery ticket to support the...

Are you ready to give your best?

As we endure these difficult days in the life of our church, I’ve been thinking about the potential for committed Catholic women to bind wounds and buoy up the spirits of the faithful. St.

Laity are the body of Christ

In a favorite text from Scripture, St. Paul tells the Corinthians in no uncertain terms: “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Do we...

A culture of hospitality and welcome

Hospitality can’t be left up to just a few greeters at the door. It needs to be a way of life in the culture of the parish, which means that everyone has a role, whether we belong to a...

Take courage and be not afraid

Growing up, many of my family’s summer vacations took place at the ocean. Whenever we could afford it we would head for Cape Cod, New Hampshire or Maine. As we kids splashed around in the...

Archbishop Sheen spoke wisdom of a saint

People are still talking about Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Unfortunately, they’re talking about him mostly because the archdioceses of New York and Peoria are fighting over his remains. Both...

Building 'bridges' in the seminary

Pittsburgh is the city of bridges. The Heinz History Museum counts a record number 446 bridges, more than any other city in the world. We would not be able to navigate throughout the city without...

Making progress, but much remains

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! How quickly the summer has passed. It seems like we were just getting ready to enjoy the Memorial Day holiday...

Pittsburgh: Our faith-filled home

I was at a doctor’s office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I now live after my years in Pittsburgh. He’s my pulmonary guy, also with a Pittsburgh background, and I made his acquaintance...

Aging gracefully

Aging gracefully is God’s way of awakening in us a renewed appreciation for the richness of the ordinary. The older we become, the more we see why Jesus lived the hidden life of Nazareth for...

Truth about Roe

The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has propelled Roe v. Wade more prominently into public discourse. As the confirmation process for his replacement moves forward,...

Responsible for all

As we approach Labor Day 2018, I am struck by similarities between the current situation of the Catholic Church (at least in the Eastern and Midwestern United States, what sometimes go by the...

150 years: Healing wounds of 21st century

On Aug. 30, the feast of our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan, we Little Sisters of the Poor will launch a jubilee year celebrating the 150th anniversary of our congregation’s arrival in the...

Do you want to do well in school?

Here’s a tip for any students you know who want to do well in school: Keep the fourth commandment. Tell them to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. I used to teach writing at...

How can public policy preserve human dignity?

WASHINGTON — Human dignity: It hasn’t quite become a campaign issue, but it’s coming close. Former Vice President Joe Biden started it. Speaking July 21 in Phoenix to the...

Be open to change

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! We know that the Third Commandment prohibits work on Sundays. I remember a time when no store was open on...

A balm of calm in chaos

While I was spending family time on a gorgeous remote island in North Carolina, removed from the fast-paced life and enjoying rest and relaxation, the Pennsylvania grand jury report was released.

The battles being waged

The spouse and I were in a neighborhood restaurant outside Detroit. It was a Saturday morning and two women of indeterminate age were bantering back and forth in the booth directly in back of me.

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Agencies respond to disaster in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNS) — Catholic aid agencies were among those working to assess the needs and get relief to the island of Sulawesi after an earthquake and tsunami left more than 1,400...


Agencies respond to disaster in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNS) — Catholic aid agencies were among those working to assess the needs and get relief to the island of Sulawesi after an earthquake and tsunami left more than 1,400...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


In response to Bishop David Zubik’s call for a year of prayer and penance, St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park will offer a holy hour beginning at 6:15...

Around the Diocese


Carlow University Art Gallery has opened an exhibit, “Out of Many — Stories of Migration,” which features photographs from local...

Around the Diocese


The novena to St. Theresa began Thursday, Sept. 27, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood. Upcoming Mass and novena schedule:...

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Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers will present a two-hour “Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience” at St.


Calendar of Events


Italian buffet dinner, 3-7 p.m., St. Albert the Great Faith Formation Building of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St., Baldwin. Cost is $15 for adults, $8...

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Blessing of pets, Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 1700 Harpster St., Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood.

Solemn evening prayer and...

Weekly Calendar of Events


All-you-can-eat harvest brunch, with Capuchin Father Scott Seethaler, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Teresa of Avila Parish, 1000 Avila Court, Perrysville.

Weekly Calendar


Chicken parmesan dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Michael Parish, 97 Highland Ave., Avella. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Takeout is...

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