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Advent tells us to up our game

By David Mills

“That young man,” the wise old Baptist man said, “is so heavenly minded he’s no earthly good.” He was too kind a man to roll his eyes, but he might as well... More

Dealing with the realities

There is the ideal, and then there is the real. We strive to achieve the ideal, but when that is difficult or impossible, we have to settle for the real. This is true in so many aspects of...

Bless her heart

It’s getting to the point where I hate anything that has to do with a phone other than talking and listening. I can’t get a slice of pizza without somebody trying to give me an...

Walking as an Advent discipline

One proof of Christian discipleship resides in our commitment to be countercultural. The four weeks of Advent provide a marvelous opportunity to practice a spiritual discipline, represented in...

Thanksgiving wisdom from my father

My father, Ted Kondrich, passed away Feb. 6 of this year. The pain of his passing is still raw, but my family and I take great solace and joy in the fact that he is now with our risen Lord, and...

Chesterton on gratitude

Our hostess for the weekend told our children to stop saying “Thank you.” She sounded annoyed. “You can say it when you leave,” she said, “but not while you’re...

When you love an addict

Think of parents whose daughter or son is an opioid addict. They remember their beloved child when she or he was a fine student, involved in charitable activities, and above all was a good and...

Safe adults: What to say and do

Children need safe adults. Safe adults are ones who are looking out for the child’s best interests and upholding the child’s rights and boundaries. They consistently honor the...

When hate comes to your neighborhood

I grew up Jewish. Not really, but it seemed that way. At least to a kid, Catholic and Jewish life in the old North Yonkers, New York, back in the 1950s and early ‘60s were part of each...

Supporting vocations in a time of uncertainty

Discerning a vocation has never been a precise science or an easy task. Often discernment brings with it doubt, fear, anxiety, worry and apprehension about what such a commitment will entail. In...

Vehicles for prayer

Years ago on retreat we were asked in a prayer service of thanksgiving to place one or several articles which were special to us in front of the altar, as symbols of our giving thanks to God. I...

At border, groups worry about tension, violence

WASHINGTON — In late October, the Trump administration announced plans to send more than 5,000 troops to the southern border ahead of a group of migrants from Central America heading...

Tear down the walls of shame

It has been my experience that one of the greatest impediments to recovery is shame. Shame is the wall that encloses the addict in a world of crippling self-pity that only nourishes...

Science, faith see things differently

What do you say to the heart-broken mother whose child chose science over Catholicism? Last time, I wrote about a mother who spoke up after a parish talk I gave. Her daughter had lost her faith at...

'Pray, hope and don't worry'

No matter how good, no one gets a pass. Not even a saint. The founder of the Catholic University of Milan — a priest and physician — described this saint as “an ignorant...

Conquering the mountain

In May, I got a jump-start on my new appointment for the On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative. Rather than wait until October to change assignments, I was asked to start immediately on a...

There's science and then there's science

Her daughter had gone to medical school and lost her faith, she said. The new doctor told her mom that she had learned too much science to believe all that religious stuff anymore. Two other women...

Peering into the future

The Diocese of Pittsburgh is in the midst of massive change through the On Mission for The Church Alive! planning initiative. Priests, staff and the faithful are struggling with what to do next...

Stick with it

I was talking with one of my hip friends. I have hip friends. I swear. He is not a believer and never has been as far as I can tell. I feel for him. There’s not much comfort in his...

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...

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Frenetic take on Marvel character

NEW YORK — Traditionalists be warned: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Columbia) has little to do with your father’s Peter Parker.

Instead, this innovative but...

Hockey phenoms getting well-rounded education

Hockey is a big part of high school sophomore Justin Gibson’s life. So is his family and his faith. The Excel Hockey Academy meets all three priorities and may one day help him follow his...

Faith

Frenetic take on Marvel character

NEW YORK — Traditionalists be warned: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Columbia) has little to do with your father’s Peter Parker.

Instead, this innovative but...

Hockey phenoms getting well-rounded education

Hockey is a big part of high school sophomore Justin Gibson’s life. So is his family and his faith. The Excel Hockey Academy meets all three priorities and may one day help him follow his...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

CHRISTMAS MASS

Below are additions to Christmas Eve and Christmas day Mass times:

St. Mary of the Mount,

Mount Washington

CE: 4 p.m.

Around the Diocese

ADORATION

The Catholic Community of Wexford welcomes the public to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday at St. Alphonsus Parish in Wexford, beginning at 12:30...

Around the Diocese

ST. NICHOLAS STORYTIME

This month’s “Perfect for Preschoolers Storytime” at East Catholic School, 2001 Ardmore Blvd in Forest Hills, is about St. Nicholas.

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WELCOME MASS

The public is invited to a Mass to welcome the Sisters of the Merciful Jesus to the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The liturgy is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at...

Calendar

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, DEC. 10

Holy hour for peace, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for peace, prayers for vocations, novena prayers to Our Lady of...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, DEC. 1

Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Angela Merici Parish hall, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak. Sponsored by White Oak Lions, cost is $7 per adult, $3 for...

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, NOV. 26

Connect night, “Human Love in the Divine Plan,” 7 p.m., Holy Trinity School cafeteria, 5718 Stuebenville Pike, Robinson Township. Casual evening of...

Calendar of E ents

SATURDAY, NOV. 10

Craft and vendor spectacular, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Teresa of Avila Parish, 1000 Avila Court, Perrysville. Featuring more than 70 vendors. Admission is $2. Also,...


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