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How to promote religious liberty

The Fortnight for Freedom, which we’ve been celebrating each year at the end of June and beginning of July, has recently been reconfigured. Beginning this year, Religious Freedom Week is to...

Catholic in spirit and soul

Stephen King has a new one – “The Outsider.” I’ll take it. We’ve been together a long time. I wasn’t with him when he was peddling stories to men’s...

Move out of your comfort zone

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! Don’t change my Mass time! For those who regularly worship at their parishes, the times of the...

Animals can help comfort victims of child abuse

The welfare of the child is always the most important factor of any equation that involves keeping children safe. As caring adults, we may be presented with a situation that urges us to report our...

Vatican volume tracks church statistics

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called for a special Synod of Bishops to focus on the Amazon region not primarily because of the rainforest’s key role in the ecological health of the...

Journalist takes aim at fake papal news

VATICAN CITY — From the moment of his election, Pope Francis’ down-to-earth take on communicating the Gospel has led to countless front-page headlines either praising or criticizing...

Moving through history

You look at the past like a lawyer, Ronald Knox told the man. The man had complained that the Catholic Church had made all sorts of mistakes in the past. Not about doctrine, but about how to apply...

Time to clean up and give away

Cigars and whiskey. When I was ordained back in the 20th century, these were the gifts parishioners gave their priests at Christmas. “Father, do you smoke?” No. “OK, what...

Changes require patience

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! Transitions are a part of our lives. We experience them when we start school, when we graduate, if we...

A duty to die

Those who peddle death as the answer to every social problem will bend over backward to look reasonable and compassionate. Take, for example, the issue of assisted suicide. The so-called...

A pro-life conversation starter

Pro-lifers, take note. Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” recently had the biggest opening weekend of any movie ever. It has already made more than $1.6 billion worldwide, and if...

On losing your pastor

I don’t like change, and a new man stood in front of us that Sunday. My first response as he introduced himself was that canon law used to forbid priests having mustaches. My wife and I had...

The secrets of true servanthood

The more we try to understand the full meaning of missionary discipleship, the more challenging it becomes. It is a lifelong task, made possible only by the grace of God, to move from...

We're all bad Catholics

The pub was quiet just after lunch time. I was sitting with two older men I had met in a bookstore, both devout Catholics, looking forward to getting to know them better. As the waitress left with...

Get to know your new friends

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, getting to hope you like...

The role of the child advocacy center

Child sexual abuse is an important matter for everyone to be aware of. You are an important part of stopping the cycle of this type of abuse and all types of child abuse. When you volunteer in an...

Help for the hour of death

It’s a blessing, but one you’re glad only to have once. I’ve been with my father, mother and sister (my only sibling) when they died. The first time I was alone, but had time to...

You can make the dream a reality

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! “Why are we doing this? Tell me again.” That might be the response of many Catholics across...

We are all responsible for the church's mission

I was at a meeting for a Midwest diocese to discuss the future of their newspaper. In addition to the diocesan editor — a layman with 20 years of journalism experience — a number of...

We are called to genuine hospitality

Every Catholic knows that people have “their” pews. There are lots of reasons for this: people may find comfort in knowing the others who sit near them, they like the view from a...

Gifted by grace

Everything is grace. These three words, written by St. Thérèse of Lisieux in her “Story of a Soul,” give voice to one of the deepest truths of our faith. In John’s...

40 reasons to be a Catholic

The Dutch Reformed guys thought they had a rising superstar. Remember when Andrew McCutchen first came to the Pirates? Like that. They’re the hard-core guys from the branch of the...

Pope insists that all life deserves defense

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis insisted that the lives of the unborn and of the poor are “equally sacred,” he was not trying to shift the focus of Catholics from fighting...

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St. Anthony honored in parish celebration

Celebrations honoring St. Anthony of Padua have a rich tradition in the church. It is a commemoration that Father Joseph Luisi, pastor of North American Martyrs Parish in Monroeville/Pitcairn,...

Pope Francis advances sainthood causes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis issued decrees advancing the sainthood cause of four candidates, including a widowed mother of nine from Mexico, who founded groups for laypeople as well as...

Iraqi iconographer honors his Syriac roots

BEIRUT — When Islamic State fighters overran Qaraqosh, Iraq, in the summer of 2014, Mothana Butres was able to grab only a single volume from his father's collection of thousands of Syriac...

Faith

St. Anthony honored in parish celebration

Celebrations honoring St. Anthony of Padua have a rich tradition in the church. It is a commemoration that Father Joseph Luisi, pastor of North American Martyrs Parish in Monroeville/Pitcairn,...

Pope Francis advances sainthood causes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis issued decrees advancing the sainthood cause of four candidates, including a widowed mother of nine from Mexico, who founded groups for laypeople as well as...

Iraqi iconographer honors his Syriac roots

BEIRUT — When Islamic State fighters overran Qaraqosh, Iraq, in the summer of 2014, Mothana Butres was able to grab only a single volume from his father's collection of thousands of Syriac...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

CONNECT NIGHT

Public is invited to Holy Trinity Parish in Robinson Township on Monday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria for “Connect Night,” a...

Around the DIocese

VATICAN EXPRESS

St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood will host a vacation Bible school titled “The Vatican Express” for...

Around the Diocese

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Listening Friends Grief and Loss Support Group will begin its summer program with viewing of the 20-minute DVD, “Tear Soup: Grieving the Loss of a Loved...

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RENEWING BAPTISMAL CALLING

“Renewing Our Baptismal Calling” is the theme of the next Festival of Praise on Saturday, June 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great...

Calendar

Weekly Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JUNE 24

Monthly breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., cafeteria of St. Joseph Parish, 1125 Leishman Ave., New Kensington. Menu features pancakes, sausage, ham and eggs. Sponsored...

Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, JUNE 19

Divine Mercy holy hour, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for family healing, Divine Mercy chaplet and...

Weekly Calendar and Adoration Schedule

MONDAY, JUNE 11

“Summer Nights,” campus visits for prospective students, 5-7 p.m., Fisher multipurpose room in Wright Library, La Roche College in McCandless...

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MONDAY, JUNE 4

Parish mission, “Surge of the Heart,” through Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m., Corpus Christi Parish, 2515 Versailles Ave., McKeesport. Led by Jon...


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