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Laity are the body of Christ

By Dr. Edward G. Scheid

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... More

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.

Grace overcomes our weakness

The grand jury’s report may have come out by the time this appears. If it hasn’t, it will be hanging over our heads. Whatever it reports, the news won’t be good. In his letter to...

Stay vigilant

At a recent event, I had the opportunity to meet and talk with people involved in youth ministry at local Catholic parishes. They were familiar with the child sexual abuse prevention efforts of...

Our tradition of civility

“They should have just given each of us a box of Kleenex when we bought our ticket.” I overheard this remark as I was leaving the theater after watching the new documentary on...

Two secrets of successful ministry

According to Cardinal Robert Sarah, in his book “The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise”: “All activity must be preceded by an intense life of prayer,...

New culture, new wineskins

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! “No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost...

The Catholic Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will keep its Catholic majority if the Senate approves Brett Kavanaugh. He would join Chief Justice John Roberts and justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia...

A house divided

On a recent week, I overheard or read the following statements: “Pope Francis is the antichrist.” “Bishop Zubik is in league with the devil.” “The...

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News

New Mass and confession times announced

Interim Mass and confession schedules have been announced in 57 groupings of parishes across the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as the On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative nears the implementation...

Summer project benefits young readers in need

At the final school Mass in May, Father William Wuenschel challenged third- through fifth-graders at Butler Catholic School to formulate and complete a project that would help their family or...

Faith

New Mass and confession times announced

Interim Mass and confession schedules have been announced in 57 groupings of parishes across the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as the On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative nears the implementation...

Summer project benefits young readers in need

At the final school Mass in May, Father William Wuenschel challenged third- through fifth-graders at Butler Catholic School to formulate and complete a project that would help their family or...

Around The Diocese

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LOURDES VIRTUAL

PILGRIMAGE

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

Around the Diocese

NPM KICKOFF 

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Pittsburgh will kick off a busy 2018-19 year of events with a retreat and dinner to celebrate the...

Around the Diocese

PRAYER AND

ADORATION

During the month of September, St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township will offer evenings of prayer Fridays for reparations, forgiveness...

Around the diocese

CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

The Gailliot Center for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood is sponsoring a study of Catholic theology titled...

Calendar

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23

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...

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, Sept. 18

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

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8

Festival of Praise, “Healing in the Heart of Jesus,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St., Baldwin.

WEEKLY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1

Blue Army of Butler devotions and meeting, 8 a.m. Mass, followed by rosary and meeting, St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Father Nick Argentieri is...


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