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Frenetic take on Marvel character

By John Mulderig Catholic News Service

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 noisy and f More

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 broth

Christmas surge overwhelms Advent, musicians say

WASHINGTON — Have a holly, jolly ... Advent? If there seems to be a culture clash between the Christmas season and the Advent season that precedes it, Christmas is going to win out practically

Welcome the stranger at Mass

QUESTION: Soon we will once again be with our “once a year Catholic” neighbor at Christmas. I find it annoying to see them at church. They are never around to support the rest of us all y

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. (interpreted for the deaf community), 6:30 p.m. (interpreted for t

Annual Mass to honor Our Lady

The annual Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated by Bishop David Zubik on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. All are welcom

Felician sister makes first profession of vows

Sister Regina Marie Garofalo made her first profession of vows Oct. 28 as a Felician Sister of North America. She was joined by family and friends in the chapel of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Conven

New 'Grinch' should be a delight to parents

NEW YORK — Somewhere Theodor Geisel may be spinning in his grave over the latest treatment of one of his most famous character creations, "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch" (Universal). If so, he's only r

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 our life.

The Light is On for You

This Tuesday, Dec. 11, when parishes across the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be open for confession from 6-9 p.m. during “The Light is On for You,” some Catholics will hesitate. Even some w

God wants to intervene in your life

QUESTION: I would like to know the meaning of the feast of the Immaculate Conception. I would also like to know if this feast is a recent one or one that was celebrated throughout Christian history.

Put your gift tag on an unforgettable pilgrimage

Looking for a Christmas present for someone who apparently has everything? Then give the gift of travel. The Pittsburgh Catholic is sponsoring several pilgrimages next year that could be the answer f

Advent tells us to up our game

“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 have. I knew

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 Perpetual Help, rosary and Be

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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 p.m. (following noon Mass)

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 app to ord

'Ralph' sequel promotes loyalty and forgiveness

NEW YORK — The burly demolition specialist who lent his name to 2012's "Wreck-It Ralph" returns to the big screen in the sweet animated follow-up "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (Disney). So too do

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 many f

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 kind y

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 her

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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...

Columns

Advent tells us to up our game

“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...

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...


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