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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...

Faithful uphold tradition of lighting candles

WESTMERE, N.Y. — Linda Brown approached the candle stand at her parish, Christ the King in Westmere. She dropped a donation in the collection box and lit two candles. Her husband, Ed,...

'A Simple Favor' is a dark thriller

NEW YORK — "A Simple Favor" (Lionsgate), director Paul Feig's glossy screen version of Darcey Bell's 2017 novel, is undeniably ingenious. Yet the dark doings, both past and present,...

Ministry planning is a team effort for parishes

Pastors are trying different approaches as they begin to bring parishes together through On Mission for The Church Alive! — combining social activities and staff gatherings, and helping...

Retired pastoral associate never gave up hope

If Barbara McCarthy’s 33-year career in ministry at St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry Township could be summed up in a single word, it would be “hope.” Hope might not be...

Bishop Zubik announces year of repentance

Bishop David Zubik has announced a Year of Repentance in which all clergy of the Diocese of Pittsburgh are asked to fast and pray for the purification of the Church in light of the scandal of...

Serra Club honors four priests

The succession of bishops that goes all the way back to St. Peter is a gift that God has given to the church, Father Thomas Kunz said. In Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Bishop David Zubik, the priest...

Readers urged to be Christ's Hands

It was an image that stays with one forever. A wide-eyed little girl smiling broadly because she had just found a winter coat that fit her. A smile that got even broader when she was told that the...

Expert on abuse prevention to review diocese

Shay Bilchik, a national expert on issues related to child sexual abuse, will visit the Diocese of Pittsburgh next week as part of his review of diocesan policies and procedures for preventing...

Pope bolsters Irish families

DUBLIN — In a stadium of Catholic families from around the world, Pope Francis told the laypeople they are the vast majority of church members and that, without them, the church would be...

'Kin' takes a tour through Rust Belt America

NEW YORK — As scripted by Daniel Casey and directed by brothers Jonathan and Josh Baker, "Kin" (Summit), a gritty but somewhat intriguing crime thriller with an overlay of science fiction,...

'Life + Love' celebrates marriage, family life

The sexual revolution of the late 1960s promised “free love” and sex without consequences. But in reality, it damaged the profound connection between men and women and impacted the...

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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...

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CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

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

Columns

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...


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