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Sacraments are encounters with God

QUESTION: Several friends have told me that they have encountered priests who have refused them sacraments. Why would they do that? Sacraments are for the people, not the priests, right?   ANSWE More

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 pha

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 communi

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 need

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, stood bes

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 formal h

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 saltw

'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, that drive

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 ministe

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 all

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 want

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 Pittsburgh Chapter being named

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 and here

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 the obvious

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 child s

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. Father Mike Ackerman is

Your servant, David, is listening

D uring my 13 years as a high school teacher, one of the most important lessons I tried to teach my students was the difference between “hearing” and “listening.” The differen

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 Benediction. Wednesday, Sept. 19 Mass, foll

Divorce is complex and painful

QUESTION: My parents have been divorced for many years. My mother has remarried, but my father has not (nor does he intend to). However, he has not received Communion since the divorce many years ago

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 aft

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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...

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GIANT FLEA MARKET

The calendar section in the Aug. 10 issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic did not list St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 2510 Middle Road in Glenshaw, as the...

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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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