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Aging gracefully

By Dr. Susan Muto

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 30 More

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 said

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 co

Partnership aids youth, homeless with employment

When Andre Scott looks into the faces of the men he serves at Catholic Charities’ St. Joseph House of Hospitality, he feels empathy and gratitude for his own second chance. Scott, 23, lived und

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 such a

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 cold,

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 derogat

'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 bond o


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 guest speaker. Addendum

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 United

'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, expl

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 and healing from actions detailed in

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, pro-abortion g

Sacraments should be heard, seen

QUESTION: Are there guidelines for how sacraments are to be celebrated? Recently I attended the christening of a relative and it was like a three-ring circus! There were eight babies to be baptized a

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 the Protest

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 League of

History of action to prevent child abuse is strong

Thirty years ago, after Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh visited a family whose sons had been sexually abused by three Catholic priests, he resolved to do everything possible to keep such abuse from

Christian concepts are seen in 'Operation Finale'

NEW YORK — World War II movies are their own genre but not many film stories are told from the Jewish perspective. "Operation Finale" (MGM) corrects that lack, giving us a story, begun during t

An explanation of issues in grand jury report

The grand jury report on the Diocese of Pittsburgh contains many appalling, true accounts of sexual abuse that children and adolescents suffered at the hands of priests. But it does not reflect the d

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


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



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

Around the diocese


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

Around the DIocese


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...


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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