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Ember Days this month

The next three-day cycle of Ember Days will be March 13, 15 and 16 for the Year of Repentance in light of the scandal of child sexual abuse. Special observances are called for on Ember Days: four set

Speaker urges the pursuit of holiness amid turmoil

More than 1,000 people gathered at SS. John and Paul Church in Franklin Park/Marshall Township united in one goal: to seek sainthood through the wisdom of world-renowned spiritual master Father Jacqu

How Jesus can change your mind

The church tells us to pray more during Lent, as part of her general instruction to up our game. In theory that ought to be easy, but in practice some of us struggle. Sometimes we struggle to find th

Father, forgive them. They know not what they do

These words of Jesus spoken from the cross defy understanding. Those he forgave mocked him, spat upon him, scourged and crucified him. How could he forgive them? Does he really expect us to do the sa

The game of Lent

A Protestant pastor among my Facebook friends once declared that he didn’t want to hear what anyone else was giving up for Lent. He asked if people had forgotten Matthew 6. That’s the cha

Top 10 movies and family films of 2018

NEW YORK — 2018 was an especially strong year both for documentaries and for fictional films exploring real-life issues, the ramifications of racism in particular. Other timely topics included


SATURDAY, MARCH 9 Festival of praise, “Jesus: A Friend for You!,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St., Baldwin. Father Chris Mannerino is pr

FISH FRIES • St. Alphonsus, West Sunbury Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday, 4-6 p.m., St. Louis Church hall, 202 W. State St. Menu features: baked or fried fish, french fries, macaroni and ch

March 24 Mass to mark beatification of foundress

Greensburg Bishop Edward Malesic will commemorate the beatification of Blessed Clelia Merloni, foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, at a Mass Sunday, March 24, at 11:30 a.m.&#

Altar, tabernacle deserve reverence

QUESTION: Isn’t the tabernacle the most important thing in any Catholic church?   ANSWER: The answer to this question is not as simple as it seems, and it depends on when one enters a Cath

Young voices to fill cathedral March 30

A unique experience awaits Catholic youth choir members in southwestern Pennsylvania at the end of March. School and parish choir members in fourth through 12th grades are invited to participate in a

Clericalism, abuse of power blamed for crisis

VATICAN CITY — The abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is a call for bishops to unmask the deep-seated clericalism that placed protection of the institution of the church above the sufferings o

List of Lenten activities planned at parishes

Below are listings submitted to the Pittsburgh Catholic of services and activities occurring during Lent in parishes and other organizations throughout the diocese. Parishes are listed by Vicariate,

Things to know about Lent, Ash Wednesday

WASHINGTON — Ash Wednesday is March 6 this year. Here are some things to know about Ash Wednesday and the kickoff to Lent: In the Table of Liturgical Days, which ranks the different liturgical

Former North Side school plans reunion

Patty Aguglia Liebman said that graduates of the former St. Boniface School on Pittsburgh’s North Side are close because, even though many of them had little in the way of material goods,

Lenten regulations from the Diocese of Pittsburgh

The penitential season of Lent calls all of us to acts of repentance through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Since Lent retains its ancient penitential character, the faithful should be reminded to m

Bishop Zubik ready to release pastoral letter

As this issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic went to press, Bishop David Zubik was making the final edits on his pastoral letter, titled “The Church Healing,” responding to concerns about sex

Church teaches wider vision of sacraments

QUESTION: I am an old Catholic, and I think that my grandchildren have some odd ideas about the sacraments. What is wrong with what we learned (that sacraments are “outward signs instituted by

Comforting the sick

In the hospital. That’s where I spent the greater part of a week approaching Lent 2019. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. One of those things where I brushed it off, but the spouse wouldn’t l

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


Transfiguration and St. Victor parishes invite those dealing with the addiction of a loved one to its Six Steps to Sanity program, which meets Thursdays at 7...

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Northside Catholic Assumption Academy, Brighton Heights

Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 3-6:30 p.m., Axmacher Hall (below St. Cyril Church), 3854...

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St. Alphonsus,

West Sunbury

Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday, 4-6 p.m., St. Louis Church hall, 202 W. State St. Menu features: baked or...

Around the Diocese



The Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English will host “A Pop-Up Symposium: Reading Our Reality” on Friday, March 8,...


Communicate your concerns about boundary issues

Recently a friend came to me with a situation she was facing that, in her view, had no easy answer. She has never participated in a VIRTUS program, but had just attended a child protection session...

Special rules keep God's house simply beautiful

VATICAN CITY — Of the many traditions and penitential practices observed during the season of Lent, one of the more visible is the stark change in church decor and a complete absence of...

A journalist's best friend

Ever since Bob Lockwood died March 4, I have caught myself a few times thinking, “I’ve got to tell Bob about this.” Then I realize that I can’t, which makes me incredibly...

Choosing to change

As a Pittsburgher all 72 years of my life, change is something I seldom have welcomed with open arms. While I helped manage change during a long corporate career and through my own training...

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