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Individuals honored for impact on community

By JOHN FRANKO Staff Writer

Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Shazier was among a group of community leaders honored at the 46th Annual Art Rooney Award Dinner and Auction April 29 to benefit the Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh. More

Holy Name Society awards Beaver County members

The Beaver County Holy Name Society honored members who have been exemplary in promoting the love, honor and respect for the name of Jesus with the presentation of the Blessed John of Vercelli Award

A note to women: We are all mothers

During the month of May, we thank God for our mothers and all we have received from them. It’s also good to remember the other women who have played an important role in our lives, from grandmo

Weekly Calendar of events

TUESDAY, MAY 7 Life in the Spirit seminar, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Richard Parish, 3841 Dickey Road, Richland Township. For information, e-mail Pete Faix at pkfaix@gmail.com. Presentation, “Life After

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CAR SHOW The Car Society Club of La Roche University invites the public to its inaugural car show Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parking lot of the university’s McCandless Tow

St. Joan found strength in Christ

QUESTION: My granddaughter has somehow decided that Joan of Arc is her heroine. I honestly don’t know that much about the real Joan of Arc. Is she really considered a saint by the Catholic Chur

Knowledge without action makes no real difference

Almost everyone who attends a session of Protecting God’s Children for Adults leaves able to identify one or more of the warning signs that risky adults exhibit when interacting with children.

Jesus teaches about change

The Gospel readings for this past week, the “octave of Easter,” are a joy to savor. They are the stories of how the resurrected Jesus appeared to his disciples. They include the puzzled d


FRIDAY, MAY 3 Eucharistic adoration, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., St. Alexis Parish, 10090 Old Perry Highway, Wexford. All-night Eucharistic adoration, 8 p.m. through 8:45 a.m. Saturday, May 4, SS. John

'Avengers' could be biggest movie of the year

NEW YORK — Aficionados of the Marvel Comics universe are likely to be thrilled by the sweeping epic "Avengers: Endgame" (Disney). Even moviegoers less committed to that imaginary realm can hard

Easter flames dispel the darkness

QUESTION: I attended the Easter Vigil at my parish and thought that it was beautiful. But I could not help but wonder about the purpose of the fire at the very beginning. ANSWER: The celebration of t

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SPRING FLING A spring fling will be at Mount Assisi Convent, 1515 Quall Ave. in Bellevue, on Sunday, April 28, from noon-5 p.m. Event includes raffles, homemade baked goods sale, plant sale, games fo

Formation academy marks 40th year

When Dr. Susan Muto met Dutch Spiritan Father Adrian van Kaam, a Duquesne University psychology professor, in 1966, she already had a career path set before her. She was working as the society editor

Pilate was one of the bad guys

The Romans were in it up to their eyeballs. We tend to forget that. Two groups had Jesus executed: the Jewish religious leaders and the Roman political rulers. Most Christian preaching through histor

Spam warning for parishes

A number of diocesan employees and parishioners recently have received e-mails or text messages pretending to come from clergy or diocesan staff, asking for gift cards, personal information or a repl

Easter Vigil, keystone of Catholic life

QUESTION: As Easter approaches, I see lots of signs at Protestant churches inviting people to join them for an Easter sunrise service. I don’t see that at Catholic churches. We seem to encourag

Parishes put faith into action

Volunteers described it as a joyful, uplifting Lenten project that fed the hungry, put their faith into action and brought them closer together — all in one morning. More than 200 members of th

Disney's 'Penguins' is a winning documentary

NEW YORK — At once the profile of a plucky 5-year-old Adelie penguin the filmmakers dub "Steve" and an introduction to his species as a whole, "Penguins" (Disneynature) is a winning documentary

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Tomatoes, basil, herbs, geraniums and air plants are just some of the items on sale at the fourth annual “Blooming on Baum” plant sale Friday, May 24,...

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Tickets are on sale for the annual Catholic school picnic at Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, on Tuesday,...



The Christian Mothers and Women's Guild of Holy Apostles Parish will host a Star Wars bingo on Saturday, May 4 in the parish's St. Basil church hall located in Pittsburgh's...

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The Car Society Club of La Roche University invites the public to its inaugural car show Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parking lot of the...


Making friends with scientists

“We should take a much humbler approach to knowledge,” the world famous physicist told Scientific American magazine. The “we” in that sentence is Marcelo Gleiser’s...

Mary, our model for a richer humanity

The events of Mary’s life reveal themselves each time we pray the rosary, but have we meditated on them in relation to our everyday experience? It is not enough that we prove our devotion to...

Profile of women religious rising at Vatican

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican can move at a snail’s pace but looking back over the past six years, the profile of women, especially women religious, at Vatican events has risen...

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