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Family ties inspire action to aid orphans in Kenya

The work of Bud and Sue Ozar has been an inspiration to their family members, said their niece, Betsy Rathz of St. Alexis Parish in Wexford. While most people who reach retirement age turn their atte

Still haven't reached a tipping point

I recently received a survey from the Oklahoma Office of Family Support and Prevention Service as part of its project to create a new plan for child abuse prevention. As I am committed to having prim

Sisters helping to form lay leaders

Religious sisters have long formed the hearts and minds of students in Catholic schools. Today their influence continues to be felt as mentors for adults serving in lay ministry throughout the Dioces

'Christmas Chronicles' for the whole family

NEW YORK — Given that much of its content is geared toward mature audiences, it comes as a pleasant surprise when Netflix produces programming aimed at younger viewers as well as grown-ups. Lik

The power of sacred symbols

A golden sunrise on a frosty morn. Light refracted through a stained-glass window. Fresh wreaths forecasting the Christmas season. Symbols like these light up our religious imagination. The wreath ma

Catholic Charities meets disaster needs

WASHINGTON — Hurricane, fire, flood and even earthquake, Catholic Charities agencies did their best to help thousands of their fellow residents through some of the worst natural disasters they

Frenetic take on Marvel character

NEW YORK — Traditionalists be warned: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Columbia) has little to do with your father’s Peter Parker. Instead, this innovative but noisy and f

Hockey phenoms getting well-rounded education

Hockey is a big part of high school sophomore Justin Gibson’s life. So is his family and his faith. The Excel Hockey Academy meets all three priorities and may one day help him follow his broth

Christmas surge overwhelms Advent, musicians say

WASHINGTON — Have a holly, jolly ... Advent? If there seems to be a culture clash between the Christmas season and the Advent season that precedes it, Christmas is going to win out practically

Welcome the stranger at Mass

QUESTION: Soon we will once again be with our “once a year Catholic” neighbor at Christmas. I find it annoying to see them at church. They are never around to support the rest of us all y

Around the Diocese

CHRISTMAS MASS Below are additions to Christmas Eve and Christmas day Mass times: St. Mary of the Mount, Mount Washington CE: 4 p.m. (interpreted for the deaf community), 6:30 p.m. (interpreted for t

Annual Mass to honor Our Lady

The annual Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated by Bishop David Zubik on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. All are welcom

Felician sister makes first profession of vows

Sister Regina Marie Garofalo made her first profession of vows Oct. 28 as a Felician Sister of North America. She was joined by family and friends in the chapel of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Conven

New 'Grinch' should be a delight to parents

NEW YORK — Somewhere Theodor Geisel may be spinning in his grave over the latest treatment of one of his most famous character creations, "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch" (Universal). If so, he's only r

Dealing with the realities

There is the ideal, and then there is the real. We strive to achieve the ideal, but when that is difficult or impossible, we have to settle for the real. This is true in so many aspects of our life.

The Light is On for You

This Tuesday, Dec. 11, when parishes across the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be open for confession from 6-9 p.m. during “The Light is On for You,” some Catholics will hesitate. Even some w

God wants to intervene in your life

QUESTION: I would like to know the meaning of the feast of the Immaculate Conception. I would also like to know if this feast is a recent one or one that was celebrated throughout Christian history.

School News


Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township will host its annual parish mission, Sunday through Wednesday, Jan. 20-23. Mission will be led by Franciscan...

Around the Diocese


“Come to Me” is the theme of the next festival of praise at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin on Saturday, Jan. 12, from...

Around the Diocese


St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township continues its Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery Ministry for those struggling with a loved...

Around the Diocese


A free rosary making workshop will be Saturday, Jan. 5, from noon-2 p.m. at the Legion of Mary Home, 1705 Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh’s Carrick...


Number of Catholics little changed in Congress

WASHINGTON — In most election cycles, there may be 30 to 50 new members of Congress. For 2019, there are 89 — and a 90th may yet be headed for Capitol Hill based on how a disputed...

New spokeswomen standing up for life

She has green hair and she has blue hair. They’re young, stylish, clever, and I suspect listen to bands I’ve never heard of. And they’ve given their lives to defending the...

When Roe is no more

The replacement of Justice Anthony Kennedy by Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court has inspired great hope among pro-life Americans that Roe v. Wade’s days could be...

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