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READING OUR REALITY The Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English will host “A Pop-Up Symposium: Reading Our Reality” on Friday, March 8, at Seton LaSalle High School More

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

Parish Share drive meets varied needs

The 2019 Parish Share campaign kicks off this weekend (March 2-3) with a renewed focus on how donations help parishes and the wider Church of Pittsburgh respond to important needs. Parish Share retur

Bishop David Zubik's statement on McCarrick

Pope Francis’ action to dismiss the former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick, from the clerical state, demonstrates the pope’s commitment to protect

Day in the life of a hockey reporter

Hockey fans from around the world turned their attention to Pittsburgh Feb. 13. That evening’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Edmonton Oilers pinned two of the National Hockey Lea

Religious superiors admit slowness to act

VATICAN CITY — Twisted ideas of power and authority in the Catholic Church have contributed to the clerical sexual abuse crisis, leaders of religious orders said, but sometimes the positive 

Impeccable visuals help boost 'Dragon'

NEW YORK — In his 1922 book "What I Saw in America," the great Catholic writer G.K. Chesterton reflects on how beautiful New York's Times Square would be for someone who couldn't read. Similarl

Fear and brokenness, and hope for recovery

Father Michael Decewicz recalled the tears in his eyes and the dryness of his throat when he spoke his truth more 15 years ago. He was shaking during the moment he admitted he was an alcoholic. ̶

Sexual abuse allegation received

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Father John O’Brien, who died in 2004. The allegation dates to the mid-1960s when Father O’Brien wa

LENTEN SERIES Public invited to join Father Michael Maranowski at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville for a three-part series, “Personalizing Your Lenten Journey, with Prayer, Fasting and

Weekly Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, FEB. 24 Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Angela Merici Parish, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children. Sponsored by White Oak Lions. MONDAY, FEB. 25 Talk, &

There is hope

Sometimes when we are confronted with an issue that seems obviously wrong or one that provokes clear public outrage, we wonder why it is not resolved already. That is the case for most of us when dea

Brother's illness tested her faith

When her younger brother was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, Madalyn Mote was scared. She also endured a crisis of faith that ultimately brought her closer to Jesus. In 2016, Nick Mote bec

Penance is part of expected renewal

QUESTION: When we say the Act of Contrition, we promise to “do penance,” yet those few prayers that the priest assigns seem inadequate to make up for the sins that have been committed. Wh

New day for faith formation

National and local experts in Catholic faith formation will share their ideas and successes next month as the Church of Pittsburgh moves into a critical new phase of revitalizing its parishes and sch

Cardinal DiNardo: Jesus walks with us

WASHINGTON (CNS) — At the last Mass of the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo told hundreds of participants who were preparing to talk later to their representatives

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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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