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Mission collection Oct. 20-21

Every year, on the next-to-last Sunday of October, Catholics of the world are called to recommit themselves to their common vocation, through baptism, to be missionaries: through prayer, participatio More

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, OCT. 22 Mass, with prayers for healing, 6:30 p.m. (rosary at 6 p.m.), St. Christopher Parish, 229 N. Franklin St., Prospect. Father William Kiel is celebrant of Mass for anyone in need o

Stick with it

I was talking with one of my hip friends. I have hip friends. I swear. He is not a believer and never has been as far as I can tell. I feel for him. There’s not much comfort in his vague agnost

286 couples celebrate 50 years of marriage

Bishop David Zubik told the couples gathered before him that while they have experienced the ups and downs of life in their 50 years of marriage, their presence demonstrated that they have not lost t

There's science and then there's science

Her daughter had gone to medical school and lost her faith, she said. The new doctor told her mom that she had learned too much science to believe all that religious stuff anymore. Two other women in

Around the Diocese

ETHNIC COOKING Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge will hold an ethnic cooking class Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in parish’s Jericho Hall. Colcannon, a cabbage and potato dish traditionally

Peering into the future

The Diocese of Pittsburgh is in the midst of massive change through the On Mission for The Church Alive! planning initiative. Priests, staff and the faithful are struggling with what to do next weeke

Speaker: Walk with people in crisis

Catholics who are hurt and angry about revelations of past child sexual abuse committed by clergy may be searching for support and direction, according to an expert on spiritual and psychological tra

Satan is often depicted as a tester

QUESTION: What does the Bible say about the devil?   ANSWER: Two preliminary concepts are important in determining how the Bible understands the devil. The first is the belief that God created e

Religious to share vocation stories

Three younger sisters will speak about their vocation stories Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Baden. Felician Sister Desiré Findlay, Apostle of

Agencies respond to disaster in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNS) — Catholic aid agencies were among those working to assess the needs and get relief to the island of Sulawesi after an earthquake and tsunami left more than 1,400 peopl

Around the Diocese

HOLY HOUR  In response to Bishop David Zubik’s call for a year of prayer and penance, St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park will offer a holy hour beginning at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, OCT. 13 Italian buffet dinner, 3-7 p.m., St. Albert the Great Faith Formation Building of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St., Baldwin. Cost is $15 for adults, $8 for kids 10 and under.

Programs help disabled students be their best

For more than 65 years, St. Anthony School Programs has helped students of all faiths with intellectual disabilities to live their lives to the fullest academically, socially, vocationally and spirit

Inner-city youth ministry given welcome boost

Joe Calloway has been working for years to rebuild his old neighborhood. Now he’s excited to help rebuild lives through an inner-city ministry that’s bringing young people to Jesus. The r

Four facets of the diamond of discipleship

The first and most radiant facet of the diamond of discipleship is faith. Imagine this virtue as a power source capable of launching a rocket into outer space. Only if we live by faith in the full tr

Scriptures offer modern-day lessons

QUESTION: My question is about the homily at Mass. I wonder why priests concentrate so much on the Bible. The Bible seems to me like “old news.” I want to hear about what is happening tod

Love is contagious

Would you be surprised to know that there are only two American-born men who have been formally beatified? They were beatified within weeks of each other last year by Pope Francis. One is Blessed Sol

What are deacons allowed to do?

Over dinner one evening at the convent where I live, one of the sisters asked about the ordination of transitional deacons this past summer. Although she has lived in the United States for a number o

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


Polishfest 2018 will be Sunday, Nov. 11, noon-5 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Festival is a...

Around the Diocese



St. Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood will have sung evening prayers before the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, Nov. 4...

Around the Diocese


The Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group of St. Paul Cathedral Parish will host a talk by Betty Pickett on “Implicit Bias: The Human Element in Hidden...

Around the Diocese


Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge will hold an ethnic cooking class Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in parish’s Jericho Hall. Colcannon, a cabbage and...


Vehicles for prayer

Years ago on retreat we were asked in a prayer service of thanksgiving to place one or several articles which were special to us in front of the altar, as symbols of our giving thanks to God. I...

At border, groups worry about tension, violence

WASHINGTON — In late October, the Trump administration announced plans to send more than 5,000 troops to the southern border ahead of a group of migrants from Central America heading...

Tear down the walls of shame

It has been my experience that one of the greatest impediments to recovery is shame. Shame is the wall that encloses the addict in a world of crippling self-pity that only nourishes...

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