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New culture, new wineskins

By Father Samuel J. Esposito

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! “No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the More

Our tradition of civility

“They should have just given each of us a box of Kleenex when we bought our ticket.” I overheard this remark as I was leaving the theater after watching the new documentary on Fred Rogers

Two secrets of successful ministry

According to Cardinal Robert Sarah, in his book “The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise”: “All activity must be preceded by an intense life of prayer, contemplation

Camp teaches children about God through art

A new summer camp program at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School recently welcomed children ages 5-8 to a weeklong camp that combined theology lessons with art, celebrating God’s creation

Around the Diocese

FORMED The FORMED Bible study on St. Peter continues at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at St. Pamphilus Parish in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood. Program is free and registration is not req

Weekly Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, AUG. 12 Mass in Italian, for feast of St. Rocco, 4 p.m., St. Raphael Parish, 1118 Chislett St., Pittsburgh’s Morningside neighborhood. Procession through Pittsburgh’s Morningside

Church invites all to know the Bible

QUESTION: Some people say that the Catholic Church is afraid of private interpretation of Scripture. Isn’t that what we all do every time we take up the Bible? Isn’t that what we are supp

Campers immersed in adventures of faith

Under an open-air tent at twilight in Moraine State Park, eight high school girls and their camp counselors gathered July 25 amid the fireflies in the grass, not for a bonfire, but for a blessing fro

Local parishes engage young people in liturgy

Getting young people involved in liturgy is both a Catholic challenge and a catholic challenge. Many parishes struggle to engage youth in the life of the church. Many parents struggle to get children

Service project crosses parish boundaries

With love, from one St. James Parish to another. Each year, the vacation Bible school program at St. James Parish in Sewickley takes on a mission or service project to help children understand the wo

The forgotten man of 1968

There is significant reflection today in print and the media about 1968. Remembrances of that tumultuous time 50 years ago include the TET Offensive, the violent Democratic National Convention in Chi

Kosher laws have ancient origin

QUESTION: I have never fully understood what is included in the “kosher” laws observed within the Jewish community. Why don’t Christians follow them?   ANSWER: In the ancient w

A house divided

On a recent week, I overheard or read the following statements: “Pope Francis is the antichrist.” “Bishop Zubik is in league with the devil.” “The Diocese of Pittsburgh

The Catholic Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will keep its Catholic majority if the Senate approves Brett Kavanaugh. He would join Chief Justice John Roberts and justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor.

Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, AUG. 7 Suicide loss support group, 7-8:30 p.m., Madonna del Castello Parish, 2021 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale. For information, visit www.mylifelinepittsburgh.org, or call Jack Shaw at 412-5

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Pittsburgh will kick off a busy 2018-19 year of events with a retreat and dinner to celebrate the...

Around the Diocese



During the month of September, St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township will offer evenings of prayer Fridays for reparations, forgiveness...

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The Gailliot Center for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood is sponsoring a study of Catholic theology titled...

Around the DIocese


The calendar section in the Aug. 10 issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic did not list St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 2510 Middle Road in Glenshaw, as the...


Laity are the body of Christ

In a favorite text from Scripture, St. Paul tells the Corinthians in no uncertain terms: “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Do we...

A culture of hospitality and welcome

Hospitality can’t be left up to just a few greeters at the door. It needs to be a way of life in the culture of the parish, which means that everyone has a role, whether we belong to a...

Take courage and be not afraid

Growing up, many of my family’s summer vacations took place at the ocean. Whenever we could afford it we would head for Cape Cod, New Hampshire or Maine. As we kids splashed around in the...

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