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Two men to be ordained deacons

Two men will be ordained deacons for the Diocese of Pittsburgh during a Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Mary, Mother of Hope Church in New Castle. Michael Faix of Corpus Christi Parish in McKees

Theologians to gather in Pittsburgh

The 74th annual convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America is set for June 6-9 at the Wyndham Grand Downtown Hotel in Pittsburgh. The theme will be “Another World is Possible: Vi

'Aladdin': Spirited live-action film

NEW YORK — Though the magical tale of Aladdin is centuries old, it’s probably best known to contemporary audiences through two relatively recent products of pop culture: the 1992 animated

When the facts seem to prove the faith wrong

“Nature doesn’t give up its secrets cheaply,” said an English astrophysicist named Carlos Frenk. We have to work at figuring out what’s what in the universe. Often that work i

Storyteller's walking tour brings saints to life

The grounds of St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park are among the most beautiful in the diocese. Highlights of the grounds are six statues of saints that are placed throughout the campus. There is S

Supreme Court allows burial of fetal remains

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on two different aspects of Indiana abortion laws May 28. It upheld a state law — reversing an appeals court ruling — that requires ab

Weekly Calendar of Events

MONDAY, JUNE 3 Speaker, “Talk Saves lives — Suicide Prevention,” 7-8 p.m., auditorium of Sacred Heart Parish, 310 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Talk is part

Pentecost Vigil to mark birthday of the church

Like Jesus’ apostles who awaited the promptings of the Holy Spirit, organizers are looking forward to seeing what is in store at the second annual Pentecost Vigil on Saturday, June 8, at St. Pa

Church limits marriage within families

QUESTION: Before some of the changes took place in the church, I know that people were not allowed to marry within a certain “degree of kindred.” I remember that such a rule was rather st

Around the Diocese

FESTIVAL The following festival was missing from the Parish Festival Guide, published in the May 10 issue. Complete listing can be viewed at www.pittsburghcatholic.org. ST. ATHANASIUS, WEST VIEW Flea

5 parish groupings to merge July 1

Five groupings of parishes will merge to form new parishes, the first to come together under the diocese’s On Mission for The Church Alive! revitalization initiative, Bishop David Zubik announc

Reunited across time, space

The Virgin Mary and the Catholic faith have ways of connecting believers across space and time. Take, for example, Dr. Robert Pacek of Natrona Heights and Juan Zamarippa of San Antonio, Texas —

Around the Diocese

DAY FOR CAREGIVERS “Self-Love” is the theme of a presentation by Father Thomas Sparacino at the annual free retreat for caregivers Sunday, June 2, from 1-5 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Par

Weekly Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, MAY 27 Memorial Day cemetery services, 9 a.m., St. Lucy Cemetery, Shadeland Street, New Castle; 10 a.m., Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Washington; 10:20 a.m., St. Mary Cemetery, Elkton Stre

Parish mergers and grouping realignments

Effective July 1, 2019, the following new parishes will be established: ST. MATTHIAS PARISH (Greene County)  Bringing together the parishes of: • St. Ann, Waynesburg • St. Hugh, Carm

Groups offer LifeLine, healing after suicide

An Ivy League graduate, Justin Broglie had moved to Philadelphia and had started his own company. “He was the most wonderful kid you could ever meet, and he would do anything for anyone,”

Shareholders push firms on online sex abuse

WASHINGTON — Online child sexual abuse is a booming international business and religious congregations holding stocks in major telecom firms are stepping up their advocacy to thwart it. Led by

St. Anthony of Padua relics to visit Pittsburgh

Two first-class relics of St. Anthony of Padua will tour the Diocese of Pittsburgh June 6-11.  At the invitation of Bishop David Zubik, Father Alessandro Ratti will accompany the relics from the

Mortal sin is willful act against God

QUESTION: My question is about God’s justice and fairness. Say that I die with just one mortal sin on my soul, but have lived an otherwise good life. Do I go to hell because of that one sin? If

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A night of healing and prayer, “To Heal the Broken Hearted: Praying with St. Charles the Saint of Mount Argus,” on Thursday, July 18, at St.

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A solemn evening of prayer and Benediction, followed by veneration of relic of St. Sharbel Makhlouf, will take place at St. Anthony...

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Volunteers are invited to come to Holy Martyrs Parish in Tarentum to help create sawdust carpets for the 76th annual Corpus Christi celebration Sunday, June 23.

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Public is invited to join the Knights of Columbus Gilmary Council 3868 as they honor fathers at the third annual Father’s Day breakfast celebration Sunday,...


Put down the phone. Pray.

Sometimes you had to stop my parents’ car by pulling off the road and slamming on the brakes. It would keep accelerating until you did. You had to rev down the engine so you could drive away...

Vaccines preserve 'moral health' of communities

ALBANY, N.Y. — Measles, chicken pox and other diseases are making a comeback as more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children out of the fear of side effects, especially with...

We have an opening

Things are grim, kind of like the Pirates’ season before the winning streak. Maybe not quite Baltimore Orioles grim, 7,000 games out of first-place grim. But bad.

I mean the decline in...

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