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Actor describes his road to the Catholic Church

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — Gary Sinise, the actor perhaps best known for playing Lt. Dan in the 1994 movie “Forrest Gump,” followed a rather unusual path to becoming a Catholic. In a Feb. 4 telep More

Next step coming for several groupings

Five parish groupings are set to become the first to merge into new, stronger parishes through the On Mission for The Church Alive! revitalization initiative. On Mission seeks to better align parish

Share your stories

With the 175th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Catholic about a month away, the newspaper is interested in featuring the thoughts of readers on our rich publishing history.  What has the Pittsburg

'Isn't It Romantic' -- is it funny?

NEW YORK — Funny thing about recent Hollywood comedies, many of them are anything but. Whether marred by a post-"Hangover" desire to be outrageous or by actions or situations entirely unrelated

Closures coming in southeast Washington County

After months of consultation with clergy, lay leaders and parishioners, Bishop David Zubik issued decrees to close four of the six church buildings that make up St. Katharine Drexel Parish in southea

Welcoming vs. reverence at Mass

QUESTION: I go to Mass each weekend, but never really feel welcome. I feel that most Catholics do not make any effort to welcome people at Mass. I wonder if other people feel that way and what the ch

Does God really want a diversity of religions?

Wait, what? some people were asking. During his visit to the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis signed a statement titled “A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.

Messengers of the mystery

In an informational age like our own, it is embarrassing to admit that certain questions defy explanation. The circumstances surrounding them remain a mystery to the best minds available. There are b

Author makes holiness accessible

For nearly a decade, Caitlyn Waruszewski has avidly read Father Jacques Philippe’s books on spirituality, enjoying how their pages make holiness accessible in a way she never experienced before

Survey shows uptick in perpetual vows

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When you head to Mass this Sunday, chances are you will hear the intention “an increase in vocations to the religious life” lifted up before the gifts are present

I heard Jesus saying to me ...

Have you ever received an unexpected message from a friend, maybe a text message or a voicemail that made your day, or even led you to change your outlook on life? This happened to me last month, in

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, FEB. 18 Life in the Spirit seminar series, 7-8:30 p.m., Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Father Joe Freedy will present “Inviting Life in the Holy

Around the Diocese

F.I.R.E. NIGHT St. John the Baptist Parish in Plum announces the first Family Intergenerational Religious Education (F.I.R.E.) night Sunday, Feb. 17, 6-8:30 p.m. Session begins with Mass at 6 p.m., f

Around the Diocese

BECOMING THE ONE “Becoming the One and the Path to the Good Life,” will be presented by Fathers Joe Freedy and Adam Potter, using Pope St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, FEB. 9 Homemade soup sale, “Soup Made Right by a Knight,” following 4 p.m. Mass, and following 9:15 a.m. and noon Mass on Sunday, Feb. 10, St. Catherine of Sweden Parish, 2554 W

An experience of joy at World Youth Day

A 46-member contingent — including many youth and young adults — represented the Diocese of Pittsburgh at the recent World Youth Day celebration in Panama City, Panama. “They welcom

'Prodigy' is packed with mayhem

NEW YORK — Grown moviegoers with a strong tolerance for mayhem will learn from the edgy creepy-kid tale "The Prodigy" (Orion), if they didn’t already know it, that the technical term for

Sisters of Mercy mark 175th

During a recent vespers service in the Mercy sisters’ convent chapel in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, Sister Pat McDermott looked out at sisters, Mercy associates and guests gathered

Girl Scouts make gifts for babies in Peru

As part of their Silver Award, members of Girl Scout Troop 55246 at Holy Trinity Parish in Robinson Township led a drive to crochet baby beanies for the diocesan-sponsored Maternidad de Maria materni

Evil should not be a barrier to faith

QUESTION: My husband has not been to Mass since the Grand Jury Report was made public last summer. Not even Christmas would bring him around. I am not sure what to do. ANSWER: The Grand Jury Report w

Grief to Grace offers healing to abuse survivors

Among the steps that Bishop David Zubik intends to take in response to last year’s listening sessions on child sexual abuse by clergy is to make an international healing ministry for victim/sur

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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...

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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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