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The power of sacred symbols

By Dr. Susan Muto

A golden sunrise on a frosty morn. Light refracted through a stained-glass window. Fresh wreaths forecasting the Christmas season. Symbols like these light up our religious imagination. The wreath ma More

Catholic Charities meets disaster needs

WASHINGTON — Hurricane, fire, flood and even earthquake, Catholic Charities agencies did their best to help thousands of their fellow residents through some of the worst natural disasters they

Frenetic take on Marvel character

NEW YORK — Traditionalists be warned: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Columbia) has little to do with your father’s Peter Parker. Instead, this innovative but noisy and f

Hockey phenoms getting well-rounded education

Hockey is a big part of high school sophomore Justin Gibson’s life. So is his family and his faith. The Excel Hockey Academy meets all three priorities and may one day help him follow his broth

Christmas surge overwhelms Advent, musicians say

WASHINGTON — Have a holly, jolly ... Advent? If there seems to be a culture clash between the Christmas season and the Advent season that precedes it, Christmas is going to win out practically

Welcome the stranger at Mass

QUESTION: Soon we will once again be with our “once a year Catholic” neighbor at Christmas. I find it annoying to see them at church. They are never around to support the rest of us all y

Around the Diocese

CHRISTMAS MASS Below are additions to Christmas Eve and Christmas day Mass times: St. Mary of the Mount, Mount Washington CE: 4 p.m. (interpreted for the deaf community), 6:30 p.m. (interpreted for t

Annual Mass to honor Our Lady

The annual Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated by Bishop David Zubik on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. All are welcom

Felician sister makes first profession of vows

Sister Regina Marie Garofalo made her first profession of vows Oct. 28 as a Felician Sister of North America. She was joined by family and friends in the chapel of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Conven

New 'Grinch' should be a delight to parents

NEW YORK — Somewhere Theodor Geisel may be spinning in his grave over the latest treatment of one of his most famous character creations, "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch" (Universal). If so, he's only r

Dealing with the realities

There is the ideal, and then there is the real. We strive to achieve the ideal, but when that is difficult or impossible, we have to settle for the real. This is true in so many aspects of our life.

The Light is On for You

This Tuesday, Dec. 11, when parishes across the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be open for confession from 6-9 p.m. during “The Light is On for You,” some Catholics will hesitate. Even some w

God wants to intervene in your life

QUESTION: I would like to know the meaning of the feast of the Immaculate Conception. I would also like to know if this feast is a recent one or one that was celebrated throughout Christian history.

Put your gift tag on an unforgettable pilgrimage

Looking for a Christmas present for someone who apparently has everything? Then give the gift of travel. The Pittsburgh Catholic is sponsoring several pilgrimages next year that could be the answer f

Advent tells us to up our game

“That young man,” the wise old Baptist man said, “is so heavenly minded he’s no earthly good.” He was too kind a man to roll his eyes, but he might as well have. I knew

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, DEC. 10 Holy hour for peace, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for peace, prayers for vocations, novena prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, rosary and Be

Around the Diocese

ADORATION The Catholic Community of Wexford welcomes the public to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday at St. Alphonsus Parish in Wexford, beginning at 12:30 p.m. (following noon Mass)

Bless her heart

It’s getting to the point where I hate anything that has to do with a phone other than talking and listening. I can’t get a slice of pizza without somebody trying to give me an app to ord

School News


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Around the Diocese


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...

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“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...

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St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township will host its annual parish mission, Sunday through Wednesday, Jan. 20-23. Mission will be led by Franciscan...

Around the Diocese


“Come to Me” is the theme of the next festival of praise at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin on Saturday, Jan. 12, from...


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...

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,...

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...

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