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By Stephen Mancini

I recently had a discussion with a friend that I suspect many Catholics have been having lately. In this instance, the friend didn’t want to buy a charity lottery ticket to support the Catholic More

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23 Chicken parmesan dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Michael Parish, 97 Highland Ave., Avella. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Takeout is available. For information, ca

LOURDES VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers will present a two-hour “Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience” at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon To

Sacraments are encounters with God

QUESTION: Several friends have told me that they have encountered priests who have refused them sacraments. Why would they do that? Sacraments are for the people, not the priests, right?   ANSWE

New Mass and confession times announced

Interim Mass and confession schedules have been announced in 57 groupings of parishes across the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as the On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative nears the implementation pha

Summer project benefits young readers in need

At the final school Mass in May, Father William Wuenschel challenged third- through fifth-graders at Butler Catholic School to formulate and complete a project that would help their family or communi

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 need

Faithful uphold tradition of lighting candles

WESTMERE, N.Y. — Linda Brown approached the candle stand at her parish, Christ the King in Westmere. She dropped a donation in the collection box and lit two candles. Her husband, Ed, stood bes

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 formal h

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 saltw

'A Simple Favor' is a dark thriller

NEW YORK — "A Simple Favor" (Lionsgate), director Paul Feig's glossy screen version of Darcey Bell's 2017 novel, is undeniably ingenious. Yet the dark doings, both past and present, that drive

Ministry planning is a team effort for parishes

Pastors are trying different approaches as they begin to bring parishes together through On Mission for The Church Alive! — combining social activities and staff gatherings, and helping ministe

Building 'bridges' in the seminary

Pittsburgh is the city of bridges. The Heinz History Museum counts a record number 446 bridges, more than any other city in the world. We would not be able to navigate throughout the city without all

Archbishop Sheen spoke wisdom of a saint

People are still talking about Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Unfortunately, they’re talking about him mostly because the archdioceses of New York and Peoria are fighting over his remains. Both want

Around the Diocese

NPM KICKOFF  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 Pittsburgh Chapter being named

Making progress, but much remains

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! How quickly the summer has passed. It seems like we were just getting ready to enjoy the Memorial Day holiday and here

Retired pastoral associate never gave up hope

If Barbara McCarthy’s 33-year career in ministry at St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry Township could be summed up in a single word, it would be “hope.” Hope might not be the obvious

Bishop Zubik announces year of repentance

Bishop David Zubik has announced a Year of Repentance in which all clergy of the Diocese of Pittsburgh are asked to fast and pray for the purification of the Church in light of the scandal of child s

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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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