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Church teaches wider vision of sacraments

QUESTION: I am an old Catholic, and I think that my grandchildren have some odd ideas about the sacraments. What is wrong with what we learned (that sacraments are “outward signs instituted by More

Comforting the sick

In the hospital. That’s where I spent the greater part of a week approaching Lent 2019. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. One of those things where I brushed it off, but the spouse wouldn’t l

Around the Diocese

READING OUR REALITY The Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English will host “A Pop-Up Symposium: Reading Our Reality” on Friday, March 8, at Seton LaSalle High School

The game of Lent

A Protestant pastor among my Facebook friends once declared that he didn’t want to hear what anyone else was giving up for Lent. He asked if people had forgotten Matthew 6. That’s the cha

Parish Share drive meets varied needs

The 2019 Parish Share campaign kicks off this weekend (March 2-3) with a renewed focus on how donations help parishes and the wider Church of Pittsburgh respond to important needs. Parish Share retur

Bishop David Zubik's statement on McCarrick

Pope Francis’ action to dismiss the former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick, from the clerical state, demonstrates the pope’s commitment to protect

Day in the life of a hockey reporter

Hockey fans from around the world turned their attention to Pittsburgh Feb. 13. That evening’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Edmonton Oilers pinned two of the National Hockey Lea

Religious superiors admit slowness to act

VATICAN CITY — Twisted ideas of power and authority in the Catholic Church have contributed to the clerical sexual abuse crisis, leaders of religious orders said, but sometimes the positive 

Impeccable visuals help boost 'Dragon'

NEW YORK — In his 1922 book "What I Saw in America," the great Catholic writer G.K. Chesterton reflects on how beautiful New York's Times Square would be for someone who couldn't read. Similarl

Fear and brokenness, and hope for recovery

Father Michael Decewicz recalled the tears in his eyes and the dryness of his throat when he spoke his truth more 15 years ago. He was shaking during the moment he admitted he was an alcoholic. ̶

Sexual abuse allegation received

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Father John O’Brien, who died in 2004. The allegation dates to the mid-1960s when Father O’Brien wa

LENTEN SERIES Public invited to join Father Michael Maranowski at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville for a three-part series, “Personalizing Your Lenten Journey, with Prayer, Fasting and

Weekly Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, FEB. 24 Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Angela Merici Parish, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children. Sponsored by White Oak Lions. MONDAY, FEB. 25 Talk, &

There is hope

Sometimes when we are confronted with an issue that seems obviously wrong or one that provokes clear public outrage, we wonder why it is not resolved already. That is the case for most of us when dea

Brother's illness tested her faith

When her younger brother was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, Madalyn Mote was scared. She also endured a crisis of faith that ultimately brought her closer to Jesus. In 2016, Nick Mote bec

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


St. Sebastian Parish in Ross Township invites Catholic community to pray the solemn novena and chaplet of Divine Mercy for nine consecutive days.

Around the diocese


The choir of Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood will present a Tenebrae service of darkness Monday, April 8, at 7...

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The Catholic parishes of Carnegie, Green Tree and Scott Township will host “Our Journey with God,” presented by Maria Killian, Tuesday-Thursday, April...

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...


Woman counts on faith to reunite with husband

WASHINGTON — In the quest to bring her deported Mexican husband, Marcos, back to the United States to live with her and their four children, Elizabeth Perez has frequently turned to...

Damaged fruit

In his book, “Descending Fire: The Journal of a Soul Aflame,” Father Jean Petit cites St. Thérèse of Lisieux as having said that she liked “to see fruits fall before...

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