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Retired pastoral associate never gave up hope

By Jennifer Monahan Correspondent

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 More

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

Weekly Calendar

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 Festival of Praise, “Healing in the Heart of Jesus,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St., Baldwin. Father Mike Ackerman is

Your servant, David, is listening

D uring my 13 years as a high school teacher, one of the most important lessons I tried to teach my students was the difference between “hearing” and “listening.” The differen

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, Sept. 18 Divine Mercy holy hour, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for family healing, Divine Mercy chaplet and Benediction. Wednesday, Sept. 19 Mass, foll

Divorce is complex and painful

QUESTION: My parents have been divorced for many years. My mother has remarried, but my father has not (nor does he intend to). However, he has not received Communion since the divorce many years ago

Pittsburgh: Our faith-filled home

I was at a doctor’s office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I now live after my years in Pittsburgh. He’s my pulmonary guy, also with a Pittsburgh background, and I made his acquaintance aft

Aging gracefully

Aging gracefully is God’s way of awakening in us a renewed appreciation for the richness of the ordinary. The older we become, the more we see why Jesus lived the hidden life of Nazareth for 30

Serra Club honors four priests

The succession of bishops that goes all the way back to St. Peter is a gift that God has given to the church, Father Thomas Kunz said. In Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Bishop David Zubik, the priest said

Readers urged to be Christ's Hands

It was an image that stays with one forever. A wide-eyed little girl smiling broadly because she had just found a winter coat that fit her. A smile that got even broader when she was told that the co

Partnership aids youth, homeless with employment

When Andre Scott looks into the faces of the men he serves at Catholic Charities’ St. Joseph House of Hospitality, he feels empathy and gratitude for his own second chance. Scott, 23, lived und

Expert on abuse prevention to review diocese

Shay Bilchik, a national expert on issues related to child sexual abuse, will visit the Diocese of Pittsburgh next week as part of his review of diocesan policies and procedures for preventing such a

Pope bolsters Irish families

DUBLIN — In a stadium of Catholic families from around the world, Pope Francis told the laypeople they are the vast majority of church members and that, without them, the church would be cold,

Responsible for all

As we approach Labor Day 2018, I am struck by similarities between the current situation of the Catholic Church (at least in the Eastern and Midwestern United States, what sometimes go by the derogat

'Life + Love' celebrates marriage, family life

The sexual revolution of the late 1960s promised “free love” and sex without consequences. But in reality, it damaged the profound connection between men and women and impacted the bond o


SATURDAY, SEPT. 1 Blue Army of Butler devotions and meeting, 8 a.m. Mass, followed by rosary and meeting, St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Father Nick Argentieri is guest speaker. Addendum

150 years: Healing wounds of 21st century

On Aug. 30, the feast of our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan, we Little Sisters of the Poor will launch a jubilee year celebrating the 150th anniversary of our congregation’s arrival in the United

'Kin' takes a tour through Rust Belt America

NEW YORK — As scripted by Daniel Casey and directed by brothers Jonathan and Josh Baker, "Kin" (Summit), a gritty but somewhat intriguing crime thriller with an overlay of science fiction, expl

Around the Diocese

PRAYER AND ADORATION During the month of September, St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township will offer evenings of prayer Fridays for reparations, forgiveness and healing from actions detailed in

Truth about Roe

The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has propelled Roe v. Wade more prominently into public discourse. As the confirmation process for his replacement moves forward, pro-abortion g

Sacraments should be heard, seen

QUESTION: Are there guidelines for how sacraments are to be celebrated? Recently I attended the christening of a relative and it was like a three-ring circus! There were eight babies to be baptized a

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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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