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SATURDAY, JULY 21 Women’s clothing clearance sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., back porch of St. Aloysius Rummage House, 3610 Mount Troy Road, Reserve Township. Summer clothing items displayed on back porch More

Catholic education matters

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! Catholic school closings are very emotional occurrences. Having been through one some years ago, I can attest that it

Pope: Grace comes in surprising ways

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God does not conform to people’s expectations, and he often presents himself and his graces in surprising ways, Pope Francis said. “God does not conform himself

Central Catholic wins KDKA's "Hometown High-Q"

The quiz bowl team at Central Catholic High School won the KDKA-TV “Hometown High-Q” championship July 7, defeating reigning champions Winchester Thurston. The team, which is coordinated

Summer in the park

Recently, my daughter, her husband and children were visiting, and the 10-year-old wanted to go to a local park to play. As we all know, letting young children run and play and wear themselves out is


It was 2001. None of us over the age of 25 will forget where we were on 9/11 of that year. On that Tuesday morning, terrorists crashed planes into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is new Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced July 9 that his nominee for the Supreme Court is Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington and a Catholic who once clerked

Formula for fully faithful ministry

“How-to” manuals line bookstore shelves. From repair kits to the booklets describing the usage of every device we buy, such information can be difficult to absorb, but in the end we are g

Daily communion with God is needed

QUESTION: When the church talks about “daily prayers” what does it mean?   ANSWER: A response to the question above must consider both “prayer” and “prayers.”

Weekly Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JULY 14 Festival of Praise, “Receiving God’s Gifts,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3171 Churchview Ave., Baldwin. Including praise musi

Around the Diocese

BLESSINGS FOR HEALING St. Joseph Parish in Cabot will host Father William Kiel for a Mass, followed by prayers and blessings for healing, Thursday, July 19, at 7 p.m. All are welcome. SLOVAK MASS AT

Farmers' Market is a ministry for Sewickley

Deacon Bob Jancart stands out at the St. James Farmers’ Market in Sewickley. It isn’t because of his prominent beard, it’s the way he engages himself with the farmers and merchants.

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JULY 7 Blue Army devotions and meeting, 8 p.m. Mass, followed by rosary, St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Meeting will follow in parish’s Collins Room, with discussion on &

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Around the Diocese


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...

Around the Diocese



During the month of September, St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township will offer evenings of prayer Fridays for reparations, forgiveness...

Around the diocese


The Gailliot Center for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood is sponsoring a study of Catholic theology titled...

Around the DIocese


The calendar section in the Aug. 10 issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic did not list St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 2510 Middle Road in Glenshaw, as the...


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...

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...

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...

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