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Liturgical celebrations honor Mary

QUESTION: Just how many feast days does the Blessed Virgin Mary have in the Catholic Church? ANSWER: The Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar has changed over the centuries. Its most recent pu

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CATHOLIC SCHOOL PICNIC Tickets are on sale for the annual Catholic school picnic at Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, on Tuesday, June 11, with fun and g

A good slap upside the head

Recently, God came down from heaven and gave me a good slap upside the head. WHACK! I am not kidding you. You see, even though I didn’t realize it, part of my life needed a serious course corre

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SATURDAY, MAY 11 Flea market and bake sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Parish, 4815 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Sale includes home decor, clothes, books, t


STAR WARS BINGO The Christian Mothers and Women's Guild of Holy Apostles Parish will host a Star Wars bingo on Saturday, May 4 in the parish's St. Basil church hall located in Pittsburgh's Carrick ne

Profile of women religious rising at Vatican

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican can move at a snail’s pace but looking back over the past six years, the profile of women, especially women religious, at Vatican events has risen sharply. The

Wilderness camp open to high schoolers

The thrill of Christianity meets the rugged wilderness of Pennsylvania again this summer through Camp Lajas, a Catholic adventure camp for high school students. Begun last year, Camp Lajas immerses h

Immigration network to meet in Pittsburgh

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network will bring its annual convening of legal practitioners to Downtown Pittsburgh May 29-31 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and Westin Convention Center

Prayers for Sri Lanka

It was a simple message: Only through loving kindness can we dispel hate. More than a dozen representatives of various faiths gathered for “A Vigil for Sri Lanka” April 24 at Heinz Memori

Individuals honored for impact on community

Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Shazier was among a group of community leaders honored at the 46th Annual Art Rooney Award Dinner and Auction April 29 to benefit the Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh.

Holy Name Society awards Beaver County members

The Beaver County Holy Name Society honored members who have been exemplary in promoting the love, honor and respect for the name of Jesus with the presentation of the Blessed John of Vercelli Award

A note to women: We are all mothers

During the month of May, we thank God for our mothers and all we have received from them. It’s also good to remember the other women who have played an important role in our lives, from grandmo

Weekly Calendar of events

TUESDAY, MAY 7 Life in the Spirit seminar, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Richard Parish, 3841 Dickey Road, Richland Township. For information, e-mail Pete Faix at pkfaix@gmail.com. Presentation, “Life After

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CAR SHOW The Car Society Club of La Roche University invites the public to its inaugural car show Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parking lot of the university’s McCandless Tow

St. Joan found strength in Christ

QUESTION: My granddaughter has somehow decided that Joan of Arc is her heroine. I honestly don’t know that much about the real Joan of Arc. Is she really considered a saint by the Catholic Chur

Knowledge without action makes no real difference

Almost everyone who attends a session of Protecting God’s Children for Adults leaves able to identify one or more of the warning signs that risky adults exhibit when interacting with children.

Jesus teaches about change

The Gospel readings for this past week, the “octave of Easter,” are a joy to savor. They are the stories of how the resurrected Jesus appeared to his disciples. They include the puzzled d

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A night of healing and prayer, “To Heal the Broken Hearted: Praying with St. Charles the Saint of Mount Argus,” on Thursday, July 18, at St.

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A solemn evening of prayer and Benediction, followed by veneration of relic of St. Sharbel Makhlouf, will take place at St. Anthony...

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Volunteers are invited to come to Holy Martyrs Parish in Tarentum to help create sawdust carpets for the 76th annual Corpus Christi celebration Sunday, June 23.

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Public is invited to join the Knights of Columbus Gilmary Council 3868 as they honor fathers at the third annual Father’s Day breakfast celebration Sunday,...


Put down the phone. Pray.

Sometimes you had to stop my parents’ car by pulling off the road and slamming on the brakes. It would keep accelerating until you did. You had to rev down the engine so you could drive away...

Vaccines preserve 'moral health' of communities

ALBANY, N.Y. — Measles, chicken pox and other diseases are making a comeback as more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children out of the fear of side effects, especially with...

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Things are grim, kind of like the Pirates’ season before the winning streak. Maybe not quite Baltimore Orioles grim, 7,000 games out of first-place grim. But bad.

I mean the decline in...

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