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Put your gift tag on an unforgettable pilgrimage

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

Looking for a Christmas present for someone who apparently has everything? Then give the gift of travel. The Pittsburgh Catholic is sponsoring several pilgrimages next year that could be the answer f More

Advent tells us to up our game

“That young man,” the wise old Baptist man said, “is so heavenly minded he’s no earthly good.” He was too kind a man to roll his eyes, but he might as well have. I knew

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, DEC. 10 Holy hour for peace, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for peace, prayers for vocations, novena prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, rosary and Be

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ADORATION The Catholic Community of Wexford welcomes the public to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday at St. Alphonsus Parish in Wexford, beginning at 12:30 p.m. (following noon Mass)

Bless her heart

It’s getting to the point where I hate anything that has to do with a phone other than talking and listening. I can’t get a slice of pizza without somebody trying to give me an app to ord

'Ralph' sequel promotes loyalty and forgiveness

NEW YORK — The burly demolition specialist who lent his name to 2012's "Wreck-It Ralph" returns to the big screen in the sweet animated follow-up "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (Disney). So too do

Walking as an Advent discipline

One proof of Christian discipleship resides in our commitment to be countercultural. The four weeks of Advent provide a marvelous opportunity to practice a spiritual discipline, represented in many f

When you love an addict

Think of parents whose daughter or son is an opioid addict. They remember their beloved child when she or he was a fine student, involved in charitable activities, and above all was a good and kind y

Chesterton on gratitude

Our hostess for the weekend told our children to stop saying “Thank you.” She sounded annoyed. “You can say it when you leave,” she said, “but not while you’re her

Thanksgiving wisdom from my father

My father, Ted Kondrich, passed away Feb. 6 of this year. The pain of his passing is still raw, but my family and I take great solace and joy in the fact that he is now with our risen Lord, and that

WELCOME MASS The public is invited to a Mass to welcome the Sisters of the Merciful Jesus to the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The liturgy is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Chu

Parish Share gifts support the faithful

When he asks his parishioners to support Parish Share, Father John Rushofsky starts from the premise that many Catholics don’t understand how the campaign helps their own parish. Throughout his

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SATURDAY, DEC. 1 Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Angela Merici Parish hall, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak. Sponsored by White Oak Lions, cost is $7 per adult, $3 for children. Christmas cookie s

Keep Christ at the center of your world

QUESTION: In general, I understand the seasons of the church year, but Advent has always been confusing to me. I am not sure what we are supposed to be doing or what it really means. It is compressed

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ST. NICHOLAS STORYTIME This month’s “Perfect for Preschoolers Storytime” at East Catholic School, 2001 Ardmore Blvd in Forest Hills, is about St. Nicholas. This free story, rhyme, s

Many Arab Christians exist today

QUESTION: I always thought that all Arabs were Muslims, that Arabs and Muslims meant the same thing. But I have been told that there are lots of Christian Arabs. Is this correct? ANSWER: Of the many

Bishop Zubik leads annual Auberle meeting

Bishop David Zubik celebrated a successful year for Auberle with staff and community members Nov. 6. Auberle’s annual meeting on its main campus in McKeesport included the debut of the agency&#

Experts weigh in on abuse scandal

The scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and resulting media coverage have inaccurately portrayed that church leaders knew about rampant abuse yet turned a

Rowling spinoff sharper, more engaging

NEW YORK — For a film about magic, 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was strangely lacking in enchantment. So it’s welcome news that the follow-up, “

Sainthood, finally, after more than 50 years

Among the saints who were canonized during a major celebration in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 14 was a young man who was the focus of intensely faithful devotions in Pittsburgh for more than 50 yea

When hate comes to your neighborhood

I grew up Jewish. Not really, but it seemed that way. At least to a kid, Catholic and Jewish life in the old North Yonkers, New York, back in the 1950s and early ‘60s were part of each other. T

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St. John the Baptist Parish in Plum announces the first Family Intergenerational Religious Education (F.I.R.E.) night Sunday, Feb. 17, 6-8:30 p.m. Session begins...

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“Becoming the One and the Path to the Good Life,” will be presented by Fathers Joe Freedy and Adam Potter, using Pope St. John Paul II’s...

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St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township will host its annual parish mission, Sunday through Wednesday, Jan. 20-23. Mission will be led by Franciscan...

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“Come to Me” is the theme of the next festival of praise at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin on Saturday, Jan. 12, from...


Does God really want a diversity of religions?

Wait, what? some people were asking. During his visit to the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis signed a statement titled “A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living...

I heard Jesus saying to me ...

Have you ever received an unexpected message from a friend, maybe a text message or a voicemail that made your day, or even led you to change your outlook on life? This happened to me last month,...

Messengers of the mystery

In an informational age like our own, it is embarrassing to admit that certain questions defy explanation. The circumstances surrounding them remain a mystery to the best minds available. There...

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