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Supporting vocations in a time of uncertainty

By Father Michael Ackerman and Dr. Anthony Isacco

Discerning a vocation has never been a precise science or an easy task. Often discernment brings with it doubt, fear, anxiety, worry and apprehension about what such a commitment will entail. In ligh More

Keeping the faith despite difficulties

Ann Shoplik was frustrated. She had just read another negative newspaper article, titled “Catholic Church in crisis: Series of scandals threatens credibility.” Shoplik decided to write a

Program to feature legendary jazz artist

Renowned jazz instrumentalist and composer Mary Lou Williams will be the focus of a concert and panel discussion on “The Sacred Music of Mary Lou Williams” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The

'Beautiful Boy' touts realistic storyline

NEW YORK — What "Beautiful Boy" (Amazon) captures best about the raw pain of drug dependency is the sheer randomness of it. Addiction is not only not a moral failing, it happens in what used to

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, NOV. 26 Connect night, “Human Love in the Divine Plan,” 7 p.m., Holy Trinity School cafeteria, 5718 Stuebenville Pike, Robinson Township. Casual evening of refreshments, fellowshi

'Sand Nativity' set for Vatican

VATICAN CITY — Although sand castles and sculptures usually conjure up images of hot summers on the beach, the Vatican will unveil a massive Nativity scene made entirely of sand during the cold

6 new seminarians explore priesthood

There are six new seminarians for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, bringing the total number of students studying for the diocesan priesthood to 32. They all took part in a recent workshop to identify and

Message of hope offered at St. Anthony dinner

Edward Barbanell didn’t speak until he was 4 years old, but while his life began not with expectations but with limitations, he has come to inspire others. “I never accepted limitations o

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 place

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 north. A d

Peacemaking begins at home, pope says at Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — World peace must begin in individuals’ hearts and in their families by saying “no” to pride and rivalry, Pope Francis said. “When we read news about

Nothing will surpass joy of heaven

QUESTION: Having just lost a loved one, I am particularly interested in the afterlife. I know there are a lot of opinions out there, but I am interested in what is found in Scripture and what the Cat

The rocky history of Christian-Jewish relations

That’s not Christianity, we say. The Tree of Life killer had as part of his social media profile: “Jews are the children of satan (John 8:44).” But looking at 2,000 years of Christi

New 'Nutcracker' is charming on the surface

NEW YORK — German author E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” has proven a remarkably rich bit of source material since its initial publication in 1816.

Calendar of E ents

SATURDAY, NOV. 10 Craft and vendor spectacular, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Teresa of Avila Parish, 1000 Avila Court, Perrysville. Featuring more than 70 vendors. Admission is $2. Also, variety of food trucks

Diocesan archives center preserves important past

Nearly 100 years ago, on Nov. 11, 1918, World War I ended. Father Thomas Coakley almost didn’t live to see the day. While serving as an Army chaplain with the 47th Infantry in the Argonne regio

Around the Diocese

POLISHFEST 2018 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 free family-orien

Bishop Zubik to host listening sessions

Bishop David Zubik will host four listening sessions in late November and early December, and is asking parishioners and others to attend to express their thoughts and concerns, and to offer suggesti

Women rooted in prayer

Nearly 1,000 women representing six states and every vocation gathered to delve into the bursting abundance of God’s love and rise to become great women of faith at “Overflow: Live in the

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


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...

Around the Diocese


“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...

Around the Diocese


“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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