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SATURDAY, MARCH 9 Festival of praise, “Jesus: A Friend for You!,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St., Baldwin. Father Chris Mannerino is pr More

FISH FRIES • St. Alphonsus, West Sunbury Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday, 4-6 p.m., St. Louis Church hall, 202 W. State St. Menu features: baked or fried fish, french fries, macaroni and ch

March 24 Mass to mark beatification of foundress

Greensburg Bishop Edward Malesic will commemorate the beatification of Blessed Clelia Merloni, foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, at a Mass Sunday, March 24, at 11:30 a.m.&#

Altar, tabernacle deserve reverence

QUESTION: Isn’t the tabernacle the most important thing in any Catholic church?   ANSWER: The answer to this question is not as simple as it seems, and it depends on when one enters a Cath

Young voices to fill cathedral March 30

A unique experience awaits Catholic youth choir members in southwestern Pennsylvania at the end of March. School and parish choir members in fourth through 12th grades are invited to participate in a

Clericalism, abuse of power blamed for crisis

VATICAN CITY — The abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is a call for bishops to unmask the deep-seated clericalism that placed protection of the institution of the church above the sufferings o

List of Lenten activities planned at parishes

Below are listings submitted to the Pittsburgh Catholic of services and activities occurring during Lent in parishes and other organizations throughout the diocese. Parishes are listed by Vicariate,

Things to know about Lent, Ash Wednesday

WASHINGTON — Ash Wednesday is March 6 this year. Here are some things to know about Ash Wednesday and the kickoff to Lent: In the Table of Liturgical Days, which ranks the different liturgical

Former North Side school plans reunion

Patty Aguglia Liebman said that graduates of the former St. Boniface School on Pittsburgh’s North Side are close because, even though many of them had little in the way of material goods,

Lenten regulations from the Diocese of Pittsburgh

The penitential season of Lent calls all of us to acts of repentance through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Since Lent retains its ancient penitential character, the faithful should be reminded to m

Bishop Zubik ready to release pastoral letter

As this issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic went to press, Bishop David Zubik was making the final edits on his pastoral letter, titled “The Church Healing,” responding to concerns about sex

Church teaches wider vision of sacraments

QUESTION: I am an old Catholic, and I think that my grandchildren have some odd ideas about the sacraments. What is wrong with what we learned (that sacraments are “outward signs instituted by

Comforting the sick

In the hospital. That’s where I spent the greater part of a week approaching Lent 2019. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. One of those things where I brushed it off, but the spouse wouldn’t l

Around the Diocese

READING OUR REALITY The Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English will host “A Pop-Up Symposium: Reading Our Reality” on Friday, March 8, at Seton LaSalle High School

The game of Lent

A Protestant pastor among my Facebook friends once declared that he didn’t want to hear what anyone else was giving up for Lent. He asked if people had forgotten Matthew 6. That’s the cha

Parish Share drive meets varied needs

The 2019 Parish Share campaign kicks off this weekend (March 2-3) with a renewed focus on how donations help parishes and the wider Church of Pittsburgh respond to important needs. Parish Share retur

Bishop David Zubik's statement on McCarrick

Pope Francis’ action to dismiss the former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick, from the clerical state, demonstrates the pope’s commitment to protect

Day in the life of a hockey reporter

Hockey fans from around the world turned their attention to Pittsburgh Feb. 13. That evening’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Edmonton Oilers pinned two of the National Hockey Lea

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Tomatoes, basil, herbs, geraniums and air plants are just some of the items on sale at the fourth annual “Blooming on Baum” plant sale Friday, May 24,...

Around the diocese


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,...



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...

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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...


Refugees lobby for federal program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is one of the best of humanitarian efforts helping vulnerable people in the world and it should be praised as a success story, not...

Making friends with scientists

“We should take a much humbler approach to knowledge,” the world famous physicist told Scientific American magazine. The “we” in that sentence is Marcelo Gleiser’s...

Mary, our model for a richer humanity

The events of Mary’s life reveal themselves each time we pray the rosary, but have we meditated on them in relation to our everyday experience? It is not enough that we prove our devotion to...

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