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Faithful excited for Newman's canonization

Blessed John Henry Newman is highly regarded because of the depth of his thoughts and the way he was able to bring an ancient church with tradition into conversation with the modern world throug

Church can deny Christian burial

QUESTION: I have heard there was a time when the church would not permit a funeral Mass for someone who took their own life. Is that true? QUESTION: Does the Catholic Church ever deny Christian buria

FISH FRIES Northside Catholic Assumption Academy, Brighton Heights Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 3-6:30 p.m., Axmacher Hall (below St. Cyril Church), 3854 Brighton Road. Dinner entree choic

Weekly Calendar of Events

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 Mass of anointing, 6:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 3058 Brereton St., Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood. Free marriage annulment workshop, 7 p.m., DeLuca Hall

Seeking Christ's holy face

MANOPPELLO, Italy — At the Shrine of the Holy Face in Manoppello, visitors see a transparent cloth encased between two glass panes within an ornate silver frame above the sanctuary’s alta

Ember Days this month

The next three-day cycle of Ember Days will be March 13, 15 and 16 for the Year of Repentance in light of the scandal of child sexual abuse. Special observances are called for on Ember Days: four set

Speaker urges the pursuit of holiness amid turmoil

More than 1,000 people gathered at SS. John and Paul Church in Franklin Park/Marshall Township united in one goal: to seek sainthood through the wisdom of world-renowned spiritual master Father Jacqu

How Jesus can change your mind

The church tells us to pray more during Lent, as part of her general instruction to up our game. In theory that ought to be easy, but in practice some of us struggle. Sometimes we struggle to find th

Father, forgive them. They know not what they do

These words of Jesus spoken from the cross defy understanding. Those he forgave mocked him, spat upon him, scourged and crucified him. How could he forgive them? Does he really expect us to do the sa

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

Top 10 movies and family films of 2018

NEW YORK — 2018 was an especially strong year both for documentaries and for fictional films exploring real-life issues, the ramifications of racism in particular. Other timely topics included


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

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

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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,...

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The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart will sponsor a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Bede Parish in Pittsburgh’s...

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The following festival was missing from the Parish Festival Guide, published in the May 10 issue. Complete listing can be viewed at www.pittsburghcatholic.org.



The Eucharist, our strength

On Father’s Day, June 16, I received a call from a man who lives across the country, and I have known him for more than 30 years. He was victimized sexually at the hands of a priest as a...

Talk with youth about boundaries and safety

The information learned in this article will assist caring adults and parents with establishing and maintaining safety guidelines and principles to ensure all children are protected, and that...

Papal news conferences yield little tidbits

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ inflight news conferences are arguably less newsy than when his pontificate began, mostly because he has been insisting the past few years that most of the...

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