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Communicate your concerns about boundary issues

By Dr. Sharon Doty

Recently a friend came to me with a situation she was facing that, in her view, had no easy answer. She has never participated in a VIRTUS program, but had just attended a child protection session... More

Special rules keep God's house simply beautiful

VATICAN CITY — Of the many traditions and penitential practices observed during the season of Lent, one of the more visible is the stark change in church decor and a complete absence of...

A journalist's best friend

Ever since Bob Lockwood died March 4, I have caught myself a few times thinking, “I’ve got to tell Bob about this.” Then I realize that I can’t, which makes me incredibly...

Choosing to change

As a Pittsburgher all 72 years of my life, change is something I seldom have welcomed with open arms. While I helped manage change during a long corporate career and through my own training...

Guardians of truth

Fifty-three journalists were killed worldwide in 2018. Some died in war, but a shocking number died exposing corruption, covering protests or just doing their job. Time magazine called them and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

There is hope

Sometimes when we are confronted with an issue that seems obviously wrong or one that provokes clear public outrage, we wonder why it is not resolved already. That is the case for most of us when...

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...

Turn the other cheek

The answer is you, if you indulge them. The Atlantic recently published an article titled “Who Really Gets Hurt by Violent Fantasies?” We suffer the effects from something...

For sister, faith and health care go together

WASHINGTON — Sister Carol Keehan, a nurse before she became a woman religious, used to think she would spend most of her days — up to retirement — working in an emergency...

Give thanks for God's finest

Recently I ministered to a couple I knew as a child from my home parish, SS. Simon and Jude in Scott Township. They had been married for 63 years. The husband recently turned 89 years old, and his...

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A quick review of Pope Francis' past year

VATICAN CITY — Catholics cannot place blame for the sexual abuse crisis on “those who came before us” in an attempt “to present ourselves as ‘pure,’” said...

Four CRS staffers, aid workers killed

WASHINGTON — Four Catholic Relief Services staff members on their way to a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, were among the passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed...

Young women urged to spend time with God

Ten women sat cross-legged in a circle enthusiastically discussing authentic relationships as part of the Diocesan High School Women’s Retreat on March 9.

The Pittsburgh Religious...

Faith

A quick review of Pope Francis' past year

VATICAN CITY — Catholics cannot place blame for the sexual abuse crisis on “those who came before us” in an attempt “to present ourselves as ‘pure,’” said...

Four CRS staffers, aid workers killed

WASHINGTON — Four Catholic Relief Services staff members on their way to a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, were among the passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed...

Young women urged to spend time with God

Ten women sat cross-legged in a circle enthusiastically discussing authentic relationships as part of the Diocesan High School Women’s Retreat on March 9.

The Pittsburgh Religious...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

SIX STEPS TO SANITY

Transfiguration and St. Victor parishes invite those dealing with the addiction of a loved one to its Six Steps to Sanity program, which meets Thursdays at 7...

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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...

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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...

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,...

Calendar

Calendar

SATURDAY, MARCH 23

Vendor and craft show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Peter Parish hall, 127 Franklin St., Butler. Also includes bake sale, homemade soup sale, soup and sandwich lunch...

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...

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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.

Weekly Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, FEB. 24

Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Angela Merici Parish, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children. Sponsored by White Oak...


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