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Eucharist: Prayer of the entire church

QUESTION: Someone told me recently that the rosary is THE prayer of the Catholic Church. I am relatively new to the Catholic faith and was unsure of that. Is there some kind of priority list of p ... More

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Embrace a new beginning

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), the social reformer and novelist, once said, “Many people think of changing the world, but few people think of changing themselves.”According to a recent Nielsen s ...

Fake news can be dangerous

“Fake news” has been all over the news since early December when an armed guy shot up a pizza place in Washington. He had read on the Internet that the restaurant was a front for a child t ...

Church encourages respect for the dead

QUESTION: I read the most recent church document on care for cremated remains and noted that they were to be buried or placed in a mausoleum. There was also a strong objection to people keeping t ...

The mercy of God is infinite

QUESTION: I sometimes feel that the Catholic Church is more about guilt than forgiveness. I am not sure where that comes from, but I know that it is very limiting and destructive. Is that a true estim ...

What's a council member to do?

In fall 2010, after the release of the diocesan guidelines for parish pastoral councils, “One Body, One Mission,” I was among a group of facilitators who took the show on the road, so to s ...

Symbols convey very real feelings

QUESTION: Sometimes I get the feeling that Christmas is so filled with signs and symbols that it is hard to find the real substance of this holiday. How can the church help?ANSWER: Providing an answer ...

Christmas Eve traditions

Centuries-old family traditions will be warmly observed this Christmas in tribute to the wonderment of that one solemn, holy and silent night when a great star led to Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ was ...

What the pagans saw and we don't

It’s a line most of us shoot past as we sing it, but it’s there to make a point, and a point that might help us get more excited about Christmas. We’re used to the idea of God being ...

Rejoicing the return of lost sheep

You don’t have to be Old School to remember Farrah Fawcett. An iconic television actress, she became a celebrity through her role in the series “Charlie’s Angels.” She was just ...

Prayer changes things

Jan. 22, 1973, is ingrained in the minds of those who cherish human life as the infamous day when the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated state abortion bans and made abortion legal and available on demand ...

Leave a mark of goodness

Recently I celebrated a funeral for a parishioner who was killed in a car accident coming home from work. He was the father of nine children and had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No time ...

Confession is about one's own sins

QUESTION: It strikes me that some people are in the confessional for a very long time and others are in and out. Why is that? I ask only because I wonder if I might be doing it wrong.ANSWER: Ther ...

Church awaits those seeking Christ

QUESTION: When someone says that they want “to come back to the Catholic Church,” how does that happen?ANSWER: How a person returns to the practice of the Catholic faith usually depends on ...

Where is that in the Bible?

Catholic Sense“Hey, so where is that in the Bible?” Friends tell me that some of their Protestant friends hit them with this question when they talk about Catholic things. They’re as ...

David is recalled for his gifts, faults

QUESTION: The Scriptures for Advent often talk about King David. From what I know he was not a good example of observing God’s law. Why then is he so important in the Old and New Testament? Most ...

Give the gift of God's mercy

In the past few weeks I’ve been asked to speak about loneliness in the elderly on numerous occasions. I was even quoted in a recent article by Catholic journalist Mary Rezac, titled “Our E ...

How the church unites what politics divides

Something now divides our parishes that didn’t divide them before. The people in front of us at Mass may be feeling really happy about Donald Trump’s election. The people behind us may be ...

Seeking a world of peace, redemption

It’s the day after Thanksgiving. A free day! Nothing to do! So I did what I rarely do — go to a movie theater. And I did what I even more rarely do — watch a superhero fantasy flick ...

One must always be prepared for judgment

QUESTION: Every year I look forward to the beginning of Advent to get me into the Christmas spirit, but the Scripture readings for the first few weeks of Advent are more frightening than helpful. What ...

All that we have comes from God

QUESTION: I have always thought of Thanksgiving as just another holiday. But I have friends who remind everyone that it was (and is) a very “holy” day begun by grateful pilgrims. Do we as ...

Extraordinary grace and mercy

Nov. 20 is the solemnity of Christ the King (or, as it is formally titled in the Roman Missal, “Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe”). Today also marks the conclusion of the Jubile ...

Families connect children to church

When we think of church, we sometimes think of the universal church. Or our local church, on the diocesan level. Or our parish.How often do we associate our understanding of church with our understand ...

At life's end, your last and best gift

As a resident of Washington, D.C., I have been closely following the campaign to legalize assisted suicide in our nation’s capital.At the same time, my siblings and I have spent the last two wee ...

News

Young adults advise bishop

Bishop David Zubik asked young adults to give their honest feedback. They did just that.

About 100 of them gathered Jan. 5 at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton to offer input on the planning initiative On M ...

Faith

Pope offers new beatitudes for saints of a new age

MALMO, Sweden — The saints are blessed because they were faithful and meek and cared for others, Pope Francis said.

At the end of an ecumenical trip to Sweden, Pope Francis celebrated the feast o ...

Around The Diocese

AROUND THE DIOCESE

PARISH MISSION

The public is invited to a parish mission conducted by speaker, author, evangelist and radio host Christina King at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township, Jan. 15-19. The mi ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY

“Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible” is the title of an eight-session Bible study for adults and teens at St. Joseph Parish in Cabot. The video series, led by Jeff Cav ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

ITALIAN FESTA

The deadline is approaching for purchasing tickets for St. Sebastian Parish’s Italian Festa on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 6-11 p.m., at the West View Fire Hall, 386 Perry Highway. Spon ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

CHRISTMAS LIGHT

SPECTACULAR

Brighten your Christmas holiday with “Cosmic Color Ribbons,” appearing nightly through Jan. 15, from 6-11 p.m., in the parking lot of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in ...

Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SATURDAY, JAN. 14

Soup sale, “Soup Made Right by a Knight,” after 4 p.m. Mass, St. Catherine of Sweden Parish, 2554 Wildwood Road, Hampton Township. Features Italian wedding and chicken noo ...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SUNDAY, JAN. 8

• Epiphany Experience, 2 p.m., St. Joseph Parish, 1125 Leishman Ave., New Kensington. Featuring tableaux created by adults and children, Scripture readings, carols and live animals ...


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