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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...

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...

Tear down the walls of shame

It has been my experience that one of the greatest impediments to recovery is shame. Shame is the wall that encloses the addict in a world of crippling self-pity that only nourishes...

Science, faith see things differently

What do you say to the heart-broken mother whose child chose science over Catholicism? Last time, I wrote about a mother who spoke up after a parish talk I gave. Her daughter had lost her faith at...

'Pray, hope and don't worry'

No matter how good, no one gets a pass. Not even a saint. The founder of the Catholic University of Milan — a priest and physician — described this saint as “an ignorant...

Conquering the mountain

In May, I got a jump-start on my new appointment for the On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative. Rather than wait until October to change assignments, I was asked to start immediately on a...

There's science and then there's science

Her daughter had gone to medical school and lost her faith, she said. The new doctor told her mom that she had learned too much science to believe all that religious stuff anymore. Two other women...

Peering into the future

The Diocese of Pittsburgh is in the midst of massive change through the On Mission for The Church Alive! planning initiative. Priests, staff and the faithful are struggling with what to do next...

Stick with it

I was talking with one of my hip friends. I have hip friends. I swear. He is not a believer and never has been as far as I can tell. I feel for him. There’s not much comfort in his...

What are deacons allowed to do?

Over dinner one evening at the convent where I live, one of the sisters asked about the ordination of transitional deacons this past summer. Although she has lived in the United States for a...

Four facets of the diamond of discipleship

The first and most radiant facet of the diamond of discipleship is faith. Imagine this virtue as a power source capable of launching a rocket into outer space. Only if we live by faith in the full...

Jesus' M.O.: Hope and healing

As our days get shorter and our liturgical year draws to a close, our readings focus on judgment and the kingdom of God. We will all have much to answer for. Perhaps the greatest and saddest...

Why we worship idols

He calls it “the default mode of human thinking.” It’s the way we think when something doesn’t make us think better. That mode, says writer Scott Shay, is what the Bible...

Stephen Ministers help those who are hurting

Onome Omabele believes that if you love God and you want to serve him, you must reflect it in your love of others. The Stephen Ministry gives her the opportunity to do it. “Every time...

Stay true to Christ

I recently had a discussion with a friend that I suspect many Catholics have been having lately. In this instance, the friend didn’t want to buy a charity lottery ticket to support the...

Are you ready to give your best?

As we endure these difficult days in the life of our church, I’ve been thinking about the potential for committed Catholic women to bind wounds and buoy up the spirits of the faithful. St.

Laity are the body of Christ

In a favorite text from Scripture, St. Paul tells the Corinthians in no uncertain terms: “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Do we...

A culture of hospitality and welcome

Hospitality can’t be left up to just a few greeters at the door. It needs to be a way of life in the culture of the parish, which means that everyone has a role, whether we belong to a...

Take courage and be not afraid

Growing up, many of my family’s summer vacations took place at the ocean. Whenever we could afford it we would head for Cape Cod, New Hampshire or Maine. As we kids splashed around in the...

Archbishop Sheen spoke wisdom of a saint

People are still talking about Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Unfortunately, they’re talking about him mostly because the archdioceses of New York and Peoria are fighting over his remains. Both...

Building 'bridges' in the seminary

Pittsburgh is the city of bridges. The Heinz History Museum counts a record number 446 bridges, more than any other city in the world. We would not be able to navigate throughout the city without...

Making progress, but much remains

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! How quickly the summer has passed. It seems like we were just getting ready to enjoy the Memorial Day holiday...

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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...

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...

Faith

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...

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...

Around The Diocese

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...

Around the Diocese

PRAYER AND

VENERATION

St. Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood will have sung evening prayers before the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, Nov. 4...

Around the Diocese

IMPLICIT BIAS

The Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group of St. Paul Cathedral Parish will host a talk by Betty Pickett on “Implicit Bias: The Human Element in Hidden...

Around the Diocese

ETHNIC COOKING

Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge will hold an ethnic cooking class Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in parish’s Jericho Hall. Colcannon, a cabbage and...

Calendar

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,...

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, NOV. 5

Prayers for healing, for victims of abuse and their families, clergy and church, 7 p.m, Sisters of St. Joseph  chapel, 1020 State St., Baden. Refreshments...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, OCT. 27

75 percent closeout clearance rummage sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Aloysius Parish, 3610 Mount Troy Road, Reserve Township. Featuring 18 rooms and three...

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, OCT. 22

Mass, with prayers for healing, 6:30 p.m. (rosary at 6 p.m.), St. Christopher Parish, 229 N. Franklin St., Prospect. Father William Kiel is celebrant of...


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