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Ultimately, God decides who gets to heaven

QUESTION: A lot of people (and a lot of TV preachers) believe that anyone who does not believe in Christ cannot get into heaven. Does the Catholic Church teach that?ANSWER: The above question was addr ... More

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Yes, we can show that Jesus rose from the dead

Christianity plays a high-stakes game. It claims that some things happened in history, particularly the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. In other words, the Christian faith bases itself on a claim ...

Rosary Makers mark 10 years

There are no idle hands in the Rosary Makers ministry at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Butler.In the past 10 years, at least 1,000 rosaries have been made each month and, to date, more than 79,0 ...

Heavenly lights

I am a sunset bigot. Give me a sunset over Cape Cod Bay and everywhere else is just getting dark. It’s not that I mean to insult God’s creation at work anywhere. But having seen the best, ...

Know-Nothings incited fear of Catholics

QUESTION: Is it true that in the United States a major political party nominated a person for president of the United States on a platform of anti-Catholicism?ANSWER: Yes, and that political party was ...

Five foundations of committed Christian living

“If you do not stand firm in faith, you shall not stand at all” (Isaiah 7:9). The first foundation of committed living is, in a word, fidelity to God’s guiding will. Faith in Jesus C ...

Questions on marriage in the church

QUESTION: My mother has been divorced from my father for several years. He has remarried but she has not, and has no intention of doing so. However, she has not received Communion since the divorce ye ...

Quran recalls words of Muhammad

QUESTION: In the news, I often hear of the Quran. I don’t really know much about it. When did it come about and who wrote it? ANSWER: The Quran is the “holy book” of I ...

Television gone evil

Lifetime Channel is one of the many bottom feeders hanging around the current television industry. Not a premium channel, it is a toss-in for cable subscribers, one of those myriad stations a couch-po ...

Catholic funeral rite can be denied

QUESTION: I have heard that there was a time when a pastor could deny a person a church funeral. Is that so, and did it change?ANSWER: In the past, Christian burial could be denied to certain individu ...

Battling against assisted suicide

The campaign to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide has been wisely rejected by most policymakers in our society. Most people, regardless of religious affiliation, know that suicide is a terrible trage ...

For all of us smokers, with love

I’m not one of the anti-smoking nags always in your grill. You know who I mean — like those silky voices in radio comparing you to heroin addicts.I’m not the self-righteous huff-puff ...

The atheist has to go back to the beginning

“I know where we’re going,” I told my wife as we left Pittsburgh’s Strip District for the late Sunday afternoon Mass at Epiphany Parish. And I thought I did as we headed down G ...

How the church defines a true Marian apparition

VATICAN CITY — When it comes to Marian apparitions, the Catholic Church takes a prudent approach that focuses more on the message than the miracle.Supernatural phenomena, like the alleged miracl ...

Celebrating being single in the world

The church’s invitation to participate in the new evangelization presents each of us with an opportunity to examine our calling in Christ courageously and candidly. This call must be embodied in ...

Divine Mercy: Balm for the wounded

One of the great joys and jewels of my priestly ministry was being assigned as a chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. At my farewell Mass from St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park, a parishioner ...

TV networks are motivated by profit

QUESTION: I wonder if I am the only one who finds television to be increasingly vulgar and worthless. I also wonder why the Catholic Church doesn’t do more to oppose this trend.ANSWER: The Ameri ...

Not just a game

There were three critical points in my baseball career. The first was when I was around 8.I wanted to be a catcher because I figured a catcher got to be part of every play. So I grabbed a facemask, a ...

Why Jesus rose from the dead

St. Paul sounds extreme sometimes, but not as extreme as some modern atheists. Here’s Paul: “If Christ has not risen, then our preaching is groundless and your faith is groundless.” ...

Good Friday has brought good to us

QUESTION: I have always wondered why the Catholic Church does not celebrate Mass on Good Friday. ANSWER: Not celebrating the Eucharist on Good Friday is an extremely ancient custom, whi ...

Where did those first molecules come from?

As it happens, it was Ash Wednesday when I casually flicked on an all-news radio station just in time to catch a quickie interview with a scientist. He’d written a book about the origin of the u ...

Wisdom from 'Mr. Blue'

One Friday this Lent I decided to revisit an old friend — J. Blue, or as most know him, “Mr. Blue.” Because I don’t think I have ever known a better man. Even if he is a fictio ...

Holy Week liturgies are special

QUESTION: I always thought that Good Friday was a holy day of obligation. But now I find out that this is not the case. Is that true, and why isn’t it?QUESTION: I have never attended any of the ...

Prejudice squanders human gifts

QUESTION: In a sermon I heard recently, the priest enumerated some sins that we should be working on during Lent. In that list was prejudice, and the priest expounded on it at some length. I happ ...

Tax credits offer hope, options, great outcomes

For many of the 18,000 children served by our Catholic schools, Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement and Opportunity Scholarship tax credit programs are what make it possible to receive a qual ...

News

New schools named in North Hills

Bishop David Zubik has approved names for three newly formed elementary schools in the North Hills region.

Effective July 1, Catholic elementary schools in the North Hills will become a ministry of all ...

Dinner guests hear 'Stories of Love'

The theme of the 35th Annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Charities was “Stories of Love.” As part of the gathering, staff and supporters were asked to give a six-word story of love ...

Frey sees God's hand at work

Kelly Frey of WTAE-TV, the Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl Caritas Flame of Hope Award winner, was unable to attend the dinner. Two weeks ago, she found out that she had a setback in her battle against breas ...

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

HOLY SPIRIT NOVENA

Sisters of the Holy Spirit will host a novena to the Holy Spirit in the motherhouse chapel, 5246 Clarwin Ave in West View, from Friday, May 26, through Friday, June 2, starting at 7 ...

Around the Diocese

HANDBELL CONCERT

St. James Parish in Sewickley will participate in a community handbell concert Sunday, May 21, at St. Stephen Anglican Church, 405 Frederick St. in Sewickley. Concert is free and open ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

OUR LADY OF FATIMA

Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood will celebrate a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m. Following Mass will be an o ...

Around the Diocese

MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township is sponsoring a three-week series in May for Mental Health Awareness Month. Held on Thursdays, series will feature professional speakers a ...

Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

TUESDAY, MAY 30

Spiritual pilgrimage to Fatima, 6:30 p.m. rosary and confessions, 7:30 p.m. novena prayers, homily, prayers for healing and Benediction, St. Louise de Marillac Parish, 320 McMurray Road ...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, MAY 20

“Fill the truck” bundle project collection, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and before and after 5 p.m. Mass, St. James Parish, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley. Accepting clean, useable clothing, ...


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