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Holiness: The ticket to happiness

By Father Richard S. Jones

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, born in 1931, is a South African civil rights activist and retired Anglican bishop. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for staunch opposition to the policies of apartheid (r ... More

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Peace amid the mess

We come from God, and are going to God …Lent is an opportune moment to enter into the mind and heart of Jesus at one of the most intimate, vulnerable times during his life on this earth. Everyth ...

Never too late to have a fruitful Lent

QUESTION: Every Lent, I have the best intentions but never really get off the ground. I guess it’s too late for this year, but what are some concrete, realistic ideas for a fruitful Lent?ANSWER: ...

The least of these on the Internet

You probably didn’t see the picture, but it was a huge hit on the kind of websites where people make fun of other people. One of them is called “The people of Walmart” because some g ...

St. Patrick made his dream a reality

QUESTION: I assume that there really was a St. Patrick, but there are so many myths and legends floating around that I wonder what is true. Besides that, what can a person who lived a thousand ye ...

Be a ray of sunshine

It was a place where nobody wanted to be. There was no eager anticipation. Just a mix of restlessness, anxiety and get me out of here as soon as possible. It was a waiting room in an imaging office wh ...

Yelling at empty pews: A more reasoned response

Over the past several months I’ve had several parishioners put their finger in my chest and say, “Father, you’re not doing your job. You need to tell all those Catholics who are not ...

Take up your cross and follow Jesus

QUESTION: I am a bit confused about the “penance” that we receive in confession. What is the purpose of that?QUESTION: A recent homily informed us that “unless we do penance we peris ...

How Americans observe Lent, or don't

Well, yeah. “Unlike other Christian traditions like celebrating Easter or Christmas, Lent seems to lack crossover appeal,” said Scott McConnell of Lifeway Research. He means that few non-C ...

People are a gift

A few days ago I met a very little girl who made a big impression on me. Grace and her older brother, Benedict, suffer from a rare genetic disorder that has resulted in serious hearing impairment and ...

Carrying a cross is not an option

QUESTION: Do the traditional Lenten fast and abstinence rules still apply? And I wonder how that all got started and what’s its purpose?ANSWER: It is important to distinguish between abstinence ...

Thoughts to ponder on church etiquette

QUESTION: There are guidelines for acceptable behavior in lots of places and situations. Why not in church? Is there such a thing as “church etiquette?” ANSWER: There certainly a ...

Women and men working together for life

A recent “traffic light moment” reminded me of a few important truths about our efforts to end abortion.I was sitting in my car at a red light early one Saturday morning, just after the Wo ...

How the church saves the scrupulous

She loves the Catholic Church, she wrote, and wants to become a Catholic, but she thinks the church will be bad for her. “I am prone to religious scrupulosity,” someone named Lynn wrote in ...

Social teaching rooted in human dignity

QUESTION: In an adult education talk in my parish, the presenter said we should know the social teaching of the Catholic Church. It was more of a passing comment, but it struck me that I was not ...

Lift high the cross

The hymn “Lift High the Cross,” with its familiar refrain, will be sung in many of our churches during this Lenten season. The inspiration for its composition can be found in 1 Corinthians ...

It all began with a bathroom

You can spot them a mile away. Men in white habits with huge rosaries for belts. The Dominican friars certainly stick out in the middle of all the government buildings in Washington, D.C. During the w ...

Psalms inspired by the work of God

QUESTION: I struggle when reading the Book of Psalms. I don’t seem to get much out of them. Can you provide some background that might help?ANSWER: The Catholic Church utilized the psalms as a c ...

The candles, the consecrated, the trafficked

When I think of a candle, I think of a light in the darkness. I think of the comfort of home, when the family is gathered around the table for a meal of thanks for all of our blessings. I am reminded ...

Could reincarnation be possible?

QUESTION: I got into a discussion with friends about reincarnation. Where is the Catholic Church on this?ANSWER: The word reincarnation describes a number of theories about the afterlife. On ...

A millennial perspective on Roe v. Wade

Jessica Resuta is a young woman with a clear talent for holding and engaging the interest of an audience with her captivating speaking style. She is a promising member of the Class of 2017 — stu ...

The sick, our everyday heroes

Over Christmas, two of my family members were talking about a mutual friend who, though chronically ill, routinely does heroic acts of kindness for others. Though they get exasperated with her when sh ...

Is the Salvation Army a religion?

QUESTION: In speaking with a new neighbor, we got to talking about religion and in the process she said that her religion was Salvation Army. I was surprised that she considered it a religion since I ...

TV commercials: Parables of compassion

The numbers are staggering. Americans watch an average of more than four hours of television a day. If you add this up over a year, it’s 61 days. If you add this up over 40 years, it’s jus ...

Nat Hentoff lost his friends

He shocked his friends, and lost a good many of them. He said something no one in his circles said. It was like telling everyone on the parish staff that you’re now a devil worshiper.Only Nat He ...

News

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

ST. ANTHONY NOVENA

The annual 13 Tuesday novena, in honor of St. Anthony of Padua, is being prayed at St. Anthony Chapel, 1704 Harpster St. in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood, on Tuesdays, no ...

Around the Diocese

FISH FRY

St. Mary, Cecil

Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 4-7 p.m, church hall, 10 Saint Mary’s Lane. Entrees include fried fish, baked fish, crab cakes, baked salmon, seafood sampler and f ...

Around the Diocese

OPEN HOUSES

The new regional schools of St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Bonaventure, both in Glenshaw, will host open houses for current Catholic school families and those considering enrolling pre- ...

Around the Diocese

FISH FRIES

St. Gabriel, Whitehall

Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday, 4-7 p.m., parish hall, 5200 Greenridge Drive. Menu features baked orange roughy, hand-breaded cod, seafood cakes, shrimp, haluski, ...

Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SUNDAY, MARCH 26

Living Stations of the Cross, 7:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St. Baldwin. Service conducted by youth group of St. Ferdinand Parish, and sp ...

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, MARCH 20

Eucharistic adoration and prayers for peace, 7 p.m., St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township.

Grief support group meeting, for those who have lost a loved one to t ...


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