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Women and men working together for life

By Mary mcclusky

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 ... More

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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 ...

In praise of the providence of God

For believers, life on earth is not a collection of haphazard circumstances but a tapestry of providential events woven together under the guidance of God. Faith assures us that every happening — ...

Liturgy requires cooperative effort

QUESTION: I went to Mass over the recent holidays, and each time I came away disappointed. The priest lacked any sense of joy, and actually seemed bored and even angry. The sermons betrayed those ...

Tender mercies

A few months ago I made a September pilgrimage to Cape Cod. The Cape is my back story. I was a kid there, a teenager, a college guy. My honeymoon was in Cape Cod and we introduced it young to our own ...

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 ...

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 ...

News

2017 Lenten fish fry listings

Below is a listing of 2017 fish fries in the six-county Diocese of Pittsburgh that were submitted to the Pittsburgh Catholic. Locations are handicap-accessible unless otherwise noted.

ALLEGHENY C ...

Jesus is calling all to discipleship

From its earliest days, the church has seen Lent as a time for the faithful to remember their baptism.

In a new program, Catholics in the Diocese of Pittsburgh are invited prepare their hearts for the ...

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

CONNECT NIGHT

Public is invited to Holy Trinity Parish in Robinson Township on Tuesday, Feb. 21, for “Connect Night,” a casual evening of light refreshments and wine, highlighted by a talk ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

FESTIVAL OF PRAISE

Holy Apostles Parish will host a Festival of Praise on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Church, 3171 Churchview Ave. in Baldwin. Titled “The Hope of ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

NIGHT OF

ENTERTAINMENT

A group of local musicians will join in a “Night of Entertainment” on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 7-11 p.m. at Cefalo’s, 428 Washington Ave. in Carnegie. Event is hel ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

BIBLE STUDY

St. James Parish in Sewickley is sponsoring a 10-week Bible study titled “Eucharistic: Discovering the Mass in the Bible,” which will be held on Sundays, starting Jan. 29, from ...

Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, FEB. 20

Community college night, for students wanting to transfer to La Roche College, 4-8 p.m., La Roche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., McCandless Township. To register, call 412-847-2509 or vis ...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, FEB. 13

Holy hour for peace, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for peace, vocations, novena prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, rosary and Benediction.

Livi ...


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