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'Mass intentions' benefit the faithful

By Father Samuel J. Esposito

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! November is the month of the dead. It’s when Catholics make a special effort to remember... More

Human dignity began when St. Peter cried

Catholic Sense Remember poor St. Peter before he was a saint? He was one of history’s most famous screw-ups. He told Jesus, “I’m all in, with you 100 percent, got your...

Pondering our purpose

Since 1976, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Vocations Awareness Week as a means of reminding all people about their call from God. All of us at some point have...

Practice what you preach

A couple once asked me my favorite quote from the Bible. I quickly responded, “You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love...

Creating change that works

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! Once upon a time, as a new pastor, I felt discouraged because some people constantly criticized...

The memory holes are still there

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him all creatures here below; praise him above ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.” — Thanksgiving Doxology,...

Commission plans for best use of parishes

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! Can you say “On Mission Commission” five times fast? It’s a name that we all need...

We are called by name to serve the Lord

 In many cultures in ancient and primitive tribes, as well as in Islamic, Jewish, Hindu and Christian traditions, to know the name of something or someone gives one power over that thing or...

People with disabilities give the warning

Disabled people “are the proverbial canaries in the coal mine.” They can see and warn against dangerous changes people want to make to the law. They protect the rest of us, who may...

We are called to a new vision

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! There are times that I am not a patient man. I admit it. Patience is a virtue we all seem to want.

A pastoral dilemma: Godparents and sponsors

In my first assignment as a pastor, on the North Side of Pittsburgh, we stumbled upon a problem. We had several funerals of very elderly parishioners who had outlived their relatives, or had no...

The sin of racism still matters

He had felt smug, looking at the stark racial divisions of Protestant Christianity. He thought to himself: “The idea of a ‘black church’ and a ‘white church’...

Growing toward Christian maturity

The best way to understand the meaning of Christian maturity is to turn to the teachings of mature Christians. Four exemplary models for how to become spiritually mature are saints: Bernard of...

Doing the right thing: Admitting wrongdoing

One of the most difficult things to do is admit when we are wrong. And yet, it is also what we most want to hear from those who have wronged us or hurt those we love. In a statement Sept. 22, Pope...

A change of mindset is needed

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! Growing up in the 1960s, I remember a series of movies, fluffy romantic comedies in which boy meets...

Prayer that fits the legend

A dear friend dropped me a note saying she enjoyed something I wrote. That’s why she’s a dear friend. (“Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” — Ecclesiastes...

Prayer that fits the legend

A dear friend dropped me a note saying she enjoyed something I wrote. That’s why she’s a dear friend. (“Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” — Ecclesiastes...

Transition phase of On Mission

This is the fourth in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! When Bishop David Zubik makes his announcements in April 2018, we will enter the second phase of the...

Consulting, Phase 1

This is the third in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! On Mission for The Church Alive! is the largest consultation process that the Diocese of Pittsburgh has ever...

Something in common

We can learn a lot from our Jewish friends and their tradition. We can learn from their experience of trying to live faithfully in a world that makes it hard. Here’s one way we can...

The sky isn't falling

This is the second in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! Big changes are coming! Nothing will be the same! What are we to do! Do you remember the story of...

We must regain the horizon

This is the first in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! My dog, Zia, pulls. When we take our daily walks, I have a hard time keeping her at my side because...

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Diocese plans Light Up Night activities Nov. 17

Light Up Night in Downtown Pittsburgh has long signaled the approach of Advent, and this Nov. 17 will mark the fifth year that the Diocese of Pittsburgh will host a Light Up Night booth in Point...

Faith

Diocese plans Light Up Night activities Nov. 17

Light Up Night in Downtown Pittsburgh has long signaled the approach of Advent, and this Nov. 17 will mark the fifth year that the Diocese of Pittsburgh will host a Light Up Night booth in Point...

Around The Diocese

AROUND THE DIOCESE

CHORAL WORKSHOP

National Pastoral Musicians Pittsburgh welcomes Michael Kemp, renowned conductor and author, who will present “A Choral Workshop: A Kemp ‘Booster’...

Oct. 28-Nov. 6

CORRECTION

The time for the Sacred Music in Sacred Space concert on Sunday, Oct. 29 listed in the Oct. 20 issue had the incorrect time. Catholic Cemeteries Association will host a...

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STRENGTH OF CREATIVE SPIRIT

Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, Graduate Art Therapy Program and Social Work Program are sponsoring...

Around the Diocese

SOLEMN HIGH MASS

St. John XXIII Latin Mass Quasi Parish will celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Summorum Pontificum,” Pope Benedict’s motu proprio in 2007, at a...

Calendar

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, NOV. 11

Festival of Praise, “Hearts of Thankfulness,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3171 Churchview Ave.,...

Weekly Calendar of Events

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1

Pub theology, young adult Catholic formation, 7 p.m., Somma Restaurant, 380 Route 909, Verona. Sponsored by St. John the Baptist Parish, Plum...

Weekly Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, OCT. 21

Men’s fellowship, “Breakfast of Champions,” 9 a.m., St. Raphael Parish, 1154 Chislett St., Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SATURDAY, OCT. 7

All-you-can-eat Italian buffet, prepared by Chef Steve of Signature Servings, 3-7 p.m., St. Basil Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 1735 Brownsville Road,...


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