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Conversion classic

By Russell Shaw

It’s said that Robert Hugh Benson’s conversion to Roman Catholicism was an act of rebellion against his father, Edward White Benson, archbishop of Canterbury from 1883 until his death... More

A slippery slope

His dying mother asked him, “How do I get out of this mess?” A physician, Ronald Pies, worried that she might ask him to help her die because he couldn’t do it for her. I...

Catholics reconcile two different perspectives

WASHINGTON — When Cardinal Joseph Bernardin offered the idea that the church could approach its concern for protecting human dignity in tackling abortion, euthanasia, poverty and peace under...

What makes a parish 'vibrant?'

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! A few months ago I had the amazing opportunity to spend some time with one of my role models, Father...

We treasure our faith traditions

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! Recently I had the privilege of teaching a course on Catholic Church history to the 12 men in our...

'Thank you for your service'

Together with another Little Sister, I was invited to represent our congregation at a somewhat exclusive reception during the Christmas season. We were happy to bring two of our residents along...

United to the suffering of Christ

Scene 1. Last week Jerry was informed by his doctor that he has prostate cancer. He was upset, but his doctor said that he thinks the cancer is at an early stage. His doctor scheduled...

Circle of care

Sometimes, when we are faced with a difficult decision or choices, we find ourselves in a dilemma that we never imagined we would face. We think that we are prepared, that we are certain we will...

Following the star of our faith

On New Year’s Day, I received an e-mail from an old friend whom I journeyed with a long time ago at St. Paul Seminary. He went on to become a doctor. He is married and they have five...

It's the sacrament that matters

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! A favorite television program of mine is HGTV’s “Property Brothers.” I am a fan of...

The battle over New Year's

“We are fighting a war,” said the preacher. Not against foreign enemies, “but against the demons who parade through the marketplace. ... The devilish all-night celebrations that...

Moving into 2018

In these first few days of the new year, it’s a good time to consider what poet Walt Whitman wrote more than 150 years ago: “Re-examine all that you have been told ... dismiss that...

Death and Christmas

A few weeks ago, in the middle of Advent, I was talking with our CCD students about how God calls each of us to be a saint. During the course of our conversation, I asked the children: “What...

Ponder need for balance

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! One of the things I look forward to most about the Christmas season is that, after our celebration on...

Where the seed of effective ministry falls

One of the most beloved parables of Jesus in Matthew 13:1-23 begins with the words, “A sower went out to sow …” We can picture him with a pouch of seeds slung over his...

St. Joseph got the no-name angel

Doesn’t seem fair to St. Joseph. Of course Mary got an archangel. She was going to be the Mother of God. The archangel Gabriel also appeared to Zechariah. He was going to be the father of...

No two are alike

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! Cookies! I love cookies. Cakes can come and go, but I can’t pass up a cookie. It’s...

Some see crunch time for immigration policy

WASHINGTON — Supporters of youth who came to the U.S. without documents as children descended on Washington in early December, risking arrest and seeking attention from lawmakers during what...

We are patiently waiting in anticipation

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! The anticipation was just too great. It was probably the Christmas after my eighth birthday...

One place where the political became personal

WASHINGTON — The numbers are inescapable: Dec. 14, 26 dead, five years. Those are the basic grim numbers behind the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 in Newtown,...

Listen for God's call

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!” How many people remember the debut of the musical...

Compelling story of one nun's courage

We don’t think about it. Even when somebody dies. Capital punishment — the death penalty — is not a hot issue for a lot of us. It’s hard to get worked up defending...

'Tis the season to knock down Jesus

‘Tis the season to knock down Jesus. If things run according to pattern, one of the major websites or magazines will run a big Christmas story about the birth of Jesus. It won’t deny...

Join the revolution

TED is a media organization that posts online talks under the slogan “ideas worth spreading.” Earlier this year Pope Francis surprised the world by digitally giving his own TED Talk at...

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News

Catholic Schools Week events set

Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 28-Feb. 3, is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. This year marks the 44th anniversary of the...

Chimbote mission team members sought

A no-obligation information session is set for Tuesday, Jan. 30, for anyone interested in serving on a mission team this summer to Chimbote, Peru. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the...

Faith

Catholic Schools Week events set

Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 28-Feb. 3, is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. This year marks the 44th anniversary of the...

Chimbote mission team members sought

A no-obligation information session is set for Tuesday, Jan. 30, for anyone interested in serving on a mission team this summer to Chimbote, Peru. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

NEW COURSE ON AGING

Registration is being accepted for a new course on aging, being offered at Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless...

Around the Diocese

EPIPHANY EXPERIENCE

The parishes of St. Joseph and St. Mary of Czestochowa in New Kensington present “The Epiphany Experience” on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. (choral...

Around the Diocese

ITALIAN FESTA

Public is invited to join St. Sebastian Parish in Ross Township to celebrate its patron saint with an Italian Festa on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 6-11 p.m. at the...

Around the Diocese

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

• Risen Lord, Pittsburgh’s Marshall/Shadeland neighborhood: CE, 4 p.m.; CD, 11 a.m.

• St. Susanna, Penn...

Calendar

Weekly Calendar

SATURDAY, JAN. 27

Renaissance and Baroque concert, 8 p.m., Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. The Baltimore Consort will present a brand new...

Weekly Calendar

SATURDAY, JAN. 13

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

Calendar of Events

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10

Blanket making service of love, 6-9 p.m., St. Malachy Parish, 343 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy Township. Volunteers will make no-sew polar fleece tied...

Calendar of Events

TUESDAY, JAN. 2

Suicide loss support group, 7-8:30 p.m., Madonna del Castello Parish, 2021 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale. Call 412-508-5383.

WEDNESDAY, JAN.


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