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What the faith means to a baby boomer

By ROBERT P. LOCKWOOD

It’s a sure sign of getting old. The small things that are none of my business start to bug me. A lot. People lugging around coffee, for example. Usually with a mermaid on it. There is... More

From Nones to warriors

They’re called the “nones.” Emma Green of The Atlantic magazine reports that some parts of America have a lot more of them than others. Pittsburgh is not one of those. That would...

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...

The oft-forgotten type of abuse: Neglect

Child maltreatment is the term used to refer to all types of abuse and neglect of anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver or other person with the responsibility for safeguarding the...

Harvey's wrath still felt across Gulf Coast

HOUSTON — As the waters from Hurricane Harvey rose and fell, prayers uttered in Texas ranged from pleas for protection to asking God for the courage to live with charity and great patience,...

Chesterton's wisdom

I suppose it will be considered heresy in some quarters, but I’ve never been what you would call a fan of the writing of G.K. Chesterton. Some people can’t get enough of GKC. I...

Your children are race horses, not Legos

Last week our four children were at home and my wife away. I found myself asking all the old questions: Why is the bag of almonds THERE? How can so few people drink so much...

War without end, amen: The U.S. in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States, which has been fighting a war in Afghanistan for 16 years, will make a new push to bring peace to the Central Asian country by increasing its military...

Change is challenging

Ask my friends and family and they’ll tell you I love to travel. One of my favorite quotes is attributed to St. Augustine: “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read...

The language of online grooming

In previous articles, we have looked at the similarities between online grooming and offline grooming. We can see correlations between some of the potentially risky behaviors that those with...

An option for youths, young adults

In 1991, the U.S. Catholic bishops celebrated the 100th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII’s ground-breaking encyclical, “Rerum Novarum,” with their statement, “A Century of...

To hear his call ...

Have you read the stories in the Bible of God calling men and women to follow him, and wondered why he does not still do that? Maybe you have even wished for a great moment of revelation like...

Council members urged to go on virtual retreat

The longer days of summer offer the chance for parish leaders to reflect on the ministry roles they facilitate, to revitalize together in leisure time and the warmth of the sun, and to prepare for...

Superheroes and power of love

Superman has his red power cape. Elijah wore a cape to manifest his divine authority. Most famously, the Virgin Mary is usually portrayed wearing a cape-like garment known as a mantle, often blue...

Jesus, healer of wounds, source of mercy

The recent “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” was an unprecedented gathering. Led by 155 bishops, more than 3,200 Catholic leaders attended from 159...

Why you can't always trust the headlines

Catholic Sense The editors of respectable publications don’t know their Bibles, but that’s not the real problem. That’s a problem, but they make it worse. The problem is...

Easy water for dry spells

The bishop was mired in a spiritual dry spell. Dullness had settled over him and his ministry. He was out walking that cold winter night, trying to shake it off. Then he saw her. She was a...

Study exposes economic harm

WASHINGTON — Citing the significant economic contributions of immigrants under a federal program known as Temporary Protected Status, a new study says ending the program — as some in...

Soaked by the word of God

Recently a priest friend of mine, Father Joe Grosko, transitioned from parish life to take up residence at Marian Manor Nursing Home in Green Tree. It was like going back home, as I started to...

Called to be missionary disciples

In early July, I was privileged to attend the Convocation of Catholic Leaders, a gathering of more than 3,000 Catholics reflecting on Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Evangelii...

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On Mission Commission makes recommendations

The On Mission Commission has made its recommendations to Bishop David Zubik regarding the parish groupings that will work together as part of the On Mission for The Church Alive!...

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On Mission Commission makes recommendations

The On Mission Commission has made its recommendations to Bishop David Zubik regarding the parish groupings that will work together as part of the On Mission for The Church Alive!...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

AUDITIONS

St. Vincent Camerata will hold auditions for vocalists at St. Vincent College in Latrobe on Mondays, Aug. 7, 14 and 21, and Tuesdays, Aug. 8, 15 and 22. For more...

Around the Diocese

CELEBRANT SINGERS

The Celebrant Singers will be live in concert at St. Cecelia Parish in Rochester on Tuesday, July 25, and St. Richard Parish in Richland Township on...

Around the diocese

PROMISE OF

CHRISTMAS

Christmas is coming to Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood on Sunday, July 16, from 1-4 p.m. as St. Anthony Chapel presents a...

Around the Diocese

MESSAGES OF FATIMA

St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville is sponsoring a monthly series celebrating the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Next...

Calendar

WEEKLY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SUNDAY, AUG. 6

Super bingo, 1:30 p.m. (doors open at noon, early birds at 1 p.m.), St. Rita Parish, 219 W. Schwab Ave., Whitaker. Admission is $20. For tickets and information,...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, JULY 24

St. Peregrine prayer, for people diagnosed with cancer and their family and friends, 7 p.m., St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, JULY 17

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

TUESDAY, JULY 18

Divine Mercy...

WEEKLY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, JULY 10

Living rosary, 7 p.m., St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township.

THURSDAY, JULY 13

Our Lady of Fatima veneration,...


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