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Celebrating being single in the world

By Dr. Susan Muto

The church’s invitation to participate in the new evangelization presents each of us with an opportunity to examine our calling in Christ courageously and candidly. This call must be embodied in ... More

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Divine Mercy: Balm for the wounded

One of the great joys and jewels of my priestly ministry was being assigned as a chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. At my farewell Mass from St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park, a parishioner ...

TV networks are motivated by profit

QUESTION: I wonder if I am the only one who finds television to be increasingly vulgar and worthless. I also wonder why the Catholic Church doesn’t do more to oppose this trend.ANSWER: The Ameri ...

Not just a game

There were three critical points in my baseball career. The first was when I was around 8.I wanted to be a catcher because I figured a catcher got to be part of every play. So I grabbed a facemask, a ...

Why Jesus rose from the dead

St. Paul sounds extreme sometimes, but not as extreme as some modern atheists. Here’s Paul: “If Christ has not risen, then our preaching is groundless and your faith is groundless.” ...

Good Friday has brought good to us

QUESTION: I have always wondered why the Catholic Church does not celebrate Mass on Good Friday. ANSWER: Not celebrating the Eucharist on Good Friday is an extremely ancient custom, whi ...

Where did those first molecules come from?

As it happens, it was Ash Wednesday when I casually flicked on an all-news radio station just in time to catch a quickie interview with a scientist. He’d written a book about the origin of the u ...

Wisdom from 'Mr. Blue'

One Friday this Lent I decided to revisit an old friend — J. Blue, or as most know him, “Mr. Blue.” Because I don’t think I have ever known a better man. Even if he is a fictio ...

Holy Week liturgies are special

QUESTION: I always thought that Good Friday was a holy day of obligation. But now I find out that this is not the case. Is that true, and why isn’t it?QUESTION: I have never attended any of the ...

Prejudice squanders human gifts

QUESTION: In a sermon I heard recently, the priest enumerated some sins that we should be working on during Lent. In that list was prejudice, and the priest expounded on it at some length. I happ ...

Tax credits offer hope, options, great outcomes

For many of the 18,000 children served by our Catholic schools, Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement and Opportunity Scholarship tax credit programs are what make it possible to receive a qual ...

Take up your cross, and go to confession

He was, I thought, deluded. This was years ago, just after we had entered the church, when a friend wanted to tell me why I shouldn’t have done that. He had a few reasons, but confession was a b ...

Holiness: The ticket to happiness

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 ...

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 ...

News

'A living embodiment of Jesus' command'

Bishop David Zubik on the death of Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney:

Dan Rooney was a quintessential Pittsburgher who showed us how to lead with humility and faith.

He was a living embodiment of Jesus’ ...

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

GIFTED WOMEN

“A Kaleidoscope of Gifted Women” is the theme for the 14th annual Day of Reflection for Women on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Byzantine Catholic Cathedral ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

TRIDUUM & EASTER MASS SCHEDULE

St. Titus, Aliquippa

Good Friday, 12:45 p.m. Stations of the Cross, 1:30 p.m. Passion liturgy, 7 p.m. Living Stations of the Cross; Holy Saturday, noon blessing of Eas ...

Around the Diocese

Listed below are parish triduum and Easter Mass schedules. For more submitted listings, see Pages 10-12.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY

St. Bernadette, Monroeville

HT, 7 p.m. Mass, with adoration until 11 p.m., bus fo ...

Around the Diocese

DYING AND RISING

WITH JESUS

Father Terry O’Connor will lead a Lenten retreat on Saturday, April 1, titled “Dying and Rising with Jesus,” to be held at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Pari ...

Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, APRIL 17

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 18

Mass, with prayers and blessings for healing, 6:30 p.m., ...


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