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Catholic Schools Week events set

By William Hill Correspondent

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... More

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...

Forming selfless, energetic leaders

The On Mission for The Church Alive! prayer asks God to “Raise up selfless, energetic leaders to serve the church in fidelity and with care.” Gary Fritsch has answered that call,...

'He brought me back to my faith'

My life was changed on Nov. 17, 2013, and took a turn for the worse two days later. I was in eighth grade at St. Sylvester School, sitting in my sixth-period social studies class. The...

Winter warming station reopens

Those looking to get some relief from the bitter cold are receiving a warm welcome at Catholic Charities in Downtown Pittsburgh. The social service agency has reopened its winter warming station...

New energy enlivens Strip District parish

It was a Friday night in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, so it wasn’t a surprise that the place was jumping. It was quickly filling up, and there was a feeling of real joy and...

'Active love' needed to further King's legacy

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is “an important time to recommit ourselves to the Gospel message he preached,” said Cardinal...

Men's group collecting items for homeless

With record low temperatures in recent weeks, Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Pittsburgh is responding to help the homeless stay warm. CMF is seeking donations of jeans, hooded sweaters,...

Pope, Turkey's president discuss Jerusalem

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone Dec. 29 about the status of Jerusalem. Paloma Garcia Ovejero, vice director of the...

Grants have made an impact

Nearly four years after initial grants were awarded to help build the Church of Pittsburgh, the impact of a historic fundraising campaign is being felt across the diocese. From 2014-17,...

Plans set for 2018 March for Life in D.C.

WASHINGTON — March for Life organizers have announced a tentative group of speakers, a theme and other details for a Jan. 18 conference and expo and Jan. 19 march and rally in Washington,...

Reserve your bus seat

Buses will carry local Catholics to the nation’s capital for the annual March for Life. The following list from People Concerned for the Unborn Child includes contact information for bus...

Breaking Bread offers 'happy meals' at parish

The Breaking Bread Ministry of St. Bernadette Parish in Monroeville recently completed its second year of serving holiday meals for those who might eat alone. The ministry prepares and...

Programs seek to bolster bonds of marriage

When Coleman Myron proposed to his girlfriend, Rebekah Hayes, in their college chapel a few years ago, he asked if she “would walk by my side for the rest of our lives, so that we can walk...

Family tragedy fans the flames of compassion

The pair of tragedies that have hit Christine Manchester and her family during two of the past three Advent seasons would have crushed the spirit of many people, but the outpouring of support she...

Helping patients breathe easier

Two Catholic physicians — along with their medical team at Allegheny General Hospital — are bringing hope and healing to patients afflicted with a rare lung disease. They are literally...

2017 in review

JANUARY Local Ladies of Charity participate in a recommitment ceremony and Mass at St. Paul Cathedral launching the 400th year of Ladies of Charity service ... Bishop David Zubik...

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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...

Columns

Conversion classic

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...

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...


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