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Conversion to Catholicism has evolved

QUESTION: They had some kind of welcome ceremony for converts to the Catholic Church this weekend at Mass. It got me thinking: Why don’t more people convert to being Catholic?   ANSWER: It More

The woman cried at Mass

She sucked in her breath so fast and hard it sounded like a bark. My wife and I were sitting in the folding chairs at the back of Holy Trinity Church in Robinson Township Jan. 12. The woman had come

Catholics learn how to evangelize

PHOENIX — Alfonso Fraire, a student at Arizona State University, volunteers his time with youth ministry — and hopes to take back what he learned at the Student Leadership Summit sponsore

Netflix drama centers around marriage, divorce

NEW YORK — At first blush, the title of the drama "Marriage Story" (Netflix) may strike some as ironic. This is, after all, at least on the surface, an engrossing study of the divorce process i

Worldly spirit blurs good, evil, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians must be on guard against the spirit of worldliness that confuses and blurs the lines between what is good and what is evil, Pope Francis said. While the Holy Spi

Ministry isn't done only by priests

QUESTION: My father lives in a small nursing facility and a priest used to come and say Mass there regularly. Now a deacon or Eucharistic minister comes and does a service. I hear of people who compl

Around the Diocese

ORGAN LESSONS Group organ lessons on Roland and Lowrey organs are being offered at the Community Center for Neighbors North Catholic Community, campus of St. Athanasius Parish, 7 Chalfonte Ave. in We

Weekly Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, JAN. 19 All-you-can-eat breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Monica Parish hall, 115 Thorndale Drive, Chippewa Township. Menu includes scrambled eggs, hash browns, ham, sausage, French toast, pancakes

Peace vigil provides lesson in forgiveness

An overflow audience awaited the featured speaker at a New Year’s Eve peace vigil hosted by the Pittsburgh Benedictines for Peace. One of the survivors of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre wa

You are a beloved child of God

During a recent physical exam, my doctor gave me some unorthodox advice to help me fulfill my New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get healthier. In addition to more exercise and better eat

Around the Diocese

ADORATION NIGHT An adoration night will be Friday, Jan. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Aquinas Academy in Gibsonia. Program will feature Father Dan Waruszewki, singers Emily Cunningham and Joni Mulvaney, with

Migrants benefit from sisters' ministry

WASHINGTON — Mercy Sister Rosemary Welsh is a nurse, and for the past 44 years she has immersed her ministry in the Latino culture. Through the lives of thousands of migrants from Mexico and Ce

From fear to wisdom and love

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” So we read in Proverbs 1:7, but what kind of fear leads to our becoming wiser and more knowledgeable people? A simple example would be t

SUNDAY, JAN. 12 Speaker, 6:30 p.m., St. Catherine of Sweden Parish, 2554 Wildwood Road, Hampton Township. Toni Jester will speak about her involvement in Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry to those

Pope Francis prays for dialogue as tensions mount

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis led pilgrims in prayers for peace as tensions between the United States and Iran escalated following the assassination of a top Iranian general. Several days after A

Local partners join hands to open Winter Shelter

In partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and the Smithfield United Church of Christ, Pittsburgh Mercy's Operation Safety Net announced Nov. 12 that the Winter Shelter for

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ORGAN LESSONS

Group organ lessons on Roland and Lowrey organs are being offered at the Community Center for Neighbors North Catholic Community, campus of St. Athanasius Parish,...

Around the Diocese

ADORATION NIGHT

An adoration night will be Friday, Jan. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Aquinas Academy in Gibsonia. Program will feature Father Dan Waruszewki, singers Emily Cunningham...

Around the diocese

EPIPHANY EXPERIENCE

St. Joseph and St. Mary of Czestochowa parishes in New Kensington present annual “Epiphany Experience” on Sunday, Jan. 5, at St. Joseph Parish,...

Around the Diocese

GIFTS OF HOLY SPIRIT

A discussion on “Gifts of the Holy Spirit” will be part of Oakland Prayer Group’s next informal evening of prayer, praise and teaching...

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The woman cried at Mass

She sucked in her breath so fast and hard it sounded like a bark. My wife and I were sitting in the folding chairs at the back of Holy Trinity Church in Robinson Township Jan. 12. The woman had...

You are a beloved child of God

During a recent physical exam, my doctor gave me some unorthodox advice to help me fulfill my New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get healthier. In addition to more exercise and better...

Migrants benefit from sisters' ministry

WASHINGTON — Mercy Sister Rosemary Welsh is a nurse, and for the past 44 years she has immersed her ministry in the Latino culture.

Through the lives of thousands of migrants from...

From fear to wisdom and love

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” So we read in Proverbs 1:7, but what kind of fear leads to our becoming wiser and more knowledgeable people?

A simple example...


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