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DINNER RESERVATION Saturday, Nov. 2, is deadline for public to make reservations for annual spaghetti dinner Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. Nicholas Parish in Millvale. Hosted by the Rosary Society, festiv More

MONDAY, NOV. 4 Prayers for healing, 7-8 p.m., Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse chapel, 1020 State St., Baden. Includes sung psalms, Scripture, silent prayer and reflection.  TUESDAY, NOV. 5 All

SATURDAY, NOV. 9 Craft show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., North American Martyrs Parish, 2526 Haymaker Road, Monroeville. Featuring handmade quality items, as well as lunches and baked goods. Festival of praise,

Rediscover the saints

One of my favorite courses in the seminary was hagiography, the biographies of the saints. Nothing excited me more than studying the lives of these heroes of our faith. In every century God has raise

Dinner honors works of Christ in Chimbote, Peru

Joan Kilgore got a first-hand glimpse of what it means to live out the call to be “the hands and feet of Christ” when she traveled to Chimbote, Peru, this past summer as a member of Missi

We long to be reunited with the dead

QUESTION: During November I frequently hear sermons on praying for the dead. Would you please tell me just how our prayers assist the dead? QUESTION: I have never quite understood why we Catholics pr

Pittsburgh, the Catholic faith and all that jazz

Deanna Witkowski is singing praise in a new key, and she’s finding her inspiration in Pittsburgh. Witkowski, based in New York City, took up temporary residence in Pittsburgh this fall to resea

Establishing life's balance in the diaconate

As a husband, father, grandfather, postal employee and soccer coach, Deacon Joe Basko leads a busy family life. As a deacon, his life becomes a model example of faithful ministry. “You have to

'Even challenges can be a gift from God'

Deacon Tom Berna was reminded while serving in prison ministry that the virtue of gratitude comes in all forms. An inmate sentenced to life without parole told him he was grateful to learn that his a

Amazon synod concludes, releases final document

VATICAN CITY — To proclaim the Gospel message of hope, the Catholic Church in the Amazon must open new paths of evangelization in the region, including by instituting new ministries for lay men

Father Jon Brzek has worn a number of different hats in his 38 years as a priest, but the foundation of his ministry has always been in the importance of immersing himself in the lives of the people

Praying abortion out of Pittsburgh

A grandmother of twin boys is so happy that participants in the 40 Days for Life campaign were able to change her granddaughter’s mind about aborting them. Their story makes it clear that the c

Baldwin and Norton star in 'Motherless Brooklyn'

NEW YORK — Edward Norton wrote, directed and stars in "Motherless Brooklyn" (Warner Bros.), an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's 1999 novel. The result is a top-notch crime drama whose sound basi

Misrepresenting the church's teaching on suicide

“Blue Bloods,” a TV show about a family of law enforcement officers, is popular with Catholics. It has a Catholic ethos, with prayer around the table and references to God and the church.

Local Spiritan priest fulfills sense of adventure

The Few. The Proud. Father Bill Christy is in rare company. As a 17-year-old, the western Pennsylvania native answered the call to serve when he joined the Marines after graduating high school in 198

Praise for St. John Henry Newman

“Otherwise, we’re going to come in for some loud throat clearing,” said a Protestant writer in the comment box. He objected, very politely, to Bishop Robert Barron calling the newly

Ladies of Bethany mark 100th anniversary

Bishop David Zubik was the principal celebrant and homilist at a Mass Oct. 20 marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Ladies of Bethany religious community. The Sisters of Mercy welcomed

Local military veterans invited to free luncheon

The Working Warrior Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists military veterans, is planning a Veteran Appreciation Luncheon for 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at St. Malachy Parish’s Father W

The saints, your BFFs

“The church in heaven is All Saints,” explained English priest and writer Ronald Knox. “The church in purgatory is All Souls. The church on earth is all sorts.” Everyone will

Defending life: We have to start somewhere

Every four years since 1976, the Catholic bishops of the United States have issued a statement helping the faithful to “interpret the signs of the times” as our country approaches a presi

Street medicine experts gather at symposium

In 1998, Dr. James Withers, in collaboration with Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, founded Operation Safety Net, which has received international acclaim as a model street medicine program. Withers 

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St. Titus Parish in Aliquippa is hosting a benefit spaghetti dinner Sunday, Nov. 24, at the B.P.O. Elks Lodge, 2655 Broadhead Road in Aliquippa. Proceeds...

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Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Court 277 will host a Spirit-filled retreat titled “Lamb of God,” led by Father Nicholas Vaskov, on Saturday, Nov. 9,...

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Saturday, Nov. 2, is deadline for public to make reservations for annual spaghetti dinner Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. Nicholas Parish in Millvale. Hosted by the...



Public is invited to “Southside Reconnect: Praying with St. Paul of the Cross,” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist...


Introducing your friends to Mary

The Mother of God, she is to us an example, a friend, a mother, the Queen of Heaven. She’s someone to whom we turn in trouble and sorrow, someone who intercedes for us at the highest...

Pope: Christians called to aid poor

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At a time when “situations of injustice and human pain” seem to be growing around the globe, Christians are called to “accompany the victims, to see in...

Healthy boundaries help to prevent abuse

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