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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, 7 Chalfonte Ave. in We More

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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

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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

Draw near to Sacred Heart of Jesus

QUESTION: One of the most enduring memories I have of growing up Catholic was a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I now hear so little about it and I wonder why?   ANSWER: Devotion to the S

PCC praises bill to aid ex-inmates

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Dec. 18 thanked members of the state House for giving former inmates a path to becoming responsible members of society through passage of

'Grudge' has dark, complex history

NEW YORK — The drab horror tale "The Grudge" (Screen Gems) has a complex history and a complicated structure. But the upshot for viewers is a simple one: Failing skillfully to interweave his va

The birth that changed the world

A Muslim man with the handle “ibn Al Aljuraan” tweeted, “Imagine believing that a woman gave birth to God, the Most High, and that he needed to be breast-fed and taken care of by hi

Winter Warming Station, overnight shelter open

Working in partnership with the city of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and Operation Safety Net, Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh has opened its Winter Warming Station early due to extremely

Residents enjoy music, tail-wagging good time

It’s a gloomy Friday outside, but Jim Caprio is filling the room with Christmas joy. “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” he sings, strumming his guitar. He is accompanied by flutist Debbi

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SATURDAY, JAN. 4 Rosary making, noon, Legion of Mary Home, 1705 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood. For information, call 412-885-5840 or visit www.pittsburghregia.com. MONDAY,

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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, 1125 Leishman Ave., sta

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Father John Odeyemi will present "And Their Eyes Were Open at the Breaking of the Bread," on Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Sacred Heart Parish in Pittsburgh's...

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The following information was missing from the parish Lenten activity listings, published in the Feb. 21 issue.



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Transfiguration, Russellton, and St. Victor, Bairdford

Ash Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Victor Activity...

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“Divine Mercy: Sharing What We Receive” will be presented by Father Tom Gramc on Sunday, Feb. 9, at St. Columbkille Parish in Imperial, starting at 2...


Lent as a time for embraces

Over time, certain passages of Scripture reach beyond the realm of the sacred to find a place in our culture’s lexicon of colloquial expressions. “To every thing there is a...

Lenten promises to keep

You may or may not give more in Lent, the way the Church asks you to. Many of us could be more generous than we are. I certainly could be. Whatever you do in Lent, you know you should give to the...

Almsgiving: An overshadowed Lenten pillar

WASHINGTON — When it comes to the three pillars of Lent, almsgiving is a little bit like the middle child, not always getting the attention that prayer and fasting do.

The word hardly...

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