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SUNDAY, MAY 27 Memorial Day cemetery services, 9 a.m., St. Lucy Cemetery, Shadeland Street, New Castle; 10 a.m., Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Washington; 10:20 a.m., St. Mary Cemetery, Elkton Stre More

Parish mergers and grouping realignments

Effective July 1, 2019, the following new parishes will be established: ST. MATTHIAS PARISH (Greene County)  Bringing together the parishes of: • St. Ann, Waynesburg • St. Hugh, Carm

Groups offer LifeLine, healing after suicide

An Ivy League graduate, Justin Broglie had moved to Philadelphia and had started his own company. “He was the most wonderful kid you could ever meet, and he would do anything for anyone,”

Shareholders push firms on online sex abuse

WASHINGTON — Online child sexual abuse is a booming international business and religious congregations holding stocks in major telecom firms are stepping up their advocacy to thwart it. Led by

St. Anthony of Padua relics to visit Pittsburgh

Two first-class relics of St. Anthony of Padua will tour the Diocese of Pittsburgh June 6-11.  At the invitation of Bishop David Zubik, Father Alessandro Ratti will accompany the relics from the

Mortal sin is willful act against God

QUESTION: My question is about God’s justice and fairness. Say that I die with just one mortal sin on my soul, but have lived an otherwise good life. Do I go to hell because of that one sin? If

St. Timothy Awards honor outstanding local youths

Twelve youths in the Diocese of Pittsburgh were recognized May 6 for exemplifying the qualities of moral integrity, prayerfulness, good works and Christian leadership. Retired Auxiliary Bishop Willia

Pope Francis heading to Romania May 31-June 1

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis visits Romania May 31-June 1, he will helicopter to Sumuleu Ciuc, site of the country’s only major Marian shrine and an important place of pilgrimage for

'Tolkien' offers healing, hope

Director Dome Karukoski’s new biopic, “Tolkien,” pays heartfelt, passionate homage to the genesis and the genius of one of modern day’s greatest literary figures: J.R.R. Tolki

St. John Vianney pilgrimage coming to Pittsburgh

A St. John Vianney relic pilgrimage supported by the Knights of Columbus will visit St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood June 4-5. It will feature the major relic of the sain

Refugees lobby for federal program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is one of the best of humanitarian efforts helping vulnerable people in the world and it should be praised as a success story, not diminished, s

Missions draw parishes closer

From Butler County’s countryside to Pittsburgh’s urban neighborhoods to the suburban South Hills, parish missions held during Lent brought the faithful closer to one another and to Jesus.

Mary, our model for a richer humanity

The events of Mary’s life reveal themselves each time we pray the rosary, but have we meditated on them in relation to our everyday experience? It is not enough that we prove our devotion to he

Around the diocese

BLOOMING ON BAUM Tomatoes, basil, herbs, geraniums and air plants are just some of the items on sale at the fourth annual “Blooming on Baum” plant sale Friday, May 24, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Priest to mark jubilee

Father William Terza will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving May 19 in observance of his golden anniversary of priestly ordination. He was ordained May 10, 1969, at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburg

Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, MAY 19 Cabbage roll dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Michael Parish, 97 Highland Ave., Avella. Dinner is part of “Welcome to Our Parish” event sponsored by parish grouping. Tickets are

Pope and Bulgarians give witness to peace

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Prayers for peace are important, but they must lead those praying to roll up their sleeves, reach out their hands and open their hearts, Pope Francis said at an interreligious

Priest put on administrative leave

In a letter dated May 4, Bishop David Zubik informed parishioners of St. Ferdinand, St. Gregory and Holy Redeemer parishes that Father James Young had been placed on administrative leave “pendi

Making friends with scientists

“We should take a much humbler approach to knowledge,” the world famous physicist told Scientific American magazine. The “we” in that sentence is Marcelo Gleiser’s fello

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


The Serving our Seniors Ministry of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park will offer a free education seminar, “What is...

Around the Diocese


“Many Parts, One Body” is the theme of a Night of Worship (NOW) on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at St. Richard Parish in Richland Township, starting at 7 p.m. Service...

Around the Diocese


A panel of ecumenical clergy will discuss how holy Communion is practiced among various Christian traditions on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Roots of Faith, 800 Main St. in...


The language of love and service

During a recent Catholic conference, I saw a Scripture quote on a poster that read: “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet...

Addressing suicide

People got upset. Last week the Associated Press ran a story about an elderly man in Seattle who was dying of cancer and decided to get help to end his life. You can do that legally in Washington...

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