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You are a beloved child of God

By Deacon Keith G. Kondrich

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... More

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...

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...

Pope: Set up your Nativity scene

VATICAN CITY — A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of his love “by smiling and opening his arms to all,” Pope...

Jesus wants a relationship with you

One of my callings has been to teach family caregivers how to care for themselves, and forgiveness is one of the first and most frequent topics we discuss. Those who care for sick or elderly...

Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

As you know, from Dec. 9-12, 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego and asked him to go to Bishop Juan de Zumárraga to ask him to build a temple to honor Our Lady, showing that...

A chapel, a desk and one man's saintly witness

As someone who has studied John Henry Newman’s writings for years, it was surreal for me to attend his canonization in Rome. I’ve known for some time now that Newman was interceding...

Suicide: A young priest's perspective

Recently, the Pittsburgh Catholic ran a column explaining that the church does not deny funerals to those who commit suicide — as had been portrayed on a popular TV show. However, in its...

Navigating the holidays

This beautiful and holy season, when we as Christians gather to celebrate the mystery and miracle of the Incarnation, is a time of joy, filled with family gatherings, festivities with friends and...

Advent matters

Christmas is still weeks away, and already we’re exhausted. We’ve heard too much Mariah, endured too much tinsel, watched too many Hallmark specials, been bombarded with too many...

You're an original sinner, and that's good news

It sounds cranky, gloomy, even angry. Christianity teaches that we human beings can’t help making a huge mess of things. The human equivalent of the Cincinnati Bengals. And the faith says...

Pope urges protection for children online

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While digital technologies have led to advancements in communication and education, they also have led to the exploitation of children on the internet, Pope Francis...

Giving thanks always

Our country celebrates countless reasons to be grateful to God and one another on the national holiday of Thanksgiving. Family members make travel plans. Traditional recipes are on the table.

Live the Gospel where God has placed you

Pope Francis named Cardinal John Henry Newman a Catholic saint last month. St. Newman was a contemporary of our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan, and probably knew our early communities in England. He...

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

Our lives are made up of a series of relationships — including relationships between family members, colleagues, peers, acquaintances, mentors, our friends and other people in our lives.

Moving forward

One of those sentences that sets me off is, “We always used to do it this way.” Or any use of the verb “used to.” We say this often. “That new pizza shop is...

What does aridity mean in the life of prayer?

To answer this question, we need to ask another one: What caused this aridity (dryness, lifelessness) to occur? From a human perspective, it may be due to apathy, discouragement or fatigue.

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...

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...

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...

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News

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...

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...

Faith

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...

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...

Around The Diocese

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,...

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...

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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,...

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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...

Calendar

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,...

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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...

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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...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 15

Christmas bake sale, 11:45 a.m. (following 10:30 a.m. Mass), St. Benedict the Moor Parish, 91 Crawford St., Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. Featuring...


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