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Ministry calls women to the feet of Jesus

A call that began long ago as a whisper became a trumpet blast in 2001, leading me to found the Martha and Mary Ministry for busy women who seek to grow in faith. Through this I have been...

Rusty Staub, man of faith

I did a guest column for the local paper recently describing the sort-of baseball games we made up and played endlessly in yards and streets back in the day. The Old Geezers liked it. We had...

Heading toward transition

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! Will the May 4 edition of the Pittsburgh Catholic be a collectors’ item? It could be, because it...

An atheist explains Easter

On Easter Sunday morning, the editors of The Guardian published an article calling the Resurrection “preposterous.” It’s even “offensive.” The very secular newspaper...

Pope: Holiness means being loving

VATICAN CITY — God calls all Christians to be saints — not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest...

We're called to have courage

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! A popular ritual during Mass is for the congregation to sing as the priest walks the aisles, blessing the...

Entering into the work of evangelization

Our everyday attempts to live a Christ-centered, Gospel-directed, church-oriented life may or may not bear fruit due to obstacles like the following. The first has to do with the assumption...

Making history, rallying a community

When the 2017-18 boys basketball season started, head coach Mike Rodriguez and his team of young players at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School never expected to make school history in March,...

Keeping children safe

The month of April is dedicated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and is a time for all of us to learn more about what we can tangibly do to help protect the children in our care. In...

A vocation of mercy

I grew up Catholic without ever hearing about the Divine Mercy devotion, which the church celebrates annually on the Sunday after Easter. Even after I had learned about it, I didn’t...

It's a time of prayer

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! April is here! Our days are getting longer, so we can enjoy daylight even after we get home from work. Most...

This is what Jesus did on the cross

“The truth,” the writer warned, “is much worse than artistic imagination has ever been able to invent.” He was talking about what actually happened when the Romans...

Praise him -- even for the mud

It’s Mud Time. In New England in general, Maine in particular. It’s what they call the “fifth season,” that sliver of March to May between winter and spring when the snow...

Easter: A mission of joy

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). From Palestine to Pittsburgh, people gather on Easter to hear the astounding good news that Jesus Christ...

Priests are called to live for others

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! A topic of conversation among priests when I was younger was the conundrum of identifying the spirituality of...

A response of hope

In recent months, I’ve been part of many conversations where people express fear, frustration, confusion and even mistrust over the ongoing diocesan On Mission for The Church Alive! planning...

Everyone has a stake in this

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! When I was a kid, one of my favorite games was Mouse Trap, based on the inventions of a man named Rube...

A call to holy living

Part 7 of a Lenten series. “Be obedient to God, and do not allow your lives to be shaped by those desires you had when you were still ignorant. Instead, be holy in all that you...

Court examines free speech at pregnancy centers

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In oral arguments before the Supreme Court March 20, justices seemed skeptical about a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers in the state to visibly...

Lazarus: God to my rescue

Part 6 of a Lenten series. “One word can end a fight; one hug can start a friendship; one smile can bring unity; one person can change your entire life.” —...

Remembering the forgotten pope

Last week, the Vatican announced that Blessed Pope Paul VI will be canonized in October. The people in charge of such things approved the second miracle needed for him to be declared a saint. It...

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News

Artist recounts Catholic conversion

For most people, faith is like an unfinished painting, waiting for the Master’s touch to add color, shading and highlights. It can be a slow, arduous process. It was that way for artist...

Pope condemns attacks in Syria

VATICAN CITY — Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and...

Parishes mark district confirmation

Bishop David Zubik celebrated the sacrament of confirmation April 5 at Immaculate Conception Church in Washington with 38 candidates from the five parishes in Greene County and St. Katharine...

These 'Dogs' not for kids

Movie Review

NEW YORK — Writer-director Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” (Fox Searchlight) pushes the limits of his customary deadpan drollery with its emphasis on death...

Faith

Artist recounts Catholic conversion

For most people, faith is like an unfinished painting, waiting for the Master’s touch to add color, shading and highlights. It can be a slow, arduous process. It was that way for artist...

Pope condemns attacks in Syria

VATICAN CITY — Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and...

Parishes mark district confirmation

Bishop David Zubik celebrated the sacrament of confirmation April 5 at Immaculate Conception Church in Washington with 38 candidates from the five parishes in Greene County and St. Katharine...

These 'Dogs' not for kids

Movie Review

NEW YORK — Writer-director Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” (Fox Searchlight) pushes the limits of his customary deadpan drollery with its emphasis on death...

Around The Diocese

AROUND THE DIOCESE

ST. ANTHONY

NOVENA

Public is invited to St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood to pray a novena to St. Anthony on...

Around the diocese

DARE TO LIVE JESUS

St. Philip Parish welcomes the public to its parish mission titled “Dare to Live Jesus” from Sunday, April 15, through Wednesday, April 18,...

Around the Diocese

DIVINE MERCY

The following celebrations are planned for Divine Mercy Sunday, April 8:

Felician sisters will host a celebration starting with Mass at 1 p.m.

Around the Diocese

YOUTH AND USE OF MEDIA

A knowledgeable panel from local colleges will speak to high school-age students and younger youths, along with their parents about “Youth and the Use of...

Calendar

Weekly Calendar of Events &

MONDAY, APRIL 23

Mass, with prayers for healing, 6:30 p.m. (rosary at 6 p.m.), St. Christopher Parish, 229 N. Franklin St., Prospect. Father William Kiel is...

WEEKLY CALENDAR

SATURDAY, APRIL 14

Festival of Praise, “New Life in the Church as Driven by the Holy Spirit,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198...

Weekly calendar

SATURDAY, APRIL 7

Spring flea market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, April 10, Sacred Heart Parish, 154 Orchard Ave., Emsworth. Early pre-sale from 8-9 a.m. with $5...

Calendar of Events

TUESDAY, APRIL 3

Suicide loss support group (Listening Friends), 7-8:30 p.m., Madonna del Castello Parish, 2021 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale. For information, call Jack Shaw at...


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