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Get to know your new friends

By father Samuel J. Esposito

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, getting to hope you like... More

The role of the child advocacy center

Child sexual abuse is an important matter for everyone to be aware of. You are an important part of stopping the cycle of this type of abuse and all types of child abuse. When you volunteer in an...

Help for the hour of death

It’s a blessing, but one you’re glad only to have once. I’ve been with my father, mother and sister (my only sibling) when they died. The first time I was alone, but had time to...

You can make the dream a reality

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! “Why are we doing this? Tell me again.” That might be the response of many Catholics across...

We are all responsible for the church's mission

I was at a meeting for a Midwest diocese to discuss the future of their newspaper. In addition to the diocesan editor — a layman with 20 years of journalism experience — a number of...

We are called to genuine hospitality

Every Catholic knows that people have “their” pews. There are lots of reasons for this: people may find comfort in knowing the others who sit near them, they like the view from a...

Gifted by grace

Everything is grace. These three words, written by St. Thérèse of Lisieux in her “Story of a Soul,” give voice to one of the deepest truths of our faith. In John’s...

40 reasons to be a Catholic

The Dutch Reformed guys thought they had a rising superstar. Remember when Andrew McCutchen first came to the Pirates? Like that. They’re the hard-core guys from the branch of the...

Pope insists that all life deserves defense

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis insisted that the lives of the unborn and of the poor are “equally sacred,” he was not trying to shift the focus of Catholics from fighting...

Be open, trust God

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! Everyone is anticipating the announcements that come this weekend. Next week’s home-delivered issue of...

Faith and 'Family Feud'

I publicly admit my faults to a fault. It comes from the Irish side of my mother’s family. It’s what we do. This week’s admission. I watch the Game Show Network at times.

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...

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News

Catholic Charities celebrates service

Janet was living in a tent and didn’t want to wake up in the morning. Now she has a job and warm place to live. Breon was fighting an addiction and was homeless. Now he has found God...

'Building community is challenging'

Four years ago, the situation was serious at four parishes in Pittsburgh’s West End neighborhoods. Membership and Mass attendance were down, debt was rising, several buildings were in...

Faith

Catholic Charities celebrates service

Janet was living in a tent and didn’t want to wake up in the morning. Now she has a job and warm place to live. Breon was fighting an addiction and was homeless. Now he has found God...

'Building community is challenging'

Four years ago, the situation was serious at four parishes in Pittsburgh’s West End neighborhoods. Membership and Mass attendance were down, debt was rising, several buildings were in...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

HOLY SPIRIT NOVENA

Sisters of the Holy Spirit in West View invites the public to pray a novena to the Holy Spirit in the motherhouse chapel, 5246 Clarwin Ave., West View, at 7...

Around the Diocese

SACRED ARTS FESTIVAL

The 2018 Pentecost Sacred Arts Festival at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Scott Township, set for Wednesday-Sunday, May 16-20, will showcase inspired talent...

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,...

Calendar

Weekly Calendar and Eucharistic Adoration

SUNDAY, MAY 13

Rosary, in commemoration of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, parking lot of Butler Catholic School, 515 E. Locust St., Butler. Led by Father Nick...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, MAY 5

Blue Army first Saturday devotions and meeting, Mass at 8 a.m., followed by rosary and meeting, St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Meeting will feature...

Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, MAY 1

Suicide loss support group, 7-8:30 p.m., Madonna del Castello Parish, 2021 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

Suicide loss...

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...


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