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We are part of the body of Christ

By Father Samuel J. Esposito

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! Remember the story of Chicken Little? “The sky is falling!” As we get closer to April 26... More

Smile a little smile

“O, c’mon, smile a little smile for me Rose Marie, where’s the use in cryin’”? — A popular song by The Flying Machine, 1969. Old geezers — older...

Love transfigures, sin disfigures

Part 3 of a Lenten series. “There is nothing permanent except change.” — Heraclitus (535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher   On this Second Sunday of...

Jesus didn't look the way you thought he did

You know how you picture Jesus? Like most of the pictures at church, right? You’re probably wrong. Let me say right away that doesn’t matter. As long as Christians have made...

How's your mindset?

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive!
What is God asking of you?
As Lent...

Lent lures us to the desert

Part 2 of a Lenten series. “Yes, you must humbly return to God and put an end to all the evil that is done in your house.” — Job 22:23 The First Sunday of Lent...

40-day pilgrimage brings promise

Part 1 of a Lenten series. “Who sits in solitude and is quiet has escaped from three wars: hearing, speaking and seeing. Yet, against one thing must he or she continually battle:...

Looking beyond ourselves and forming disciples

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! Evangelization! That’s a big word for Catholics these days. Even though it’s been the...

#MeToo brings abuse to light

Data tells us that girls are more likely to become victims of child sexual abuse than boys. This begs the question: “Should we be putting more emphasis on training girls about...

Getting organized for love

I began the new year with 8,000 college students at the Student Leadership Summit of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. It was an inspiring event that enabled us Little Sisters to...

A time to sow, a time to prune

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! My grandfather was a great gardener. He tended a large garden in our back yard that produced a bounty...

The ministry of reconciliation

“All this is from God, who reconciles us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting...

Conversion classic

It’s said that Robert Hugh Benson’s conversion to Roman Catholicism was an act of rebellion against his father, Edward White Benson, archbishop of Canterbury from 1883 until his death...

A slippery slope

His dying mother asked him, “How do I get out of this mess?” A physician, Ronald Pies, worried that she might ask him to help her die because he couldn’t do it for her. I...

Catholics reconcile two different perspectives

WASHINGTON — When Cardinal Joseph Bernardin offered the idea that the church could approach its concern for protecting human dignity in tackling abortion, euthanasia, poverty and peace under...

We treasure our faith traditions

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! Recently I had the privilege of teaching a course on Catholic Church history to the 12 men in our...

'Thank you for your service'

Together with another Little Sister, I was invited to represent our congregation at a somewhat exclusive reception during the Christmas season. We were happy to bring two of our residents along...

United to the suffering of Christ

Scene 1. Last week Jerry was informed by his doctor that he has prostate cancer. He was upset, but his doctor said that he thinks the cancer is at an early stage. His doctor scheduled...

Circle of care

Sometimes, when we are faced with a difficult decision or choices, we find ourselves in a dilemma that we never imagined we would face. We think that we are prepared, that we are certain we will...

Following the star of our faith

On New Year’s Day, I received an e-mail from an old friend whom I journeyed with a long time ago at St. Paul Seminary. He went on to become a doctor. He is married and they have five...

It's the sacrament that matters

This is the latest in a series of regular columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! A favorite television program of mine is HGTV’s “Property Brothers.” I am a fan of...

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Pilgrims describe emotional journey

It should surprise no one that the most special part of the Pittsburgh Catholic-sponsored pilgrimage to Mexico Feb. 9-13 was the visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. That was, after...

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Pilgrims describe emotional journey

It should surprise no one that the most special part of the Pittsburgh Catholic-sponsored pilgrimage to Mexico Feb. 9-13 was the visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. That was, after...

Around The Diocese

Around the diocese

PARISH LENTEN ACTIVITIES

St. Gabriel, Whitehall

• Five-week lecture series, “The Epistles of St. Paul,” Mondays, Feb. 26, March 5-26, 6:30-7:45 p.m.,...

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PARISH LENTEN

ACTIVITIES

St. Bernard,

Mount Lebanon

• Sacrament of reconciliation, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m., Thursdays 4...

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PERFORMERS

NEEDED

Calling all actors, actresses, singers, musicians and stage craft personnel of all ages to participate in a miniseries titled “The Life of...

Around the Diocese

MASS IN SPANISH

Time for the Mass in Spanish, celebrated Sundays at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood, has changed from 1 p.m. to 12:30...

Calendar

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, FEB 24

Free marriage annulment workshop, 5:15 p.m., St. Anne Parish, 400 Hoodridge Drive, Castle Shannon. Those planning to attend should e-mail...

Weekly Calendar

MONDAY, FEB. 5

Holy hour for peace, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for peace, novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, rosary and...

Weekly Calendar

SATURDAY, JAN. 27

Night at the races, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), cafeteria of Holy Trinity School, 5720 Steubenville Pike, Robinson Township. Cost is $15, and includes...

Weekly Calendar

SATURDAY, JAN. 27

Renaissance and Baroque concert, 8 p.m., Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. The Baltimore Consort will present a brand new...


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