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Local parishes engage young people in liturgy

By Jennifer Monahan Correspondent

Getting young people involved in liturgy is both a Catholic challenge and a catholic challenge. Many parishes struggle to engage youth in the life of the church. Many parents struggle to get children More

Service project crosses parish boundaries

With love, from one St. James Parish to another. Each year, the vacation Bible school program at St. James Parish in Sewickley takes on a mission or service project to help children understand the wo

The forgotten man of 1968

There is significant reflection today in print and the media about 1968. Remembrances of that tumultuous time 50 years ago include the TET Offensive, the violent Democratic National Convention in Chi

Kosher laws have ancient origin

QUESTION: I have never fully understood what is included in the “kosher” laws observed within the Jewish community. Why don’t Christians follow them?   ANSWER: In the ancient w

A house divided

On a recent week, I overheard or read the following statements: “Pope Francis is the antichrist.” “Bishop Zubik is in league with the devil.” “The Diocese of Pittsburgh

The Catholic Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will keep its Catholic majority if the Senate approves Brett Kavanaugh. He would join Chief Justice John Roberts and justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor.

Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, AUG. 7 Suicide loss support group, 7-8:30 p.m., Madonna del Castello Parish, 2021 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale. For information, visit www.mylifelinepittsburgh.org, or call Jack Shaw at 412-5

Around the Diocese

ADORATION AND TALK St. Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood is hosting Eucharistic Adoration on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 3 p.m., followed by a talk about St. Lawrence and veneration o

We're not alone in our efforts

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive!   “Look to the big picture and understand that everything we do, and are preparing to do, will not only ben

Grant to support addiction ministry

Rocco Magnelli Jr. knows about addiction. His 20-year-old son died from an opioid overdose in 2015 and his youngest daughter is an addict. As a recovering alcoholic, Magnelli serves as a sponsor to t

Calendar of Events

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1 Suicide loss support group, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Joseph Parish, 342 Dorseyville Road, O’Hara Township. For information, visit www.mylifelinepittsburgh.org. THURSDAY, AUG. 2 T

One wild ride: Catholics worship at Kennywood

In the shadow of the Racer roller coaster, more than 400 people gathered at a pavilion for Mass July 23 as part of Catholic Kennywood Day at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin. The event was hosted by th

Use care when buying a Bible

QUESTION: I wanted to buy a Bible as a wedding gift for two Catholic friends. I thought that it would be a simple matter of going to a bookstore and getting one. I found so many different choices and

Rested and refreshed

Recently on the Aleteia.org website, there was an article that said more adult Americans have a growing appetite for reading the Bible. It reported that 66 percent say they are curious to know more a

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


The FORMED Bible study on St. Peter continues at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at St. Pamphilus Parish in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood. Program is free and...

Around the Diocese


St. Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood is hosting Eucharistic Adoration on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 3 p.m., followed by a talk about St. Lawrence...

Around the Diocese


A nine-week novena will be prayed at Transfiguration Parish in Russellton on Sundays, July 29 through Sept. 29. Novena will be prayed following 10 a.m. Mass to invoke...

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Early registration is now open for the second annual Catholic Women’s Fellowship Conference, “Overflow: Live in the Abundance of...


Grace overcomes our weakness

The grand jury’s report may have come out by the time this appears. If it hasn’t, it will be hanging over our heads. Whatever it reports, the news won’t be good. In his letter to...

Stay vigilant

At a recent event, I had the opportunity to meet and talk with people involved in youth ministry at local Catholic parishes. They were familiar with the child sexual abuse prevention efforts of...

Our tradition of civility

“They should have just given each of us a box of Kleenex when we bought our ticket.”

I overheard this remark as I was leaving the theater after watching the new documentary on...

Two secrets of successful ministry

According to Cardinal Robert Sarah, in his book “The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise”: “All activity must be preceded by an intense life of prayer,...

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