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Jesus didn't look the way you thought he did

By DAVID MILLS

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 pictures of J More

Parity is common in worship

QUESTION: At my church, when a man brings up the offertory gifts, the priest shakes his hand. When a woman brings up the gifts, the priest hugs her. Each time I see the disparity in treatment, I try

'What are you DOING for Lent?'

“What are you DOING for Lent??”
In a much earlier time in my life, the Mondays and Tuesdays before Ash Wednesday were filled with that question. In the mid-1950s mo

Catholic newspapers feel squeezed by tariff fight

WASHINGTON — A 10 percent tariff slapped on imports of Canadian newsprint by the United States is playing havoc with newspaper budgets across the United States, and Catholic newspapers are no e

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: that is his or

Workshops to detail annulment process

Divorced Catholics and anyone interested in learning about the annulment process are invited to free workshops at five locations over the next few weeks. The presentations in parish halls are schedul

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 heart of Cat

Collecting taxes not essentially evil

QUESTION: I know this will seem like a strange question to many of your readers, but I work as a collections agent. My work consists of contacting people who are very overdue on payments. When I read

40 Days for Life vigil to begin Feb. 14

The 40 Days for Life campaign is set for Feb. 14-March 25 in front of the Planned Parenthood facility at 933 Liberty Ave. in Downtown Pittsburgh. The campaign is designed to maintain a peaceful, publ

Bishop not altering rules for Valentine's

For the first time since 1956, Ash Wednesday, the solemn beginning of the Christian season of Lent, and Valentine’s Day will fall on the same day this year. While Valentine’s Day has beco

PARISH LENTEN ACTIVITIES St. Bernard, Mount Lebanon • Sacrament of reconciliation, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m., Thursdays 4 and 7 p.m., church. • Stations of the Cross, Friday

#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 sexual predators o

Bishop addresses critical life issues at Duquesne

When Bishop David Zubik accepted an invitation to address the Consistent Ethic of Life group at Duquesne University, he decided to meet them where they were at: a late evening (9 p.m.) gathering

Parish groupings to have varied timelines

Part 2 of a five-part series. Bishop David Zubik will make five key announcements April 26 regarding the On Mission for The Church Alive! planning initiative. Following three years of prayer, study a

Pope and Erdogan discuss Jerusalem, Mideast peace

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Vatican Feb. 5 for a private discussion that included the status of Jerusalem and the need to achieve peace in

Pittsburgh rally promotes educational options

It had all the makings of a Steelers pep rally. The Holy Cross Academy band played the theme from “Rocky” as some of the participants waved their yellow “National School Choice Week

Speaker urges young adults to be faith-filled

If you wanted to gauge the success of the SENT young adult event Jan. 26 you would need to look no further than this measuring stick: 20 minutes after the program concluded, no one was leaving. The m

Actively respond to hatred, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Individuals and governments must fight indifference and be actively prepared to respond to discrimination, hatred and violence, particularly anti-Semitism, Pope Francis said. 

Symbols have profound meanings

QUESTION: Why does everything seem so symbolic and mysterious in Catholic worship?   ANSWER: Some have described the division that took place after the Protestant Reforma­tion as one part o

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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...

Around the Diocese

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...

Columns

We are part of the body of Christ

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...

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...


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