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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. GSN is a c More

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 the Pitts

Renovated Little Sisters guest house dedicated

Bishop David Zubik celebrated Mass at The Gloria Chapel of the Little Sisters of the Poor on April 6, dedicating a newly refurbished home for out-of-town guests visiting family and friends at SS. Pet

Doctrinal ties don't bind many preachers

QUESTION: There are many different “preachers” on television these days. How do I know if they belong to a denomination?   ANSWER: In the past this question was asked more frequently

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 Reformation t

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 abortion

School chosen as finalist for innovations award

Butler Catholic School was recently chosen by Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine as a finalist in its Innovations in Catholic Education Awards. Twelve awards were offered across four categories

Monthly healing Masses assist mind, body, spirit

Members of the Fraternity of Priests gather frequently to support one another and ask the Holy Spirit to guide them in their ministry. But they also work to empower God’s people in the Holy Spi

Teens urged to trust God's plans

International speaker Mark Hart said he felt led by the Holy Spirit to inspire teenagers in the Diocese of Pittsburgh during Called by Name with XLT on April 15 at SS. John and Paul Parish in Frankli

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 pea

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 James S

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 Drexel P

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 will contain mu

Eucharist, sign of our unity

QUESTION: Is it still true that only Roman Catholics are welcome to receive Communion in a Catholic church? And if so, why is that?   ANSWER: It is correct that only baptized Catholics in good s


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 Tuesdays at 6 p.m., now through Saturday,

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 and gloo

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 a street

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 celebrant. TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Pre-departure

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 privileged

St. Elizabeth School ranked 10th in the world

The third-graders at St. Elizabeth School in Pleasant Hills are feeling nearly on top of the world. Students in the third-grade classrooms of teachers Mary Beth Baumgardner and Lee Engel recently fin

'DePaul School has meant so much to us'

The prenatal visits gave no sign of problems. But soon after Luke Worgul was born, doctors came back with the diagnosis: Luke had moderate hearing loss. At 2 months old, he was fitted with a hearing

High school name changing

Holy Family Academy, which was established as a Catholic high school in Emsworth in 2014 by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, has been renamed as Nazareth College and Career Prep. The name

Retired pope celebrates 91st birthday

VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict XVI had a "peaceful and familial" 91st birthday April 16, celebrating with his 94-year-old brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who was visiting from Germany, th

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


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


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...




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


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


Get to know your new friends

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...

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...

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