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Religious to share vocation stories

Three younger sisters will speak about their vocation stories Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Baden. Felician Sister Desiré Findlay,... More

Agencies respond to disaster in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNS) — Catholic aid agencies were among those working to assess the needs and get relief to the island of Sulawesi after an earthquake and tsunami left more than 1,400...

Programs help disabled students be their best

For more than 65 years, St. Anthony School Programs has helped students of all faiths with intellectual disabilities to live their lives to the fullest academically, socially, vocationally and...

Inner-city youth ministry given welcome boost

Joe Calloway has been working for years to rebuild his old neighborhood. Now he’s excited to help rebuild lives through an inner-city ministry that’s bringing young people to...

'A Star is Born' fades into a repetitive formula

NEW YORK — The third remake of that sturdy warhorse "A Star Is Born" (Warner Bros.) pays occasional homage to its forebears, particularly the 1954 version starring Judy Garland and James...

Bishop Zubik's statement on compensation fund

As a bishop and as a Christian, I am committed to finding new ways to offer compassion and support for all victims of child sexual abuse, and to ensure they have a voice. The additional spiritual...

Stephen Ministers help those who are hurting

Onome Omabele believes that if you love God and you want to serve him, you must reflect it in your love of others. The Stephen Ministry gives her the opportunity to do it. “Every time...

D.C. pilgrims present their prayers to Mary

They come for a variety of reasons: to ask the Virgin Mary to intercede for a special intention, to have fun with their friends and loved ones, and sometimes to gaze at beautiful...

New Mass and confession times announced

Interim Mass and confession schedules have been announced in 57 groupings of parishes across the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as the On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative nears the implementation...

Summer project benefits young readers in need

At the final school Mass in May, Father William Wuenschel challenged third- through fifth-graders at Butler Catholic School to formulate and complete a project that would help their family or...

Faithful uphold tradition of lighting candles

WESTMERE, N.Y. — Linda Brown approached the candle stand at her parish, Christ the King in Westmere. She dropped a donation in the collection box and lit two candles. Her husband, Ed,...

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In response to Bishop David Zubik’s call for a year of prayer and penance, St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park will offer a holy hour beginning at 6:15...

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Carlow University Art Gallery has opened an exhibit, “Out of Many — Stories of Migration,” which features photographs from local...

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The novena to St. Theresa began Thursday, Sept. 27, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood. Upcoming Mass and novena schedule:...

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Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers will present a two-hour “Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience” at St.


What are deacons allowed to do?

Over dinner one evening at the convent where I live, one of the sisters asked about the ordination of transitional deacons this past summer. Although she has lived in the United States for a...

Four facets of the diamond of discipleship

The first and most radiant facet of the diamond of discipleship is faith. Imagine this virtue as a power source capable of launching a rocket into outer space. Only if we live by faith in the full...

Jesus' M.O.: Hope and healing

As our days get shorter and our liturgical year draws to a close, our readings focus on judgment and the kingdom of God. We will all have much to answer for. Perhaps the greatest and saddest...

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