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Christmas surge overwhelms Advent, musicians say

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — Have a holly, jolly ... Advent? If there seems to be a culture clash between the Christmas season and the Advent season that precedes it, Christmas is going to win out... More

Annual Mass to honor Our Lady

The annual Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated by Bishop David Zubik on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. All...

Felician sister makes first profession of vows

Sister Regina Marie Garofalo made her first profession of vows Oct. 28 as a Felician Sister of North America. She was joined by family and friends in the chapel of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart...

New 'Grinch' should be a delight to parents

NEW YORK — Somewhere Theodor Geisel may be spinning in his grave over the latest treatment of one of his most famous character creations, "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch" (Universal). If so, he's...

Put your gift tag on an unforgettable pilgrimage

Looking for a Christmas present for someone who apparently has everything? Then give the gift of travel. The Pittsburgh Catholic is sponsoring several pilgrimages next year that could be the...

'Ralph' sequel promotes loyalty and forgiveness

NEW YORK — The burly demolition specialist who lent his name to 2012's "Wreck-It Ralph" returns to the big screen in the sweet animated follow-up "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (Disney). So too...

Parish Share gifts support the faithful

When he asks his parishioners to support Parish Share, Father John Rushofsky starts from the premise that many Catholics don’t understand how the campaign helps their own...

Bishop Zubik leads annual Auberle meeting

Bishop David Zubik celebrated a successful year for Auberle with staff and community members Nov. 6. Auberle’s annual meeting on its main campus in McKeesport included the debut of the...

Rowling spinoff sharper, more engaging

NEW YORK — For a film about magic, 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was strangely lacking in enchantment. So it’s welcome news that the follow-up,...

Experts weigh in on abuse scandal

The scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and resulting media coverage have inaccurately portrayed that church leaders knew about rampant abuse yet...

Sainthood, finally, after more than 50 years

Among the saints who were canonized during a major celebration in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 14 was a young man who was the focus of intensely faithful devotions in Pittsburgh for more than 50...

Keeping the faith despite difficulties

Ann Shoplik was frustrated. She had just read another negative newspaper article, titled “Catholic Church in crisis: Series of scandals threatens credibility.” Shoplik decided to...

Program to feature legendary jazz artist

Renowned jazz instrumentalist and composer Mary Lou Williams will be the focus of a concert and panel discussion on “The Sacred Music of Mary Lou Williams” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec.

'Beautiful Boy' touts realistic storyline

NEW YORK — What "Beautiful Boy" (Amazon) captures best about the raw pain of drug dependency is the sheer randomness of it. Addiction is not only not a moral failing, it happens in...

'Sand Nativity' set for Vatican

VATICAN CITY — Although sand castles and sculptures usually conjure up images of hot summers on the beach, the Vatican will unveil a massive Nativity scene made entirely of sand during the...

6 new seminarians explore priesthood

There are six new seminarians for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, bringing the total number of students studying for the diocesan priesthood to 32. They all took part in a recent workshop to...

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Below are additions to Christmas Eve and Christmas day Mass times:

St. Mary of the Mount,

Mount Washington

CE: 4 p.m.

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The Catholic Community of Wexford welcomes the public to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday at St. Alphonsus Parish in Wexford, beginning at 12:30...

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This month’s “Perfect for Preschoolers Storytime” at East Catholic School, 2001 Ardmore Blvd in Forest Hills, is about St. Nicholas.

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The public is invited to a Mass to welcome the Sisters of the Merciful Jesus to the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The liturgy is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at...


Advent tells us to up our game

“That young man,” the wise old Baptist man said, “is so heavenly minded he’s no earthly good.” He was too kind a man to roll his eyes, but he might as well...

Dealing with the realities

There is the ideal, and then there is the real. We strive to achieve the ideal, but when that is difficult or impossible, we have to settle for the real.

This is true in so many aspects of...

Bless her heart

It’s getting to the point where I hate anything that has to do with a phone other than talking and listening.

I can’t get a slice of pizza without somebody trying to give me an...

Walking as an Advent discipline

One proof of Christian discipleship resides in our commitment to be countercultural. The four weeks of Advent provide a marvelous opportunity to practice a spiritual discipline, represented in...

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