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Enduring tragedy and grief

By Father Frank D. Almade

This may be a little morbid, but I can’t stop thinking about the woman in New York City who was killed by falling debris from a 17-story, 100-year-old building. Erica Tishman, 60, an... More

The Light of Christmas

Several times in sacred Scripture, we encounter the phrase “In the beginning …” We find it in the beginning of the Book of Genesis, in the Gospel of John, and we hear it again in...

Deacon answers call to serve medical mission

Charity and service work are at the heart of what we deacons were ordained to do in Jesus’ name. I never felt more humbled or more like a servant than I did in my seven days in October on a...

The woman cried at Mass

She sucked in her breath so fast and hard it sounded like a bark. My wife and I were sitting in the folding chairs at the back of Holy Trinity Church in Robinson Township Jan. 12. The woman had...

You are a beloved child of God

During a recent physical exam, my doctor gave me some unorthodox advice to help me fulfill my New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get healthier. In addition to more exercise and better...

Migrants benefit from sisters' ministry

WASHINGTON — Mercy Sister Rosemary Welsh is a nurse, and for the past 44 years she has immersed her ministry in the Latino culture. Through the lives of thousands of migrants from...

From fear to wisdom and love

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” So we read in Proverbs 1:7, but what kind of fear leads to our becoming wiser and more knowledgeable people? A simple example...

The birth that changed the world

A Muslim man with the handle “ibn Al Aljuraan” tweeted, “Imagine believing that a woman gave birth to God, the Most High, and that he needed to be breast-fed and taken care of by...

Pope: Set up your Nativity scene

VATICAN CITY — A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of his love “by smiling and opening his arms to all,” Pope...

Jesus wants a relationship with you

One of my callings has been to teach family caregivers how to care for themselves, and forgiveness is one of the first and most frequent topics we discuss. Those who care for sick or elderly...

Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

As you know, from Dec. 9-12, 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego and asked him to go to Bishop Juan de Zumárraga to ask him to build a temple to honor Our Lady, showing that...

A chapel, a desk and one man's saintly witness

As someone who has studied John Henry Newman’s writings for years, it was surreal for me to attend his canonization in Rome. I’ve known for some time now that Newman was interceding...

Suicide: A young priest's perspective

Recently, the Pittsburgh Catholic ran a column explaining that the church does not deny funerals to those who commit suicide — as had been portrayed on a popular TV show. However, in its...

Navigating the holidays

This beautiful and holy season, when we as Christians gather to celebrate the mystery and miracle of the Incarnation, is a time of joy, filled with family gatherings, festivities with friends and...

Advent matters

Christmas is still weeks away, and already we’re exhausted. We’ve heard too much Mariah, endured too much tinsel, watched too many Hallmark specials, been bombarded with too many...

You're an original sinner, and that's good news

It sounds cranky, gloomy, even angry. Christianity teaches that we human beings can’t help making a huge mess of things. The human equivalent of the Cincinnati Bengals. And the faith says...

Pope urges protection for children online

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While digital technologies have led to advancements in communication and education, they also have led to the exploitation of children on the internet, Pope Francis...

Giving thanks always

Our country celebrates countless reasons to be grateful to God and one another on the national holiday of Thanksgiving. Family members make travel plans. Traditional recipes are on the table.

Live the Gospel where God has placed you

Pope Francis named Cardinal John Henry Newman a Catholic saint last month. St. Newman was a contemporary of our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan, and probably knew our early communities in England. He...

Introducing your friends to Mary

The Mother of God, she is to us an example, a friend, a mother, the Queen of Heaven. She’s someone to whom we turn in trouble and sorrow, someone who intercedes for us at the highest...

Pope: Christians called to aid poor

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At a time when “situations of injustice and human pain” seem to be growing around the globe, Christians are called to “accompany the victims, to see in...

Healthy boundaries help to prevent abuse

Our lives are made up of a series of relationships — including relationships between family members, colleagues, peers, acquaintances, mentors, our friends and other people in our lives.

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Venerable lessons in sober, prayerful living

Venerable Matthew Talbot was 28 when he realized that his drinking was leading him on a path to destruction. By embracing a life with spiritual depth, he turned his life around and became an...

Special day planned to honor the Bible

VATICAN CITY — The newly established “Sunday of the Word of God” is an invitation to Catholics across the world to deepen their appreciation, love and faithful witness to God and...

Faith

Venerable lessons in sober, prayerful living

Venerable Matthew Talbot was 28 when he realized that his drinking was leading him on a path to destruction. By embracing a life with spiritual depth, he turned his life around and became an...

Special day planned to honor the Bible

VATICAN CITY — The newly established “Sunday of the Word of God” is an invitation to Catholics across the world to deepen their appreciation, love and faithful witness to God and...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

PRAYERS FOR LIFE

The parishes of St. Raphael in Pittsburgh’s Morningside neighborhood and Sacred Heart in the city’s Shadyside neighborhood are praying a...

Around the Diocese

ORGAN LESSONS

Group organ lessons on Roland and Lowrey organs are being offered at the Community Center for Neighbors North Catholic Community, campus of St. Athanasius Parish,...

Around the Diocese

ADORATION NIGHT

An adoration night will be Friday, Jan. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Aquinas Academy in Gibsonia. Program will feature Father Dan Waruszewki, singers Emily Cunningham...

Around the diocese

EPIPHANY EXPERIENCE

St. Joseph and St. Mary of Czestochowa parishes in New Kensington present annual “Epiphany Experience” on Sunday, Jan. 5, at St. Joseph Parish,...

Calendar

Weekly Calendar

MONDAY, JAN. 27

Life in the Spirit, 7-8:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Parish, 310 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Benedictine Father Boniface Hicks will speak on...

Weekly Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, JAN. 19

All-you-can-eat breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Monica Parish hall, 115 Thorndale Drive, Chippewa Township. Menu includes scrambled eggs, hash browns, ham, sausage,...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 12

Speaker, 6:30 p.m., St. Catherine of Sweden Parish, 2554 Wildwood Road, Hampton Township. Toni Jester will speak about her involvement in Rachel’s...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JAN. 4

Rosary making, noon, Legion of Mary Home, 1705 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood. For information, call 412-885-5840 or visit...


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