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Teachers make Catholic faith engaging for students


Caitlin Snatchko was initially apprehensive to take her classes to the chapel for a few minutes of Eucharistic adoration each week. The Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School campus minister and th More

Gifts build Body of Christ

QUESTION: Speaking in tongues, what is that? Does it really come from God? If that is true, why don’t we all have the power to do that? ANSWER: “Speaking in tongues” is mentioned se

Ribbon-cutting for Terrace Place in North Hills

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald recently joined with community leaders and representatives of Vincentian Collaborative System for a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Terrace Place at Vincentian, a 9

Childhood heroine soars in debut on big screen

NEW YORK — Teenage and grown viewers will find much to cheer about in “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” (Paramount). As for younger fans of its source material, the popular Nickelode

'Every day is a chance to start a new chapter'

A year ago, I sat on my couch, watched the news of the grand jury report, and sobbed. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, and my heart ached for the victims, their families, the clergy, and

Good Friday and beyond

When a reporter interviewed me recently about this week’s anniversary of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, I tried to explain both my devastation and

TUESDAY, AUG. 20 Marian-Medjugorje worship services and Mass, 7 p.m., St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Monastery, 148 Monastery Ave., Pittsburgh’s South Side. Call 412-381-1188. WEDNESDAY, AUG.

Around the Diocese

SUMMER WIND DOWN Seniors are invited to a “Summer Wind Down Party,” on Monday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Elizabeth Seton Center, 1900 Pioneer Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Brookline ne

Child protection expert reviews measures on abuse

An authority on the prevention of child sexual abuse, whom the Diocese of Pittsburgh commissioned to review its pertinent policies and practices over the past decade, has issued his report. “Th

Legal fight displayed in 'Brian Banks'

NEW YORK — Dramas of the falsely accused fighting against a broken legal system are reliably inspiring. With the sports star formula additionally worked in, "Brian Banks" (Bleecker Street) migh

It's all part of the package

Fellow Pittsburgher Ronald Donatelli wants to tell his evangelical Protestant friends that Catholics are much worse than they think. He shared a “gotcha” post on Facebook. It’s wort

Chimbote mission teams return

Diocesan mission teams are charged by Bishop David Zubik to travel to Chimbote, Peru, and come back to tell the story of the loving and compassionate work being done there. This year’s tea

Some don't consider feelings of others

QUESTION: Week after week, I see such disrespect in our churches during Mass. It is not only the attire, but the way people act. Why don’t priests direct some remarks or even a whole homily to

Learning to trust in providence

For the past year, we Little Sisters of the Poor have been celebrating the 150th anniversary of our congregation’s arrival in the United States. Our sesquicentennial year will officially close

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THEOLOGY ON TAP Young adults are invited to a Theology on Tap gathering at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at McFadden’s, 211 North Shore Drive on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Hosted by Oakland Young

'Blue Bloods' and beyond

To be honest, I don’t have the chance or the time to watch much TV, with one exception. Every Friday eve (when it airs), I have my DVR set to record the latest installment of “Blue Bloods

Mass to end year of prayer and fasting

A Mass of Healing will be celebrated Thursday, Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at 6 p.m. at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. This liturg

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, AUG 10 Festival of praise, “Jesus’ Call to Us,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St., Baldwin. Father Joe Freedy is presider

'Laudato Si" brought into parish life

WASHINGTON — Living in rural central Minnesota, JoAnn Braegelman and her neighbors in the Diocese of St. Cloud know that disrespecting the natural resources “right outside our window̶

Pittsburgh shrines included in '100 Things to Do'

Even the most loyal, born-and-bred Pittsburghers probably haven’t seen everything the Steel City has to offer. Local journalist Rossilynne Culgan has compiled a must-see list of attractions in

'Fast and Furious Presents' a message of unity

NEW YORK — In keeping with a tested formula, barbs are traded, vehicles are raced and both fists and bullets fly in "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" (Universal), director David Leitch's

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The Serving our Seniors Ministry of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park will offer a free education seminar, “What is...

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“Many Parts, One Body” is the theme of a Night of Worship (NOW) on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at St. Richard Parish in Richland Township, starting at 7 p.m. Service...

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A panel of ecumenical clergy will discuss how holy Communion is practiced among various Christian traditions on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Roots of Faith, 800 Main St. in...


The language of love and service

During a recent Catholic conference, I saw a Scripture quote on a poster that read: “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet...

Addressing suicide

People got upset. Last week the Associated Press ran a story about an elderly man in Seattle who was dying of cancer and decided to get help to end his life. You can do that legally in Washington...

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