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Award-winning 'Parasite' is a roller-coaster ride

By John MulderigCatholic News Service

NEW YORK — The South Korean feature "Parasite" (Neon) is a bit of a roller-coaster ride. The film begins as a sly comedy, then takes a surprising turn that leads on to a bloody, operatic climax More

FRIDAY, FEB. 21 Presentation, “A Pencil in God’s Hand,” by architect Louis Astorino, St. James Church of Divine Redeemer Parish, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley. TUESDAY, FEB. 25 Fat Tues

Racial justice hasn't gone out of season

WASHINGTON — Catholic groups and organizations are striving to not only acknowledge the sins of the past but also do something to atone for them. Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, issue

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, FEB. 16 All-you-can-eat breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon, St. Monica Parish Hal, 116 Thorndale Dr., Chippewa Twp. Menu includes scrambled eggs, hash browns, ham, sausage, toast, French toast, pancakes,

Seven Sisters Apostolate teams dedicate holy hours

At a time when priests face battles on many levels, Father Joseph McCaffrey said, it means so much that there are devoted and faith-filled people who come to their defense and give them strength by p

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FISH FRY Transfiguration, Russellton, and St. Victor, Bairdford Ash Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Victor Activity Hall, 527 Bairdford Road. Menu: deluxe f

Missionary: 'Lord knew exactly where he needed me'

Missionaries from the Culture Project, an initiative of young people seeking to restore virtue and uphold the dignity of life in the culture, began work in the diocese this month. They will offer pre

Priest sentenced in abuse case

Father Hugh Lang, 89, has been sentenced to a jail term of nine to 24 months, minus one day, after a judge found him guilty in November of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy in 2001. Father Lang is

2 school fairs are open to displaced students

Families from two Catholic schools that will close this year — St. Maria Goretti in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood and East Catholic in Forest Hills — are invited to a Catholi

Children, adults can both enjoy 'Sonic'

NEW YORK — Not that the intended core audience of children is likely to notice, but many of the adults who take them will find that there's something oddly mechanical and even maladroit about "

Pope challenges us to think differently

QUESTION: At work, in the neighborhood, even at social events, I hear people talk about Pope Francis. I am surprised to hear how many people just do not like him. That seems odd to me and I wonder wh

Vincentian Academy to debut musical production

Musical director Carissa Zozos said that the Vincentian Academy musical theater program's production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” fits the personality of the students involved in it. “

The Lenten creed

We tend to say it as if we’re racing to say the alphabet as fast as we can. We smear the words together and don’t even think about what we’re saying. At least I do, when I’m s

Kairos retreats spread joy among students

North Catholic High School senior Kate Burke felt she had a firm foundation in her faith, but something was missing. She found it last year during a dynamic spiritual retreat that is helping to lead

2020 Lenten fish fry listings

Following is a listing of parish fish fries submitted to the Pittsburgh Catholic from parishes in the diocese for the 2020 Lenten Season. Listing is by vicariate, parish or grouping location. All are

Salt and light

In the Sermon of the Mount (Matthew 5:13-16), Jesus clearly speaks to his disciples — personally, emphatically and practically — “YOU are the salt of the earth … and YOU are t

Catholic Men's Fellowship seeks clothing

Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Pittsburgh is seeking men’s winter clothing for distribution at the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter on Smithfield Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. Items such a

'The Turning' contains bloody horror

NEW YORK — Over the years, Henry James' classic 1898 novella-length horror story "The Turn of the Screw" has proved fertile soil for movie adaptations. Of the numerous big-screen takes, 1961's

Clergy join plans to begin 40 Days for Life vigil

Some 40 priests are expected to take part in a Mass and procession that will kick off the spring 40 Days for Life campaign on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The liturgy will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Epiphany Church

Bishop Zubik thanked for Catholic Charities work

Bishop David Zubik was honored by Catholic Charities USA at the end of his six-year term as the agency’s liaison to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Dominican Sister Donna Markham, chie

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Father John Odeyemi will present "And Their Eyes Were Open at the Breaking of the Bread," on Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Sacred Heart Parish in Pittsburgh's...

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The following information was missing from the parish Lenten activity listings, published in the Feb. 21 issue.



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Transfiguration, Russellton, and St. Victor, Bairdford

Ash Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Victor Activity...

Around the DIocese


“Divine Mercy: Sharing What We Receive” will be presented by Father Tom Gramc on Sunday, Feb. 9, at St. Columbkille Parish in Imperial, starting at 2...


Lent as a time for embraces

Over time, certain passages of Scripture reach beyond the realm of the sacred to find a place in our culture’s lexicon of colloquial expressions. “To every thing there is a...

Lenten promises to keep

You may or may not give more in Lent, the way the Church asks you to. Many of us could be more generous than we are. I certainly could be. Whatever you do in Lent, you know you should give to the...

Almsgiving: An overshadowed Lenten pillar

WASHINGTON — When it comes to the three pillars of Lent, almsgiving is a little bit like the middle child, not always getting the attention that prayer and fasting do.

The word hardly...

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