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Grooming: Psychological, physical and community

By Paul Ashton

The Protecting God’s Children program highlights three important tactics that child abusers employ to get closer to children so that they can molest them, called grooming techniques. It is impo More

Maleficent: Misunderstood or wicked?

NEW YORK — The moral probing and feminist revisionism that characterized its 2014 predecessor are mostly absent from the routine follow-up "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" (Disney). So much so, t

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, OCT. 20 All-you-can-eat breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon, St. Monica Parish hall, 116 Thorndale Drive, Chippewa Township. Menu features scrambled eggs, hash browns, ham, sausage, toast, French toast, p

Sculptor hopes to convey welcoming message

VATICAN CITY — Since his election, Pope Francis has made the care and welcoming of migrants and refugees a cornerstone of his papacy. Nearly four months after ascending to the chair of St. Pete

AROUND THE DIOCESE

ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS  Public is invited to “Southside Reconnect: Praying with St. Paul of the Cross,” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Monastery, 148 Monaste

God 'wants the best for you,' speaker says

Two businesswomen living out their Catholic faith in an increasingly secular culture told young professionals how God has guided and opened doors for them. Former TV news anchor Jennifer Antkowiak, i

Jesus leads us to care for others

QUESTION: In the past, the church used to talk a lot about the “corporal works of mercy.” But I don’t hear much about that today. What has changed?   ANSWER: The corporal works

Will Smith stars in new sci-fi thriller

NEW YORK — Though it may be named after a heavenly constellation, the sci-fi action-thriller "Gemini Man" (Paramount) turns out to be less than stellar. Tedious in its storytelling, as penned b

Celebrating marital bonds that endure

After celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with 50 friends and family members in June, Janet and Jack Mendel are looking forward to capping off their marriage milestone at the Golden Wedding An

Beware of bogus e-mails

An increasing number of parishioners have reported receiving bogus e-mails and text messages from scammers posing as their priests and asking for gift cards. Never respond to such a request, said Dea

Ladies of Charity Caregiving ready to serve

For about a year, the local Ladies of Charity organization has been nurturing an enterprise offering home care to people in the Pittsburgh region. Ladies of Charity Caregiving Inc. is a pilot project

Two appointed to senior staff posts

Bishop David Zubik is appointing two accomplished professionals to his senior staff to oversee community relations and finances. Former KDKA-TV anchor Jennifer Antkowiak will join the staff Nov. 1 as

WEEKLY CALENDAR

SUNDAY, OCT. 6 Eucharistic adoration, 11:30 a.m. through Benediction at 4:30 p.m., St. Sebastian Parish, 311 Siebert Road, Ross Township. Super bingo, 12:30 p.m. doors open, 1:15 p.m. early birds, St

Aftercare supports former inmates

It’s an early Monday afternoon and the offices of the Foundation of HOPE on Pittsburgh’s North Side are alive with activity. Office staff are helping men and women fill out resumes a

All are welcome to the Lord's table

QUESTION: Have you ever noticed the “strange” people who attend Sunday Mass? When I go to Mass I want to pray and not be distracted or disturbed. Shouldn’t we be able to do somethin

Looking into their eyes

Shortly after he was elected as our Holy Father in March 2013, Pope Francis said something that “hit me between the eyes.” His words made a significant impact on my reaching out to others

Around the Diocese

FESTIVALS • Parish grouping 229 will host an indoor festival at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 363 W. 11th Avenue Ext. in Homestead, on the following dates: Friday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sa

Righteous among the nations

She died just three weeks ago, at the age of 99 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Diet Eman was a hero you probably never heard of. I hadn’t. Her story appeared on the Accidental Talmudist website. Wh

It doesn't get much darker than 'Joker'

NEW YORK — Origin stories of Batman villains don't get any darker than "Joker" (Warner Bros.) Portrayals of Batman's archnemesis have spiraled in that direction for years. This time, director T

Korean Catholics mark 40th anniversary

The Korean Catholic Community of the Diocese of Pittsburgh celebrated its 40th anniversary Sept. 15 with Mass at their church, St. John Cantius in Sharpsburg, and a picnic at Deer Lakes Park near Tar

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LAMB OF GOD

Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Court 277 will host a Spirit-filled retreat titled “Lamb of God,” led by Father Nicholas Vaskov, on Saturday, Nov. 9,...

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DINNER RESERVATION

Saturday, Nov. 2, is deadline for public to make reservations for annual spaghetti dinner Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. Nicholas Parish in Millvale. Hosted by the...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS 

Public is invited to “Southside Reconnect: Praying with St. Paul of the Cross,” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist...

Around the Diocese

FESTIVALS

• Parish grouping 229 will host an indoor festival at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 363 W. 11th Avenue Ext. in Homestead, on the following dates: Friday, Oct.

Columns

Moving forward

One of those sentences that sets me off is, “We always used to do it this way.” Or any use of the verb “used to.”

We say this often. “That new pizza shop is...

What does aridity mean in the life of prayer?

To answer this question, we need to ask another one: What caused this aridity (dryness, lifelessness) to occur?

From a human perspective, it may be due to apathy, discouragement or fatigue.

Rediscover the saints

One of my favorite courses in the seminary was hagiography, the biographies of the saints. Nothing excited me more than studying the lives of these heroes of our faith. In every century God has...


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