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The Gentlemen: Darkly sophisticated

By John MulderigCatholic News Service

NEW YORK — Throughout the darkly sophisticated, but sometimes wildly wayward crime saga "The Gentlemen" (STX), writer-director Guy Ritchie keeps his tongue firmly planted in his cheek. Yet his More

Father Mike Ackerman, vocations director 1. How did God call you to the priesthood? I was a high school history teacher struggling with the question: “How does God want me to follow him?”

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 Car

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 inspirat

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 hi

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 “9 Days for Life” nov

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 “Outpouring of t

Enduring tragedy and grief

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 architect,

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 Je

Conversion to Catholicism has evolved

QUESTION: They had some kind of welcome ceremony for converts to the Catholic Church this weekend at Mass. It got me thinking: Why don’t more people convert to being Catholic?   ANSWER: It

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 come

Catholics learn how to evangelize

PHOENIX — Alfonso Fraire, a student at Arizona State University, volunteers his time with youth ministry — and hopes to take back what he learned at the Student Leadership Summit sponsore

Netflix drama centers around marriage, divorce

NEW YORK — At first blush, the title of the drama "Marriage Story" (Netflix) may strike some as ironic. This is, after all, at least on the surface, an engrossing study of the divorce process i

Worldly spirit blurs good, evil, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians must be on guard against the spirit of worldliness that confuses and blurs the lines between what is good and what is evil, Pope Francis said. While the Holy Spi

Ministry isn't done only by priests

QUESTION: My father lives in a small nursing facility and a priest used to come and say Mass there regularly. Now a deacon or Eucharistic minister comes and does a service. I hear of people who compl

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Around the Diocese


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.



Around the Diocese


Transfiguration, Russellton, and St. Victor, Bairdford

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

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“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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