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Women invited to be inspired, uplifted

Pope Francis has said that mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message. For area Catholics, like Bridgette Kennedy, a member of St. Bernard Parish in Mount Lebanon, “mercy is going to God wi ...


Rules governing Lenten observance

“Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness” (Joel 2:12-13).Lent during this Year of Mercy is a ...

Seeing Jesus in face of the poor

After their landlord failed to pay overdue utility bills, two local families suddenly were without shelter. But Catholic Charities helped them find new homes and new hope for the future.One family was ...

Bishop David Zubik

Take it easy!

In what has become a tradition on the weekend just before Ash Wednesday, a special issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic is mailed directly to your home. This is a gift from your neighborhood parish.Quick ...

Now what?

It’s been three weeks since we celebrated the feast of Christmas. It’s been two weeks since we celebrated New Year’s Day.I suspect by this time most Christmas trees have been taken d ...

Reach out and touch somebody's hand

This week’s issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic is being mailed directly to your home through the kindness and generosity of your neighborhood parish. Consider this an early Christmas gift!If you d ...

'Do you miss kissing?'

This past weekend, I returned home after making my annual retreat — a whole week alone with Jesus (well, almost). Once again, Jesus directed me on the retreat through my spiritual director of 28 ...

'Excuse me ... Would you ...'

A funny thing happened to me in Philly. Oh, I don’t mean funny in the “Ha-ha” sense. But funny in the sense of inexplicable joy.On the very first eve of the visit of Pope Francis to ...

Pat on the head

When I was a young boy, my parents made the choice that I would go to a Catholic school. I was grateful for it then. I am even more grateful for it now.Our family home was about five miles outside of ...


Make Advent a game changer

Advent comes and goes nearly unnoticed. The only thing worth recognition between Halloween and Christmas is Thanksgiving, and even that has started to take a back seat as major stores start “dec ...

Pope advocates family meal time

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A family that chooses to watch TV or play with their smartphones rather than talk at the dinner table is “hardly a family,” Pope Francis said.“When childre ...

10 tips for parents

Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver offered these 10 tips for parents to pass on the faith:1. Be present to children: A real presence, not a virtual one that involves checking up by phone or tex ...

Father Bober

'Catholic' implies fidelity to the church

QUESTION: What makes an organization or group Catholic? It seems that a lot of groups say they are “Catholic” but are not related to the Catholic Church at all. Some don’t even refle ...

Is ours a 'full Gospel' church?

QUESTION: When I travel I see a lot of small churches describing themselves as “full Gospel.” I am not sure what that means, but I wonder if we consider our Catholic Church as “full ...

Allow the Spirit to open minds, hearts

QUESTION: I really hear so little about the Holy Spirit in the actual life of the church. Why? Just how is belief in the Holy Spirit lived out in the daily life of the church and its members?ANSWER: O ...

There is twin focus to funeral rites

QUESTION: I had always thought that those who committed suicide could not have a funeral in the Catholic Church, but I just attended one. What was the reasoning for the change in policy?ANSWER: Often ...

Baptism: Sharing our greatest gift

QUESTION: When I hear my non-Catholic friends talk about baptism, some of them tell me that their children were not baptized until they were young adults. Why does the Catholic Church baptize infants? ...

Live Gospel message of mercy, hope, joy

QUESTION: I have never been a big fan of New Year’s. It usually reminds me that my life is really a cycle of near-drudgery. I am on the verge of losing hope. What does the church offer to p ...

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By which name is the festive holiday - Shrove Tuesday - better known?

The answer to last week's question is: Grace. Thank you for taking our poll. Come back Monday, February 15, 2016, for the answer to this week's question, which is from "The Great Catholic Trivia Challenge" by Claire Mary Smith, published by ST PAULS (

  • Beethoven's birthday
  • Purim
  • Epiphany
  • Mardi Gras
  • Maundy Thursday

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