Nativity scenes bring joy to hardened hearts

Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service | January 3, 2018

“Vatican display brings manger scene “Into Our Present World”

VATICAN CITY — The Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square is not getting rave reviews: The backdrop does not look like a stable and the characters in need — hungry, naked, dead, imprisoned — don’t exactly evoke a silent night when all was cozy, calm and bright. Franciscan Father John Puodziunas said he didn’t like it at first.

In addition to Mary and Joseph baby Jesus will appear only on Christmas — the scene includes figures of people who
illustrate the ongoing need for the corporal works of mercy, including feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, burying the dead, caring for the sick and visiting those in prison.

As Father Puodziunas, a friar from Philadelphia who is now general treasurer of the Order of Friars Minor, Continue reading

A child is born in Bethlehem

Editor | January 3, 2018
Hundreds visit annual live nativity at Mount St. Macrina in Uniontown, PA. Hundreds of cars waited in line Dec. 10 to view Mount Macrina Manor’s Drive-Thru Live Nativity, which was held on the grounds of Mount St. Macrina in Uniontown, … Continue reading

“The Forgotten Ones”

David Mayernik Jr. | January 3, 2018

24 years of volunteering at St. Joseph house of hospitality Each Friday morning, Alexis Weber RN, MSN brings treats for “her guys” living at St. Joseph House of Hospitality in the Hill District area of Pittsburgh, Pa. The 60-room home … Continue reading

St. Nicholas visits Mount St. Macrina

Editor | January 3, 2018
“O Who Loves Nicholas The Saintly” St. Nicholas visited the Sisters of St. Basil the Great at Mount St. Macrina in Uniontown, Pa. Dec. 5 and presented them with gifts after they sang his hymn.

St. Nicholas Celebration

Father Valerian Michlik St. Gregory, Upper St. Clair, Pa. | January 3, 2018

St. Gregory in Upper St. Clair, PA As we sang “O who loves Nicholas the Saintly,” we welcomed St. Nicholas to our parish family Dec. 17. Following the welcome, our parish festivity continued in the Church hall where all the … Continue reading

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THE HOLY MYSTERY OF PENANCE (CONFESSION) according to THE BYZANTINE RITE TRADITION

Lord and Savior Jesus Christ commissioned His Church to preach “the repentance and forgiveness of sins to all nations” (Lk. 24:47) in His name. Since He does not “wish that anyone should be lost, but that all be brought to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9), our Lord endowed the Church with the power to forgive sins by instituting the Holy Mystery of Penance, simply known as – Confession. The Holy Mystery of Penance is the mystery instituted by Jesus Christ to forgive, in His name, the repentant sinner all his or her sins committed after baptism. Continue reading