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By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

The lower North Side community has experienced many ups and downs in the past 130 years, but St. Peter Parish has continued to be a beacon of hope and a vital part of the community.

The deep faith of the parish community helped it to overcome a devastating fire in 1886. The parish recognized that faith during a Mass marking the 130th anniversary of the fire Nov. 13.

“It was a tremendous blow to the parish,” said Benedictine Father Vincent Zidek, pastor of St. Peter, during the liturgy.

By Father Frank D. Almade

It’s the day after Thanksgiving. A free day! Nothing to do! So I did what I rarely do — go to a movie theater. And I did what I even more rarely do — watch a superhero fantasy flick from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Doctor Strange.” (In 3-D no less, with the funny glasses over my glasses.)

At the end of the televised political ad for president — usually after ripping apart the opponent — the candidates let us know that they reviewed the content and signed off on it.

“I’m Donald Trump and I approve this message.”

“I’m Hillary Clinton and I approve this message.”

I have this mental image of both candidates locked in a room reviewing message after message in front of a big-screen TV. And I like to also think that after too much viewing, they might get just as upset as most of us are at the conflicting rants.

Posted: Tues., Nov. 8, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

The halls of the former Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood are alive once again in the form of an innovative public charter school dedicated to helping children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

The Provident Charter School, the first public school specific to dyslexia in Pennsylvania, incorporates multi-sensory instruction into its curriculum.

Posted: Tues., Nov. 8, 2016

By William Cone

Editor

When Mon Yough Catholic School in White Oak became Mary of Nazareth School at the start of the 2015-16 year, Father Kevin Dominik, pastor of St. Angela Merici Parish, wanted to somehow commemorate the new name.

He gave a small picture depicting the Virgin Mary to Patte Martin, art teacher at the school since October 2015, suggesting it as the basis for a new mural in the school.

Posted: Tues., Nov. 8, 2016

By Bob De Witt 

Correspondent

Working on the cutting edge of new technology in the oil and natural gas industry, Madalyn Bergad thanks her Catholic high school for sparking her interest in science.

“From my time in the robotics lab, I knew I wanted to do something hands-on,” Bergad said.

Bergad used college credits earned at St. Joseph High School in Natrona Heights and graduated in three years from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Today she’s an environmental health and safety manager, traveling to well sites around the country.

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TALK FOR MEDIA BREAKFAST 2016

Bishop David A. Zubik

Bishop of Pittsburgh

“Missionaries of Mercy”

Bishop David Zubik has asked every parish in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh to be open for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament all day Monday, November 7, so that people of faith can pray for our nation and the November 8 election.

Posted: Fri., Oct. 14, 2016

Here’s the news, though it really isn’t news to anyone paying attention. Together we are a mission church right here in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. We mission to each other. We mission to our sisters and brothers in Chimbote, Peru. We mission to the world.

Posted: Fri., Oct. 14, 2016

By CHUCK MOODY 

Associate Editor

What makes a man decide to enter the seminary to discern whether it is God’s will for that man to become a priest?

As probably would be expected, the answer to that question varies for the three men who entered St. Paul Seminary in Crafton this school year and who also will study at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh’s Bluff neighborhood.