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To be the body of Christ

By: BOB DE WITT

Correspondent

Posted: Fri., Sept. 26, 2014

While the faithful may be tempted to act with rage over the abomination of the so-called "black mass" in Oklahoma, they must instead react with the love that Mary had when she cradled Jesus in her arms under the cross, Bishop David Zubik said.

 "We come here tonight to cradle our dear Jesus," he said. "And cradle him so tenderly that we take on his love in the face of all evil."

Posted: Fri., Sept. 26, 2014

The nine new seminarians who entered St. Paul Seminary in Crafton this year come from a diverse experience of age, education and interest, yet they are very committed to the practice of the faith and have a keen interest in evangelization, said Father Brian Welding, the seminary's new rector.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 26, 2014

If "The Catholic Guy" (Sirius XM satellite radio host Lino Rulli) learned one thing during his recent visit to southwestern Pennsylvania it's this: "Pittsburghers love Pittsburgh."

  His week of Sept. 15 was occupied with meals at well-known local eateries, a Pirates game and a pilgrimage to view the thousands of saints' relics at St. Anthony's Chapel in the city's Troy Hill neighborhood.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 26, 2014

 For 50 years, Ed McCoy has taught eighth-grade religious education classes at his parish, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Natrona Heights. He was presented with a certificate of recognition from the Diocese of Pittsburgh and a plaque from his parish by Father James Mazurek, pastor, on Catechetical Sunday, Sept. 21.

 McCoy reflected that, as a 28-year-old husband and father of three in 1964, he prayed for one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help him to be a good teacher.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 19, 2014

In 1981, St. John Paul II told families to "become who you are!" I have always found this to be a challenging word of encouragement. It seems to acknowledge a tension between what families are by their nature and the lived experience of family life, in which we often come up short of the family's fundamental mission — to love. His words are a call, I believe, for families to realize their full potential as a domestic church.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 19, 2014

Turn on the TV news or read a newspaper and you might get a glimpse of what existence is like in the Middle East. Talk with someone who has lived there and you get a whole new picture.

 Ellen Mady recently fled Iraq with her Lebanese-born husband, Adib Mady, and their two children, Charbel, 3 1/2, and Paul, 2 1/2. Until a few months ago, they were living in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan province, which has been flooded with refugees from surrounding areas who are fleeing the violent effects of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 19, 2014

A Catholic school building, said Bishop David Zubik, is a place where students learn about the world but, more importantly, it is where they learn about God and his Son.

 The new Chapel of Our Lady of All Peoples must always stand as an opportunity to meet Jesus, he said.

 "This is the place where it begins," he said, of the journey to find Jesus in our hearts.

  The bishop presided at the dedication of the chapel and the anointing of its altar during a Mass Sept. 12 at the school's Cranberry Township campus.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 19, 2014

The important role of lay leadership was recognized with the Rite of Diocesan Commissioning and Authorization of Lay Ecclesial Ministers Sept. 14 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.

 "This is an exciting and historic event for our diocesan family," said Father Joseph Mele, head of the Secretariat for Leadership Development, which oversees the certification and ongoing formation of the LEMs.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 19, 2014

My dear Friends in Christ:

Each year, dioceses across the nation set aside a day to celebrate the teaching ministry of the Catholic Church. The theme for this year, "Teaching About God's Gift of Forgiveness," is an especially important one, for it is through the gift of forgiveness that our hearts are opened to Christ's love, allowing us to draw into deeper relationship with him.