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Spotlight on Christian stewardship

By: Bob De Witt 

Correspondent

Father John Marcucci’s parishioners are seeing the light — literally and figuratively — as they live out the principles of good Christian stewardship.

Posted: Fri., Mar. 20, 2015

Money.

The Bible tells us that love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10). And yet most people just can’t seem to get enough of it. So what’s the truth about money? I think I know. But I didn’t discover it during my student days at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, or my years working at a large bank trading sophisticated financial derivatives, or in my current position as a portfolio manager overseeing $10 billion of client assets.

Posted: Fri., Mar. 20, 2015

Happy Lent!

Part 5 of a Lenten series.

By: Father David Bonnar

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “fast?” Perhaps thoughts of speed or quickness emerge in the mind. As human beings we are enamored with those things that are fast, whether it is a darting plane jetting down the runway for takeoff, a roller coaster blazing down a hill or immediate service at the drive-through window. Fast things are not only amazing but often ever so efficient.

Posted: Fri., Mar. 20, 2015

Bishop David Zubik speaks to Duquesne University students prior to praying the rosary with them March 11 in the university’s chapel on the campus in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. The event was sponsored by the university’s Knights of Columbus Holy Ghost Council 10812 and Spiritan Campus Ministry. The Knights meet weekly in the Student Union.

Posted: Fri., Mar. 20, 2015

An extraordinary pilgrimage to the Holy Land is planned this fall, with two veteran travelers taking the lead.

The Pittsburgh Catholic, along with Unitours Inc., is sponsoring the memorable journey to the land of Jesus from Oct. 26-Nov. 4.

Leading the group will be Father Frank Almade, pastor of the four New Castle parishes (St. Joseph the Worker, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Vitus and Mary, Mother of Hope), and Helene Paharik, diocesan associate general secretary.

Father Almade visited the Holy Land 25 years ago, and he has been interested in returning.

TONIGHT: 6-9 p.m. at your neighborhood Catholic parish

"Confessing our sins is not going to a psychiatrist, or to a torture chamber: it’s saying to the Lord, 'Lord, I am a sinner.'" - Pope Francis

This Lent on the evening of Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., rediscover the healing power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at any Catholic parish in the Diocese. If you've been away for a long time, don't worry. We'll leave the light on for you...

The survey is now closed.

Thank you to the over 900 people who participated.

A report is being prepared and will be shared  in late March.

Bishop Zubik wants to hear how the Church can better serve families in their mission to love.

“It is my joy to invite you once again to share your insights on the blessings and challenges of family life. The Vatican has sent each bishop a series of questions about how the Church can better serve families in their mission to love. Please assist me with your honest and prayerful answers. Your responses will help me to offer a report in preparation for the Synod of Bishops that will meet this October in Rome.”

It is easy to be jealous of the catechumens and candidates in the cathedral, Bishop David Zubik said.

After all, they are filled with joy as they enter the final few weeks of their journey to the Catholic faith. 

“It’s contagious,” he said. “It’s an invitation that calls all of us — dares all of us — to want to become closer to Jesus Christ.”

The bishop spoke to the catechumens and candidates March 1 during the first of two rite of election ceremonies at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. A second service was held March 8. 

Posted: Fri., Mar. 13, 2015

Bishop David Zubik carries a monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament during a Pittsburgh NOW (Night of Worship) event March 5 at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. Franciscan University of Steubenville partnered with Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Pittsburgh to provide Eucharistic adoration, inspirational messages, and vibrant praise and worship music.

Posted: Fri., Mar. 13, 2015

“There is no island, no continent, no city or nation, no distant corner of the globe, where the proclamation of the Lenten fast is not listened to. Armies on the march and travelers on the road, sailors as well as merchants, all alike hear the announcement,” St. Basil the Great (d. 379) proclaimed.

Then he added the warning: “Let no man then separate himself from the number of fasters, in which every race of mankind, every period of life, every class of society is included.”