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Posted: Mon., May 2, 2016

The 34th Annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Charities, hosted by Bishop David Zubik, is set for Friday, May 13, at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The evening’s main event is honoring people and organizations that have embodied Catholic Charities’ outreach in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Receiving recognition will be:

• Mark and Carole Shepard, with the Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl Flame of Hope Award.

• The Massaro family, with the Caritas Award for Leadership.  

Posted: Mon., May 2, 2016

By Bob De Witt 

Correspondent

Many practicing Catholics know family or friends who have drifted away from the faith. It’s a painful reality. But what are the best ways to reconnect them with the church?

Father William Feeney, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, believes that welcoming more Catholics back home is not enough.

“We don’t just want people to return to church, we need to invite them to become engaged in the mission of Christ,” he said.

Posted: Mon., May 2, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

The walls of the home of Benedictine Sisters Sue Fazzini and Audrey Quinn in Greene County contain family mementos. One wall has pictures of children, while another displays the kids’ report cards, artwork and certificates of achievement.

“They find things and they share them with us,” Sister Sue said. “We have this big extended family and it’s wonderful.”

Posted: Mon., May 2, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

When the American Jewish Committee launched its Catholic-Jewish Education Enrichment Program 15 years ago, it targeted 15 cities such as Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and Buffalo. But today, it can be found in only one.

“They all tried to start this,” said Daniel Resnick, a life trustee of the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee. “Pittsburgh, under Dr. (Robert) Paserba’s leadership, started it and has kept it going for 15 years.”

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016

Reserve the Buses by May 31, 2016

Bishop David Zubik will be leading a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 8, 2016.  A pilgrimage is a prayerful journey to a church or shrine with the purpose of coming closer to God.  Pope Francis has exhorted the faithful to participate in a pilgrimage during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

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The Diocese of Pittsburgh will embark on a dynamic planning initiative focused on growth through evangelization, Bishop David Zubik announced in an April 12 letter to the faithful.

Posted: Mon., Apr. 18, 2016

Helene Paharik, a diocesan associate general secretary, accompanied Bishop David Zubik and others on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land March 28-April 6, sponsored by the Catholic Press Association and the Pittsburgh Catholic. Following are parts of her blog posts from the trip.

Posted: Mon., Apr. 18, 2016

By Father Frederick L. Cain

In 1947, Mom and Dad realized their dream of moving their four young children into a little house, a summer cottage for the previous owner. Though five more children were born into that tiny home, they added just two more rooms. How clearly I remember something very special: just inside the front door was a telephone niche, and beside it hung a framed image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. For years it was the only picture I remember gracing the walls of that house.

Posted: Fri., Apr. 15, 2016

By Bob De Witt 

Correspondent

Having their first marriages annulled was not an easy process, but now that Jennifer and Luke are again in full communion with the church, they both say it was worthwhile.

“Our faith is a big part of who we are as a couple, and every Sunday at Mass I felt like I had a hole in my heart,” Jennifer said about not being able to receive the Eucharist following their civil union.

Posted: Fri., Apr. 15, 2016

Join the campaign of prayer for vocations

By FATHER JOSEPH FREEDY

I was recently reading Bishop Fulton Sheen’s classic work on the priesthood, “The Priest Is Not His Own,” and I was inspired by a story he told of a bishop who had no candidates for the priesthood in his diocese for two years. The bishop, Bishop Sheen recounted, began a campaign of prayer in his diocese, and as incredible as it seems 40 men entered the seminary at the end of one year.