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Raising our hearts and minds to God

By: BOB De WITT

Posted: Fri., Dec. 19, 2014

 

Posted: Fri., Dec. 19, 2014

 One of the joys of my life is living at St. Paul Seminary. The grounds are beautiful, the places for prayer — and even the places for meetings — are perfect. Then there are the seminarians themselves. It’s hard to imagine a finer group of young men. Being with them on a daily basis helps keep me connected to the generations.

 Recently, they gave me a healthy reminder of the old days. The seminarians were doing the end-of-semester rush, wrapping up their final papers, studying hard for their final exams. I even heard warnings of the necessity of “pulling an all-nighter.”

Posted: Fri., Dec. 19, 2014

My dear Sisters and Brothers,

Posted: Fri., Dec. 19, 2014

As a rule, Manfred Honeck spends Christmas with his family in Austria.

 But it is hard to say no to the Holy Father. 

 So Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, has accepted an invitation to direct the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in a selection of “Et incarnatus est” from Mozart’s Mass in C minor during the Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Posted: Fri., Dec. 12, 2014

 Following a thorough on-site audit of procedures, the Diocese of Pittsburgh again has been found to be in full compliance with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”

 The week of Oct. 20, auditors from StoneBridge Business Partners of Rochester, N.Y., visited the diocese to interview people and do spot inspections in parishes. StoneBridge conducts independent audits of compliance with the charter by dioceses and eparchies under an arrangement with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Posted: Fri., Dec. 12, 2014

If St. Thomas More Parish had a theme song this Advent season, surely it would be “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” for no other reason than the refrain, “Oh come let us adore him.”

 Through the concentrated efforts of clergy and parishioners near and far, Bishop David Zubik dedicated a chapel for perpetual Eucharistic adoration at the Bethel Park parish Nov. 23, the feast of Christ the King.

Posted: Fri., Dec. 12, 2014

Local Catholics may find kindred spirits in a fictional family featured in a new play being produced by the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company. The family lives in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood, belongs to St. Bede Parish in the city’s Point Breeze section and has a son who graduated from Central Catholic High School.

Posted: Fri., Dec. 12, 2014

One blessing of having a bishop who lives at the seminary is that the seminarians regularly share meals with Bishop David Zubik in our dining hall. As he ate with a group of us recently, the conversation shifted to whether we like to cook. We went around the table. When it was the bishop's turn he said that he didn't mind cooking for someone else but he hated to cook for himself and eat alone. That's how I feel, too.

Posted: Fri., Dec. 12, 2014

Bishop David A. Zubik has appointed Dr. Ann C. Gaudino as the principal of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township. She will begin her new responsibilities on Monday, December 15, 2014. Dr. Gaudino will work closely with Father Charles S. Bober, who serves as president of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School and as pastor of Saint Kilian Parish, Adams/Cranberry Townships.