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Campaign aids young people

By: Bob De Witt 

Correspondent

Kateryna Bittner and Kelsey Kuzniewski looked around their new parish youth center and just smiled.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

"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...

Posted: Fri., Feb. 27, 2015

Churches in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will have their doors open and their lights on Wednesday, March 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. to welcome Catholics seeking a life-changing experience of God’s mercy and forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation.

The campaign, called “The Light is Still On for You!” was discussed in a “Bridging the Gap” column by Bishop David Zubik in December:

Posted: Fri., Feb. 27, 2015

Bishop David Zubik sent the following letter Feb. 16 to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf in gratitude for his decision on the death penalty.

Dear Gov. Wolf:

You have my deepest appreciation for your courageous decision to grant a reprieve to Terence Williams, and to inmates facing future execution in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Thank you for acting on principle rather than poll data.

Donald Nohs, who is an expert on the Shroud of Turin, widely believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus, spoke recently in Pittsburgh on the evidence of authenticity for the shroud.

Jesus’ passion, Nohs noted, was much more than a physical suffering. It was the humiliation and embarrassment of being scourged in the nude in front of his mother and friends. The suffering Mary endured, he said, is why she is our greatest intercessory in heaven. He asked the audience to bring Mary into their hearts and walk with her through the presentation.

Posted: Fri., Feb. 27, 2015

The recent frigid temperatures that engulfed the area have highlighted the critical importance of the warming station inside the Susan Zubik Welcome Center on the first floor of the Catholic Charities headquarters on Ninth Street in Downtown Pittsburgh.

“The fact of the matter is there’s nowhere else to go,” said Bonnie Rolison, volunteer coordinator for Catholic Charities, of the homeless who use the center.

Posted: Fri., Feb. 20, 2015

The people of southwestern Pennsylvania have long been ahead of the curve when it comes to Catholic-Jewish relations, said Bishop David Zubik. It has helped them fight prejudice and bigotry.

“They have really shown their strength in tearing down the walls that have divided us,” he said.

The bishop was a panelist at “Christians and Jews: The Unfinished Agenda,” the opening program in a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s declaration, “Nostra Aetate,” Feb. 11 at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.

Posted: Fri., Feb. 20, 2015

Duquesne University President Charles Dougherty announced Feb. 13 at the university’s board of director’s meeting that he will retire on June 30, 2016, when his current term ends.

Posted: Fri., Feb. 20, 2015

Part 1 of a Lenten series.

Happy Lent!

Happy Lent! “Happy Lent?” Yes, happy Lent!

Posted: Fri., Feb. 20, 2015

In the spirit of the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25 (“I was a stranger and you welcomed me”), Hispanic Catholics who have settled in all areas of the Diocese of Pittsburgh are being welcomed by area parishes.

In Washington County, their parish home for many years has been Holy Rosary in Muse, where Sunday Masses in Spanish have been offered for nearly 14 years, according to r. Greta Stokes Tucker, director of the diocesan Office for Cultural Diversity and Persons with Disabilities.