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Pittsburgh Catholic pilgrimage is planned for April 21-30

Some of the same places that will be visited by Pope Francis later this month will be toured by pilgrims from the Diocese of Pittsburgh during the Pittsburgh Catholic's pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey in April 2015.

From April 21-30, Bishop David Zubik will lead pilgrims on a trip that includes a three-day cruise on the Aegean Sea, stopping to tour the Greek isles of Patmos, Santorini and Mykonos.

Think about attending the World Meeting of Families in Philly

Making plans for a family vacation next year? The Diocese of Pittsburgh has an idea for you.

The World Meeting of Families is coming to Philadelphia Sept. 22-25, 2015, and the diocese is encouraging as many local families as possible to attend.

Posted: Fri., Nov. 21, 2014

We've all seen the television ads. Edgar, the lawyer, points his finger and tells us: "There's never a fee unless we get money for YOU!" 

As Advent approaches, the hands and the heart of Jesus are open to you in welcome with this message: "The Light is still on for YOU!"

On Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., all of our Catholic parishes will have the light on for you once again. Churches throughout the diocese will be open to any and all. The sacrament of confession will be offered, as well as a sincere welcome to our home -- the church.

To access Our Campaign for the Church Alive!, click here.


Make this a November to give thanks

By: BOB DeWITT

Correspondent

For many of us, Thanksgiving Day means family, food and football. We feast on all three until we're ready to burst. Other than saying grace, we may forget why we're celebrating in the first place.

Posted: Fri., Nov. 14, 2014

Neighbors helping neighbors.

 When St. James Parish in Sewickley kicked off its Our Campaign for The Church Alive! in September 2013, one of the items on its parish case statement was to purchase a newer maintenance truck since the current one, a 1997 Ford F-150, was up in years.

 Meanwhile, four parishes known as the "Catholic Community of South Pittsburgh" — St. Basil and St. Wendelin in Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood, St. Norbert in the city's Overbrook neighborhood and St. Albert the Great in Baldwin — didn't have a maintenance truck.

Posted: Fri., Nov. 14, 2014

Coping with grief can be especially difficult as the calendar slides toward Thanksgiving and Christmas. Parishes realize this and offer numerous opportunities to support people who are feeling lost and alone. Perhaps that's why the Catholic Church shines a special spotlight on all the faithful departed in November.

Posted: Fri., Nov. 14, 2014

The 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, gave the following advice to the nation on Oct. 3, 1863, during the Civil War:

Posted: Fri., Nov. 14, 2014

During Light Up Night, Nov. 21, revelers will be able to snap a selfie with Pope Francis at Santa Spectacular’s Winter Wonderland  at Point State Park while greeting diocesan priests and Bishop David Zubik.

 This is the second year that the diocese will promote The Light is Still On for You — a twice-a-year vigil in all parishes for Catholics to pray and receive the sacrament of reconciliation, set for 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10 — during Light Up Night at the Winter Wonderland in Point State Park.

Posted: Fri., Nov. 14, 2014

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and businessman Rege Claus were honored with the North Side Hall of Fame Award at the 17th Annual Gala Pittsburgh Sports Night Nov. 6 at Heinz Field.

 Sponsored by the North Side Friends and Neighbors, the gala benefits Northside Catholic School in Pittsburgh's Brighton Heights neighborhood.

 In accepting his award, Tomlin noted the importance of supporting education.

 "I've been extremely blessed," he said. "I've had the opportunity to live out my dreams on a daily basis. I want to help others do the same."

Posted: Fri., Nov. 14, 2014

Volunteers with the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center were recognized for their gifts of time, talent and energy during the center's Red Carpet Event Nov. 5 in the Cardinals' Great Hall at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.

 The event is held annually on the date in celebration of the health care center's opening in 2007.

 "Without the commitment of the CCFHCC volunteers, the CCFHCC would not be able to keep our doors open to serve those in need of completely free medical and dental care," said Annette Fetchko, administrator.