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Posted: Fri., Aug. 22, 2014

 Retired Aux. Bishop William Winter was recognized for his 25 years as a bishop during a Mass and dinner Aug. 12 at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.

 He was joined by Bishop David Zubik, Aux. Bishop William Waltersheid, dozens of brother priests, friends and members of his family.

 In presenting Bishop Winter with a token of appreciation, Bishop Zubik read a letter in which he noted that in Bishop Winter's quarter-decade as a bishop and almost 60 years as a priest, there has been no challenge he found to be too great, no sacrifice too demanding.

Posted: Fri., Aug. 22, 2014

Deciding to stay closer to home, a local multi-parish youth ministry group called "Jesus: Alive and Living" focused its summer mission efforts on the Butler County community.

 The group is comprised of students from St. Fidelis in Lyndora/Meridian, St. Christopher in Prospect, and the Butler parishes of St. Michael the Archangel, St. Peter and St. Paul, as well as Butler Catholic School.

Posted: Fri., Aug. 22, 2014

Just as the Rev. Franklin Graham and the Three Rivers Festival of Hope welcomed Christians to the Consol Energy Center, the Diocese of Pittsburgh pointed to the welcoming nature of the church by inviting Catholics — and others — into one of its homes.

 Epiphany Church, adjacent to the center, served as a hospitality center during the Aug. 15-17 festival.

Posted: Fri., Aug. 22, 2014

I've been reading "The Siege of Fort William Henry: A Year on the Northeastern Frontier" by Ben Hughes (2011). All books are personal, and this one is almost family. The Old Man took us to Fort William Henry on Lake George, New York, when I was 7 or 8. Skeletons of dead soldiers from centuries past were on display. I couldn't sleep for a week.

Posted: Fri., Aug. 22, 2014

Sophie Masloff was a strong woman in the tradition of the biblical Esther and Ruth who always was committed to doing the right thing for the people who depended on her. With her death, Pittsburgh has lost a source of joy. She was the ultimate Pittsburgher, who, by laughing at herself, helped us all to laugh. She came to the office of mayor in a time of sorrow for the city, and led us through a transition with the good of the community in her heart. And she helped us all to find our way by bringing street signs to Pittsburgh and much, much more. She was always a friend to our diocese.

Posted: Mon., Aug. 18, 2014

A priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, Father John P. Carroll, who served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh decades ago, has been accused of sexually abusing a minor.

The allegation of abuse against Father Carroll concerns when he was assigned to Saint Michael Parish in Elizabeth from 1962 to 1963. The allegation had been made by the victim directly to the Archdiocese of Boston.

Bishop David A. Zubik has written this weekend to Saint Michael Parish and all parishes where Father Carroll served while in the Diocese of Pittsburgh informing them of the allegation.

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Spiritual side of giving

By: BOB DeWitt


1720 Father Jim Farnan remembers when he was growing up that his dad always dreamed of owning a Cadillac. But with seven children, providing for them was far more important than anything material. The kids went to college. His father never bought that Cadillac.

Posted: Mon., Aug. 18, 2014

 It was a note from a friend. He mentioned that he was giving a talk soon and wanted some input. He would be addressing a gathering on the subject of the secular mindset of the day — how secular thinking and secular perspective dominate everything from academics to entertainment.

 His question: He wanted to know how much — or how little — awareness the contemporary Catholic mind needed of today's secular perspective.

 It's an old argument: How much should you know about the sin to understand how to be a saint?

Posted: Mon., Aug. 18, 2014

Bishop David Zubik distributes backpacks filled with school supplies to children served through Catholic Charities’ programs Aug. 12 in Downtown Pittsburgh. Among the first to receive the backpacks with a blessing from the bishop were 200 youngsters who have attended the agency’s Summer Lunch Program. Since the program started June 9, 905 meals have been served and a variety of enrichment activities have been provided, thanks to support from Touching Families, Pittsburgh Community Kitchen and the friends and family of Jessie Egan Smith, a 23-year-old who died last November.

Posted: Mon., Aug. 18, 2014

A local young woman is inspiring others to live a life of service — in spite of her tragic death last summer.

 On July 20, 2013, Emily Rose Jancart, 17, was biking near Sewickley when she was struck by a car. She died the following day in the Allegheny General Hospital trauma unit, where, according to her wishes, all of her viable organs were donated to others.