Bishop David Zubik asked young adults to give their honest feedback. They did just that.
About 100 of them gathered Jan. 5 at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton to offer input on the planning initiative On Mission for The Church Alive! The goal of the focus group session was to learn how the church can be more alive and effective in reaching younger Catholics.
“After age 13 you’re on your own (for faith formation) until you get married and hopefully come back to church,” one man said.
There are two groups of people who particularly need the support of the church, said Deacon Ralph Bachner. People who have lost a loved one to death and those who are struggling with separation and divorce.
But while the losses are similar, he found that there was often little ministry to the latter.
All Saints Parish in Etna marks its 100th anniversary ... Father Robert Reardon, a priest of the diocese for 56 years, dies at age 82 ... Father Warren Metzler, longtime pastor of St. James Parish in Wilkinsburg, dies at age 78 ... Several groups from the diocese, including St. Patrick in Canonsburg and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School, brave blizzard conditions to attend the 43rd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. ... Bishop David Zubik issues a decree to close St. John Vianney Parish and its church building in April.
The Downtown Pittsburgh streets were quiet on a rather dark Christmas Eve morning, but the joy that filled Lawless Hall of St. Mary of Mercy Parish was palpable.
“God bless you,” bellowed Santa Claus, who bore a striking resemblance to Father Nicholas Vaskov, administrator of St. Mary of Mercy. He was happily handing out gift bags to more than 150 guests at a Dec. 24 dinner for the homeless and underprivileged.
On Dec. 1, the diocese completed the last of 329 parish consultation sessions to present draft models proposing potential groups of parishes that may come together to form new parishes. More than 27,000 parishioners from across the diocese attended the meetings. Here are their 20 most frequently asked questions, along with answers:
1. What new realities are affecting parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh?
Bishop David Zubik offered the following welcome to the faithful Dec. 12 at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass at St. Paul Cathedral:
A very warm welcome to all of you who join in this annual Pittsburgh celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
In a very special way, thanks must go to all our Latino faithful. Thank you for your devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. And especially thank you for sharing this beautiful devotion with people of all nationalities in our diocese and in our country.