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Posted: Fri., July 25, 2014

Speaking to a packed hall of people eager to introduce their parishes to Bishop David Zubik's pastoral letter "The Church Evangelizing!," Helene Paharik said the letter is more than a document. It's a movement of people seeking to become better friends with Jesus and to introduce their other friends to him.

 "Jesus formed a community of friends among the disciples 2,000 years ago in Galilee," she said. "Jesus gives us his Spirit to help us form communities of friends among his disciples today right here in our parishes in western Pennsylvania."

Posted: Fri., July 25, 2014

 I'm waiting for my rocket shoes. Or better, the major league team that plays games on the moon where the centerfield wall is three miles from home plate because of the thin atmosphere.

 All of this and more — we'd have our own flying saucers — was promised to me when I was a kid. They were the predictions in the junior science magazines in the 1950s on what life would be like in 2015.

 Unless something changes an awful lot in the next five months, they got it wrong.

Posted: Fri., July 25, 2014

 It's a good bet that the Mother of God played a role in Alexander "Sasha" Gardner's adoption in Russia to a couple in Pittsburgh. Now he is returning her favor by improving Mary's image in southwestern Pennsylvania.

 Adopted as an 11-month-old by Thurman Gardner and Shelley Kobuck of Mount Lebanon, Sasha always had a fascination with Mary and the saints. As a 2-year-old in day care, he carried a plastic Marian statue every day as a "security blanket."

Posted: Fri., July 25, 2014

More than 60 young men from the Diocese of Pittsburgh gathered July 13-16 at the Bishop Connare Center in Greensburg for the second annual Quo Vadis Days Retreat. 

 The Office for Priestly Vocations sponsors the retreat for high school-age young men, which is led by diocesan priests and seminarians. 

 "It was a fantastic week. We prayed hard, played hard, and there was a very solid sense of fraternity and, despite the weather forecasts, the Lord blessed us with good weather when we needed it," said Father Joe Freedy, director of priestly vocations.

Posted: Fri., July 25, 2014

 Dave Dames was a bored-at-Mass 16-year-old when a Protestant friend invited him to hear the Rev. Billy Graham preach at Pitt Stadium in 1968.

 Rather than leading him out of the Catholic Church, "it planted a seed to take my faith much more seriously," said Dames, a member of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville. 

 Hoping that others will have the same experience, he and his wife, Judy, were among hundreds of Catholic volunteers who were trained to assist those who will commit their lives to Jesus when Graham's son preaches next month in Pittsburgh.

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

Clergy lead by example



 Thomas Edison once remarked, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

 Father Paul Grunebach didn't miss out.

Posted: Mon., July 21, 2014

 Less than two months before it opens its doors for the first time, the hallways of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township are coming to life.

With construction officially in the transition stage, finishing touches are being added to the building, and furnishings and supplies are being brought in.

 The media got a first-hand glimpse of the facility during a July 9 tour.

Posted: Thurs., July 03, 2014

 Bishop David Zubik has announced staff changes in some key diocesan posts as part of an effort to position church administration to assist parishes with the New Evangelization.

 "As a bishop I am blessed to be supported by a team of highly skilled people who are experts in their field and have a great heart for serving our Lord," Bishop Zubik said. "These assignments will allow each of them to focus on what he or she does best, while bringing a new generation into church leadership."

Posted: Fri., July 11, 2014

The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture launches a #PAUSEforPeace Campaign for the World Cup soccer game. The hope is to have a moment of silence around Sunday's World Cup soccer match to remember those impacted by war and suffering worldwide. For more information, click here.

Posted: Fri., July 11, 2014

The completion of the yearlong expansion of the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center in Downtown Pittsburgh was celebrated with a blessing and rededication of the facility June 2.

 Bishop David Zubik presided at the ceremonies. He was joined by Rich Fitzgerald, chief executive of Allegheny County, and corporate dignitaries.