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By Bob De Witt 

Correspondent

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.

JANUARY

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.

Posted: Wed., Jan. 04, 2017

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.

Posted: Wed., Jan. 04, 2017

Posted: Wed., Jan. 04, 2016

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.

By Jennifer Monahan

Correspondent

One stitch at a time, two local parishes are knitting together communities as they create all manner of handmade crafts.

By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

The lower North Side community has experienced many ups and downs in the past 130 years, but St. Peter Parish has continued to be a beacon of hope and a vital part of the community.

The deep faith of the parish community helped it to overcome a devastating fire in 1886. The parish recognized that faith during a Mass marking the 130th anniversary of the fire Nov. 13.

“It was a tremendous blow to the parish,” said Benedictine Father Vincent Zidek, pastor of St. Peter, during the liturgy.

By Father Frank D. Almade

It’s the day after Thanksgiving. A free day! Nothing to do! So I did what I rarely do — go to a movie theater. And I did what I even more rarely do — watch a superhero fantasy flick from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Doctor Strange.” (In 3-D no less, with the funny glasses over my glasses.)

At the end of the televised political ad for president — usually after ripping apart the opponent — the candidates let us know that they reviewed the content and signed off on it.

“I’m Donald Trump and I approve this message.”

“I’m Hillary Clinton and I approve this message.”

I have this mental image of both candidates locked in a room reviewing message after message in front of a big-screen TV. And I like to also think that after too much viewing, they might get just as upset as most of us are at the conflicting rants.