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The Pittsburgh Catholic is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Historically, the Pittsburgh Catholic grew out of the need to provide information for the local Catholic community.

That need persists, and thus the mission of the diocesan newspaper is defined as follows:

  • To promote for Catholics and other readers an understanding of the mission and teachings of the church and its role in the community.
  • To foster the faith and unity of the local church, and to serve as an instrument of evangelization and education.
  • To provide readers with accurate news and information about the church on a local, national and universal level.
  • To provide a forum for an expression of views in a manner consistent with the teachings of the church and the principle of respect for others.

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

The festival at St. Athanasius had something for all ages to enjoy at the parish’s community center and grounds in West View July 24-26. Above: Landon Weiser, 2, and Richard Wynn, 5, play the duck game. In addition to food, games and entertainment, a pre-festival flea market was held July 19.

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

The Substance Addiction Ministry envisioned for parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be based on three main purposes: prayer, presentations and personal presence.

 Borrowing from their own expertise and what has been done in other U.S. dioceses, members of the SAM steering committee laid out the ministry's goals and objectives during a meeting July 29 at St. Paul Seminary.

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

Bishop David Zubik has placed Father John Fitzgerald, 66, the pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Conway, Beaver County, on administrative leave pending further investigation into an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.

 This action was taken the day after diocesan officials met with an individual who alleged abuse by Father Fitzgerald in the late 1990s. Diocesan officials immediately reported the allegation to the district attorneys of Allegheny County and Lawrence County because the abuse was alleged to have occurred in both jurisdictions.

Friday, Aug 1, 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.

Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Six local Catholics who visited the diocese's medical mission in Chimbote, Peru, witnessed the change that Pittsburgh's support has made there.

 "Pittsburgh, they know the word," said Suzan O'Keefe, an administrative assistant in the Mission Office, who organized the team of six. "Pittsburgh is very embedded in them. It has played a big part of their lives."

Friday, Jul 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."

Friday, Jul 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.

Friday, Jul 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."

Friday, Jul 11, 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."

Friday, Jul 11, 2014

 It was only one month ago that Pope Francis hosted a meeting of top Israeli and Palestinian officials at the Vatican. The Pope's purpose was to bring together leaders, who rarely encounter one another face to face, to dialogue and to pray for peace. At the meeting, the Pope reminded the leaders of how deeply their people were "aching for peace." At the same time, he acknowledged that every time the two parties "have been on the verge of peace ... the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it."