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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.

Friday, Apr 4, 2014

Bishop David Zubik lifts the monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament March 30 during a Gorzkie Zale (Polish Lenten lamentations) service at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood.

Friday, Apr 4, 2014

Bishop David Zubik said clergy are heeding the call to make ordinary pastoral ministry more inclusive and open on every level so that they inspire more participation by the faithful and make their parishes more vibrant.

 He senses a contagious joy and enthusiasm among them.

 "There is a new enthusiasm in trying to make new disciples for Jesus by way of evangelization," he said.

Friday, Apr 4, 2014

Great food and great friends are the recipe for the Lenten fish fry at St. Agnes in Richeyville.

 "If you want a place to be with friends and experience good ethnic cooking, this is the place to be," said volunteer Donna Ewedosh.

 The Washington County parish has slightly more than 200 families, but it serves an average of 600 people on Fridays.

Friday, Mar 28, 2014

Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized together next April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday. (CNS photos)

April in Rome: Join the crowd


 When people ask about the highlights of my 33-year career as a religion journalist, the first thing that comes to mind is covering the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II.

Friday, Mar 28, 2014

New members of the Ladies of Charity receive new crucifixes as part of the organization’s investiture Mass March 22 at St. Paul Cathedral. Ladies of Charity seek every opportunity to make Christ present by serving the material and spiritual needs of the sick, the poor and the marginalized of our society.

Friday, Mar 28, 2014

On March 18, Bishop David Zubik issued a statement that Catholic schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh are not using federal or state educational standards known as the Common Core. This has drawn widespread Internet attention from people engaged in a wider debate over the merits of Common Core.

Friday, Mar 28, 2014

Following discussions among the lay leadership, parishioners and pastors of Holy Cross Parish in East Pittsburgh and Good Shepherd Parish in Braddock, Bishop David Zubik announced March 22-23 that Holy Cross will merge into Good Shepherd, effective April 28.

 At that time the two church buildings now in use by Holy Cross — St. Helen and St. William —will close. Good Shepherd will retain its name and its current pastor, Father Albert Semler.  Father Miroslaus Wojcicki, current pastor of Holy Cross, will be reassigned elsewhere.

Friday, Mar 21, 2014

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

 In recent months some parents have asked whether our Catholic schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh are using a set of educational standards known as the Common Core. The answer is no.

Friday, Mar 21, 2014

 From his chair on the altar of St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood Bishop David Zubik said he was witnessing a church very much alive.

 "I wish you had the vantage point I have," he said in reference to the more than 1,000 gathered before him.

 The power of God was evident in two rite of election ceremonies March 9 and 16.

Friday, Mar 21, 2014

 "You are such a cute couple!"

 The waitress said that to us. My wife smiled back politely. I was devastated.

 It had finally happened. Being called a "cute couple" when you are on the way to the prom is one thing. Being called a "cute couple" when you have been married for decades means that you are seen as a beguiling antique with no practical purpose in the modern world.

 I explained this to my wife. She looked at me for a moment, then slowly shook her head in exasperation. No sympathy there.