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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, 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.

Friday, Mar 21, 2014


 The leader of the Catholic Church was Pope Gregory XVI, who was elected in February 1831.

 The U.S. president was John Tyler, who had been elected vice president in 1840 but took over when President William Henry Harrison died after only 30 days in office.

 And on March 16, the first issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic was delivered to subscribers throughout the new 24-county Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Monday, Mar 17, 2014

On the door of Father Stephen Kresak's refrigerator in the rectory of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport is a decorative magnet that a parishioner gave him. He keeps it where he will see it each morning as a reminder that "I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future."

 On April 28, Father Kresak is slated to become pastor of four parishes: St. Basil and St. Wendelin in Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood, St. Norbert in the city's Overbrook neighborhood and St. Albert the Great in Baldwin.

Monday, Mar 17, 2014

Sharon Bogusz began serving March 3 as director of the diocesan Office for Parish Advisory Councils in the Secretariat for Leadership Development. She succeeded Dr. Mary Ann Gubish, who retired Dec. 31.

 Most recently working as director of Catholic faith formation at St. Vincent Basilica Parish in Latrobe, Bogusz served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as a master catechist and liturgical planner from 1994-04 and as director of Catholic faith formation at St. Richard Parish in Richland Township from 1997-04.

Friday, Mar 7, 2014

CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis greets Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh during the pope's general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 26.

People worldwide are looking back to recall the extraordinary events that brought Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, into the spiritual spotlight one year ago.  (See the special supplement inside this issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic.)  

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014

New leadership has been appointed to the board of trustees of Pittsburgh Catholic Publishing Associates Inc., producers of the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper.

 The board president for 2014 is Father Terrence O'Connor, pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in Munhall, who served as vice president in 2012 and '13. He takes over from Rita Ferko Joyce, diocesan chancellor and director of the Office for Legal Services, who at the end of 2013 completed a three-year stint as president.