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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, Aug 23, 2013

Christianity's great legion of saints includes those heroic men and women who, by God's purposeful circumstance, accompanied one another in building the church and witnessing to the Gospel. This allying of particular souls at particular times has helped forward the kingdom for all time: Francis and Clare, Ignatius and Francis Xavier, Cyril and Methodius, among many others.

 Pittsburgh may claim its own holy pair in St. John Neumann and Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.

Friday, Aug 16, 2013

The local World Youth Day pilgrims were asked to submit photos and short articles about their experiences in Rio de Janeiro July 19-29. The following are their responses:

Angie Hoffman, 21, member of St. Mary of the Assumption in Herman and a senior at St. Francis University in Loretto:

 After attending World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, in 2008, I was ecstatic when I found out that I would be able to attend again in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Friday, Aug 16, 2013

Fifty years ago, the vision of the Felician sisters and Bishop John Wright was realized with the opening of a home that offered "the gift of hope" to God's special children.

McGuire Memorial celebrated the sacredness and dignity of every human life. Serving children and adults with severe physical and developmental challenges, McGuire's facilities allow them to achieve their fullest hopes and live an abundant life.

 McGuire Memorial celebrated its golden anniversary with "A Celebration of Gratitude — Memories of the Heart" dinner Aug.

Friday, Aug 16, 2013

Parents and catechists are noting the effects of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program on children.

 One child did not want to go to baseball practice because it would mean missing a communal prayer session.

Friday, Aug 9, 2013

Bishop David Zubik will lead a Pittsburgh Catholic pilgrimage to Rome to participate in the canonization of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII.

 Although the date of the canonizations has not been finalized, the tour company, Unitours Inc., has put together tentative travel plans that encompass seven days.

 "Many are thinking that the canonizations could take place on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8," said William Cone, editor of the Pittsburgh Catholic.

Friday, Aug 9, 2013

The Diocese of Pittsburgh is launching a new effort to train parish finance council members by holding classes and publishing a book of guidelines that are designed to help the members in their ministry.

 "Presently, the finance council guidelines are housed in the 'Parish, School and Cemetery Financial Administration Manual' as an appendix," said Dr. Mary Ann Gubish, director of the diocesan Office for Parish Advisory Councils, which is spearheading the training effort.

Friday, Aug 9, 2013

On the occasion of my 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood, I've been given reason to remember, reflect and rejoice in answering the call to serve God's people. God has a special call for each one of us and it is specific and ongoing, whether in the single life, covenant of marriage, consecrated religious life or the vocation of priestly commitment.

 As a preacher, I always find myself wrestling with the word of God to fashion and form a message that will be soundly scriptural, pastorally practical and uplifting.

Friday, Aug 9, 2013

As an artist, Nikki Bruni found the perfect way to depict her commitment to pro-life work.

 She created a distinctive 9-foot-high "Memorial of Mercy" painting based on St.

Friday, Aug 9, 2013

The annual Bishop's Latin School Vocations Mass and Cardinal Wright Awards Banquet is set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at St. Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road in Crafton.

 The following will be recognized with 2013 Cardinal Wright Awards:

 • Father Frank Almade, Class of 1971, pastor of the four parishes in New Castle (Mary, Mother of Hope, St. Joseph the Worker, St. Vincent de Paul and St.

Friday, Aug 2, 2013

Emily Rose Jancart, 17, of Moon Township, a June graduate of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School who enrolled in the nursing program at Carlow University, died July 21 following a collision with a car while riding her bicycle.

 Emily was born in Pittsburgh to Rosemary and Deacon Robert Jancart, who was ordained in June, and she was a sister to Grace, Karl and Stephen. A brother, Benjamin George Jancart, preceded her in death.

 She attended St.