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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.

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014

Bishop David Zubik offered the invocation at the inauguration of Bill Peduto as the 60th mayor of the city of Pittsburgh Jan. 6 at Heinz Hall.

 In pointing out that the beauty of the city is manifest in many ways — from the bridges that span the three rivers, the graceful beauty of the buildings and the majestic splendor of its nighttime lights — what makes it truly someplace special is its people.

 "Each and every one of us," he said. "Every woman, man and child. Every race and culture. Every religion and every politic."

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014

"Confessing our sins is not going to a psychiatrist, or to a torture chamber: it’s saying to the Lord, 'Lord, I am a sinner.'" - Pope Francis

This Lent on the evening of Wed., March 12, from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., rediscover the healing power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at any Catholic parish in the Diocese. If you've been away for a long time, don't worry. We'll leave the light on for you...

Friday, Jan 10, 2014

 For Scott Baker, owner of 5 Generation Bakers, charitable giving isn't a nicety for the sake of public relations or product sales. It's a primary tenet of his business plan.

 "The first thing my father told me when I joined his baking business was 'Get involved with the community,'" Baker said. "'The community supports us. So we support the community.'"

Friday, Jan 10, 2014

Aux. Bishop William Waltersheid (not pictured) was the main celebrant at a Mass Jan. 4 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood. The celebration marking the Epiphany of the Lord, when the Magi appeared in Bethlehem to adore the baby Jesus, included a Christmas concert by the Karuzela Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Neil Stahurski, and the Mala Karuzela children’s group.

Friday, Jan 10, 2014

An ecumenical group of pastors and laity has been preparing for the Three Rivers Festival of Hope, sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on Aug. 15-17, 2014, at the Consol Energy Center. The three-day event will include stirring music from Christian artists and personal testimonies of people from various walks of life who are dedicated to following Jesus Christ.

Friday, Jan 3, 2014

In a crowded St. Paul Cathedral Dec. 24, Bishop David Zubik celebrates Christmas Eve midnight Mass, beginning with a procession holding the baby Jesus figure, then adding it to the Nativity scene. The event was repeated hundreds of thousands of times in Catholic churches around the world to mark the Savior's entry into the world.

Friday, Jan 3, 2014

 Knits for Kids, the graduation project of Thomas Jefferson High School junior Lexi Stoicovy, weaves together her creativity and desire to help others. Since the beginning of the current school year, she has accumulated approximately 50 hand-knitted scarves to donate to the struggling families being served by Sisters Place in Clairton. 

Friday, Jan 3, 2014

 Brian McGhen opened his four piggybanks to give everything to his church. Parishioners at St. Patrick in McKeesport and others opened their hearts and helped fulfill Brian's dream to see a Broadway show in New York.

 Brian, who is 24 years old and has Down syndrome, last summer donated $84.49 to Our Campaign for The Church Alive!, money he had been saving for an excursion to New York City. He said helping his parish was more important.

Friday, Jan 3, 2014

 Dr. Mary Ann Gubish, who has been involved in church ministry for 45 years, retired Dec. 31 as head of the diocesan Office for Parish Advisory Councils.

 Beginning in 1968 as a second-grade teacher at St. Clement School in Tarentum, her career included campus ministry, parish work and diocesan administration in the Dioceses of Greensburg and Pittsburgh.

Friday, Jan 3, 2014

Children involved with the Children and Youth Services agency will be warmer this Christmas season thanks to members of the Beaver County Theology on Tap program.
The program purchased 13 coats and gloves to go with them. The money was raised by raffling off coffee, movie, lottery and other themed baskets.
"We hope our small act of giving can make a big and lasting impression in the hearts of the children we help this Christmas," said Mary Ann Schweitzer, youth minister at St. Monica Parish in Beaver Falls/Chippewa/Darlington and a TOT team member.