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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, Jul 3, 2014

It was the classic story. The priest who flew with the angels.
Father Joseph McCaffrey, pastor of SS. John and Paul in Franklin Park/Marshall Township, got the thrill of a lifetime June 4 when he had the opportunity to fly with a member of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels team.
The Blue Angels were in the area to take part in the Westmoreland County Air Show June 7-8 at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe.
"It was just a neat experience," he said of the flight.
His 45-minute ride aboard an F-18 was piloted by Lt. Ryan Chamberlain.

Monday, Jun 30, 2014

 Holy Martyrs Parish in Tarentum continued its 72nd annual tradition of constructing sawdust "carpets" for its Corpus Christi celebration June 22.

 Some 25 carpets were constructed. They included a variety of themes, but most centered around the Eucharist.

 "It helps reinforce our identity as Catholics," said Father Aaron Kriss, pastor. "It's important that we keep this going as an expression of our faith."

Monday, Jun 30, 2014

Four years out of college, I found myself working at a parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. I had already spent a couple of summers working on my master's degree at La Salle University in Philadelphia and was genuinely excited about entering the master's studies in religious education program at Duquesne University, which the Diocese of Pittsburgh sponsored. Appropriate credentials were something important to me and the whole outcome of the learning experience meant even more.

Monday, Jun 30, 2014

 It's hard not to like ol' Reg Henry, erstwhile columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I've never even tried not to like him. Silly-funny, self-deprecating and — important in this day and age —he's a newspaper guy. Even when he writes with that Aussie accent.

 Reg does have a problem, however. He has one of those trick knees. It jerks wildly and predictably on too many of the moral issues we face in our society.

 Take same-sex marriage. In early June, Reg raised the May 20 judicial ruling that reversed Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act.

Monday, Jun 30, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Pittsburgh Catholic received five awards from the Catholic Press Association June 20 in Charlotte. They were presented at the annual Catholic Media Conference, where excellence in journalism and publishing is recognized among entries submitted nationwide from the previous year.

Friday, Jun 20, 2014

Seven men were ordained as transitional deacons June 14 at St. Paul Cathedral by retired Aux. Bishop William Winter. Front row from left are Deacons Levi Hartle, Jack Demnyan, William Wuenschel, Zachary Galiyas and Christopher Mannerino. Back row: Deacon Jeremy Mohler, Bishop Winter, Bishop David Zubik, Aux. Bishop William Waltersheid and Deacon David Rombold. The deacons are set for ordination to the priesthood in June 2015.

Friday, Jun 20, 2014

Bishop David Zubik said that while Chuck Noll savored the opportunity for victory, it was not his ultimate goal in life. He encouraged others by the way he lived his life. For him, it did not matter how important you were, or how unimportant your job was.

 "Through his eyes everyone was important," the bishop said.

 Bishop Zubik remembered the legendary Steelers head coach during his funeral Mass June 17 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. Noll died June 13 at the age of 82.

Friday, Jun 20, 2014

Pope Francis balances a basketball during a special audience for members of CSI (Italian sport centers) in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 7.

Friday, Jun 20, 2014

Bishop David Zubik ordained four men to the priesthood during a Mass of ordination Saturday, June 28, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. The Mass and ordination rites were cablecasted live on Christians Associates Channel 95 in Pittsburgh, and also uploaded to the web at christianassociatestv.org.

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

 In a pilot study of 21 parishes in three dioceses, Pittsburghers rated their parishes the most vibrant, with SS. John and Paul in Franklin Park/Marshall Township receiving top ratings in many categories.

 The downside is that in some crucial categories the highest ratings were low. The Disciple Maker Index study was designed by the Catholic Leadership Institute to help parishes identify strengths and weaknesses so they can form parishioners as Christian disciples who are eager to share their faith with others.