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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, Dec 13, 2013

 It is a sacred place of peace within a busy downtown building. The Blessed John Paul II Chapel in the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Downtown Pittsburgh was dedicated Oct. 25 by Bishop David Zubik.

 It is the newest chapel in the diocese, located just inside the entrance to the Boulevard of the Allies offices of the diocese. 

 In dedicating the chapel, Bishop Zubik offered it to the employees of the diocese as a prayerful retreat with the Blessed Sacrament during their working days.

Friday, Dec 13, 2013

 The diocesan Office for Vocations will hold its Fourth Annual Christmas Discernment Retreat from Friday, Dec. 20, to Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Martina Spiritual Renewal Center in West View. The retreat is free of charge and open to men college-age and older who are interested in learning more about the priesthood.

Friday, Dec 13, 2013

 More than 2,800 people responded to a Vatican questionnaire on the diocesan website and in the Pittsburgh Catholic, offering thoughtful reflections on the family.

 Each question required an essay response, and many people wrote heartfelt accounts of their own experiences, both joyous and painful. Several shared hopes for how the church might improve pastoral care to families.

Friday, Dec 6, 2013

 The 2013 National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis highlighted the powerful emotion of the young church, and the willingness of young people to live their faith.

 "It really helped them embrace their faith and encounter Christ on a different level," said Audra Brown, youth minister at St. Wendelin in Carbon Center.

 Almost 100 people from throughout the diocese were among the 23,000 who took part in the 32nd biennial conference Nov. 21-23.

Friday, Dec 6, 2013

 The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, which usually is celebrated Dec. 8, is being moved this year to Monday, Dec. 9, since Dec. 8 is the Second Sunday of Advent.

 Solemnities that fall on Sunday are celebrated on a Sunday unless during Advent, Lent or the Easter season. In that case, the solemnity is transferred to Monday, but the obligation to attend Mass in not transferred. So this year, the faithful are encouraged to celebrate this Marian holy day, but they are not required to attend Mass.

Friday, Dec 6, 2013

 Bishop David Zubik has appointed Father Charles Bober as president of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, effective Dec. 4.

 Father Bober is pastor of St. Kilian Parish in Adams/Cranberry townships, which is adjacent to the new site of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. The new facility is slated to open in fall 2014.

Friday, Dec 6, 2013

 Bishop David Zubik presented St. Joan of Arc Medallions to 107 young women Nov. 29 at the 50th annual Medallion Ball at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.

 He was joined by a special guest, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, who assisted in the presentations.

 The event, sponsored by the St. Lucy's Auxiliary for the Blind, honors qualified young women who have collectively delivered thousands of hours of volunteer service to the community at a variety of organizations.

Monday, Nov 25, 2013

When Joan Bruno was in the fourth grade, family circumstances forced her and her two sisters to be placed at the Holy Family Institute in Emsworth. The experience shaped her life.

 "Holy Family was there in a difficult time," she said.

 Bruno was recognized for overcoming adversity in her life when she received the Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Courage House Award at the 21st Annual Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Courage House Luncheon Nov. 5 at Heinz Field.

Monday, Nov 25, 2013

 In October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI invited the church to embrace a special Year of Faith. "Today there is a need for a stronger ecclesial commitment to the new evangelization in order to rediscover the joy of believing and the enthusiasm for communicating the faith ... Faith grows when it is lived as an experience of love received and when it is communicated as an experience of grace and joy."  

Monday, Nov 25, 2013

 The Church Alive of Pittsburgh welcomed Father Leo Patalinghug to share the good news about Catholic marriage with more than 250 people Nov. 9 at St. Benedict the Abbot Parish in Peters Township.

 Father Leo is a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, an internationally known author, television and radio host, and even a winner of the Steak Fajita Throwdown with Bobbie Flay from the Food Network.

 Although Father Leo is a great cook, he came to proclaim an important message from his ministry.