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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, 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.

Friday, Dec 20, 2013

 Many parishes from throughout the diocese reported strong turnouts for the Dec. 11 "The Light is Still On for You" observance.

 At Our Lady of Grace in Scott Township, three priests heard confessions for almost the entire three hours. Father Richard Infante, pastor, credited Bishop David Zubik — who administered the sacrament at St. Paul Cathedral — for his efforts in promoting the evening.

 "We're able to generate the interest because the bishop is taking the lead," he said.

Friday, Dec 20, 2013

 The Trojans of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School won their first state Class A football championship Dec. 13 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.

 Their dramatic win was capped by a successful two-point conversion in overtime after the Trojans and their opponent, Old Forge of Lackawanna County in northeastern Pennsylvania, ended regulation time tied 7-7.

Friday, Dec 20, 2013

To my dear Church of Pittsburgh:

The angel said to the shepherds: "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord" (Luke 2:10).

We never forget Christmas each year. But if we are not careful, we can forget what our role in Christmas is meant to be. And I don't mean buying gifts, trimming the tree or baking cookies.

Friday, Dec 20, 2013

 Sister Mary Grace taught sixth grade at Christ the King School in Yonkers, N.Y., when she felt like it. Which wasn't often. The rest of the time she told stories.

 We aided and abetted. If she pulled out the arithmetic workbook someone would be quick enough to ask, "Sister, is it easier being a kid today than when you were a kid?"

 Being a sister, she would answer that she was never a "kid" because a kid is a goat. "But when I was a child ..." We would lean forward in our desks, trying to get closer to the campfire.