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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.
www.pittsburghcatholic.org

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

Almost a dozen diocesan clergy took the opportunity to get some exercise and honor the memory of a good friend during a six-day bike ride to Washington, D.C.

 The inaugural Ish (Aloysius) McLaughlin Memorial Bike Ride was held June 1-6 and took the riders on a 335-mile trip down the Great Allegheny Passage Gap and the C&O Canal Towpath.

 "It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Father Mike Zavage, pastor of St. Joseph in Roscoe and St. Thomas Aquinas in California. "I'm glad I could do it with my brother priests."

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

 In response to petitions from the parish pastors, Bishop David Zubik has decided to permanently close three church buildings, none of which has been used for worship since 2011.

Friday, Jun 6, 2014

Father Lawrence DiNardo used a tribute video to point out that Oakland Catholic High School would not be where it is today if not for the driving force of Katherine Donahue Freyvogel.

 "You could see it in her eyes, the commitment to Oakland Catholic," he said.

 The video was shown during a May 29 tribute to Freyvogel for her 25 years of service to Oakland Catholic. She recently announced her decision to step down as president of the school, but will retain the title of president emeritus.

Friday, Jun 6, 2014

Spring is that time of year when most of us wait for the trees and shrubs to begin to bear new life and for our sore and weary eyes, after the dead of winter, to see the buds of flowers and plants.

 This time, as I do every year, I carried my fig tree out into the garden with great anticipation that its yield of figs will be better than last year. As I gazed around my garden taking in all of the effects of winter and beginning spring I began to think about Easter and how gardens are an integral part of the Easter story and season.

Friday, Jun 6, 2014

 The whole world watched April 27 as Pope Francis canonized two of his predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II. May 12 it was announced that Pope Francis will beatify another predecessor, Paul VI, in October. Beatification is the final step before canonization as a saint.

Friday, May 30, 2014

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM TEL AVIV — During an inflight news conference May 26 on his return to Rome from the Holy Land, Pope Francis answered several questions about his just-ended three-day visit, giving reporters insights into his thinking and glimpses behind the scenes of the high-profile events.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Do you have a friend or family member with Down syndrome? Have you ever thought back to the moment his or her parent found out about the diagnosis? What was that moment like for the expectant or new parents?

Lauren, a blogger at Sipping Lemonade and mother of a daughter with Down syndrome, wrote about receiving the diagnosis:

Friday, May 23, 2014

 Timothy Waxenfelter, a teacher of ancient history, American history and American government at Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, was named Secondary School Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania affiliate of the Council on American Private Education.

Friday, May 23, 2014

We had a club when I was a kid. My friend Mark organized it. It was all-boys — what else? — and was made up of about five of us from the neighborhood who played together every day anyway. But after lunch on summer Tuesdays, Mark would hold a club meeting.

 Mark was the kind of kid that said "trousers" while the rest of us said "pants." He had an agenda for every meeting and minutes from the last one.

Friday, May 23, 2014

 Several hundred people expressed their devotion to Our Lady of Fatima during the diamond celebration of the International Eucharistic Rosary March May 18. The march carried participants from Epiphany Church in Pittsburgh's Uptown neighborhood to St. Mary of Mercy Church at the Point.

 Bishop David Zubik carried the Blessed Sacrament under a canopy flanked by torches. He was followed by Blue Army guards bearing a statue of Our Lady of Fatima.