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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, Aug 22, 2014

I've been reading "The Siege of Fort William Henry: A Year on the Northeastern Frontier" by Ben Hughes (2011). All books are personal, and this one is almost family. The Old Man took us to Fort William Henry on Lake George, New York, when I was 7 or 8. Skeletons of dead soldiers from centuries past were on display. I couldn't sleep for a week.

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

Bishop David Zubik distributes backpacks filled with school supplies to children served through Catholic Charities’ programs Aug. 12 in Downtown Pittsburgh. Among the first to receive the backpacks with a blessing from the bishop were 200 youngsters who have attended the agency’s Summer Lunch Program. Since the program started June 9, 905 meals have been served and a variety of enrichment activities have been provided, thanks to support from Touching Families, Pittsburgh Community Kitchen and the friends and family of Jessie Egan Smith, a 23-year-old who died last November.

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

A local young woman is inspiring others to live a life of service — in spite of her tragic death last summer.

 On July 20, 2013, Emily Rose Jancart, 17, was biking near Sewickley when she was struck by a car. She died the following day in the Allegheny General Hospital trauma unit, where, according to her wishes, all of her viable organs were donated to others.

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

Perhaps the best-kept secret about Christian marriage today is natural family planning.

  It's a reliable, healthy way to space children, improve intimacy and build a loving relationship with your spouse, while deepening your relationship with God. It avoids the use of chemicals that can lead to medical complications such as blood clots, headaches and increased risk for cancer, and it doesn't pollute the environment with synthetic hormones.

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

 It was a note from a friend. He mentioned that he was giving a talk soon and wanted some input. He would be addressing a gathering on the subject of the secular mindset of the day — how secular thinking and secular perspective dominate everything from academics to entertainment.

 His question: He wanted to know how much — or how little — awareness the contemporary Catholic mind needed of today's secular perspective.

 It's an old argument: How much should you know about the sin to understand how to be a saint?

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

The festival at St. Athanasius had something for all ages to enjoy at the parish’s community center and grounds in West View July 24-26. Above: Landon Weiser, 2, and Richard Wynn, 5, play the duck game. In addition to food, games and entertainment, a pre-festival flea market was held July 19.

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

The Substance Addiction Ministry envisioned for parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be based on three main purposes: prayer, presentations and personal presence.

 Borrowing from their own expertise and what has been done in other U.S. dioceses, members of the SAM steering committee laid out the ministry's goals and objectives during a meeting July 29 at St. Paul Seminary.

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

Bishop David Zubik has placed Father John Fitzgerald, 66, the pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Conway, Beaver County, on administrative leave pending further investigation into an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.

 This action was taken the day after diocesan officials met with an individual who alleged abuse by Father Fitzgerald in the late 1990s. Diocesan officials immediately reported the allegation to the district attorneys of Allegheny County and Lawrence County because the abuse was alleged to have occurred in both jurisdictions.

Friday, Aug 1, 2014

 Dave Dames was a bored-at-Mass 16-year-old when a Protestant friend invited him to hear the Rev. Billy Graham preach at Pitt Stadium in 1968.

 Rather than leading him out of the Catholic Church, "it planted a seed to take my faith much more seriously," said Dames, a member of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville. 

 Hoping that others will have the same experience, he and his wife, Judy, were among hundreds of Catholic volunteers who were trained to assist those who will commit their lives to Jesus when Graham's son preaches next month in Pittsburgh.

Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Six local Catholics who visited the diocese's medical mission in Chimbote, Peru, witnessed the change that Pittsburgh's support has made there.

 "Pittsburgh, they know the word," said Suzan O'Keefe, an administrative assistant in the Mission Office, who organized the team of six. "Pittsburgh is very embedded in them. It has played a big part of their lives."