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A minor martyrdom

Posted: Fri., 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.

Catholics extend welcome to Festival of Hope crowds

Posted: Fri., Aug. 22, 2014

Staff Writer

Just as the Rev. Franklin Graham and the Three Rivers Festival of Hope welcomed Christians to the Consol Energy Center, the Diocese of Pittsburgh pointed to the welcoming nature of the church by inviting Catholics — and others — into one of its homes.

 Epiphany Church, adjacent to the center, served as a hospitality center during the Aug. 15-17 festival.

'Jesus: Alive and Living' in Butler

Posted: Fri., Aug. 22, 2014


Deciding to stay closer to home, a local multi-parish youth ministry group called "Jesus: Alive and Living" focused its summer mission efforts on the Butler County community.

 The group is comprised of students from St. Fidelis in Lyndora/Meridian, St. Christopher in Prospect, and the Butler parishes of St. Michael the Archangel, St. Peter and St. Paul, as well as Butler Catholic School.

Bishop Winter marks 25 years

Posted: Fri., Aug. 22, 2014

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

 Retired Aux. Bishop William Winter was recognized for his 25 years as a bishop during a Mass and dinner Aug. 12 at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.

 He was joined by Bishop David Zubik, Aux. Bishop William Waltersheid, dozens of brother priests, friends and members of his family.

 In presenting Bishop Winter with a token of appreciation, Bishop Zubik read a letter in which he noted that in Bishop Winter's quarter-decade as a bishop and almost 60 years as a priest, there has been no challenge he found to be too great, no sacrifice too demanding.

Bishop Zubik on former Pittsburgh mayor's death

Posted: Fri., Aug. 22, 2014

Sophie Masloff was a strong woman in the tradition of the biblical Esther and Ruth who always was committed to doing the right thing for the people who depended on her. With her death, Pittsburgh has lost a source of joy. She was the ultimate Pittsburgher, who, by laughing at herself, helped us all to laugh. She came to the office of mayor in a time of sorrow for the city, and led us through a transition with the good of the community in her heart. And she helped us all to find our way by bringing street signs to Pittsburgh and much, much more. She was always a friend to our diocese.

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Spiritual side of giving

By: BOB DeWitt


1720 Father Jim Farnan remembers when he was growing up that his dad always dreamed of owning a Cadillac. But with seven children, providing for them was far more important than anything material. The kids went to college. His father never bought that Cadillac.

Living in the 'sacredly secular'

Posted: Mon., 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?

Good news for married couples

Posted: Mon., 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.

Young woman's inspiration lives on

Posted: Mon., 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.

Ready for School to start

Posted: Mon., 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.