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Why family matters to the church

Posted: Fri., Sept. 19, 2014

DR. MICHEL THERRIEN

In 1981, St. John Paul II told families to "become who you are!" I have always found this to be a challenging word of encouragement. It seems to acknowledge a tension between what families are by their nature and the lived experience of family life, in which we often come up short of the family's fundamental mission — to love. His words are a call, I believe, for families to realize their full potential as a domestic church.

Bishop dedicates chapel at new school

Posted: Fri., Sept. 19, 2014

JOHN FRANKO
Staff Writer

A Catholic school building, said Bishop David Zubik, is a place where students learn about the world but, more importantly, it is where they learn about God and his Son.

 The new Chapel of Our Lady of All Peoples must always stand as an opportunity to meet Jesus, he said.

 "This is the place where it begins," he said, of the journey to find Jesus in our hearts.

  The bishop presided at the dedication of the chapel and the anointing of its altar during a Mass Sept. 12 at the school's Cranberry Township campus.

Catholic family flees Iraq, settling in Pittsburgh

Posted: Fri., Sept. 19, 2014

WILLIAM CONE
Editor

Turn on the TV news or read a newspaper and you might get a glimpse of what existence is like in the Middle East. Talk with someone who has lived there and you get a whole new picture.

 Ellen Mady recently fled Iraq with her Lebanese-born husband, Adib Mady, and their two children, Charbel, 3 1/2, and Paul, 2 1/2. Until a few months ago, they were living in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan province, which has been flooded with refugees from surrounding areas who are fleeing the violent effects of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists.

Seven high schools named to national honor roll

Posted: Fri., Sept. 19, 2014

WILLIAM HILL
Correspondent

 Seven Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh were recognized recently as being among the best Catholic secondary schools in America by their selection to the Cardinal Newman Society's Catholic Education Honor Roll as a 2014 School of Excellence (formerly known as Top 50 Award).

40 Days for Life to begin Sept. 23

Posted: Fri., Sept. 19, 2014

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

A 40 Days for Life campaign is set to begin Sept. 23 with a 7 p.m. kick-off event in the Susan Zubik Welcome Center at Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth St. in Downtown Pittsburgh. There will be a candlelight procession to the Planned Parenthood abortion center at 8:30.

 The twice-a-year pro-life campaign is designed to save lives by maintaining a peaceful, public prayer vigil from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 24-Nov. 2 in front of the Planned Parenthood facility at 933 Liberty Ave.

Pray in response to 'black mass'

Posted: Fri., Sept. 19, 2014

Bishop David Zubik invites the clergy, religious and lay faithful to join him in a special time of Eucharistic adoration from 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the Bishop John McDowell Auditorium at St. Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road in Crafton. Benediction will conclude the evening at 8:45.

 This time of prayer is in response to the so-called "black mass" scheduled Sept. 21 in Oklahoma City.

 A black mass is a Satanic ritual that insults God, the Eucharist and all religious belief.

'Jesus Christ is at the core of catechesis'

Posted: Fri., Sept. 19, 2014

Bishop David A. Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh

My dear Friends in Christ:

Each year, dioceses across the nation set aside a day to celebrate the teaching ministry of the Catholic Church. The theme for this year, "Teaching About God's Gift of Forgiveness," is an especially important one, for it is through the gift of forgiveness that our hearts are opened to Christ's love, allowing us to draw into deeper relationship with him.

Lay ecclesial ministers: Called, gifted to serve

Posted: Fri., Sept. 19, 2014

JOHN FRANKO
Staff Writer

The important role of lay leadership was recognized with the Rite of Diocesan Commissioning and Authorization of Lay Ecclesial Ministers Sept. 14 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.

 "This is an exciting and historic event for our diocesan family," said Father Joseph Mele, head of the Secretariat for Leadership Development, which oversees the certification and ongoing formation of the LEMs.

Special collection to aid Mideast

Posted: Fri., Sept. 12, 2014

Bishop David A. Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh

Like so many of you, I have been deeply troubled by the recent images and news stories that have come out of Syria and Iraq. With you, I mourn the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives. With you, I am quite disturbed by the horrific brutality of actions that diminish the human dignity of both the victims and perpetrators: such atrocities as beheadings, mass murders and indiscriminate killing of civilian populations.

Volunteer's time is too precious to waste

Posted: Fri., Sept. 12, 2014

JOHN FRANKO
Staff Writer

 Jim Corbett has bucked the odds and has a great story to tell, but his only goal is to make sure that people hear the story of the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center and how it has helped people beat their odds.