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Faithful urged to make friends, evangelize

Posted: Fri., July 25, 2014

JOHN FRANKO
Staff Writer

Speaking to a packed hall of people eager to introduce their parishes to Bishop David Zubik's pastoral letter "The Church Evangelizing!," Helene Paharik said the letter is more than a document. It's a movement of people seeking to become better friends with Jesus and to introduce their other friends to him.

 "Jesus formed a community of friends among the disciples 2,000 years ago in Galilee," she said. "Jesus gives us his Spirit to help us form communities of friends among his disciples today right here in our parishes in western Pennsylvania."

Catholics prepared for Hope

Posted: Fri., July 25, 2014

ANN RODGERS
General Manager

 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.

Retreat hailed as great success

Posted: Fri., July 25, 2014

MIKE DeVANNEY
Correspondent

More than 60 young men from the Diocese of Pittsburgh gathered July 13-16 at the Bishop Connare Center in Greensburg for the second annual Quo Vadis Days Retreat. 

 The Office for Priestly Vocations sponsors the retreat for high school-age young men, which is led by diocesan priests and seminarians. 

 "It was a fantastic week. We prayed hard, played hard, and there was a very solid sense of fraternity and, despite the weather forecasts, the Lord blessed us with good weather when we needed it," said Father Joe Freedy, director of priestly vocations.

Uncovering the beauty

Posted: Fri., July 25, 2014

WILLIAM CONE
Editor

 It's a good bet that the Mother of God played a role in Alexander "Sasha" Gardner's adoption in Russia to a couple in Pittsburgh. Now he is returning her favor by improving Mary's image in southwestern Pennsylvania.

 Adopted as an 11-month-old by Thurman Gardner and Shelley Kobuck of Mount Lebanon, Sasha always had a fascination with Mary and the saints. As a 2-year-old in day care, he carried a plastic Marian statue every day as a "security blanket."

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Clergy lead by example

By: BOB De WITT

Correspondent

 Thomas Edison once remarked, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

 Father Paul Grunebach didn't miss out.

New high school nears completion

Posted: Mon., July 21, 2014

JOHN FRANKO
Staff Writer

 Less than two months before it opens its doors for the first time, the hallways of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township are coming to life.

With construction officially in the transition stage, finishing touches are being added to the building, and furnishings and supplies are being brought in.

 The media got a first-hand glimpse of the facility during a July 9 tour.

Changes in diocesan posts announced

Posted: Thurs., July 03, 2014

ANN RODGERS
General Manager

 Bishop David Zubik has announced staff changes in some key diocesan posts as part of an effort to position church administration to assist parishes with the New Evangelization.

 "As a bishop I am blessed to be supported by a team of highly skilled people who are experts in their field and have a great heart for serving our Lord," Bishop Zubik said. "These assignments will allow each of them to focus on what he or she does best, while bringing a new generation into church leadership."

Beaver County parish forms bike club

Posted: Fri., July 11, 2014

VERONICA DAVIDSON TUCKER
Correspondent

Bicycle riding is great exercise that highlights God's creation of the great outdoors. One Beaver County parish has a club that links all those elements. 

 Greg Kalamasz started the St. Blaise Bicycle Club last year at his parish in Midland. After igniting his own passion for cycling six years ago, he shared his newfound love of the sport with friends at work and in the community. He fell in love with trails he found throughout the area.

Pa. Legislature overwhelmingly passes 'Chloe's Law'

Posted: Fri., July 11, 2014

ANN RODGERS
General Manager

 In an overwhelming bi-partisan vote, the Pennsylvania Legislature has passed "Chloe's Law," which requires medical practitioners to give accurate information about Down syndrome and about support services for children with Down syndrome, to parents whose unborn child has been diagnosed with the genetic disorder.

 Currently about 90 percent of such parents choose to abort their Down syndrome child. Down syndrome causes short stature, low muscle tone, slanted eyes, broad facial features and a varying degree of intellectual impairment.

Catholic Charities expands free health care center

Posted: Fri., July 11, 2014

JOHN FRANKO
Staff Writer

The completion of the yearlong expansion of the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center in Downtown Pittsburgh was celebrated with a blessing and rededication of the facility June 2.

 Bishop David Zubik presided at the ceremonies. He was joined by Rich Fitzgerald, chief executive of Allegheny County, and corporate dignitaries.