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Be grateful for big things, little things, everything in between

Posted: Fri., Nov. 14, 2014


The 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, gave the following advice to the nation on Oct. 3, 1863, during the Civil War:

Free Health Care Center applauds its volunteers

Posted: Fri., Nov. 14, 2014

Staff Writer

Volunteers with the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center were recognized for their gifts of time, talent and energy during the center's Red Carpet Event Nov. 5 in the Cardinals' Great Hall at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.

 The event is held annually on the date in celebration of the health care center's opening in 2007.

 "Without the commitment of the CCFHCC volunteers, the CCFHCC would not be able to keep our doors open to serve those in need of completely free medical and dental care," said Annette Fetchko, administrator.

Parishes promote healing for grieving

Posted: Fri., Nov. 14, 2014


Coping with grief can be especially difficult as the calendar slides toward Thanksgiving and Christmas. Parishes realize this and offer numerous opportunities to support people who are feeling lost and alone. Perhaps that's why the Catholic Church shines a special spotlight on all the faithful departed in November.

Pastors' friendship pays off for parishes

Posted: Fri., Nov. 14, 2014

Associate Editor

Neighbors helping neighbors.

 When St. James Parish in Sewickley kicked off its Our Campaign for The Church Alive! in September 2013, one of the items on its parish case statement was to purchase a newer maintenance truck since the current one, a 1997 Ford F-150, was up in years.

 Meanwhile, four parishes known as the "Catholic Community of South Pittsburgh" — St. Basil and St. Wendelin in Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood, St. Norbert in the city's Overbrook neighborhood and St. Albert the Great in Baldwin — didn't have a maintenance truck.

North Side Friends aid Catholic school

Posted: Fri., Nov. 14, 2014

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and businessman Rege Claus were honored with the North Side Hall of Fame Award at the 17th Annual Gala Pittsburgh Sports Night Nov. 6 at Heinz Field.

 Sponsored by the North Side Friends and Neighbors, the gala benefits Northside Catholic School in Pittsburgh's Brighton Heights neighborhood.

 In accepting his award, Tomlin noted the importance of supporting education.

 "I've been extremely blessed," he said. "I've had the opportunity to live out my dreams on a daily basis. I want to help others do the same."

Diocese plans Light Up Night events

Posted: Fri., Nov. 14, 2014


During Light Up Night, Nov. 21, revelers will be able to snap a selfie with Pope Francis at Santa Spectacular’s Winter Wonderland  at Point State Park while greeting diocesan priests and Bishop David Zubik.

 This is the second year that the diocese will promote The Light is Still On for You — a twice-a-year vigil in all parishes for Catholics to pray and receive the sacrament of reconciliation, set for 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10 — during Light Up Night at the Winter Wonderland in Point State Park.

Our Campaign for the Church Alive

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Make this a November to give thanks



For many of us, Thanksgiving Day means family, food and football. We feast on all three until we're ready to burst. Other than saying grace, we may forget why we're celebrating in the first place.

A New York City kind of guy in Pittsburgh

Posted: Fri., Nov. 07, 2014


 Franciscan Father Benedict Groeschel, who died in early October, was a New York City kind of guy. But Pittsburgh got a kick out of him when he visited.

 Father Benedict was a preacher, co-founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and the author of numerous books. He was probably best known as the fiery host of a long-running television show on EWTN, where he condemned Catholic ignorance of the faith and the hedonism of today's culture.

Parishes build trust, culture of discipleship

Posted: Fri., Oct. 31, 2014

Staff Writer

The goal of evangelization is more than just putting bodies in the pews, said Sherry Weddell. It is leading them to an encounter with Jesus that will give them the grace that will benefit the whole world.

 "People who are disciples want to serve," she said.

 Weddell, a nationally acclaimed author and speaker, was the presenter at a "Forming Intentional Disciples" seminar Oct. 24-25 at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. The seminar is based on Weddell's popular book of the same name.

Death: The ultimate in letting go

Posted: Fri., Oct. 31, 2014


 The month of November heightens our awareness to give thanks, and to pray for our beloved dead. It is right that we mourn and pray for our dead. The church honors the memory of the dead and offers our prayers, petitions and intercessions for the repose of their souls. Jesus said, "Blessed are those who mourn ..." (Matthew 5:4).