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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.

Desire for revenge undermines quest for peace in Holy Land

Posted: Fri., July 11, 2014

DR. JAMES PAHARIK

 It was only one month ago that Pope Francis hosted a meeting of top Israeli and Palestinian officials at the Vatican. The Pope's purpose was to bring together leaders, who rarely encounter one another face to face, to dialogue and to pray for peace. At the meeting, the Pope reminded the leaders of how deeply their people were "aching for peace." At the same time, he acknowledged that every time the two parties "have been on the verge of peace ... the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it."

Four men ordained to priesthood for diocese

Posted: Thurs., July 03, 2014

JOHN FRANKO
Staff Writer

The priesthood, said Bishop David Zubik, is one of the most precious gifts that Jesus could possibly give the church.

 It was a great joy, he noted, that he could welcome four new brothers into the presbyterate of Pittsburgh.

 The four — Fathers Michael Ackerman, Michael Conway, Kenneth Marlovits and Thomas Schluep — were ordained during the ancient rite June 28 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.

 More than 1,000 family, friends and well-wishers were in attendance.

Priest flies with the angels

Father McCaffrey flies in F-18 with Blue Angels team member
 

JOHN FRANKO
Staff Writer

It was the classic story. The priest who flew with the angels.
Father Joseph McCaffrey, pastor of SS. John and Paul in Franklin Park/Marshall Township, got the thrill of a lifetime June 4 when he had the opportunity to fly with a member of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels team.
The Blue Angels were in the area to take part in the Westmoreland County Air Show June 7-8 at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe.
"It was just a neat experience," he said of the flight.
His 45-minute ride aboard an F-18 was piloted by Lt. Ryan Chamberlain.

Newspaper wins five national press awards

Posted: Mon., June 30, 2014

WILLIAM CONE
Editor

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Pittsburgh Catholic received five awards from the Catholic Press Association June 20 in Charlotte. They were presented at the annual Catholic Media Conference, where excellence in journalism and publishing is recognized among entries submitted nationwide from the previous year.