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Ministry planning is a team effort for parishes

Ministry planning is a team effort for parishes

Pastors are trying different approaches as they begin to bring parishes together through On Mission for The Church Alive! — combining social activities and staff gatherings, and helping...

Retired pastoral associate never gave up hope

Retired pastoral associate never gave up hope

If Barbara McCarthy’s 33-year career in ministry at St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry Township could be summed up in a single word, it would be “hope.”Hope might not be...


'A Simple Favor' is a dark thriller

NEW YORK — "A Simple Favor" (Lionsgate), director Paul Feig's glossy screen version of Darcey Bell's 2017 novel, is undeniably ingenious.Yet the dark doings, both past and present,...

Ministry planning is a team effort for parishes

Pastors are trying different approaches as they begin to bring parishes together through On Mission for The Church Alive! — combining social activities and staff gatherings, and helping...

Bishop Zubik announces year of repentance

Bishop David Zubik has announced a Year of Repentance in which all clergy of the Diocese of Pittsburgh are asked to fast and pray for the purification of the Church in light of the scandal of...

Bishop David Zubik

Your servant, David, is listening

D uring my 13 years as a high school teacher, one of the most important lessons I tried to teach my students was the difference between “hearing” and “listening.”The...

My heart is heavy

As I write this, my heart is heavy.No one who has read the grand jury report can be unaffected. It is a record of the violation that children suffered at the hands of men who were ordained...


It was 2001. None of us over the age of 25 will forget where we were on 9/11 of that year. On that Tuesday morning, terrorists crashed planes into the North and South towers of the World Trade...

A lap around the lake

One of my real joys as bishop — and I am blessed with so many — is celebrating the sacrament of confirmation. Just a few weeks ago, I finished my schedule of spring confirmations. It...

Sunday will never be the same again

June is a month of endings and beginnings.Many people marry in June. It’s the beginning of a new life together, of building a home and filling it with love. Yet this requires husband...

Bishop Zubik answers On Mission questions

On April 12, 2015, Bishop David Zubik launched On Mission for The Church Alive! with a year of prayer and study. It continued with extensive consultation, open to all Catholics in the Diocese of...


Father Bober

Divorce is complex and painful

QUESTION: My parents have been divorced for many years. My mother has remarried, but my father has not (nor does he intend to). However, he has not received Communion since the divorce many...

Sacraments should be heard, seen

QUESTION: Are there guidelines for how sacraments are to be celebrated? Recently I attended the christening of a relative and it was like a three-ring circus! There were eight babies to be...

Discipleship should be high priority

QUESTION: What is the meaning of the part of St. Luke’s Gospel where Jesus talks about hatred for father and mother? Surely this passage has a meaning deeper than the actual...

A priest's perspective

QUESTION: I am not sure how to ask any of the priests I know, but I wonder what priests feel when so much appears in the newspapers about clergy sexual abuse?ANSWER: Of...

Church invites all to know the Bible

QUESTION: Some people say that the Catholic Church is afraid of private interpretation of Scripture. Isn’t that what we all do every time we take up the Bible? Isn’t that what...

Kosher laws have ancient origin

QUESTION: I have never fully understood what is included in the “kosher” laws observed within the Jewish community. Why don’t Christians follow...

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