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Principal Rakoczy led with humility, dignity and love

By Paula A. Smith Correspondent

Janet Salley Rakoczy, a teacher and principal in Catholic schools for 46 years, died of pneumonia Feb. 12 at age 66. She was honored in May with a posthumous Golden Apple Award. The award was present More

Calendar of Events

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1 Suicide loss support group, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Joseph Parish, 342 Dorseyville Road, O’Hara Township. For information, visit www.mylifelinepittsburgh.org. THURSDAY, AUG. 2 T

One wild ride: Catholics worship at Kennywood

In the shadow of the Racer roller coaster, more than 400 people gathered at a pavilion for Mass July 23 as part of Catholic Kennywood Day at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin. The event was hosted by th

Use care when buying a Bible

QUESTION: I wanted to buy a Bible as a wedding gift for two Catholic friends. I thought that it would be a simple matter of going to a bookstore and getting one. I found so many different choices and

Rested and refreshed

Recently on the Aleteia.org website, there was an article that said more adult Americans have a growing appetite for reading the Bible. It reported that 66 percent say they are curious to know more a

Around the Diocese

NOVENA A nine-week novena will be prayed at Transfiguration Parish in Russellton on Sundays, July 29 through Sept. 29. Novena will be prayed following 10 a.m. Mass to invoke St. Michael the Archangel

Pope calls for respect for migrants

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With the rising death toll of migrants and refugees attempting the treacherous voyage across the Mediterranean Sea, Pope Francis urged world leaders to act to prevent furth

The New Invisible

Laura Ingalls Wilder is the New Invisible. She has been retro-excommunicated. Wilder authored a series of stories about growing up in the Dakota Territory in the 19th century. The “Little House

Ex-POW to speak at St. Maurice Parish

For five years, Air Force Capt. Guy Gruters endured unspeakable horrors in a North Vietnamese prison camp. But instead of letting the ordeal break him, he turned to prayer, and the forgiveness he exp

Young musicians serve as 'bridge of dialogue'

WASHINGTON — Eleven young musicians from Jerusalem and the West Bank had the opportunity to show U.S. audiences that music can be a bridge across cultural divides during a brief tour of the Was

Papers seek relief from newsprint tariffs

WASHINGTON — Newspapers of every type, Catholic papers included, are seeking relief from the U.S. government after six months of increased costs due to tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint. T

Bishop to lead Peru pilgrimage

Since the 1960s, the Diocese of Pittsburgh has had a missionary presence in Chimbote, Peru, serving those in need with medical and social services. Teams of Pittsburghers — clergy and laypeople

Priest examines writing of 'Humanae Vitae'

VATICAN CITY — Documents in the Vatican Secret Archives and the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prove it was a “myth” that Blessed Paul VI largely set out

REGISTRATION OPEN  Early registration is now open for the second annual Catholic Women’s Fellowship Conference, “Overflow: Live in the Abundance of Grace,” Saturday, Oct. 27, a

Dignity is made real in weakness

One of the bedrock principles of Catholic social teaching is the transcendent and sacrosanct dignity of the human person. Each and every human being, regardless of age, race, sex or ability, is value

Our real citizenship is in heaven

QUESTION: My question is about death. Today we see so many people doing everything possible to save or prolong their own lives. Why? As Christians aren’t we supposed to view life and death diff

English monks switch gears to support abbey

COALVILLE, England — Cistercian monks have opened the first Trappist brewery in England and are selling thousands of bottles of beer every day. The monks at Mount St. Bernard Abbey in the Engli

SATURDAY, JULY 21 Women’s clothing clearance sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., back porch of St. Aloysius Rummage House, 3610 Mount Troy Road, Reserve Township. Summer clothing items displayed on back porch

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Pittsburgh will kick off a busy 2018-19 year of events with a retreat and dinner to celebrate the...

Around the Diocese



During the month of September, St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township will offer evenings of prayer Fridays for reparations, forgiveness...

Around the diocese


The Gailliot Center for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood is sponsoring a study of Catholic theology titled...

Around the DIocese


The calendar section in the Aug. 10 issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic did not list St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 2510 Middle Road in Glenshaw, as the...


A culture of hospitality and welcome

Hospitality can’t be left up to just a few greeters at the door. It needs to be a way of life in the culture of the parish, which means that everyone has a role, whether we belong to a...

Take courage and be not afraid

Growing up, many of my family’s summer vacations took place at the ocean. Whenever we could afford it we would head for Cape Cod, New Hampshire or Maine. As we kids splashed around in the...

Archbishop Sheen spoke wisdom of a saint

People are still talking about Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Unfortunately, they’re talking about him mostly because the archdioceses of New York and Peoria are fighting over his remains. Both...

Building 'bridges' in the seminary

Pittsburgh is the city of bridges. The Heinz History Museum counts a record number 446 bridges, more than any other city in the world. We would not be able to navigate throughout the city without...

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