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Jesus is calling all to discipleship

By Bob De Witt Correspondent

From its earliest days, the church has seen Lent as a time for the faithful to remember their baptism.In a new program, Catholics in the Diocese of Pittsburgh are invited prepare their hearts for the ... More

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4 parishes join in ChristLife program

Four neighboring parishes have come together to get to know one another, grow in their relationship with Jesus and learn how to share his love.Members of St. Bonaventure, St. Sebastian and St. Teresa ...

Bishop Burns installed in Dallas

DALLAS — Seeking the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe and vowing to exhaust himself for Jesus Christ by working side by side with his new flock, Bishop Edward Burns was installed as the eig ...

Diocese builds partnerships with group leaders

When members of the Secretariat for Leadership Development and Evangelization see the joyful faces of the people they serve, said Holly Joy McIlwain, it ignites their own passion for ministry.“W ...

Pope: Jealousy threatens family ties

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Envy and jealousy create division and destroy fellowship and brotherhood among people, especially within families and among members of the clergy, Pope Francis said.The bibl ...

Pittsburgh pilgrims visit the Jordan River

Bishop David Zubik and Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Rodef Shalom Congregation are shown with Pittsburgh Catholic and Jewish pilgrims at the River Jordan in Israel. The group was in Israel, but the nation ...

Group aims to ease pain over suicide

Karen Voss knows the pain of losing a son to suicide. But when it happened six years ago, she didn’t know of any support groups that she could turn to for help. There were many questions.&# ...

Service ministry is legacy of love

Answering “yes” to an invitation from her pastor in June 1990 led Carmelia Fury to 25 more years of saying “yes” to people in need in Lawrence County.When Father Joseph Dascenz ...

Priests prepare for big changes

As priests prepare for a major transformation of local parishes, they are taking part in an effort to develop new leadership skills. Recently, 150 of them gathered to learn, reflect on and pray about ...

Pittsburgh pilgrims renew wedding vows in Cana

Bishop David Zubik and Rabbi Aaron Bisno are in the Holy Land this week with an interfaith group of pilgrims from Pittsburgh on the “Pursuers of Peace” pilgrimage.The mission of this Holy ...

School News

St. Anthony program switches to two-classroom model

School News

St. Anthony School Programs will move to a two-classroom model at St. Thomas More School for the 2016-17 school year. The new set-up will offer a more age-appropriate setting for the progra ...

Students, educators honored nationally

School News

St. Joseph High School junior Isabelle Schroeder was one of 3,000 students from around the world to advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in College Park, Maryland.


Students named 'Write Thing' winners

Catholic schools were well represented among the six overall winners in the annual “Do the Write Thing” Challenge, an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence. 

The challen ...


Pope offers new beatitudes for saints of a new age

MALMO, Sweden — The saints are blessed because they were faithful and meek and cared for others, Pope Francis said.

At the end of an ecumenical trip to Sweden, Pope Francis celebrated the feast o ...

Around The Diocese



Public is invited to Holy Trinity Parish in Robinson Township on Tuesday, Feb. 21, for “Connect Night,” a casual evening of light refreshments and wine, highlighted by a talk ...



Holy Apostles Parish will host a Festival of Praise on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Church, 3171 Churchview Ave. in Baldwin. Titled “The Hope of ...




A group of local musicians will join in a “Night of Entertainment” on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 7-11 p.m. at Cefalo’s, 428 Washington Ave. in Carnegie. Event is hel ...



St. James Parish in Sewickley is sponsoring a 10-week Bible study titled “Eucharistic: Discovering the Mass in the Bible,” which will be held on Sundays, starting Jan. 29, from ...


Women and men working together for life

A recent “traffic light moment” reminded me of a few important truths about our efforts to end abortion.

I was sitting in my car at a red light early one Saturday morning, just after the Wo ...

How the church saves the scrupulous

She loves the Catholic Church, she wrote, and wants to become a Catholic, but she thinks the church will be bad for her. “I am prone to religious scrupulosity,” someone named Lynn wrote in ...

Social teaching rooted in human dignity

QUESTION: In an adult education talk in my parish, the presenter said we should know the social teaching of the Catholic Church. It was more of a passing comment, but it struck me that I was not ...

Lift high the cross

The hymn “Lift High the Cross,” with its familiar refrain, will be sung in many of our churches during this Lenten season. The inspiration for its composition can be found in 1 Corinthians ...

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