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New schools named in North Hills

Bishop David Zubik has approved names for three newly formed elementary schools in the North Hills region.Effective July 1, Catholic elementary schools in the North Hills will become a ministry of all ... More

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Big beads at St. Bede

Students at St. Bede School in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood participate in an outdoor rosary May 12 using attached beach balls. The event was held in conjunction with the 100th anniver ...

Street ministry making inroads

Standing before a group of adults in a church hall, 14-year-old Kayvon thought for a moment about the question: How is your relationship with Jesus?“Better than before,” he said with a gri ...

Dresses donated to Peru children

After watching a TV news report about Americans making clothes for children in foreign missions, Sister Elaine Hromulak decided to start her own network of seamstresses.The member of the School Sister ...

Fatima at 100th anniversary

VATICAN CITY — While conversion and prayer are at the heart of Mary’s messages at Fatima, Portugal, the miracles and unexplained phenomenon that accompanied the events 100 years ago contin ...

Hopewell parish plans events

Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Hopewell Township will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, on Saturday, May 13 ...

First female law dean named at Duquesne University

Maureen Lally-Green, who formerly worked for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, has been named the first female to serve as dean of the Duquesne University School of Law, effective July 1. She has been servin ...

Old friends say goodbye to Gilmary center

The Gilmary Catholic Retreat Center in Findlay Township was truly a spiritual home, said Father Timothy Whalen. The thousands of people, particularly the young, who crossed its campus found a comfort ...

45 people saved from tornado

WASHINGTON — In the insurance world, extreme weather events such as tornadoes are often referred to as “acts of God.”But in the small Texas town of Emory, about 50 miles northwest of ...

It's parish festival time!

Below is a listing of parish festivals submitted to the Pittsburgh Catholic about their festivals. Festivals listed below are occurring throughout the six-county diocese from May through October. The ...

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

Around the Diocese


Sisters of the Holy Spirit will host a novena to the Holy Spirit in the motherhouse chapel, 5246 Clarwin Ave in West View, from Friday, May 26, through Friday, June 2, starting at 7 ...

Around the Diocese


St. James Parish in Sewickley will participate in a community handbell concert Sunday, May 21, at St. Stephen Anglican Church, 405 Frederick St. in Sewickley. Concert is free and open ...



Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood will celebrate a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m. Following Mass will be an o ...

Around the Diocese


St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township is sponsoring a three-week series in May for Mental Health Awareness Month. Held on Thursdays, series will feature professional speakers a ...


Ultimately, God decides who gets to heaven

QUESTION: A lot of people (and a lot of TV preachers) believe that anyone who does not believe in Christ cannot get into heaven. Does the Catholic Church teach that?

ANSWER: The above question was addr ...

Yes, we can show that Jesus rose from the dead

Christianity plays a high-stakes game. It claims that some things happened in history, particularly the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. In other words, the Christian faith bases itself on a claim ...

Rosary Makers mark 10 years

There are no idle hands in the Rosary Makers ministry at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Butler.

In the past 10 years, at least 1,000 rosaries have been made each month and, to date, more than 79,0 ...

Heavenly lights

I am a sunset bigot. Give me a sunset over Cape Cod Bay and everywhere else is just getting dark. It’s not that I mean to insult God’s creation at work anywhere. But having seen the best, ...

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