Local and State News & Features

Establishing life's balance in the diaconate

By MATTHEW PEASLEE Associate Editor

As a husband, father, grandfather, postal employee and soccer coach, Deacon Joe Basko leads a busy family life. As a deacon, his life becomes a model example of faithful ministry. “You have to More

'Even challenges can be a gift from God'

Deacon Tom Berna was reminded while serving in prison ministry that the virtue of gratitude comes in all forms. An inmate sentenced to life without parole told him he was grateful to learn that his a

Amazon synod concludes, releases final document

VATICAN CITY — To proclaim the Gospel message of hope, the Catholic Church in the Amazon must open new paths of evangelization in the region, including by instituting new ministries for lay men

Father Jon Brzek has worn a number of different hats in his 38 years as a priest, but the foundation of his ministry has always been in the importance of immersing himself in the lives of the people

Praying abortion out of Pittsburgh

A grandmother of twin boys is so happy that participants in the 40 Days for Life campaign were able to change her granddaughter’s mind about aborting them. Their story makes it clear that the c

Baldwin and Norton star in 'Motherless Brooklyn'

NEW YORK — Edward Norton wrote, directed and stars in "Motherless Brooklyn" (Warner Bros.), an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's 1999 novel. The result is a top-notch crime drama whose sound basi

Misrepresenting the church's teaching on suicide

“Blue Bloods,” a TV show about a family of law enforcement officers, is popular with Catholics. It has a Catholic ethos, with prayer around the table and references to God and the church.

Local Spiritan priest fulfills sense of adventure

The Few. The Proud. Father Bill Christy is in rare company. As a 17-year-old, the western Pennsylvania native answered the call to serve when he joined the Marines after graduating high school in 198

Praise for St. John Henry Newman

“Otherwise, we’re going to come in for some loud throat clearing,” said a Protestant writer in the comment box. He objected, very politely, to Bishop Robert Barron calling the newly

Ladies of Bethany mark 100th anniversary

Bishop David Zubik was the principal celebrant and homilist at a Mass Oct. 20 marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Ladies of Bethany religious community. The Sisters of Mercy welcomed

Local military veterans invited to free luncheon

The Working Warrior Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists military veterans, is planning a Veteran Appreciation Luncheon for 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at St. Malachy Parish’s Father W

The saints, your BFFs

“The church in heaven is All Saints,” explained English priest and writer Ronald Knox. “The church in purgatory is All Souls. The church on earth is all sorts.” Everyone will

Defending life: We have to start somewhere

Every four years since 1976, the Catholic bishops of the United States have issued a statement helping the faithful to “interpret the signs of the times” as our country approaches a presi

Street medicine experts gather at symposium

In 1998, Dr. James Withers, in collaboration with Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, founded Operation Safety Net, which has received international acclaim as a model street medicine program. Withers 

Synod groups weigh in on Amazon rite, ministries

VATICAN CITY — Creating an Amazonian-rite liturgy and new ministries for laypeople, including the ordination of women deacons, are some of the recurring proposals made by small groups at the Sy

What would Jesus preach today?

QUESTION: I am writing about the preaching I hear each weekend. I don’t need my priest lecturing me about the latest cause taken up by Hollywood celebrities and leftists. I need guidance for wo

Pray the rosary, pope asks

VATICAN CITY — Told that some people think Pope Francis isn’t exactly a fan of the rosary, Jesuit Father Federic Fornos practically shouted, “What?” “Pope Francis says t

Group hopes to acquire property for youth camp

Four priests are stepping out beyond their parish boundaries with a bold evangelical initiative to help young Catholics encounter God in nature, the sacraments and in one another. Fathers Joe Freedy,

Caritas works to assist displaced Syrians

AMMAN, Jordan — Church bells have been ringing in Qamishli and elsewhere in northeastern Syria, signaling the alarm to Christians and others of the ongoing Turkish military operation that is ha

Catholic terms may be unfamiliar

QUESTION: Father, regarding the recent question about corporal acts of mercy, you provided a nice history lesson, but you never answered the actual question: Why don’t we hear about the corpora

Donors reaching out to help those in need

The message was simple, but filled with love. “Please use the enclosed check to help those in need,” the woman wrote. “I am sending this in memory of my daughter who passed away rec

Capuchin priest ordained

Capuchin Father Tage Danielson was ordained to the priesthood Sept. 28 by Bishop David Zubik at St. Catherine of Sweden Church in Hampton Township. A native of Waterford in the Diocese of Erie, he at

School News


Around The Diocese

(No heading)


Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Court 277 will host a Spirit-filled retreat titled “Lamb of God,” led by Father Nicholas Vaskov, on Saturday, Nov. 9,...

(No heading)


Saturday, Nov. 2, is deadline for public to make reservations for annual spaghetti dinner Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. Nicholas Parish in Millvale. Hosted by the...



Public is invited to “Southside Reconnect: Praying with St. Paul of the Cross,” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist...

Around the Diocese


• Parish grouping 229 will host an indoor festival at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 363 W. 11th Avenue Ext. in Homestead, on the following dates: Friday, Oct.


Moving forward

One of those sentences that sets me off is, “We always used to do it this way.” Or any use of the verb “used to.”

We say this often. “That new pizza shop is...

What does aridity mean in the life of prayer?

To answer this question, we need to ask another one: What caused this aridity (dryness, lifelessness) to occur?

From a human perspective, it may be due to apathy, discouragement or fatigue.

Rediscover the saints

One of my favorite courses in the seminary was hagiography, the biographies of the saints. Nothing excited me more than studying the lives of these heroes of our faith. In every century God has...

Bishop Zubik's Columns

Current Magazine

Click here to see, download more issues

Current Magazine
Current Magazine

Click here to see, download more issues

Most Popular