Bishop David Zubik is among the local Christian leaders who blessed the Pittsburgh Creche. It’s the 23rd year the creche has been displayed downtown- the only authorized replica of the Nativity scene that Saint John Paul II commissioned for the Vatican.
Corpus Christi parishioner Bill Mitchell has written a poem about eternal life that is helping those struggling with the loss of loved ones.
Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Mark Eckman as an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He will be ordained on Jan. 11, and will remain as pastor of Resurrection Parish in the South Hills.
Bishop David Zubik is asking the Holy Spirit to guide Catholics as they prepare to join in a Synod to help Pope Francis determine how the Church discerns its mission.
The 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge is back for November, helping people focus on the the blessings they receive from God.
Bishop David Zubik will ask the Holy Spirit to guide local Catholics as they prepare to participate in a worldwide consultation that Pope Francis has convened to help him find the best ways to discern God’s call to the Church.
The Legion of Mary celebrates its 100th anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving led by Bishop David Zubik.
The diocese is launching a magazine edition of the Pittsburgh Catholic, to be mailed to parishioner homes free of charge. It will be published every other month an feature stories and columns that will inform and enrich the faith life of Catholics in southwestern PA.
The Peru Mission Dinner will be held online again due to COVID-19, helping the poorest of the poor in Chimbote. The event is set for Thurs. Oct. 7.
For nearly 40 years Genesis of Pittsburgh has been providing support to pregnant women in need, with assistance from Catholic parishes.
A new book and series of live performances celebrates the life and legacy of jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams of Pittsburgh, who converted to Catholicism later in life.
Vagabond Missions has grown from two missionaries at one site in Pittsburgh to 19 at four locations in the metro area. And five of the missionaries used to be inner city teens in the program. Meet one of them- Jaylen Campbell of Garfield.
The Capuchin Franciscan Friars, in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood since 1873, are finding new ways to connect with young adults and spread the Good News.
FBI chaplain Fr. Joe McCaffrey takes part in a panel discussion remembering the 9/11 terror attacks. Fr. McCaffrey helped to comfort family members of those lost in the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA, 20 years ago.
The Addiction Recovery Ministry celebrates the grand opening of its new center in Harmar, led by its founder, Fr. Michael Decewicz. The event is set for Sun. Sept. 12 at 3 pm.
The diocese is celebrating St. Joseph Day at St. Paul Cathedral on Sat. Sept. 18 from 9:30 to noon. All are invited.
The Felician Sisters are asking for assistance as they provide relief to Haiti hit by a series of natural disasters.
Bishop David Zubik tells deacons, candidates and their spouses on the feast of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr, that Lawrence taught us to celebrate and serve the Word of God, to be a visible sign of His presence and perform endless acts of charity. Catholic men are discerning whether they are being called to the diaconate.
Diocesan vocations director Father Ken Marlovits says noise is the greatest weapon the world has to prevent us from hearing God’s call in our lives.
Sister Sharon Iacobucci, diocesan delegate for religious, has been elected to a national position with the Felician Sisters of Our Lady of Hope Province in North America.
The family of a former Crafton Heights man is trying to keep his memory and pro-life message alive through a song he wrote 30 years ago after realizing that, under different circumstances, he might not have been born.
Pittsburgh Catholic readers are invited to sign up for three pilgrimages in 2022 to The Holy Land, Poland and Oberammergau in Germany. Hurry, spaces are filling up fast!
The spiritual awakening program Alpha continues to expand across the diocese as Catholics seek a relationship with Christ.
Oakland Young Adult Ministry hosted Bishop David Bonnar and Darcy Osby at McFadden’s on the North Shore for its first Theology on Tap since 2019.
The first information session on the Deacon Formation Program is set for Sat. July 24. In Part 4 of a new video series about the diaconate, Deacon Rick Cessar helps to comfort the sorrowful.
Father Joe Freedy has been named by Bishop Zubik to the newly created position of assistant director of evangelization for the diocese.
The first of three information sessions to learn about the Deacon Formation Program begins on Sat. July 24. In Part 3 of a new video series, Deacon Greg Jelinek helps to teach the uninformed.
The diocese is inviting Catholic men interested in the deacon formation program to attend one of three upcoming information sessions.
Bishop David Zubik is calling for a new class of Catholic men to begin formation to serve the Church as permanent deacons.
Fr. Michael Decewicz, retiring as a parish priest, is moving the Addiction Recovery Ministry he founded to Harmar.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Adventure Camp & Retreat Center in Volant begins its first summer season, with July openings for teens.
Meet the three men who will be ordained to the priesthood and diaconate this month in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Parishes are urged to support Walking with Moms in Need, a national initiative to help women with crisis pregnancies.
Chaplains and support staff minister to inmates in county jails across the diocese and at a state prison, bringing God’s love and healing.
Bishop David Zubik will hold a memorial Mass for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, on Sun. May 23, 7:45 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Shadyside.
Diocese of Pittsburgh lifts mask mandate for those who are fully vaccinated.
The diocese is hosting “To Jesus, Through Mary,” a May focus on deepening devotion to Mary, with daily social media posts, a text-to-join option, and prayer resources.
A festival of praise will be held on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, online and outdoors at The Arc and The Dove retreat center in Gibsonia.
Catholic Charities is co-sponsoring an online forum to help people cope with anxiety and depression related to the pandemic
Seminarians are helping diocesan Vocations leaders use the power of social media to help men discern whether they have a calling to the priesthood.
Bishop Zubik celebrates the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass with couples across the diocese who have been married 50 years.
The world’s largest Catholic service organization for adult men, the Knights of Columbus are “everyday people helping people every day.”
Remembering the legendary and lovable Pittsburgh Pirates usher Phil Coyne, who lived his nearly 103 years as a devout Catholic.
The Diocese of Pittsburgh highlights efforts of parishes and schools to protect children from abuse.
Bishop Zubik announces appointments of new diocesan Chief Financial Officer, Chief Facilities Officer and Chief Operating Officer.
Bishop Zubik expresses his gratitude for the gift of an elaborate Palm cross given to him every Palm Sunday.
Wil Kondrich learned how to play music in Catholic grade school, and how to help others. When the pandemic hit, he saw an opportunity to support musicians, clubs, and his neighbors.
The pandemic has presented challenges and opportunities for parishes, as pastors and lay leaders find new ways to share the Good News.
A year after the pandemic forced the cancellation of Holy Week services, Catholics are being invited to safely attend liturgies marking the holiest days of the Christian calendar.
The nearly century old Red Door ministry serving the poor and homeless in downtown Pittsburgh has expanded, bringing God’s healing and hope.
Congregations of religious sisters united to fight hunger and food insecurity during Catholic Sisters Week.
Check out the annual listing of parishes offering Lenten Fish Fry meals.
Bishop Larry Kulick is ordained the 6th Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and Bishop Zubik was once his spiritual director.
Learn how a community of consecrated women located in Pittsburgh, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Ireland and Spain are committing their lives to Christ.
Former monsignor Larry Kulick is ordained the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg.
A group of Pittsburgh priests have opened an adventure camp and retreat center to help bring young people closer to Christ.
Feb. 7-14, 2021 is National Marriage Week, a time to reflect on the gift that marriage is to our church, community and country. It is also an opportunity to enrich our marriages.
Read updates for the faithful on Ash Wednesday, Blessing of the Throats and Lent.
The Diocesan Pastoral Center is moving from downtown Pittsburgh to the St. Paul Seminary campus. Read a historical perspective.
The 48th annual March for Life to protect the unborn will be a virtual event due to the pandemic.
The Diocese of Pittsburgh marks the celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Mass and program on Sun. Jan. 17.
A local woman has taken up the cause for sainthood of Elisabeth Leseur.
Father David Bonnar, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh for 32 years, will be ordained as Bishop of Youngstown, OH, on Tues. Jan. 12.
The four years that the next bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg spent at a Catholic high school in the Diocese of Pittsburgh proved to be important steps in his journey of faith.
“Saint Joseph High School played an instrumental role in forming me,” bishop-elect Larry Kulick told The Pittsburgh Catholic. “I received a solid education and experienced a healthy, realistic dimension of the faith in all aspects of my high school life at Saint Joe’s.”
In 2020, overdose deaths reached an all-time high in Allegheny County, showing that the diocesan Addiction Recovery Ministry is more crucial than ever.
In any normal Advent season, about a quarter-million visitors see the Pittsburgh Creche in-person. That likely won’t happen this year. So Mt. Lebanon videographer Gwen Kisker decided to bring the creche to God’s people.
The faithful are flocking to Saint Albert the Great church in Baldwin, part of Blessed Trinity Parish, to visit and pray before a special nativity scene.
When Lauren Koath was graduated from Franciscan University with a degree in theology and catechetics, she returned to Texas and became a parish youth minister. But God had different plans for her.
In a world that cries out for love and mercy, the pastors of two merging parishes believe that their new namesakes will help unify and inspire parishioners to spread healing graces.
This Advent, after a year of unprecedented trials and uncertainties, the Holy Family’s journey to Bethlehem is a reminder that Christ never forgets His people.
The seeds of Cynthia Obiekezie’s faith were planted by her parents, took root in her parish and blossomed at college. Now she’s helping others grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Hace aproximadamente dos años, en un esfuerzo por llegar a la vibrante y creciente comunidad latina de la Diócesis de Pittsburgh, Jorge Vela, director del Apostolado Hispano, comenzó a escribir una columna mensual de espiritualidad en español. Esperamos que también lo disfruten los hablantes nativos de inglés, incluidos los estudiantes de nuestras escuelas católicas que […]
Like the pilgrims, we can choose to look around us at all the good things God has done for us and thank Him.
From an early age, Father David Bonnar wanted to be a parish priest. His family figured that one day, he would become a bishop. Both dreams have come to pass.
On November 28-29, Bishop David Zubik is expected to announce the establishment of 14 new parishes, created from the merger of 40 parishes, and he will reveal the new parish names. The changes take effect in January.
After Jessie Egan Smith passed away unexpectedly at age 23, her parents wanted to celebrate her life and help other children.
Today, Christian leaders are holding a virtual blessing of the Pittsburgh Creche downtown via Zoom. Stay tuned to watch the video!
As Pittsburghers prepare their hearts for the coming of the Christ child, final preparations are underway at the Pittsburgh Creche.
Inside a quaint stone house in Mount Lebanon that was once a Capuchin friary, diapers are stacked nearly to the ceiling in one room and a former confessional holds cleaning supplies. The building continues to serve Jesus and honor the Blessed Mother as Mary’s Place, a home for women with crisis pregnancies.
People seeking solace and inspiration can once again visit the Christ Child and Holy Family in downtown Pittsburgh, where a construction crew is erecting the only authorized replica of the Nativity scene that St. John Paul II commissioned for the Vatican.
Supporters are being asked to again open their hearts to help the poor of Chimbote, Peru, who are suffering greatly in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
When Culture Project team leader Erick Marquez tells Catholic teens that they can make a big impact if they choose virtue over a throwaway society, their faces light up.
Gratitude to God is a cornerstone of Catholic life, so the Diocese of Pittsburgh is bringing back the “30 Days of Gratitude” online campaign to share the spiritual, physical, and emotional benefits of appreciating God’s blessings.
On Tuesday October 20, 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments in the highly anticipated case of Rice v. Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.
The Holy Father’s recent comments on the passage of a law for civil unions for homosexual persons reflect his pastoral approach to persons who may be on the peripheries of society.
As Pam Surano left Mass at St. Benedict the Moor parish on August 30, 2020, filled with gratitude and eager for a Sunday family dinner, she got a call from her 13-year-old daughter, Mary, that would be life-changing.
Duquesne University’s move to establish a new Department of Catholic Studies is expected to help the Diocese of Pittsburgh educate and form lay persons for ministry in the Church.
Winning a nationwide Catholic art contest has helped Jaylee Duncan, 14, stay close to her late father, through memories of his art instruction and the contest’s link to a special string of rosary beads.
With big challenges facing the Catholic Church and society, college campus ministry is needed more than ever, says a local leader who’s been tapped by a national organization to help expand the Church’s college outreach.
Beginning this Sunday, September 20, 2020, the Diocese of Pittsburgh will shift to offering one livestream Mass per week from the Boyle Hall Chapel at Saint Paul Seminary with Bishop David Zubik.
As part of an ongoing commitment to provide healing support for victims of clergy sex abuse and the faith community as a whole, Laetitia Bridges has been named Director of Victim Assistance Ministry.
On Sunday June 28, 2020 at 10 a.m., Bishop David A. Zubik will livestream a memorial Mass for all local Catholics who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of whom did not have a funeral Mass due to the lockdown.
Deacon Jeffrey Craig’s journey to the priesthood has given him a deep desire for sainthood, both for himself and for the people he will minister to as a priest. He will be ordained on June 27, 2020.