Diocesan News

Prayers for Ukraine

The pastor of two Ukrainian Catholic churches in Pittsburgh is grateful for prayers as Russia is threatening to again invade his homeland.

Marching for Life

March for Life demonstrations are held in the nation’s capital and in Bridgeville, marking the 49th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing abortion. Marchers are hopeful the law will be overturned soon.

Christmas Eve Masses

Consult the list of Christmas Eve Masses held across the diocese on Dec. 24, 2021.

Amen to Action tops goals for meals, vols

The fifth annual Amen to Action event to help feed the hungry was a resounding success, with more than 3,000 volunteers packaging more than a million meals at 10 churches in the Pittsburgh region.

Pittsburgh Creche tradition continues

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.

Poem comforts those grieving

Corpus Christi parishioner Bill Mitchell has written a poem about eternal life that is helping those struggling with the loss of loved ones.

Fr. Mark Eckman named aux. bishop

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.

Journeying together through the Synod

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.

Synod begins Oct. 17 with special Mass

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.

Pittsburgh Catholic magazine launches

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.

Hoops, Jesus and ministry

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.

FBI chaplain maintains his connection to 9/11

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.

New center helps addicts

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.

Lessons of Saint Lawrence

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.

Thank you, Sr. Sharon

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.

“Point of View”: A life worth living

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.

Pilgrimages return, space limited

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!

Alpha transforms

The spiritual awakening program Alpha continues to expand across the diocese as Catholics seek a relationship with Christ.

Deacons comfort the sorrowful

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.

Learn more about becoming a deacon

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.

Deacons help to heal

The diocese is inviting Catholic men interested in the deacon formation program to attend one of three upcoming information sessions.

New home for hope

Fr. Michael Decewicz, retiring as a parish priest, is moving the Addiction Recovery Ministry he founded to Harmar.

Walking With Moms in Need

Parishes are urged to support Walking with Moms in Need, a national initiative to help women with crisis pregnancies.

Jail chaplains stress mercy

Chaplains and support staff minister to inmates in county jails across the diocese and at a state prison, bringing God’s love and healing.

Honoring Mary

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.

Porch concerts help build community

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.

Together for Holy Week

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.

Sisters help the hungry

Congregations of religious sisters united to fight hunger and food insecurity during Catholic Sisters Week.

Bishop Kulick ‘humbled to serve’

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.

To have, to hold, and to honor

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.

Mass, program honor Dr. King

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.

Bishop David Bonnar ordained

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.

St. Joe High part of new Bishop’s journey

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.”

Battling addiction with love

In 2020, overdose deaths reached an all-time high in Allegheny County, showing that the diocesan Addiction Recovery Ministry is more crucial than ever.

3D tour of the Pittsburgh Creche

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.

A Window to our faith

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.

Spreading the hope and love of Jesus

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.

Inspired by new parish names

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.

Our Lady of Guadalupe traditions

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 […]

Fr. Bonnar named Bishop of Youngstown

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.

Waiting for big news

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.

From Grief to Grace

After Jessie Egan Smith passed away unexpectedly at age 23, her parents wanted to celebrate her life and help other children.

Following Mary, taking baby steps

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.

A sign of the season

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.

Support the bridge of love & hope

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.

Sharing the beauty of selfless love

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.

Closer to God Through Gratitude

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.

Faith carries family after injury

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 program will form Church leaders

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.

A gift that lives on

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.

Lifting up college campus ministers

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.