Parish wins first prize & hearts in outreach
Holy Spirit Parish in Lawrence County makes new friends by appearing in a holiday parade and marketplace.
Family faith formation key as students return
Parish faith formation leaders are again teaching students in-person, as more parents benefit from the experience of helping their children learn and live the faith.
Parish programs thriving online
Online programming attracted new people during the height of the pandemic, and parishes say they will stay online even as as events open up in person.
Amen to Action signups filling up
Sign ups are underway at 10 area churches to pack one million meals for the hungry through Amen to Action.
Holy Family Parish: faith with fellowship
Holy Family Parish in Oakmont, Plum and Verona will welcome back parishioners for National Back to Church Sunday on Sept. 19.
Take 5 with Fr. DeVille: still busy at 90
Take 5 with Father George DeVille as he celebrates his 90th birthday, to learn about his call to the priesthood and why he has no plans to retire.
Local volunteers build homes & hope
More coverage of parish mission trips to help needy families in Appalachia.
Mission trips change lives
With the pandemic easing, parishes and other groups are again fixing up the homes of neighbors in need, and changing lives.
Archives tops 10,000 volumes
Sacramental records from merged parishes are being stored at the diocesan Archives and Records Center, which recently logged its 10,000th volume.
Butler organist: Fifty years of faith & music
Tom Snow, organist at St. Paul Church in Butler, marks 50 years of making beautiful music for God.
New parishes feel energy
Four groupings of 15 parishes will merge July 1 to become the newest parishes in the diocese. They are already working on how to bring God’s love and mercy to more people.
Stepping forward, adjusting to change
The faithful continue to adjust to changing health guidelines for safely attending Mass as the pandemic eases.
Pope boosts catechists
Pope Francis has elevated the lay ministry of catechists, underscoring the importance of their work in the evangelizing mission of the Church.
On the path to priesthood
Seminarians Dan D’Antonio and Tom Kadlick are accepted as candidates for Holy Orders, the next step on their path to the priesthood.
Parish festivals to return
Parish festivals are returning to the Diocese of Pittsburgh, with plans underway for safe summer celebrations.
Deacon’s friend thankful to help out
An anonymous donor has given several thousand dollars to help the needy served by parishes in Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs.
Buildings are reborn
Our parish buildings are meant to serve God’s people, sometimes in new ways. Three merged parishes have converted existing space to create new parish centers.
Fish fries hook ’em
The first week of Lenten Fish Fries went well across the diocese as parishioners got used to take-out ordering.
Parish finds new ways to feed multitudes
Instead of holding their fish fries this Lent, Blessed Trinity Parish in south Pittsburgh is holding a food giveaway and asking parishioners to support local restaurants.
Parish Share campaign to begin
Annual appeal more important than ever after COVID restrictions have impacted parish offertory collections.
Holiday gifts of love from the kitchen
As the pandemic continues, many of our homebound elderly are bearing an additional burden. Parishioners brought them some holiday cheer as a reminder of God’s enduring love.
New parish leadership
Just as Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare of Assisi were united in ministry 800 years ago, their new namesake parishes will be led by a diocesan priest who has been long influenced by the Franciscan tradition.
Joining hearts & hands in the Beaver Valley
The Beaver Valley parishes of the Great Grouping are coming together in service and worship to help each other through challenging times.
Hi tech helps overcome obstacles
Technology is playing a critical role in helping to bring together the South Hills parishes of Nativity, St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, St. Germaine and St. Valentine in January.
Walking with Jesus along The Way
“People encounter Jesus in ChristLife and get excited about Him. But the question is, where is He going to lead me if I follow Him? What is He going to do in my life?” said Michel Therrien, president of Preambula Group, which sponsors The Way.
From many parishes, The Church Alive!
Despite unforeseen challenges of merging multiple parishes during a pandemic, one determined pastor has found ways to bring God’s people together while keeping them safe.
Got milk, gave God’s love
Volunteers sprang into action when the milk truck arrived, handing out up to two gallons per family. Some brought milk to a local senior center. Police officers also helped make deliveries.
Helping from home
When the pandemic prevented parishioners from the Diocese of Pittsburgh from making their annual mission trip to Appalachia, they decided to help their cash-strapped parishes and needy families close to home.
Living Stations offer hope
Mike Stack kept teaching as he directed the young people who were preparing for one last dramatic presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross.
Young hearts beat for inner city
Vagabond Missions began its inner city ministry to Pittsburgh youth five years ago with two missionaries in the city’s Garfield neighborhood. Today, thanks to strong support and prayers, 14 staffers serve at four mission sites, and Pittsburgh has become the organization’s national headquarters.
Holy Week 2020
The thought of spending Holy Week at home is inconceivable for most Catholics. But as the coronavirus spread, the unthinkable is becoming reality.
Living our faith in trying times
The threat and reality of the coronavirus pandemic make it easy to be consumed by panic and fear. But this crisis can also be a time for people to grow closer to Jesus and serve those in need. “God is clearing out space in our lives,” said Father Joseph McCaffrey, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish…
Crisis provides opportunity for works of mercy
Deacon Tom Berna is following Jesus’ call to feed the hungry as the need grows across the Pittsburgh region due to the coronavirus pandemic.