Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

George Schmotzer (left) with his student, Jose.

REACHING OUT TO NEW NEIGHBORS

Jose is a devout, hard-working man, sending every available dollar from his landscaping job to support his wife and three children in Mexico. He has found a faithful friend in George Schmotzer.

Schmotzer volunteers as a tutor at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Meadow Lands, Washington County, helping Jose learn English. As a documented worker in the U.S., Jose will rejoin his family later this year and plans to return in 2018 for more seasonal work.

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Christine Patsch, St. Cecilia Parish - Photo by Jim Judkis

GIFTS HELP EDUCATE FAITH FORMATION LEADERS

When Christine Patsch took over leadership of her parish’s faith formation program years ago, she never expected to pursue higher education in the field. Tuition was too costly.

But next May she will earn a degree in religious studies, benefiting the children of St. Cecilia Parish in Rochester.

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CHURCH RENOVATION ADDRESSES URGENT NEEDS

Parishioners of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish have even more reason to express gratitude this Thanksgiving weekend as they welcome the physical transformation of their church.

Sacrificial gifts committed in the pilot phase of Our Campaign for The Church Alive! allowed the Pleasant Hills parish to fully renovate the interior of the church building, which was built in 1952.

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OUR CAMPAIGN FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!

INVESTING IN OUR CHILDREN

Working on the cutting edge of new technology in the oil and natural gas industry, Madalyn Bergard thanks her Catholic high school for sparking her interest in science.

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‘THIS IS TRULY HOME’

Nearly a century after their parish was founded, the St. Kilian family finally has arrived home.

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GIVING BACK TO OUR SHEPHERDS

The retired priests of the diocese have taken care of God’s people for decades. Now the faithful are giving back to them through a much-needed expansion of St. John Vianney Manor retirement home.

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GOOD WORKS FALL 2016