Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

Spiritual awakening program expanding to schools

As a cradle Catholic, Mike Sealy thought he understood what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus. That was before ChristLife came to his parish.

"It was a life changing experience," said Sealy, who helped to lead the evangelization program at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Hopewell Township, Beaver County. "I always got the Catholic faith intellectually but it wasn't in my heart. I learned how to make myself available to Jesus through prayer."

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Grant aids parish youth ministry

Amanda Filotei, 16, admitted that her life had gotten too busy. She didn't always make time for God. Joining a new youth group helped to get her priorities straight.

"I've learned that no matter what, God is always there for you," she said. "I'm looking forward to growing closer to Him so I don't stray again."

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Young people key to Duquesne's renewal

Father Tom Lewandowski remembers growing up in Duquesne when the sprawling steel mill employed thousands, pews were packed every Sunday in the city's four Catholic churches and students filled three Catholic schools.

Today, U.S. Steel's Duquesne Works is long gone, shuttered in 1984 and later torn down. The Catholic schools closed, and Duquesne's parishes are now joined with two neighboring churches in West Mifflin. But as parish administrator, Father Lewandowski has high hopes for a spiritual renewal.

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CALLING FORTH NEW LEADERS

Megan Basch never imagined she would lead a new kind of ministry that is helping younger Catholics like herself come alive in their faith.

But when she learned a few years ago that a young adult group was forming at St. Paul Cathedral, she says the Holy Spirit inspired her to get involved.

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OUR CAMPAIGN FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!

'DEPAUL SCHOOL HAS MEANT SO MUCH TO US'

The prenatal visits gave no sign of problems. But soon after Luke Worgul was born, doctors came back with the diagnosis: Luke had moderate hearing loss. At two months old, he was fitted with a hearing aid.

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WELCOME HOME

April is beginning the process of having her marriage annulled in the Catholic Church. Cathleen was just granted an annulment. Both feel a spiritual healing as they are fully welcomed into their faith communities.

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NEW WAYS OF SERVING GOD’S PEOPLE

After returning from an innovative diocesan course about spiritual gifts and roles, a group of parish staff members decided to put into action what they had learned about leadership for effective ministry.

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