Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

St. Joseph High School Students work on experiments in the Robotics Lab at St. Joseph High School, Natrona Heights.

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.

“From my time in the robotics lab, I knew I wanted to do something hands on,” Bergard said.

Bergard used college credits earned at St. Joseph High School in Natrona Heights and graduated in three years from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Today she’s an environmental health and safety manager, traveling to well sites around the country.

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Auxiliary Bishop William Winter and Father Philip Przybyla review architectural plans for the renovation and expansion of St. John Vianney Manor. Photo Credit : Bob Dewitt

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.

Sacrificial gifts to Our Campaign for The Church Alive! are helping to support the first major renovation of the facility since it was built on the campus of St. Paul Seminary in Crafton in 1961 and later became a home for retired priests.

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NEW WAYS TO SPREAD THE WORD

With more people responding to images on a screen rather than words on paper, the Diocese of Pittsburgh is finding new ways of taking the gospel to the Millennial generation while staying connected to older audiences.

A grant made possible by sacrificial gifts through Our Campaign for The Church Alive! will provide mobile video production equipment, a new editing suite, and remote-control HD video cameras to televise Masses from St. Paul Cathedral.

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Families from Greene County parishes traveled to PNC Park on July 20 to take part in Faith Night activities. (credit: Greene County parishes)

GREENE COUNTY PARISHES REACHING OUT TO YOUTH, SENIORS

Since the early days following the American Revolution, Catholics in Greene County have sought to know and serve Jesus. Today they are working together again to strengthen their faith with support from their sisters and brothers across the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Sacrificial gifts to Our Campaign for The Church Alive! are funding a new grant for five parishes to reach out to youth and seniors in what is historically one of the poorest counties in Pennsylvania.

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PROGRESS IN OUR PARISHES

Throughout the six counties of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, parishes are using funds raised through Our Campaign for The Church Alive! to become better witnesses of Jesus and more welcoming to everyone.

St. Wendelin Parish in Carbon Center, Butler County, is one of 13 parishes in the diocese chosen for a pilot evangelization initiative funded by the campaign. The program will help participants to encounter Christ, grow in faith, discern their spiritual gifts and answer the call to mission.

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NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS THROUGH BUTLER PARISHES

More members of the Catholic parishes in Butler are responding to the gospel call to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and care for the sick as they help their neighbors in need.

A second round of 11 grants has been awarded to local organizations from donors to Our Campaign for The Church Alive! at St. Peter, St. Paul and St. Michael the Archangel parishes. This year, all parishioners were invited to get involved.

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SAYING ‘YES’ TO GOD’S CALL

Ria Fruscello had her own idea about how she could help serve her parish, but a small voice kept contradicting her. Parishioners are glad she listened.

Her story begins in the ChristLife evangelization program at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Parish in Whitehall, funded locally through sacrificial gifts to Our Campaign for The Church Alive!  At the end of the three-part series participants were invited to think of something they could do for their parish or the universal Church, and to give a talk about it.

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FORMING SEMINARIANS WITH THE HEART OF CHRIST

Bishop David Zubik wants to fully prepare men for the priesthood of the future, and donors to Our Campaign for The Church Alive! are playing an important role in that effort.

With the graduate-level seminary program extended to five years, adding a “pastoral year” in parishes, the non-profit board of the campaign has approved a grant to provide for Days of Recollection for seminarians to reflect on their parish experiences.

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