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Renewing Our Baptismal Call

These 40 days of Lent are a time to consider the meaning of our lives, the direction we are going, and how we can better follow Jesus.

We’re called to a continual conversion, a daily renewal that calls us to turn away from sin and toward God.

Here in the Church of Pittsburgh, this Lent can be about seeking what God may be calling us to in the future, and how we are co-responsible for the mission of Jesus.

On March 4th, hundreds of the faithful turned out across our diocese to learn more about our baptismal calling and how to better follow Jesus.

Click here for the story and to download the presentation.

Strengthening Catholic Schools

Catholic schools are one of the best ways through which the Church brings young people into a relationship with Jesus and prepares them for life.

For more than a century, parish-based schools served us well. But recently the parish model has faced big challenges. Increasing costs have placed a heavy strain on parish budgets, leading to tuition increases, declining enrollment and closing of schools.

On February 18, Bishop Zubik took an important step to strengthen Catholic elementary schools, announcing a regional education system in the North Hills. This fall, 10 Catholic elementary schools will become a ministry of all 32 parishes in the region.

Regionalization is intended to reinforce Catholic schools’ identity and mission; reallocate resources to enhance academic excellence and stabilize tuition and enrollment; and enable greater collaboration in curriculum, technology, professional development, athletics and fundraising.

This regional schools model will be coming to other areas of our diocese, as pastors and lay leaders work together in new ways to benefit our children.

To learn more, click here.

What does it mean to be On Mission?

Bishop David Zubik describes how the challenges we confront today are echoes of the past.

Next for On Mission

Cluster Consultation Sessions recently concluded, as clergy and parish teams reviewed and studied the feedback you provided at the Parish Consultation meetings last fall.
  • The 2017 Spring District Consultation Sessions will begin April 25 and conclude on May 11, during which presentations will be made reflecting the impact of feedback on possible parish groupings.
  • Coming this summer: Summer Sessions for the Faithful. Updates on where and when they will be held to be announced.

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