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Bishop David Zubik's Bridging The Gap

"Where were you when ..."

There are those singular moments in our lives when we can remember where we were when some extraordinary event happened either in our lives or in the life of the world. Tenderly, husbands and wives r More

The best of times, the worst of times

It’s that famous Charles Dickens’ opening line to “A Tale of Two Cities,” his novel of the French Revolution: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …

Love is contagious

Would you be surprised to know that there are only two American-born men who have been formally beatified? They were beatified within weeks of each other last year by Pope Francis. One is Blessed Sol

Your servant, David, is listening

D uring my 13 years as a high school teacher, one of the most important lessons I tried to teach my students was the difference between “hearing” and “listening.” The differen

My heart is heavy

As I write this, my heart is heavy. No one who has read the grand jury report can be unaffected. It is a record of the violation that children suffered at the hands of men who were ordained to protec

9/14

It was 2001. None of us over the age of 25 will forget where we were on 9/11 of that year. On that Tuesday morning, terrorists crashed planes into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center

A lap around the lake

One of my real joys as bishop — and I am blessed with so many — is celebrating the sacrament of confirmation. Just a few weeks ago, I finished my schedule of spring confirmations. It is a

Sunday will never be the same again

June is a month of endings and beginnings. Many people marry in June. It’s the beginning of a new life together, of building a home and filling it with love. Yet this requires husband and wife

Bishop Zubik answers On Mission questions

On April 12, 2015, Bishop David Zubik launched On Mission for The Church Alive! with a year of prayer and study. It continued with extensive consultation, open to all Catholics in the Diocese of Pitt

'What are you DOING for Lent?'

“What are you DOING for Lent??”
In a much earlier time in my life, the Mondays and Tuesdays before Ash Wednesday were filled with that question. In the mid-1950s mo

Christmas: One lasting word

No doubt. The decorations are down. Ornaments carefully packed. Boxes stored until December. Memories of Christmas 2017 are nestled in the heart. As we have once again focused on the real meaning of

All I want for Christmas

One of our beautiful Christmas traditions at St. Paul Seminary where I live is to engage in a “secret Santa” exchange of gifts. We did so a little early this year because of our seminaria

Turkey to go

Thanksgiving 2017 is all but a memory. The dark meat and white meat; the stuffing and cranberries; the potatoes and pies are a part of that memory, together with the table talk among family and frien

The eyes have it

One part of a bishop’s job description that I most enjoy is celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation. In the fall and spring, I’m on the road throughout the six counties of our diocese t

Putting out the welcome mat

One of the realities of my being a bishop is that, when I visit a parish for Mass, the priests and the faithful are intentionally at their best. The church is usually full, the musicians are well-reh

Be a missionary

When I was in grade school, high school and seminary, some of my heroes were the great Catholic missionaries. St. Peter, our first pope, was one of these heroes. He brought the Gospel from Jerusalem

'My country 'tis of thee ...'

When I was a first-grader, my teacher, Sister Eustelle, tried to give us a well-rounded education in reading, writing, arithmetic and religion. In each of these academic disciplines she helped us tru

GroupJesus

Ten years ago, when I was appointed bishop of Pittsburgh, my first decision was to live on the campus of St. Paul Seminary. I hoped that my presence there would encourage more men to explore vocation

It doesn't get any better than this!

We all love to tell stories. And, when we recount memories of significant world events, we often begin by asking: “Where were you when …?” It’s a great conversation-starter. &

'Oh say can you see ...'

Once again, my dear readers, and with your indulgence, I take you back to my childhood days. Every year in the 1950s, we residents of the Beaver County town of Ambridge would come together on the Fou

Dan, Henry and Jack

These last several weeks have marked the turn of an era for those of us who live in southwestern Pennsylvania. As part of God’s extraordinary timing, three very successful, three very powerful,

Uber Est!

Without intending to, I have become a user and a fan of the ride-sharing service Uber. It gets me where I need to go, when I need to be there. And it’s also taught me something about faith. As

Easter came early -- real early

If you were to visit the kitchen in my apartment at St. Paul Seminary, you would see lots and lots and lots of memorabilia from the 1950s TV comedy “I Love Lucy.” I love the antics of Luc

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Christian Associates Prayers

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

PRAYER AND

VENERATION

St. Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood will have sung evening prayers before the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, Nov. 4...

Around the Diocese

IMPLICIT BIAS

The Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group of St. Paul Cathedral Parish will host a talk by Betty Pickett on “Implicit Bias: The Human Element in Hidden...

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ETHNIC COOKING

Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge will hold an ethnic cooking class Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in parish’s Jericho Hall. Colcannon, a cabbage and...

Around the Diocese

HOLY HOUR 

In response to Bishop David Zubik’s call for a year of prayer and penance, St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park will offer a holy hour beginning at 6:15...

Calendar

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, NOV. 5

Prayers for healing, for victims of abuse and their families, clergy and church, 7 p.m, Sisters of St. Joseph  chapel, 1020 State St., Baden. Refreshments...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, OCT. 27

75 percent closeout clearance rummage sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Aloysius Parish, 3610 Mount Troy Road, Reserve Township. Featuring 18 rooms and three...

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, OCT. 22

Mass, with prayers for healing, 6:30 p.m. (rosary at 6 p.m.), St. Christopher Parish, 229 N. Franklin St., Prospect. Father William Kiel is celebrant of...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, OCT. 13

Italian buffet dinner, 3-7 p.m., St. Albert the Great Faith Formation Building of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St., Baldwin. Cost is $15 for adults, $8...


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