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Bishop David Zubik's Bridging The Gap

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 More

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

Our doors will be open. Our lights will be on.

“Ego te absolvo a peccatis tuis in nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spritus Sancti. Amen.” “I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spiri

It can change your life

On the weekend just before Ash Wednesday, this special issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic is being mailed directly to you. This is a gift from your neighborhood parish. If you aren’t familiar wit

Homilies

Christian Associates Prayers

Around The Diocese

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...

Around the Diocese

STORIES OF MIGRATION

Carlow University Art Gallery has opened an exhibit, “Out of Many — Stories of Migration,” which features photographs from local...

Around the Diocese

NOVENA

The novena to St. Theresa began Thursday, Sept. 27, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood. Upcoming Mass and novena schedule:...

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LOURDES VIRTUAL

PILGRIMAGE

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers will present a two-hour “Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience” at St.

Calendar

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...

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, OCT. 7

Blessing of pets, Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 1700 Harpster St., Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood.

Solemn evening prayer and...

Weekly Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30

All-you-can-eat harvest brunch, with Capuchin Father Scott Seethaler, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Teresa of Avila Parish, 1000 Avila Court, Perrysville.

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23

Chicken parmesan dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Michael Parish, 97 Highland Ave., Avella. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Takeout is...


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