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Bishop David Zubik's Bridging The Gap

Good Friday and beyond

When a reporter interviewed me recently about this week’s anniversary of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, I tried to explain both my devastation and More

'Blue Bloods' and beyond

To be honest, I don’t have the chance or the time to watch much TV, with one exception. Every Friday eve (when it airs), I have my DVR set to record the latest installment of “Blue Bloods

'Easter us, O God'

“Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia, alleluia! He is risen as he said, alleluia, alleluia!” For all who are Christian, Easter is the event without equal. Easter marks our salvation! Easter

'The problem with you Christians ...'

“The problem with you Christians is that you do not look saved.” These words were written by the 19th-century German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche was an avowed atheist whos

'May I introduce you to ...'

Recently, I had the pleasure of a pastoral visit to one of our parishes, together with our seminarians from St. Paul Seminary. It’s always nice to be able to introduce the seminarians during ho

Marching for life

This month of January, in the very middle of this month of January, I am traveling with thousands and thousands of southwestern Pennsylvanians and hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across our co

The Light is On for You

This Tuesday, Dec. 11, when parishes across the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be open for confession from 6-9 p.m. during “The Light is On for You,” some Catholics will hesitate. Even some w

"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

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

Homilies

Christian Associates Prayers

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

CLERGY PANEL

A panel of ecumenical clergy will discuss how holy Communion is practiced among various Christian traditions on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Roots of Faith, 800 Main St. in...

Importance of sacramental marriage

QUESTION: I always thought that it was enough that my spouse and I were legally married. Now that we want to have a child baptized in the Catholic Church, we were told that our marriage is...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

HOW WE AGE

“Seasons of Your Life,” is a series of sessions dealing with challenges of aging and retirement, held at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton...

Calendar

Weekly Calendar

SATURDAY, SEPT. 7

Flea market and Polish food sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Friendship Hall of St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish, 857 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington. Food menu includes...

Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, SEPT. 3

Presentation, 7-8 p.m., Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish hall, 300 Pike St., Meadowlands. Pittsburgh author Lillie Leonardi, will discuss her memoir,...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 20

Marian-Medjugorje worship services and Mass, 7 p.m., St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Monastery, 148 Monastery Ave., Pittsburgh’s South Side. Call...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, AUG 10

Festival of praise, “Jesus’ Call to Us,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St., Baldwin. Father...


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