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Bishop David Zubik's Bridging The Gap

Our task for Labor Day

I was raised in a world of work. I was raised by parents and grandparents who had experienced the Great Depression. I learned to embrace work as an honorable, intimate part of who I am. In the Ambrid More

Do-Don't

It’s amazing to me how, oftentimes unexpectedly, we get the nudge to travel down memory lane. And as I go deeper into my senior years, those journeys become more frequent. For most of our stude

Footnotes

The following are excerpts from Bishop Zubik’s July 4 homily for the closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington,

I feel with them

Many moons ago, when I taught seniors at Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, I developed a course titled “Christian Lifestyles.” It was a one-semester required course for those student

The fireside chat

When I was teaching at Quigley Catholic High School nearly four decades ago, I remember in one of our class discussions, one of my students asked: “If you could have lived at any time in the hi

Encourage each other

Just as I was putting the finishing touches on this article, I received the news that Jim, my friend of nearly 50 years, more like a brother to me, died. And while his death was expected as a result

Zubik vs. Burwell

It’s something I never expected in my life. Yet here I am, a guy from a small town in Beaver County, Ambridge, and I have a Supreme Court case named after me. It is formally called “Zubik

The best of times and the worst of times

Anyone who has played the game of Trivial Pursuit might be faced with identifying the quote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” For any student of literature, one will

I want to apologize

It was Tuesday evening of Holy Week, 2009. Though late in the season, snow was in the air. I had been your bishop a few months shy of two years. A number of people had gathered together at St. Paul C

Trumped!

It had to happen. This has been one long and a little bit crazy political campaign. Something was bound to happen to bring the church into the fray front and center. As you are probably well aware, o

Take it easy!

In what has become a tradition on the weekend just before Ash Wednesday, a special issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic is mailed directly to your home. This is a gift from your neighborhood parish. Quic

Now what?

It’s been three weeks since we celebrated the feast of Christmas. It’s been two weeks since we celebrated New Year’s Day. I suspect by this time most Christmas trees have been taken

Reach out and touch somebody's hand

This week’s issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic is being mailed directly to your home through the kindness and generosity of your neighborhood parish. Consider this an early Christmas gift! If you

'Do you miss kissing?'

This past weekend, I returned home after making my annual retreat — a whole week alone with Jesus (well, almost). Once again, Jesus directed me on the retreat through my spiritual director of 2

'Excuse me â ¦ Would you â ¦'

A funny thing happened to me in Philly. Oh, I don’t mean funny in the “Ha-ha” sense. But funny in the sense of inexplicable joy. On the very first eve of the visit of Pope Francis t

Test story

Teemu Pulkkinen is tearing it up in the AHL. Twenty-seven goals in 41 AHL games — just one year after amassing 31 goals in 71 games is undeniably impressive and it’s no wonder some people

Pat on the head

When I was a young boy, my parents made the choice that I would go to a Catholic school. I was grateful for it then. I am even more grateful for it now. Our family home was about five miles outside o

So help us God

It was Jan. 22, 1973. I was a seminarian studying at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. I had been sent there to prepare for ordination to the priesthood. St. Mary’s is the oldest semina

My 'OTHER DAD'

In my last writing to you, I shared the importance of taking vacations as an important time to step aside from the usual routine to get some necessary R&R, some very important REST & RELAXATION, to r

Lucy and Ricky's California vacation

As one of the “baby boomers,” our generation became the first television generation. As I reflect back on some of the shows of the 1950s — “Ozzie and Harriet,” “I

Homilies

Christian Associates Prayers

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

ORGAN LESSONS

Group organ lessons on Roland and Lowrey organs are being offered at the Community Center for Neighbors North Catholic Community, campus of St. Athanasius Parish,...

Around the Diocese

ADORATION NIGHT

An adoration night will be Friday, Jan. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Aquinas Academy in Gibsonia. Program will feature Father Dan Waruszewki, singers Emily Cunningham...

Around the diocese

EPIPHANY EXPERIENCE

St. Joseph and St. Mary of Czestochowa parishes in New Kensington present annual “Epiphany Experience” on Sunday, Jan. 5, at St. Joseph Parish,...

Around the Diocese

GIFTS OF HOLY SPIRIT

A discussion on “Gifts of the Holy Spirit” will be part of Oakland Prayer Group’s next informal evening of prayer, praise and teaching...

Calendar

Weekly Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, JAN. 19

All-you-can-eat breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Monica Parish hall, 115 Thorndale Drive, Chippewa Township. Menu includes scrambled eggs, hash browns, ham, sausage,...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 12

Speaker, 6:30 p.m., St. Catherine of Sweden Parish, 2554 Wildwood Road, Hampton Township. Toni Jester will speak about her involvement in Rachel’s...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JAN. 4

Rosary making, noon, Legion of Mary Home, 1705 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood. For information, call 412-885-5840 or visit...

Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

Christmas bake sale, 11:45 a.m. (following 10:30 a.m. Mass), St. Benedict the Moor Parish, 91 Crawford St., Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. Featuring...


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