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Vibrant music makes a difference in our worship

With its roots before the beginning of Christianity, sacred music remains a vital force today in improving worship across the Diocese of Pittsburgh as part of On Mission for The Church Alive!“Je ...

Bishop David Zubik

Beyond 'The Boss'

The day that I was working on this “Bridging the Gap” article, I had a conversation with Father Nick Vaskov, our new diocesan executive director of communications. He shared with me that t ...

So, if I could ...

If we were brought up Catholic, we have the memory of at least one person — outside of family — who taught us the faith. Maybe that person drilled us in the catechism questions and answers ...

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 Ambridge ...


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 student ...


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 students ...


Make Advent a game changer

Advent comes and goes nearly unnoticed. The only thing worth recognition between Halloween and Christmas is Thanksgiving, and even that has started to take a back seat as major stores start “dec ...

Father Bober

Holy Spirit will guide us through change

QUESTION: As I read things about On Mission for The Church Alive!, I think about the changes that will likely be occurring in parishes in the next several years. I wonder what is going to keep us ...

Numerous reasons for priest shortage

QUESTION: In the material I have been reading in my parish bulletin I am told that there is a priest shortage in the United States. But nowhere do I read why that shortage exists. Is there a clea ...

Should ex-Catholics play a sacramental role?

QUESTION: My daughter would like to have her aunt as a sponsor for confirmation. The problem is that her aunt, although raised as a Catholic, now attends a large non-denominational church near her hom ...

Our personal rights are not absolute

QUESTION: What point is St. Paul making in his First Letter to the Corinthians when he says, “But make sure that this liberty of yours in no way becomes a stumbling block to the weak” (1 C ...

Helpful tips for Bible study groups

QUESTION: Our parish is considering starting a Bible study group. What are things to be considered, included and avoided? ANSWER: If a Catholic parish sponsors a Bible study group, it should ...

Who wrote the Letter to the Hebrews?

QUESTION: Most of the New Testament letters begin with something like “a reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the ...” That is not the case, however, with the Letter to the Hebrew ...

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What was the first Christian worship service held in the continental United States?

The answer to last week's question is: George Calvert (1580-1632). Come back Monday, October 3, 2016, for the answer to this week's question, which is from "The Great Catholic Trivia Challenge" by Claire Mary Smith, published by ST PAULS (

  • A methodist revival
  • A Baptist service
  • A Catholic Mass
  • An Anglican liturgy
  • A Puritan prayer meeting

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