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Bishop David Zubik's Bridging The Gap

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 More

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

'Are you unaware â ¦?'

Let me tell you a story. It’s one I have told you before. But I’m at that point in life that I can tell the old stories again. And it is a good one. This all took place during the early y

'This Is Us'

A new television series this year has gathered a lot of critical notice and pretty good ratings. Called “This Is Us,” the drama on NBC tells the story of a family but in a different way.

For a million years and beyond

It’s Luke, Chapter 2. No matter how many times we hear it, read it, think it, pray it. It is never old. It is, truly, the Greatest Story Ever Told: And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the

'To give thanks'

On Monday, Sept. 18, 1967, I began my college student career as a freshman enrolled in Duquesne University. For anyone who has gone through the college experience, the first day of class is, to say t

'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'

The spring of 1968 was a time of unprecedented disquiet in our country. The beginning of April that year saw the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., pacifist and civil rights leader.

'I'm David Zubik and I approve this message'

At the end of the televised political ad for president — usually after ripping apart the opponent — the candidates let us know that they reviewed the content and signed off on it. “

I'm telling you how to vote

The headline’s right. I’m going to tell you how to vote. Right here. Right now. Just a few comments first. Since 1956, I have been a “junkie” of presidential elections. That s

A love without limits

Here’s the news, though it really isn’t news to anyone paying attention. Together we are a mission church right here in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. We mission to each other. We mission to

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

So, if I could â ¦

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 answer

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

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

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Around The Diocese

AROUND THE DIOCESE

CHORAL WORKSHOP

National Pastoral Musicians Pittsburgh welcomes Michael Kemp, renowned conductor and author, who will present “A Choral Workshop: A Kemp ‘Booster’...

Oct. 28-Nov. 6

CORRECTION

The time for the Sacred Music in Sacred Space concert on Sunday, Oct. 29 listed in the Oct. 20 issue had the incorrect time. Catholic Cemeteries Association will host a...

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STRENGTH OF CREATIVE SPIRIT

Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, Graduate Art Therapy Program and Social Work Program are sponsoring...

Around the Diocese

SOLEMN HIGH MASS

St. John XXIII Latin Mass Quasi Parish will celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Summorum Pontificum,” Pope Benedict’s motu proprio in 2007, at a...

Calendar

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, NOV. 11

Festival of Praise, “Hearts of Thankfulness,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3171 Churchview Ave.,...

Weekly Calendar of Events

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1

Pub theology, young adult Catholic formation, 7 p.m., Somma Restaurant, 380 Route 909, Verona. Sponsored by St. John the Baptist Parish, Plum...

Weekly Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, OCT. 21

Men’s fellowship, “Breakfast of Champions,” 9 a.m., St. Raphael Parish, 1154 Chislett St., Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SATURDAY, OCT. 7

All-you-can-eat Italian buffet, prepared by Chef Steve of Signature Servings, 3-7 p.m., St. Basil Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 1735 Brownsville Road,...


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