Bishop David Zubik's Bridging The Gap

'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


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


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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


A knowledgeable panel from local colleges will speak to high school-age students and younger youths, along with their parents about “Youth and the Use of...

Around the diocese


SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Ambridge will sponsor a Lenten mission from Saturday, March 17, through Thursday, March 22. Mission will be led by...

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St. Monica Parish in Beaver Falls welcomes the public to a teaching session and sacred relics exposition Saturday, March 10, following 6 p.m. Mass. More than...

Around the diocese


St. Richard Parish in Richland Township invites the public to its parish mission, “You Are a Child of God the Father,” Sunday through Tuesday, March...


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See listing of parish triduum and Easter Mass schedules, starting on Page 9.


Stuffed pork chop dinner, with salad bar and dessert, noon-5 p.m., St.

Weekly Calendar of Events


Information session, on pilgrimage to London, Walsingham and Lindisfarne with Bishop David Zubik in July, 3 p.m., Vanyo Room, St. Paul Seminary, 2900...

Weekly Calendar of Events


Festival of Praise, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3171 Churchview Ave., Baldwin. Presider is Father Dan Waruszewski, and...

Weekly Calendar of Events


Open house, 2-4 p.m., Quigley Catholic High School, 200 Quigley Drive, Baden. For information, call 724-869-2188, e-mail admissions@qchs.org or visit...

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