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Bishop David Zubik's Bridging The Gap

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 ... More

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'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 th ...

'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 ...

'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& ...

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 summ ...

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 o ...

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 ...

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 student ...

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 students ...

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 his ...

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 o ...

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 Ca ...

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, on ...

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.Quick ...

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 d ...

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 d ...

'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 28 ...

'Excuse me ... Would you ...'

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 to ...

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 of ...

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 seminar ...

Homilies

Christian Associates Prayers

Around The Diocese

AROUND THE DIOCESE

PARISH MISSION

The public is invited to a parish mission conducted by speaker, author, evangelist and radio host Christina King at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township, Jan. 15-19. The mi ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY

“Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible” is the title of an eight-session Bible study for adults and teens at St. Joseph Parish in Cabot. The video series, led by Jeff Cav ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

ITALIAN FESTA

The deadline is approaching for purchasing tickets for St. Sebastian Parish’s Italian Festa on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 6-11 p.m., at the West View Fire Hall, 386 Perry Highway. Spon ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

CHRISTMAS LIGHT

SPECTACULAR

Brighten your Christmas holiday with “Cosmic Color Ribbons,” appearing nightly through Jan. 15, from 6-11 p.m., in the parking lot of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in ...

Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SATURDAY, JAN. 14

Soup sale, “Soup Made Right by a Knight,” after 4 p.m. Mass, St. Catherine of Sweden Parish, 2554 Wildwood Road, Hampton Township. Features Italian wedding and chicken noo ...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SUNDAY, JAN. 8

• Epiphany Experience, 2 p.m., St. Joseph Parish, 1125 Leishman Ave., New Kensington. Featuring tableaux created by adults and children, Scripture readings, carols and live animals ...


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