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Bishop David Zubik's Bridging The Gap

'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 More

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

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

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

AUDITIONS

St. Vincent Camerata will hold auditions for vocalists at St. Vincent College in Latrobe on Mondays, Aug. 7, 14 and 21, and Tuesdays, Aug. 8, 15 and 22. For more...

Around the Diocese

CELEBRANT SINGERS

The Celebrant Singers will be live in concert at St. Cecelia Parish in Rochester on Tuesday, July 25, and St. Richard Parish in Richland Township on...

Around the diocese

PROMISE OF

CHRISTMAS

Christmas is coming to Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood on Sunday, July 16, from 1-4 p.m. as St. Anthony Chapel presents a...

Around the Diocese

MESSAGES OF FATIMA

St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville is sponsoring a monthly series celebrating the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Next...

Calendar

WEEKLY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SUNDAY, AUG. 6

Super bingo, 1:30 p.m. (doors open at noon, early birds at 1 p.m.), St. Rita Parish, 219 W. Schwab Ave., Whitaker. Admission is $20. For tickets and information,...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, JULY 24

St. Peregrine prayer, for people diagnosed with cancer and their family and friends, 7 p.m., St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, JULY 17

Eucharistic adoration and prayers for peace, St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township.

TUESDAY, JULY 18

Divine Mercy...

WEEKLY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, JULY 10

Living rosary, 7 p.m., St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township.

THURSDAY, JULY 13

Our Lady of Fatima veneration,...


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