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Bishop David Zubik's Bridging The Gap

'Easter us, O God'

“Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia, alleluia! He is risen as he said, alleluia, alleluia!” For all who are Christian, Easter is the event without equal. Easter marks our salvation! Easter More

'The problem with you Christians ...'

“The problem with you Christians is that you do not look saved.” These words were written by the 19th-century German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche was an avowed atheist whos

'May I introduce you to ...'

Recently, I had the pleasure of a pastoral visit to one of our parishes, together with our seminarians from St. Paul Seminary. It’s always nice to be able to introduce the seminarians during ho

Marching for life

This month of January, in the very middle of this month of January, I am traveling with thousands and thousands of southwestern Pennsylvanians and hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across our co

The Light is On for You

This Tuesday, Dec. 11, when parishes across the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be open for confession from 6-9 p.m. during “The Light is On for You,” some Catholics will hesitate. Even some w

"Where were you when ..."

There are those singular moments in our lives when we can remember where we were when some extraordinary event happened either in our lives or in the life of the world. Tenderly, husbands and wives r

The best of times, the worst of times

It’s that famous Charles Dickens’ opening line to “A Tale of Two Cities,” his novel of the French Revolution: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …

Love is contagious

Would you be surprised to know that there are only two American-born men who have been formally beatified? They were beatified within weeks of each other last year by Pope Francis. One is Blessed Sol

Your servant, David, is listening

D uring my 13 years as a high school teacher, one of the most important lessons I tried to teach my students was the difference between “hearing” and “listening.” The differen

My heart is heavy

As I write this, my heart is heavy. No one who has read the grand jury report can be unaffected. It is a record of the violation that children suffered at the hands of men who were ordained to protec

9/14

It was 2001. None of us over the age of 25 will forget where we were on 9/11 of that year. On that Tuesday morning, terrorists crashed planes into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center

A lap around the lake

One of my real joys as bishop — and I am blessed with so many — is celebrating the sacrament of confirmation. Just a few weeks ago, I finished my schedule of spring confirmations. It is a

Sunday will never be the same again

June is a month of endings and beginnings. Many people marry in June. It’s the beginning of a new life together, of building a home and filling it with love. Yet this requires husband and wife

Bishop Zubik answers On Mission questions

On April 12, 2015, Bishop David Zubik launched On Mission for The Church Alive! with a year of prayer and study. It continued with extensive consultation, open to all Catholics in the Diocese of Pitt

'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

Homilies

Christian Associates Prayers

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

HEAL THE BROKEN HEARTED

A night of healing and prayer, “To Heal the Broken Hearted: Praying with St. Charles the Saint of Mount Argus,” on Thursday, July 18, at St.

Around the Diocese

BENEDICTION AND

VENERATION

A solemn evening of prayer and Benediction, followed by veneration of relic of St. Sharbel Makhlouf, will take place at St. Anthony...

Around the Diocese

SAWDUST CARPETS

Volunteers are invited to come to Holy Martyrs Parish in Tarentum to help create sawdust carpets for the 76th annual Corpus Christi celebration Sunday, June 23.

Around the Diocese

FATHER’S DAY

Public is invited to join the Knights of Columbus Gilmary Council 3868 as they honor fathers at the third annual Father’s Day breakfast celebration Sunday,...

Calendar

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JULY 13

Festival of praise, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Sylvester Church, 3754 Brownsville Road, Brentwood. Hosted by Holy Apostles Parish, program will include Benediction,...

Weekly Calendar of Events

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10

Mass with prayers for healing, 7 p.m. (6:45 p.m. teaching), St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 200 Clairvaux Dr, Indiana. Sponsored by Fraternity of...

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, JUNE 23

Spiritual enrichment, “Why Do I Do What I Don’t Want to Do,” offered by Father Michael Decewicz, 2 p.m., Madonna of Jerusalem Church of St.

Calendar of Events

TUESDAY, JUNE 18

Marian-Medjugorje Mass and worship services, 7 p.m., St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, 148 Monastery Ave., Pittsburgh’s South Side. Includes adoration and...


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