Bishop Zubik leads candlelight Mass in Strip District

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - Updated: 11:00 pm

By John Franko Staff Writer

Bishop David Zubik said the candlelight Mass June 1 provided the perfect quiet moments with the Lord for people to reflect on the gifts God has given to them and how they must use those gifts in service to other people. They cannot be like the fig tree that withered and died, he said.

“We won’t shrivel up,” the bishop said. “We won’t wither and die, but we will be alive with the love of Jesus himself.”

Bishop Zubik spoke during the final candlelight Mass of the spring at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church of St. Patrick/St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. The monthly Mass of fellowship brought together faithful of all ages from throughout the diocese.

The bishop said he makes it a point to treat the people he meets on the “sidelines” — waiters, bellhops, support staff, etc. — with respect because it witnesses the measure of God’s love in his heart. We must pray that our hearts are more like that of Jesus, he noted, and we must ask Jesus to open our eyes to the gifts he has given. We must realize that we cannot take credit for them, but give them back in service to God. It’s a sign of a church alive, Bishop Zubik said.

“It is, in fact, God’s presence working in and through us,” he said. We must not just know about God, he added, but we must really come to know him. We must use our gifts for his honor and glory.

Bishop Zubik noted that he was “thrilled” to be part of the candlelight Mass. He thanked Father Nicholas Vaskov, executive director of communications for the diocese and administrator of St. Mary of Mercy Parish in Downtown Pittsburgh, for organizing the first Friday event, which has become a staple of liturgical fellowship. 

Prior to this month, the liturgies were followed by further fellowship at the nearby Harp & Fiddle Irish pub.

A cookout had been scheduled for after the June 1 Mass, but threatening weather forced its cancellation. The cookout was rescheduled for Sept. 7, when the candlelight liturgies resume. Prayerful music will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the Mass at 8.

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