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Bishop David Zubik's Bridging The Gap

A day in the life

It never fails. Any time I pay a visit to one of our elementary schools, the students in the lower grades will always ask the question: “What does a bishop do all day?” And so, just in ca More

True to character

Recently, my cousin Karen, who sends me a number of text messages each week, passed on to me a photo from the archives of our home parish, Good Samaritan in Ambridge. The photo was of a young man dre

'Let nary a day go by without ...'

One of my favorite spots — any day, every day — is the chapel at St. Paul Seminary. When I moved back into the seminary upon my return from Green Bay more than 12 years ago, I was delight

'Babushka Power'

Whenever my parents had a Saturday night date night when I was a youngster, I always had the same sitter. She was my maternal grandmother, my Baba, whom I affectionately called “Porchy,”

Looking into their eyes

Shortly after he was elected as our Holy Father in March 2013, Pope Francis said something that “hit me between the eyes.” His words made a significant impact on my reaching out to others

IOU

My guess is that you remember what it was like to purchase your first car. For me, it was a 1970 Pontiac Le Mans, medium green with a dark green vinyl roof. I purchased it at Downtown Pontiac dealers

Good Friday and beyond

When a reporter interviewed me recently about this week’s anniversary of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, I tried to explain both my devastation and

'Blue Bloods' and beyond

To be honest, I don’t have the chance or the time to watch much TV, with one exception. Every Friday eve (when it airs), I have my DVR set to record the latest installment of “Blue Bloods

'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

'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

Homilies

Christian Associates Prayers

Around The Diocese

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The following information was missing from the parish Lenten activity listings, published in the Feb. 21 issue.

VICARIATE 3

BEAVER/FREEDOM/NEW...

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FISH FRY

Transfiguration, Russellton, and St. Victor, Bairdford

Ash Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Victor Activity...

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DIVINE MERCY

“Divine Mercy: Sharing What We Receive” will be presented by Father Tom Gramc on Sunday, Feb. 9, at St. Columbkille Parish in Imperial, starting at 2...

Around the Diocese

“LAUDATO SI’”

“Laudato Si,’ Pope Francis, the Environment and Me” is title of a four-week program Wednesdays, Feb. 5-26, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Calendar

Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, MARCH 1

Eucharistic adoration, 11:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m., chapel of St. Sebastian Parish, Ross Township.

MONDAY, MARCH 2

“Hinges to Holy...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 21

Presentation, “A Pencil in God’s Hand,” by architect Louis Astorino, St. James Church of Divine Redeemer Parish, 200 Walnut St.,...

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, FEB. 16

All-you-can-eat breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon, St. Monica Parish Hal, 116 Thorndale Dr., Chippewa Twp. Menu includes scrambled eggs, hash browns, ham, sausage, toast,...

Weekly Calendar

MONDAY, FEB. 10

Life in the Spirit, 7-8:30 p.m., Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Father John Sweeney will present “Transformation...


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