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Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

Our real citizenship is in heaven

QUESTION: My question is about death. Today we see so many people doing everything possible to save or prolong their own lives. Why? As Christians aren’t we supposed to view life and... More

Daily communion with God is needed

QUESTION: When the church talks about “daily prayers” what does it mean?   ANSWER: A response to the question above must consider both...

Parents pass values to their children

QUESTION: Now after the vote on abortion in Ireland, I heard that the Irish government is thinking of banning the baptism of babies. Can that possibly be correct? ANSWER:...

Creation story is a theological work

QUESTION: Is the Catholic Church faithful to the biblical truth of creation or isn’t it? Lately, I have begun to wonder if some leaders in the Catholic Church aren’t being taken...

God reaches out to us through others

QUESTION: At times I find myself deeply troubled about my faith in God. For example, when I see such bloodshed in our streets day after day, I wonder if God really cares. Why won’t...

Couples living together before marriage

QUESTION: I am living with my boyfriend and we want to be married in the Catholic Church. Before contacting the local priest, I wanted to know in general how the Catholic Church feels about...

We appreciate the origins of our faith

QUESTION: Someone told me recently that the Catholic Church does not prefer the term “Old” Testament. I wonder if that is true and, if so, why?   ANSWER:...

The Lord invites us to his feast

QUESTION: Anytime I am with a group of Catholics, I find such a wide variety of beliefs among them. Today, it seems that Catholics pick and choose what teachings of the church they will...

The altar is a symbol of Christ

QUESTION: My children have asked why the priest and deacon kiss the altar at the beginning of Mass. I thought it had something to do with relics of the saints in the altar, but was not...

No such thing as harmless gossip

QUESTION: I wonder where the line is between gossip and just talking things out with a friend or neighbor?   ANSWER: “Just talking things out” can be a...

Uncomfortable with the Holy Spirit?

QUESTION: Is it me or do we Catholics almost ignore the Holy Spirit?   ANSWER: The question above has two aspects. The first relates to the official worship of the...

Perspective, patience, prayer needed

QUESTION: Now that we pretty much know where we are starting from with this On Mission project, what is expected of the average parishioner? ANSWER: The grouping of parishes...

Eucharist, sign of our unity

QUESTION: Is it still true that only Roman Catholics are welcome to receive Communion in a Catholic church? And if so, why is that?   ANSWER: It is correct that only...

God's justice prevails in eternity

QUESTION: I have been reading about Pope Francis and the existence of hell. I don’t want to get into the media issues, but I am interested in what the Catholic Church does teach about...

God's mercy is intense, abundant

QUESTION: In the Easter season, I hear so much about baptism and eternal life. While I am sure it fills most people with joy, it causes me pain because I lost a baby a few years ago. The...

We honor Christ's willing sacrifice

QUESTION: What exactly does the Catholic Church celebrate on Good Friday?   ANSWER: This question can be understood in two ways. The first is about the actual...

There are few details about Paul's life

QUESTION: I see that there is a new movie coming out about St. Paul. What does the New Testament tell us about him?   ANSWER: The New Testament contains very little...

Monks and friars aren't the same

QUESTION: A visiting priest was at our parish and I noticed he was wearing a habit, so I asked him what kind of monk he was. He answered that he was not a monk but a friar, and the...

Parishes keep sacramental records

QUESTION: I would like to know just what types of records my parish keeps on me and my family. I would also like to know how free they are to give out that...

Focus of confession is forgiveness

QUESTION: I recently went to confession and told the priest that I had not committed any sins but just wanted to obtain the grace of the sacrament. He seemed irritated and said that I...

Persevere in relation to God

QUESTION: Do you think it is possible to have a kind of spiritual depression? I am not even sure I know what regular depression is, but it just seems like I am stuck and spinning my wheels...

Parity is common in worship

QUESTION: At my church, when a man brings up the offertory gifts, the priest shakes his hand. When a woman brings up the gifts, the priest hugs her. Each time I see the disparity in...

Collecting taxes not essentially evil

QUESTION: I know this will seem like a strange question to many of your readers, but I work as a collections agent. My work consists of contacting people who are very overdue on payments.

Symbols have profound meanings

QUESTION: Why does everything seem so symbolic and mysterious in Catholic worship?   ANSWER: Some have described the division that took place after the Protestant...

Be comfortable discussing your life

QUESTION: I went to confession recently and the priest said, “It might be best to discuss that matter more fully with a priest whom you trust.” I wonder what he meant when he...

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REGISTRATION OPEN 

Early registration is now open for the second annual Catholic Women’s Fellowship Conference, “Overflow: Live in the Abundance of...

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BLESSINGS FOR

HEALING

St. Joseph Parish in Cabot will host Father William Kiel for a Mass, followed by prayers and blessings for healing, Thursday, July 19, at 7...

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ROSARY AND PROGRAM

The ChristLife Spirit Refill team of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrrysville invites the public to pray the rosary on Friday, July 13 at 7 p.m. in the...

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READING GROUP

A summer reading group will meet every Monday for six weeks, starting July 2, at St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood...

Calendar

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SATURDAY, JULY 21

Women’s clothing clearance sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., back porch of St. Aloysius Rummage House, 3610 Mount Troy Road, Reserve Township. Summer clothing items...

Weekly Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JULY 14

Festival of Praise, “Receiving God’s Gifts,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3171 Churchview Ave.,...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JULY 7

Blue Army devotions and meeting, 8 p.m. Mass, followed by rosary, St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Meeting will follow in parish’s Collins...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

TUESDAY, JULY 3

Suicide loss support group, 7-8:30 p.m., Madonna del Castello Parish, 2021 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale. Call 412-508-5383.

FRIDAY, JULY...


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