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Father Charles Bober
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Church can deny Christian burial

QUESTION: I have heard there was a time when the church would not permit a funeral Mass for someone who took their own life. Is that true? QUESTION: Does the Catholic Church... More

Altar, tabernacle deserve reverence

QUESTION: Isn’t the tabernacle the most important thing in any Catholic church?   ANSWER: The answer to this question is not as simple as it seems, and it...

Church teaches wider vision of sacraments

QUESTION: I am an old Catholic, and I think that my grandchildren have some odd ideas about the sacraments. What is wrong with what we learned (that sacraments are “outward signs...

Penance is part of expected renewal

QUESTION: When we say the Act of Contrition, we promise to “do penance,” yet those few prayers that the priest assigns seem inadequate to make up for the sins that have been...

Welcoming vs. reverence at Mass

QUESTION: I go to Mass each weekend, but never really feel welcome. I feel that most Catholics do not make any effort to welcome people at Mass. I wonder if other people feel that way and...

Evil should not be a barrier to faith

QUESTION: My husband has not been to Mass since the Grand Jury Report was made public last summer. Not even Christmas would bring him around. I am not sure what to...

God's word helps form your conscience

QUESTION: I often hear people talk about what they do or don’t do and sum it up by saying, “but it is really up to my conscience.” Somehow to me that translates as...

Healings occur in a variety of ways

QUESTION: My question is about “healings.” Do they really happen today? Do these people on TV or others who say they can heal really do that?   ANSWER:...

Appreciate God's goodness and love

QUESTION: Officially, what are the specific requirements to get into heaven? You see, I lead the best life I can because I am deathly afraid of hell. Call it upbringing if you like, but I...

Choose your Bible version wisely

QUESTION: During Christmas vacation, we visited friends who are no longer Catholic. Our children began to read from the Bible found in our friend’s home. I told them not to read it...

Homily looks to Scripture for insights

QUESTION: My question is about the content of the sermon at Mass. I wonder why priests concentrate so much on the Bible. The Bible seems to me like “old news.” I want to hear...

'Spiritual life' begins with prayer

QUESTION: I often hear people talk about their “spiritual lives.” I am not sure what that means, but honestly think that I really don’t have one. I don’t feel...

Gospels written from varied perspectives

QUESTION: My concept of “Christmas” revolves around what I have read and heard all my life from the Bible. When I hear people say that “… none of that really...

Welcome the stranger at Mass

QUESTION: Soon we will once again be with our “once a year Catholic” neighbor at Christmas. I find it annoying to see them at church. They are never around to support the rest...

God wants to intervene in your life

QUESTION: I would like to know the meaning of the feast of the Immaculate Conception. I would also like to know if this feast is a recent one or one that was celebrated throughout Christian...

Keep Christ at the center of your world

QUESTION: In general, I understand the seasons of the church year, but Advent has always been confusing to me. I am not sure what we are supposed to be doing or what it really means. It is...

Many Arab Christians exist today

QUESTION: I always thought that all Arabs were Muslims, that Arabs and Muslims meant the same thing. But I have been told that there are lots of Christian Arabs. Is this...

Church offers insights into God's mind

QUESTION: I get the feeling that the Catholic Church is way too concerned about sex. Why does the church talk about it so much? Even more importantly, why does the Catholic Church think it...

Nothing will surpass joy of heaven

QUESTION: Having just lost a loved one, I am particularly interested in the afterlife. I know there are a lot of opinions out there, but I am interested in what is found in Scripture and...

Commandments of God are clear

QUESTION: I have a question about the “Ten Commandments.” As I read the Bible, I am surprised to find that what I learned from my Catholic up-bringing as the “Ten...

Book of Revelation full of symbolism

QUESTION: I am trying to read the New Testament Book of Revelation. What do we know about its author, purpose and meaning?   ANSWER: Questions have arisen regarding...

Children must own their life choices

QUESTION: I did all I could to raise my children in the Catholic faith. Now all but one has left the Catholic Church. I am not sure if they really know how badly I feel about that. The...

Satan is often depicted as a tester

QUESTION: What does the Bible say about the devil?   ANSWER: Two preliminary concepts are important in determining how the Bible understands the devil. The first is...

Scriptures offer modern-day lessons

QUESTION: My question is about the homily at Mass. I wonder why priests concentrate so much on the Bible. The Bible seems to me like “old news.” I want to hear about what is...

We're in awe at God's loving deeds

QUESTION: I hear people talk about “fearing” God. If God is such a loving God, why should we be afraid?   ANSWER: In our human history, when people...

Orphanage housed kids for 129 years

QUESTION: I have heard my grandmother talk about St. Paul Orphanage. When did it begin and when did it close?   ANSWER: St. Paul Orphanage began in 1836 when three...

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SIX STEPS TO SANITY

Transfiguration and St. Victor parishes invite those dealing with the addiction of a loved one to its Six Steps to Sanity program, which meets Thursdays at 7...

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Northside Catholic Assumption Academy, Brighton Heights

Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 3-6:30 p.m., Axmacher Hall (below St. Cyril Church), 3854...

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St. Alphonsus,

West Sunbury

Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday, 4-6 p.m., St. Louis Church hall, 202 W. State St. Menu features: baked or...

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READING OUR

REALITY

The Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English will host “A Pop-Up Symposium: Reading Our Reality” on Friday, March 8,...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 23

Vendor and craft show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Peter Parish hall, 127 Franklin St., Butler. Also includes bake sale, homemade soup sale, soup and sandwich lunch...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 19

Mass of anointing, 6:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 3058 Brereton St., Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 9

Festival of praise, “Jesus: A Friend for You!,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St., Baldwin.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 24

Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Angela Merici Parish, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children. Sponsored by White Oak...


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