PITTSBURGH, PA

Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

Judgment of Galileo was wrong

QUESTION: Does the Catholic Church ever admit that it was wrong? For example, with Galileo.   ANSWER: Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy, on Feb. 15, 1564. He... More

We should strive to be honest

QUESTION: As a college student, I find it surprisingly easy to cheat on tests. At first, I felt a little guilty about this, but then I realized there is so much at stake in keeping up my...

We live out our faith today

QUESTION: I am a person who does not like change or new things. That applies to all aspects of my life and certainly extends to my faith. I struggle with all that has changed in the...

Much ado about the Our Father

QUESTION: I read that the French bishops and even Pope Francis want to change the words of the Our Father. How can we do that to the very words that Jesus...

Jewish, Christian holidays are unique

QUESTION: A friend talked about the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah as a “Jewish Christmas.” I know that is not correct, but I wonder if there are any connections between these...

It's good to be free from sin

QUESTION: Recently I said to my grandchildren that they had better soon make their “Christmas confession.” They responded that there is no such thing. I was always taught that...

Feast honors Mary's sinless existence

QUESTION: From recent conversations with other Catholics, I am not sure I really understand the meaning of the feast of the Immaculate Conception.   ANSWER: The...

Focus on Christ during Advent

QUESTION: I really love the season of Advent. It reminds me of the quiet and peace that should characterize this time of year. But all that seems to get swallowed up by the early...

Some still spread anti-Catholicism

QUESTION: A neighbor had occasion to attend a non-denominational church recently. She said that the pastor spoke from the pulpit, saying that Catholics are NOT Christians. Can that really...

Changes in parish Mass schedules are likely

QUESTION: I understand that there will be changes in parish Mass schedules as we move forward with the On Mission initiative. When will this all take place, and what is behind...

There are many reasons for dreams

QUESTION: Among the ways in which God can speak to us, what value should we put on the dreams that we have?   ANSWER: God used many different ways to speak to people...

Infant of Prague is centuries old

QUESTION: Almost every Catholic church used to have a statue of the Infant of Prague. I remember the child holding the globe and the colors of the clothing on the statue would change with...

Small weddings always accepted

QUESTION: I read in a newspaper recently about what the author called “micro-weddings.” Apparently they are very small weddings that avoid all the pomp and expense. Would the...

Confession isn't a counseling session

QUESTION: I went to confession recently and started to ask the priest a question. He stopped me and said, “This isn’t the place for counseling.” Would you please write...

Archdiocese is a larger diocese

QUESTION: Would you please write something in your column about the difference between bishops and archbishops, between a diocese and an archdiocese? Are they honorary titles or do they...

Deepen prayer by defining it

QUESTION: When we were young, we were told that prayer is “the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.” Is that still a good definition?   ANSWER:...

Receive Communion with reverence

QUESTION: I notice that people come up to holy Communion and make various gestures (e.g. standing, genuflecting, kneeling, sign of the cross, etc.). What are we supposed to...

God speaks to us in many ways

QUESTIONS: On thinking about my future, what can I expect from God? Will God lead us to the right person to marry? Will God make it clear if a person is to be a priest or a nun? Are we...

Music is a sign of God's love for us

QUESTION: I have never understood why the Catholic Church makes such a big deal about singing at Mass. I don’t get the point. Surely they did not sing at the Last Supper. I prefer a...

King David had many human flaws

QUESTION: I am curious about King David in the Old Testament. He did some terrible things and is really not much of a role model. Why then is he shown as so important in the Old and New...

Symbols represent church founders

QUESTION: In a lot of church artwork, I see four symbols that are not easy to understand. Are they for the four Gospels or some other...

Unitarians lack clear set of beliefs

QUESTION: Are Unitarians considered Christian? ANSWER: In May 1961, Unitarians and Universalists (in the United States and Canada) consolidated as the Unitarian Universalist...

Eucharistic devotion continues

QUESTION: Whatever happened to the church’s Forty Hours devotion? It was such an important part of our parish while I was growing up, but I never hear of it today. How did this...

Meaning of 'conversion' has changed

QUESTION: Why don’t Catholic priests talk more about trying to get converts for the Catholic Church? ANSWER: We might best begin by considering precision about...

Bible teaches eternal truths about God

QUESTION: Do Catholics believe that the Bible is really true? ANSWER: Does the Catholic Church believe that the Bible is true? Yes! The Second Vatican Council taught...

St. Christopher is still a saint

QUESTION: Why did the Catholic Church discontinue sainthood for some saints (for example, St. Christopher)? Does that really mean they are not saints anymore? ANSWER: This...

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NEW COURSE ON AGING

Registration is being accepted for a new course on aging, being offered at Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless...

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EPIPHANY EXPERIENCE

The parishes of St. Joseph and St. Mary of Czestochowa in New Kensington present “The Epiphany Experience” on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. (choral...

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ITALIAN FESTA

Public is invited to join St. Sebastian Parish in Ross Township to celebrate its patron saint with an Italian Festa on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 6-11 p.m. at the...

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CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

• Risen Lord, Pittsburgh’s Marshall/Shadeland neighborhood: CE, 4 p.m.; CD, 11 a.m.

• St. Susanna, Penn...

Calendar

Weekly Calendar

SATURDAY, JAN. 27

Renaissance and Baroque concert, 8 p.m., Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. The Baltimore Consort will present a brand new...

Weekly Calendar

SATURDAY, JAN. 13

Festival of Praise, “Strength from Heaven,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3171 Churchview Ave., Baldwin.

Calendar of Events

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10

Blanket making service of love, 6-9 p.m., St. Malachy Parish, 343 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy Township. Volunteers will make no-sew polar fleece tied...

Calendar of Events

TUESDAY, JAN. 2

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

WEDNESDAY, JAN.


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