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Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

Mortal sin is willful act against God

QUESTION: My question is about God’s justice and fairness. Say that I die with just one mortal sin on my soul, but have lived an otherwise good life. Do I go to hell because of that... More

Be open to the influence of God

QUESTION: I have come to the conclusion that my spiritual life is very “ordinary.” I am usually fine with that. But sometimes I hear or read about people who have mystical...

Liturgical celebrations honor Mary

QUESTION: Just how many feast days does the Blessed Virgin Mary have in the Catholic Church? ANSWER: The Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar has changed over the...

St. Joan found strength in Christ

QUESTION: My granddaughter has somehow decided that Joan of Arc is her heroine. I honestly don’t know that much about the real Joan of Arc. Is she really considered a saint by the...

Easter flames dispel the darkness

QUESTION: I attended the Easter Vigil at my parish and thought that it was beautiful. But I could not help but wonder about the purpose of the fire at the very...

Easter Vigil, keystone of Catholic life

QUESTION: As Easter approaches, I see lots of signs at Protestant churches inviting people to join them for an Easter sunrise service. I don’t see that at Catholic churches. We seem...

Palm Sunday 'crowd' explained

QUESTION: In the Passion narratives, we are told that the whole city of Jerusalem came out to greet Jesus. Then how is it that five days later they were all shouting to crucify...

Mormons differ in Christian beliefs

QUESTION: I read that the Mormons recently dedicated a new temple in Rome. The articles that commented on it said that this dedication was a sign that “… Catholics and Mormons...

Help children appreciate confession

QUESTION: My son is a third-grader and attends our parish CCD program. He came home yesterday and told me that all the children in his class went to confession. That got me thinking about...

Gossip can destroy lives, reputations

QUESTION: I went to confession recently and just happened to mention that I gossiped. The priest said that gossip is a terrible evil and that I should be ashamed of what I did. I was...

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...

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...

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BLOOMING ON BAUM

Tomatoes, basil, herbs, geraniums and air plants are just some of the items on sale at the fourth annual “Blooming on Baum” plant sale Friday, May 24,...

Around the diocese

CATHOLIC SCHOOL PICNIC

Tickets are on sale for the annual Catholic school picnic at Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, on Tuesday,...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

STAR WARS BINGO

The Christian Mothers and Women's Guild of Holy Apostles Parish will host a Star Wars bingo on Saturday, May 4 in the parish's St. Basil church hall located in Pittsburgh's...

Around the diocese

CAR SHOW

The Car Society Club of La Roche University invites the public to its inaugural car show Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parking lot of the...

Calendar

Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, MAY 19

Cabbage roll dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Michael Parish, 97 Highland Ave., Avella. Dinner is part of “Welcome to Our Parish” event sponsored by...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, MAY 11

Flea market and bake sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Parish, 4815 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Sale includes home...

Weekly Calendar of events

TUESDAY, MAY 7

Life in the Spirit seminar, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Richard Parish, 3841 Dickey Road, Richland Township. For information, e-mail Pete Faix at...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, MAY 3

Eucharistic adoration, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., St. Alexis Parish, 10090 Old Perry Highway, Wexford.

All-night Eucharistic adoration, 8 p.m. through...


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