PITTSBURGH, PA

Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

Father Gallitzin was a pioneer priest

QUESTION: We just visited a state park named after a “Prince Gallitzin.” Friends of ours said that the “prince” was a priest and should be a saint! What do we know... More

We cannot abandon our country

QUESTION: Almost every year on the Fourth of July I re-think my patriotism. I know I feel loyalty to the values of this great country. I know I am very grateful for the freedom I cherish. I...

Catacombs were used to bury dead

QUESTION: I have always thought that the catacombs were places where Christians hid from the Romans and where they celebrated Mass. My children, however, have been taught that the catacombs...

We respect Jesus in various ways

QUESTION: I firmly believe that respect for the body of Christ has decreased since the completion of the Second Vatican Council. I know not everyone agrees with me, but am I that...

Humanism is centered on people

QUESTION: I was with a group of neighbors and they were talking about religion. Someone asked new neighbors what religion they were. They answered that they were “humanists.” I...

Holy Spirit, instrument of forgiveness

QUESTION: What exactly is the “unforgivable sin” in St. Matthew’s Gospel, and why is it unforgivable?   ANSWER: The passage referred to above is...

Church limits marriage within families

QUESTION: Before some of the changes took place in the church, I know that people were not allowed to marry within a certain “degree of kindred.” I remember that such a rule was...

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...

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...

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HEAL THE BROKEN HEARTED

A night of healing and prayer, “To Heal the Broken Hearted: Praying with St. Charles the Saint of Mount Argus,” on Thursday, July 18, at St.

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BENEDICTION AND

VENERATION

A solemn evening of prayer and Benediction, followed by veneration of relic of St. Sharbel Makhlouf, will take place at St. Anthony...

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SAWDUST CARPETS

Volunteers are invited to come to Holy Martyrs Parish in Tarentum to help create sawdust carpets for the 76th annual Corpus Christi celebration Sunday, June 23.

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FATHER’S DAY

Public is invited to join the Knights of Columbus Gilmary Council 3868 as they honor fathers at the third annual Father’s Day breakfast celebration Sunday,...

Calendar

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JULY 13

Festival of praise, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Sylvester Church, 3754 Brownsville Road, Brentwood. Hosted by Holy Apostles Parish, program will include Benediction,...

Weekly Calendar of Events

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10

Mass with prayers for healing, 7 p.m. (6:45 p.m. teaching), St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 200 Clairvaux Dr, Indiana. Sponsored by Fraternity of...

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, JUNE 23

Spiritual enrichment, “Why Do I Do What I Don’t Want to Do,” offered by Father Michael Decewicz, 2 p.m., Madonna of Jerusalem Church of St.

Calendar of Events

TUESDAY, JUNE 18

Marian-Medjugorje Mass and worship services, 7 p.m., St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, 148 Monastery Ave., Pittsburgh’s South Side. Includes adoration and...


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