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Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

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... More

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...

Sacraments are encounters with God

QUESTION: Several friends have told me that they have encountered priests who have refused them sacraments. Why would they do that? Sacraments are for the people, not the priests,...

Divorce is complex and painful

QUESTION: My parents have been divorced for many years. My mother has remarried, but my father has not (nor does he intend to). However, he has not received Communion since the divorce many...

Sacraments should be heard, seen

QUESTION: Are there guidelines for how sacraments are to be celebrated? Recently I attended the christening of a relative and it was like a three-ring circus! There were eight babies to be...

Discipleship should be high priority

QUESTION: What is the meaning of the part of St. Luke’s Gospel where Jesus talks about hatred for father and mother? Surely this passage has a meaning deeper than the actual...

A priest's perspective

QUESTION: I am not sure how to ask any of the priests I know, but I wonder what priests feel when so much appears in the newspapers about clergy sexual abuse? ANSWER: Of...

Church invites all to know the Bible

QUESTION: Some people say that the Catholic Church is afraid of private interpretation of Scripture. Isn’t that what we all do every time we take up the Bible? Isn’t that what...

Kosher laws have ancient origin

QUESTION: I have never fully understood what is included in the “kosher” laws observed within the Jewish community. Why don’t Christians follow...

Use care when buying a Bible

QUESTION: I wanted to buy a Bible as a wedding gift for two Catholic friends. I thought that it would be a simple matter of going to a bookstore and getting one. I found so many different...

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PARISH MISSION

St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township will host its annual parish mission, Sunday through Wednesday, Jan. 20-23. Mission will be led by Franciscan...

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COME TO ME

“Come to Me” is the theme of the next festival of praise at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin on Saturday, Jan. 12, from...

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SPIRITUAL THERAPEUTIC RECOVERY

St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township continues its Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery Ministry for those struggling with a loved...

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FREE ROSARY MAKING

A free rosary making workshop will be Saturday, Jan. 5, from noon-2 p.m. at the Legion of Mary Home, 1705 Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh’s Carrick...

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Calendar of Events

THURSDAY, JAN. 24

Support group meeting, Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery ministry, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Catherine of Sweden, 2554 Wildwood Road, Hampton Township. Led by...

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MONDAY, JAN. 14

Holy hour for peace, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for peace, vocations, to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, to St. Michael,...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 12

Scholarship and entrance exam, for students entering ninth grade in 2019-20 school year, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Joseph High School, 800 Montana Ave., Natrona...

Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, JAN. 1

Solemnity of Mary, a holy day of obligation in the Catholic Church, honoring Mary as the mother of God. Catholics are required to attend...


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