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Father Charles Bober
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Never too late to have a fruitful Lent

QUESTION: Every Lent, I have the best intentions but never really get off the ground. I guess it’s too late for this year, but what are some concrete, realistic ideas for a fruitful Lent?ANSWER: ... More

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St. Patrick made his dream a reality

QUESTION: I assume that there really was a St. Patrick, but there are so many myths and legends floating around that I wonder what is true. Besides that, what can a person who lived a thousand ye ...

Take up your cross and follow Jesus

QUESTION: I am a bit confused about the “penance” that we receive in confession. What is the purpose of that?QUESTION: A recent homily informed us that “unless we do penance we peris ...

Carrying a cross is not an option

QUESTION: Do the traditional Lenten fast and abstinence rules still apply? And I wonder how that all got started and what’s its purpose?ANSWER: It is important to distinguish between abstinence ...

Thoughts to ponder on church etiquette

QUESTION: There are guidelines for acceptable behavior in lots of places and situations. Why not in church? Is there such a thing as “church etiquette?” ANSWER: There certainly a ...

Social teaching rooted in human dignity

QUESTION: In an adult education talk in my parish, the presenter said we should know the social teaching of the Catholic Church. It was more of a passing comment, but it struck me that I was not ...

Psalms inspired by the work of God

QUESTION: I struggle when reading the Book of Psalms. I don’t seem to get much out of them. Can you provide some background that might help?ANSWER: The Catholic Church utilized the psalms as a c ...

Could reincarnation be possible?

QUESTION: I got into a discussion with friends about reincarnation. Where is the Catholic Church on this?ANSWER: The word reincarnation describes a number of theories about the afterlife. On ...

Is the Salvation Army a religion?

QUESTION: In speaking with a new neighbor, we got to talking about religion and in the process she said that her religion was Salvation Army. I was surprised that she considered it a religion since I ...

Liturgy requires cooperative effort

QUESTION: I went to Mass over the recent holidays, and each time I came away disappointed. The priest lacked any sense of joy, and actually seemed bored and even angry. The sermons betrayed those ...

Eucharist: Prayer of the entire church

QUESTION: Someone told me recently that the rosary is THE prayer of the Catholic Church. I am relatively new to the Catholic faith and was unsure of that. Is there some kind of priority list of p ...

Church encourages respect for the dead

QUESTION: I read the most recent church document on care for cremated remains and noted that they were to be buried or placed in a mausoleum. There was also a strong objection to people keeping t ...

The mercy of God is infinite

QUESTION: I sometimes feel that the Catholic Church is more about guilt than forgiveness. I am not sure where that comes from, but I know that it is very limiting and destructive. Is that a true estim ...

Symbols convey very real feelings

QUESTION: Sometimes I get the feeling that Christmas is so filled with signs and symbols that it is hard to find the real substance of this holiday. How can the church help?ANSWER: Providing an answer ...

Confession is about one's own sins

QUESTION: It strikes me that some people are in the confessional for a very long time and others are in and out. Why is that? I ask only because I wonder if I might be doing it wrong.ANSWER: Ther ...

Church awaits those seeking Christ

QUESTION: When someone says that they want “to come back to the Catholic Church,” how does that happen?ANSWER: How a person returns to the practice of the Catholic faith usually depends on ...

David is recalled for his gifts, faults

QUESTION: The Scriptures for Advent often talk about King David. From what I know he was not a good example of observing God’s law. Why then is he so important in the Old and New Testament? Most ...

One must always be prepared for judgment

QUESTION: Every year I look forward to the beginning of Advent to get me into the Christmas spirit, but the Scripture readings for the first few weeks of Advent are more frightening than helpful. What ...

All that we have comes from God

QUESTION: I have always thought of Thanksgiving as just another holiday. But I have friends who remind everyone that it was (and is) a very “holy” day begun by grateful pilgrims. Do we as ...

The grieving process takes time

QUESTION: My husband died recently and was buried with a Catholic funeral. The support of family and friends at that time was very helpful, but now I just want to be alone. I have many feelings, and s ...

Tithing is giving back to God for his gifts

QUESTION: I hear people talk about supporting their parish by tithing? Can you provide some background and details about this concept?ANSWER: Tithing is a practice rooted in the Old Testament. The tit ...

Christ's power is stronger than all else

QUESTION: While I hear a lot of talk around Halloween about “spirits” and “ghosts,” I get the feeling that most people are skirting the real issue, which is whether or not we b ...

Rosary is form of meditative prayer

QUESTION: How does one make the rosary a real experience of prayer? So far, it is just not easy for me, but maybe I don’t understand the history behind it.ANSWER: The rosary seems to have develo ...

Extraordinary ministers go way back

QUESTION: My question is about all these laypeople distributing holy Communion. It is such a common practice in most places today and yet no one has addressed the central issue of the whole thing ...

There is diversity of expression in church

QUESTION: I have a problem with inconsistency in the Catholic Church. One parish says this or that is a rule, and all you have to do is go around the corner and you will hear something very diffe ...

A life of faith: The choice is yours

QUESTION: My son is a senior in high school and will be making a final decision about college very soon. My husband and I want a Catholic college for him, but he prefers a state school. What do you th ...

Faith

Pope offers new beatitudes for saints of a new age

MALMO, Sweden — The saints are blessed because they were faithful and meek and cared for others, Pope Francis said.

At the end of an ecumenical trip to Sweden, Pope Francis celebrated the feast o ...

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

ST. ANTHONY NOVENA

The annual 13 Tuesday novena, in honor of St. Anthony of Padua, is being prayed at St. Anthony Chapel, 1704 Harpster St. in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood, on Tuesdays, no ...

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FISH FRY

St. Mary, Cecil

Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 4-7 p.m, church hall, 10 Saint Mary’s Lane. Entrees include fried fish, baked fish, crab cakes, baked salmon, seafood sampler and f ...

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OPEN HOUSES

The new regional schools of St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Bonaventure, both in Glenshaw, will host open houses for current Catholic school families and those considering enrolling pre- ...

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FISH FRIES

St. Gabriel, Whitehall

Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday, 4-7 p.m., parish hall, 5200 Greenridge Drive. Menu features baked orange roughy, hand-breaded cod, seafood cakes, shrimp, haluski, ...

Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SUNDAY, MARCH 26

Living Stations of the Cross, 7:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St. Baldwin. Service conducted by youth group of St. Ferdinand Parish, and sp ...

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, MARCH 20

Eucharistic adoration and prayers for peace, 7 p.m., St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township.

Grief support group meeting, for those who have lost a loved one to t ...


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