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Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

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 ... More

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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 ...

Holy Spirit will guide us through change

QUESTION: As I read things about On Mission for The Church Alive!, I think about the changes that will likely be occurring in parishes in the next several years. I wonder what is going to keep us ...

Numerous reasons for priest shortage

QUESTION: In the material I have been reading in my parish bulletin I am told that there is a priest shortage in the United States. But nowhere do I read why that shortage exists. Is there a clea ...

Should ex-Catholics play a sacramental role?

QUESTION: My daughter would like to have her aunt as a sponsor for confirmation. The problem is that her aunt, although raised as a Catholic, now attends a large non-denominational church near her hom ...

Our personal rights are not absolute

QUESTION: What point is St. Paul making in his First Letter to the Corinthians when he says, “But make sure that this liberty of yours in no way becomes a stumbling block to the weak” (1 C ...

Helpful tips for Bible study groups

QUESTION: Our parish is considering starting a Bible study group. What are things to be considered, included and avoided? ANSWER: If a Catholic parish sponsors a Bible study group, it should ...

Who wrote the Letter to the Hebrews?

QUESTION: Most of the New Testament letters begin with something like “a reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the ...” That is not the case, however, with the Letter to the Hebrew ...

Sacraments: More than things we receive

QUESTION: In adult education classes, articles on religion and even from the pulpit, we often hear of a “new” understanding of sacraments. Exactly what does that mean?ANSWER: The answer to ...

Make Catholic faith part of your daily life

QUESTION: My grandson just got married in the Catholic Church. I was embarrassed at the behavior of the married couple and their friends, not only at the reception but even during the wedding Mass. I ...

Salvation of souls is parish's top goal

QUESTION: Why do Catholics have to belong to a parish? In other Christian denominations it seems that people can go to church wherever they want?ANSWER: The universal law of the church (in Canon 374) ...

Exercise restraint when using resources

QUESTION: Each day, thousands of animals are harmed or mistreated. They also suffer on farms and are maimed or killed when hunted or trapped. What does the Catholic Church believe and teach about ...

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

PARISH MISSION

The public is invited to a parish mission conducted by speaker, author, evangelist and radio host Christina King at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township, Jan. 15-19. The mi ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY

“Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible” is the title of an eight-session Bible study for adults and teens at St. Joseph Parish in Cabot. The video series, led by Jeff Cav ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

ITALIAN FESTA

The deadline is approaching for purchasing tickets for St. Sebastian Parish’s Italian Festa on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 6-11 p.m., at the West View Fire Hall, 386 Perry Highway. Spon ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

CHRISTMAS LIGHT

SPECTACULAR

Brighten your Christmas holiday with “Cosmic Color Ribbons,” appearing nightly through Jan. 15, from 6-11 p.m., in the parking lot of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in ...

Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SATURDAY, JAN. 14

Soup sale, “Soup Made Right by a Knight,” after 4 p.m. Mass, St. Catherine of Sweden Parish, 2554 Wildwood Road, Hampton Township. Features Italian wedding and chicken noo ...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SUNDAY, JAN. 8

• Epiphany Experience, 2 p.m., St. Joseph Parish, 1125 Leishman Ave., New Kensington. Featuring tableaux created by adults and children, Scripture readings, carols and live animals ...


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