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Father Charles Bober
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Eucharist, sign of our unity

QUESTION: Is it still true that only Roman Catholics are welcome to receive Communion in a Catholic church? And if so, why is that?   ANSWER: It is correct that only... More

God's justice prevails in eternity

QUESTION: I have been reading about Pope Francis and the existence of hell. I don’t want to get into the media issues, but I am interested in what the Catholic Church does teach about...

God's mercy is intense, abundant

QUESTION: In the Easter season, I hear so much about baptism and eternal life. While I am sure it fills most people with joy, it causes me pain because I lost a baby a few years ago. The...

We honor Christ's willing sacrifice

QUESTION: What exactly does the Catholic Church celebrate on Good Friday?   ANSWER: This question can be understood in two ways. The first is about the actual...

There are few details about Paul's life

QUESTION: I see that there is a new movie coming out about St. Paul. What does the New Testament tell us about him?   ANSWER: The New Testament contains very little...

Monks and friars aren't the same

QUESTION: A visiting priest was at our parish and I noticed he was wearing a habit, so I asked him what kind of monk he was. He answered that he was not a monk but a friar, and the...

Parishes keep sacramental records

QUESTION: I would like to know just what types of records my parish keeps on me and my family. I would also like to know how free they are to give out that...

Focus of confession is forgiveness

QUESTION: I recently went to confession and told the priest that I had not committed any sins but just wanted to obtain the grace of the sacrament. He seemed irritated and said that I...

Persevere in relation to God

QUESTION: Do you think it is possible to have a kind of spiritual depression? I am not even sure I know what regular depression is, but it just seems like I am stuck and spinning my wheels...

Parity is common in worship

QUESTION: At my church, when a man brings up the offertory gifts, the priest shakes his hand. When a woman brings up the gifts, the priest hugs her. Each time I see the disparity in...

Collecting taxes not essentially evil

QUESTION: I know this will seem like a strange question to many of your readers, but I work as a collections agent. My work consists of contacting people who are very overdue on payments.

Symbols have profound meanings

QUESTION: Why does everything seem so symbolic and mysterious in Catholic worship?   ANSWER: Some have described the division that took place after the Protestant...

Be comfortable discussing your life

QUESTION: I went to confession recently and the priest said, “It might be best to discuss that matter more fully with a priest whom you trust.” I wonder what he meant when he...

Judgment of Galileo was wrong

QUESTION: Does the Catholic Church ever admit that it was wrong? For example, with Galileo.   ANSWER: Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy, on Feb. 15, 1564. He...

We should strive to be honest

QUESTION: As a college student, I find it surprisingly easy to cheat on tests. At first, I felt a little guilty about this, but then I realized there is so much at stake in keeping up my...

We live out our faith today

QUESTION: I am a person who does not like change or new things. That applies to all aspects of my life and certainly extends to my faith. I struggle with all that has changed in the...

Much ado about the Our Father

QUESTION: I read that the French bishops and even Pope Francis want to change the words of the Our Father. How can we do that to the very words that Jesus...

Jewish, Christian holidays are unique

QUESTION: A friend talked about the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah as a “Jewish Christmas.” I know that is not correct, but I wonder if there are any connections between these...

It's good to be free from sin

QUESTION: Recently I said to my grandchildren that they had better soon make their “Christmas confession.” They responded that there is no such thing. I was always taught that...

Feast honors Mary's sinless existence

QUESTION: From recent conversations with other Catholics, I am not sure I really understand the meaning of the feast of the Immaculate Conception.   ANSWER: The...

Focus on Christ during Advent

QUESTION: I really love the season of Advent. It reminds me of the quiet and peace that should characterize this time of year. But all that seems to get swallowed up by the early...

Some still spread anti-Catholicism

QUESTION: A neighbor had occasion to attend a non-denominational church recently. She said that the pastor spoke from the pulpit, saying that Catholics are NOT Christians. Can that really...

Changes in parish Mass schedules are likely

QUESTION: I understand that there will be changes in parish Mass schedules as we move forward with the On Mission initiative. When will this all take place, and what is behind...

There are many reasons for dreams

QUESTION: Among the ways in which God can speak to us, what value should we put on the dreams that we have?   ANSWER: God used many different ways to speak to people...

Infant of Prague is centuries old

QUESTION: Almost every Catholic church used to have a statue of the Infant of Prague. I remember the child holding the globe and the colors of the clothing on the statue would change with...

Small weddings always accepted

QUESTION: I read in a newspaper recently about what the author called “micro-weddings.” Apparently they are very small weddings that avoid all the pomp and expense. Would the...

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ST. ANTHONY

NOVENA

Public is invited to St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood to pray a novena to St. Anthony on...

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DARE TO LIVE JESUS

St. Philip Parish welcomes the public to its parish mission titled “Dare to Live Jesus” from Sunday, April 15, through Wednesday, April 18,...

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DIVINE MERCY

The following celebrations are planned for Divine Mercy Sunday, April 8:

Felician sisters will host a celebration starting with Mass at 1 p.m.

Around the Diocese

YOUTH AND USE OF MEDIA

A knowledgeable panel from local colleges will speak to high school-age students and younger youths, along with their parents about “Youth and the Use of...

Calendar

Weekly Calendar of Events &

MONDAY, APRIL 23

Mass, with prayers for healing, 6:30 p.m. (rosary at 6 p.m.), St. Christopher Parish, 229 N. Franklin St., Prospect. Father William Kiel is...

WEEKLY CALENDAR

SATURDAY, APRIL 14

Festival of Praise, “New Life in the Church as Driven by the Holy Spirit,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198...

Weekly calendar

SATURDAY, APRIL 7

Spring flea market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, April 10, Sacred Heart Parish, 154 Orchard Ave., Emsworth. Early pre-sale from 8-9 a.m. with $5...

Calendar of Events

TUESDAY, APRIL 3

Suicide loss support group (Listening Friends), 7-8:30 p.m., Madonna del Castello Parish, 2021 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale. For information, call Jack Shaw at...


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