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Father Charles Bober
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God reaches out to us through others

QUESTION: At times I find myself deeply troubled about my faith in God. For example, when I see such bloodshed in our streets day after day, I wonder if God really cares. Why won’t... More

Couples living together before marriage

QUESTION: I am living with my boyfriend and we want to be married in the Catholic Church. Before contacting the local priest, I wanted to know in general how the Catholic Church feels about...

We appreciate the origins of our faith

QUESTION: Someone told me recently that the Catholic Church does not prefer the term “Old” Testament. I wonder if that is true and, if so, why?   ANSWER:...

The Lord invites us to his feast

QUESTION: Anytime I am with a group of Catholics, I find such a wide variety of beliefs among them. Today, it seems that Catholics pick and choose what teachings of the church they will...

The altar is a symbol of Christ

QUESTION: My children have asked why the priest and deacon kiss the altar at the beginning of Mass. I thought it had something to do with relics of the saints in the altar, but was not...

No such thing as harmless gossip

QUESTION: I wonder where the line is between gossip and just talking things out with a friend or neighbor?   ANSWER: “Just talking things out” can be a...

Uncomfortable with the Holy Spirit?

QUESTION: Is it me or do we Catholics almost ignore the Holy Spirit?   ANSWER: The question above has two aspects. The first relates to the official worship of the...

Perspective, patience, prayer needed

QUESTION: Now that we pretty much know where we are starting from with this On Mission project, what is expected of the average parishioner? ANSWER: The grouping of parishes...

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...

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...

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CONNECT NIGHT

Public is invited to Holy Trinity Parish in Robinson Township on Monday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria for “Connect Night,” a...

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VATICAN EXPRESS

St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood will host a vacation Bible school titled “The Vatican Express” for...

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GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Listening Friends Grief and Loss Support Group will begin its summer program with viewing of the 20-minute DVD, “Tear Soup: Grieving the Loss of a Loved...

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RENEWING BAPTISMAL CALLING

“Renewing Our Baptismal Calling” is the theme of the next Festival of Praise on Saturday, June 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great...

Calendar

Weekly Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JUNE 24

Monthly breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., cafeteria of St. Joseph Parish, 1125 Leishman Ave., New Kensington. Menu features pancakes, sausage, ham and eggs. Sponsored...

Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, JUNE 19

Divine Mercy holy hour, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for family healing, Divine Mercy chaplet and...

Weekly Calendar and Adoration Schedule

MONDAY, JUNE 11

“Summer Nights,” campus visits for prospective students, 5-7 p.m., Fisher multipurpose room in Wright Library, La Roche College in McCandless...

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MONDAY, JUNE 4

Parish mission, “Surge of the Heart,” through Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m., Corpus Christi Parish, 2515 Versailles Ave., McKeesport. Led by Jon...


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