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Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

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 ... More

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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 ...

Find Eucharistic food while on vacation

QUESTION: How about attending Sunday Mass on vacation? How serious an obligation is that, and what efforts are we obligated to make to get there?ANSWER: The Ten Commandments remind us that w ...

What the Bible says about racism

QUESTION: While I often hear the Catholic Church speak against racism, I wonder what the Bible actually says about racism. ANSWER: The answer to what the Bible says about racism depends on how careful ...

Catholics see things a certain way

QUESTION: I was once told that there is a uniquely Catholic perspective on things. I have never quite understood what that meant.ANSWER: For some people being Catholic means “having a ...

Use the gifts that really matter

QUESTION: The Gospel story about burying talents has always troubled me. I gave up a very satisfying job for something different because the pay was better. But in terms of what I am doing with my lif ...

Liturgical music should focus on salvation

QUESTION: Our family requested that a tape of a special (non-religious) song be played at a relative’s funeral, but the priest told us that it was not permitted. It was a song that meant a lot t ...

Our behavior at Mass affects others

QUESTION: I wonder if people realize how their personal preferences can rob others of a meaningful experience at Sunday Mass? I am an elderly person with health problems. I have a hard time breathing ...

Bishops formed creeds to summarize faith

QUESTION: My questions are about the creed we say each Sunday at Mass. When and where was it written? Why is it preferred to the Apostles’ Creed? Why is Pontius Pilate mentioned?ANSWER: The use ...

Humanism has many types, expressions

QUESTION: In a Catholic magazine I just read, there was an article on the “dreadful errors of humanism.” Maybe I just don’t understand what people mean by humanism, but what can be s ...

All parishes are susceptible to change

QUESTION: I often hear talk of rich parishes and poor parishes. Just how is it that some parishes become rich and some get poor?ANSWER: Parishes exist because of a specific community of people. They a ...

What makes up a perfect parish?

QUESTION: A relative was visiting us recently and spoke about her parish as the “perfect parish.” I know our parish is not perfect, but got to wondering what a perfect parish would be like ...

Confession includes reparation for sin

QUESTION: Just how important is the “penance” the priest gives us in confession?ANSWER: An answer to this question might best begin with words from the church’s official rite for thi ...

Put more into preparing for Mass

QUESTION: How can I get more out of going to Mass? I have gone to Mass all my life but somehow I just don’t seem to get out of it what others say they do.ANSWER: Sometimes even the most imp ...

God judges our efforts in word and deed

QUESTION: I did everything possible to raise my children the right way. They went to religious instructions and received all their sacraments. However, today not one of them practices the Catholic fai ...

First Communion at center of parish life

QUESTION: At least in the parishes around us we will soon be in the first Communion “season.” It seems to me that the whole thing is overdone. I realize sacraments are important, but the w ...

Bible is a story of constant change

QUESTION: One of my friends said recently that “change is the new normal.” I don’t like that, especially in terms of my religion and my church. At this point, I am looking for some s ...

Easter Vigil: Long and very symbolic

QUESTION: My experience of the Easter Vigil was disappointing. I am not sure how anyone could get anything out of something so long. In addition, there was too much going on without any accompanying e ...

Good Friday liturgy is solemn, simple

QUESTION: I have always wondered why the Catholic Church does not celebrate Mass on Good Friday. You would think that on that day, above all, Mass would be celebrated. Would you please write something ...

God never acts against free will

QUESTION: My question is about free will. For example, were Joseph and Mary really free to say “no” to God as they were asked to take on special roles? The same goes for us. Are we really ...

God helps form our conscience

QUESTION: I often hear people say, “Just follow your conscience.” I really don’t know what that means. Would you please write something about how the church understands conscience?AN ...

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

CONNECT NIGHT

Public is invited to Holy Trinity Parish in Robinson Township on Tuesday, Feb. 21, for “Connect Night,” a casual evening of light refreshments and wine, highlighted by a talk ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

FESTIVAL OF PRAISE

Holy Apostles Parish will host a Festival of Praise on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Church, 3171 Churchview Ave. in Baldwin. Titled “The Hope of ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

NIGHT OF

ENTERTAINMENT

A group of local musicians will join in a “Night of Entertainment” on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 7-11 p.m. at Cefalo’s, 428 Washington Ave. in Carnegie. Event is hel ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

BIBLE STUDY

St. James Parish in Sewickley is sponsoring a 10-week Bible study titled “Eucharistic: Discovering the Mass in the Bible,” which will be held on Sundays, starting Jan. 29, from ...

Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, FEB. 20

Community college night, for students wanting to transfer to La Roche College, 4-8 p.m., La Roche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., McCandless Township. To register, call 412-847-2509 or vis ...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, FEB. 13

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

Livi ...


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