PITTSBURGH, PA

Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

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... More

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...

Confession isn't a counseling session

QUESTION: I went to confession recently and started to ask the priest a question. He stopped me and said, “This isn’t the place for counseling.” Would you please write...

Archdiocese is a larger diocese

QUESTION: Would you please write something in your column about the difference between bishops and archbishops, between a diocese and an archdiocese? Are they honorary titles or do they...

Deepen prayer by defining it

QUESTION: When we were young, we were told that prayer is “the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.” Is that still a good definition?   ANSWER:...

Receive Communion with reverence

QUESTION: I notice that people come up to holy Communion and make various gestures (e.g. standing, genuflecting, kneeling, sign of the cross, etc.). What are we supposed to...

God speaks to us in many ways

QUESTIONS: On thinking about my future, what can I expect from God? Will God lead us to the right person to marry? Will God make it clear if a person is to be a priest or a nun? Are we...

Music is a sign of God's love for us

QUESTION: I have never understood why the Catholic Church makes such a big deal about singing at Mass. I don’t get the point. Surely they did not sing at the Last Supper. I prefer a...

King David had many human flaws

QUESTION: I am curious about King David in the Old Testament. He did some terrible things and is really not much of a role model. Why then is he shown as so important in the Old and New...

Symbols represent church founders

QUESTION: In a lot of church artwork, I see four symbols that are not easy to understand. Are they for the four Gospels or some other...

Unitarians lack clear set of beliefs

QUESTION: Are Unitarians considered Christian? ANSWER: In May 1961, Unitarians and Universalists (in the United States and Canada) consolidated as the Unitarian Universalist...

Eucharistic devotion continues

QUESTION: Whatever happened to the church’s Forty Hours devotion? It was such an important part of our parish while I was growing up, but I never hear of it today. How did this...

Meaning of 'conversion' has changed

QUESTION: Why don’t Catholic priests talk more about trying to get converts for the Catholic Church? ANSWER: We might best begin by considering precision about...

Bible teaches eternal truths about God

QUESTION: Do Catholics believe that the Bible is really true? ANSWER: Does the Catholic Church believe that the Bible is true? Yes! The Second Vatican Council taught...

St. Christopher is still a saint

QUESTION: Why did the Catholic Church discontinue sainthood for some saints (for example, St. Christopher)? Does that really mean they are not saints anymore? ANSWER: This...

Vatican Council I was cut short by war

QUESTION: We hear so much about Vatican II. Was there a Vatican I, and were there other councils before that? ANSWER: The First Vatican Council (Vatican I) is, in fact,...

Pope is the source of Catholic unity

QUESTION: I have always wondered about the origin of all the different rites in the Catholic Church. Would you please explain something about them? ANSWER: The term...

Church teachings founded on truth

QUESTION: Is it true that there was a time when the Catholic Church maintained a list of books that Catholics were forbidden to read? ANSWER: From its earliest days,...

The church respects secular authority

QUESTION: I have always wondered about the Catholic Church’s view of secular government in general. Are we supposed to be for it, against it or neutral? In some countries the...

Knights of Malta are active today

QUESTION: Are the Knights of Malta a historical group, or do they exist today? ANSWER: The Knights of Malta is the shortened form of the official title: The Sovereign...

Scripture has special place in liturgy

QUESTION: I have noticed that when the Gospel is read at Mass there is a lot of emphasis placed on the book and the reading of the Gospel. I guess I always thought that all Scripture...

Why two versions of the Our Father?

QUESTION: When there are mixed groups of Christians, the recitation of the Our Father is always awkward. Why are there different versions of a prayer that is so important to all of...

Ultimately, God decides who gets to heaven

QUESTION: A lot of people (and a lot of TV preachers) believe that anyone who does not believe in Christ cannot get into heaven. Does the Catholic Church teach that? ANSWER:...

Know-Nothings incited fear of Catholics

QUESTION: Is it true that in the United States a major political party nominated a person for president of the United States on a platform of anti-Catholicism? ANSWER: Yes, and...

Questions on marriage in the church

QUESTION: My mother has been divorced from my father for several years. He has remarried but she has not, and has no intention of doing so. However, she has not received Communion since the...

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CHORAL WORKSHOP

National Pastoral Musicians Pittsburgh welcomes Michael Kemp, renowned conductor and author, who will present “A Choral Workshop: A Kemp ‘Booster’...

Oct. 28-Nov. 6

CORRECTION

The time for the Sacred Music in Sacred Space concert on Sunday, Oct. 29 listed in the Oct. 20 issue had the incorrect time. Catholic Cemeteries Association will host a...

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STRENGTH OF CREATIVE SPIRIT

Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, Graduate Art Therapy Program and Social Work Program are sponsoring...

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SOLEMN HIGH MASS

St. John XXIII Latin Mass Quasi Parish will celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Summorum Pontificum,” Pope Benedict’s motu proprio in 2007, at a...

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Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, NOV. 11

Festival of Praise, “Hearts of Thankfulness,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3171 Churchview Ave.,...

Weekly Calendar of Events

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1

Pub theology, young adult Catholic formation, 7 p.m., Somma Restaurant, 380 Route 909, Verona. Sponsored by St. John the Baptist Parish, Plum...

Weekly Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, OCT. 21

Men’s fellowship, “Breakfast of Champions,” 9 a.m., St. Raphael Parish, 1154 Chislett St., Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 7

All-you-can-eat Italian buffet, prepared by Chef Steve of Signature Servings, 3-7 p.m., St. Basil Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 1735 Brownsville Road,...


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