PITTSBURGH, PA

Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

TV networks are motivated by profit

QUESTION: I wonder if I am the only one who finds television to be increasingly vulgar and worthless. I also wonder why the Catholic Church doesn’t do more to oppose this trend.ANSWER: The Ameri ... More

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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 ...

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 ...

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

GIFTED WOMEN

“A Kaleidoscope of Gifted Women” is the theme for the 14th annual Day of Reflection for Women on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Byzantine Catholic Cathedral ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

TRIDUUM & EASTER MASS SCHEDULE

St. Titus, Aliquippa

Good Friday, 12:45 p.m. Stations of the Cross, 1:30 p.m. Passion liturgy, 7 p.m. Living Stations of the Cross; Holy Saturday, noon blessing of Eas ...

Around the Diocese

Listed below are parish triduum and Easter Mass schedules. For more submitted listings, see Pages 10-12.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY

St. Bernadette, Monroeville

HT, 7 p.m. Mass, with adoration until 11 p.m., bus fo ...

Around the Diocese

DYING AND RISING

WITH JESUS

Father Terry O’Connor will lead a Lenten retreat on Saturday, April 1, titled “Dying and Rising with Jesus,” to be held at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Pari ...

Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, APRIL 17

Eucharistic adoration, with prayers for peace, 7 p.m., St. Ferdinand, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township.

TUESDAY, APRIL 18

Mass, with prayers and blessings for healing, 6:30 p.m., ...


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