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Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

Never too late to have a fruitful Lent

QUESTION: Every Lent, I have the best intentions but never really get off the ground. I guess it’s too late for this year, but what are some concrete, realistic ideas for a fruitful Lent?ANSWER: ... More

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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 ...

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 ...

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

ST. ANTHONY NOVENA

The annual 13 Tuesday novena, in honor of St. Anthony of Padua, is being prayed at St. Anthony Chapel, 1704 Harpster St. in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood, on Tuesdays, no ...

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FISH FRY

St. Mary, Cecil

Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 4-7 p.m, church hall, 10 Saint Mary’s Lane. Entrees include fried fish, baked fish, crab cakes, baked salmon, seafood sampler and f ...

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OPEN HOUSES

The new regional schools of St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Bonaventure, both in Glenshaw, will host open houses for current Catholic school families and those considering enrolling pre- ...

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FISH FRIES

St. Gabriel, Whitehall

Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday, 4-7 p.m., parish hall, 5200 Greenridge Drive. Menu features baked orange roughy, hand-breaded cod, seafood cakes, shrimp, haluski, ...

Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SUNDAY, MARCH 26

Living Stations of the Cross, 7:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St. Baldwin. Service conducted by youth group of St. Ferdinand Parish, and sp ...

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, MARCH 20

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

Grief support group meeting, for those who have lost a loved one to t ...


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