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Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

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: The above question was addr ... More

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David is recalled for his gifts, faults

QUESTION: The Scriptures for Advent often talk about King David. From what I know he was not a good example of observing God’s law. Why then is he so important in the Old and New Testament? Most ...

One must always be prepared for judgment

QUESTION: Every year I look forward to the beginning of Advent to get me into the Christmas spirit, but the Scripture readings for the first few weeks of Advent are more frightening than helpful. What ...

All that we have comes from God

QUESTION: I have always thought of Thanksgiving as just another holiday. But I have friends who remind everyone that it was (and is) a very “holy” day begun by grateful pilgrims. Do we as ...

The grieving process takes time

QUESTION: My husband died recently and was buried with a Catholic funeral. The support of family and friends at that time was very helpful, but now I just want to be alone. I have many feelings, and s ...

Tithing is giving back to God for his gifts

QUESTION: I hear people talk about supporting their parish by tithing? Can you provide some background and details about this concept?ANSWER: Tithing is a practice rooted in the Old Testament. The tit ...

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 ...

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

HOLY SPIRIT NOVENA

Sisters of the Holy Spirit will host a novena to the Holy Spirit in the motherhouse chapel, 5246 Clarwin Ave in West View, from Friday, May 26, through Friday, June 2, starting at 7 ...

Around the Diocese

HANDBELL CONCERT

St. James Parish in Sewickley will participate in a community handbell concert Sunday, May 21, at St. Stephen Anglican Church, 405 Frederick St. in Sewickley. Concert is free and open ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

OUR LADY OF FATIMA

Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood will celebrate a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m. Following Mass will be an o ...

Around the Diocese

MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township is sponsoring a three-week series in May for Mental Health Awareness Month. Held on Thursdays, series will feature professional speakers a ...

Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

TUESDAY, MAY 30

Spiritual pilgrimage to Fatima, 6:30 p.m. rosary and confessions, 7:30 p.m. novena prayers, homily, prayers for healing and Benediction, St. Louise de Marillac Parish, 320 McMurray Road ...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, MAY 20

“Fill the truck” bundle project collection, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and before and after 5 p.m. Mass, St. James Parish, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley. Accepting clean, useable clothing, ...


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