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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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 ...

'Hebrew Scriptures' is a separate label

QUESTION: I try to read the Bible as much as I can. One of my questions is just what to call the material that is not the New Testament. I used to hear it referred to as the Old Testament, but lately ...

Funeral focus is on Jesus, salvation

From time to time questions arise that require shorter answers. A few of these appear below:QUESTION: Why do they cover the casket with a white cloth at most Catholic funerals?ANSWER: No. 38 of the Or ...

Sign of the cross: Left or right first?

From time to time questions arise that require shorter answers. A few of these appear below:QUESTION: Would you please explain why some Christians make the sign of the cross differently than others?AN ...

Little known about St. Valentine

QUESTION: I assume there was an actual St. Valentine from which we get “St. Valentine’s Day.” What do we know about him and how did his name get associated with what we celebrate tod ...

'Catholic' implies fidelity to the church

QUESTION: What makes an organization or group Catholic? It seems that a lot of groups say they are “Catholic” but are not related to the Catholic Church at all. Some don’t even refle ...

Is ours a 'full Gospel' church?

QUESTION: When I travel I see a lot of small churches describing themselves as “full Gospel.” I am not sure what that means, but I wonder if we consider our Catholic Church as “full ...

Allow the Spirit to open minds, hearts

QUESTION: I really hear so little about the Holy Spirit in the actual life of the church. Why? Just how is belief in the Holy Spirit lived out in the daily life of the church and its members?ANSWER: O ...

There is twin focus to funeral rites

QUESTION: I had always thought that those who committed suicide could not have a funeral in the Catholic Church, but I just attended one. What was the reasoning for the change in policy?ANSWER: Often ...

Baptism: Sharing our greatest gift

QUESTION: When I hear my non-Catholic friends talk about baptism, some of them tell me that their children were not baptized until they were young adults. Why does the Catholic Church baptize infants? ...

Live Gospel message of mercy, hope, joy

QUESTION: I have never been a big fan of New Year’s. It usually reminds me that my life is really a cycle of near-drudgery. I am on the verge of losing hope. What does the church offer to p ...

God came into our lives through Jesus

QUESTION: In our common celebration of this season we usually use the word “Christmas.” In church publications and in the liturgy we more often hear the terms “Nativity” or  ...

Nurture your relationship with Christ

QUESTION: I am an elderly Catholic who does not like to go to confession. Is it really necessary for us old people to go to confession? Can’t a priest or bishop give some kind of dispensation?AN ...

Simeon awaited Anointed of the Lord

QUESTION: One of my neighbors says that she prays “Simeon’s Prayer” every day. Do you know anything about this prayer?ANSWER: The prayer noted in the question above is ...

Pride isolates us from God and others

QUESTION: What constitutes the sin of pride? I get confused when I hear people talk about “taking some pride in yourself.” What is the difference?ANSWER: Traditionally, pride is numbered a ...

Some saints have ties to the U.S.

QUESTION: Just how many American saints are there, and who was the first one?ANSWER: Ten saints are usually associated with the United States. In addition, we share with Canada a group of saints known ...

Make decisions with Christ in mind

QUESTION: The Catholic Church seems to have a unique perspective on lots of issues in daily life. I wonder if that holds true for how I am to make decisions in my life. Is there such a thing as C ...

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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