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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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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 ...

Tradition: Church's careful memory

QUESTION: I never know what to say when people talk about Catholic beliefs and say, “Show me where it says that in the Bible.” I have heard priests say something about “It’ ...

How are commandments numbered?

QUESTION: I have a question about the Ten Commandments. I looked them up in the Bible (Book of Exodus) and was surprised to find them listed differently from what I remembered learning as a child. How ...

Halloween is a complex celebration

QUESTION: Is the Catholic Church for or against the celebration of Halloween?ANSWER: The origin of the celebration of Halloween is complex, and several factors have contributed to it. In Europe and mu ...

God's not at fault for human failings

QUESTION: I recently had a bad cold and was really miserable. My husband consoled me by saying that my sickness was God’s way of punishing me for the way I treat him. After sharing my thoughts 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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