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Father Charles Bober
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Eucharistic devotion continues

QUESTION: Whatever happened to the church’s Forty Hours devotion? It was such an important part of our parish while I was growing up, but I never hear of it today. How did this... More

Meaning of 'conversion' has changed

QUESTION: Why don’t Catholic priests talk more about trying to get converts for the Catholic Church? ANSWER: We might best begin by considering precision about...

Bible teaches eternal truths about God

QUESTION: Do Catholics believe that the Bible is really true? ANSWER: Does the Catholic Church believe that the Bible is true? Yes! The Second Vatican Council taught...

St. Christopher is still a saint

QUESTION: Why did the Catholic Church discontinue sainthood for some saints (for example, St. Christopher)? Does that really mean they are not saints anymore? ANSWER: This...

Vatican Council I was cut short by war

QUESTION: We hear so much about Vatican II. Was there a Vatican I, and were there other councils before that? ANSWER: The First Vatican Council (Vatican I) is, in fact,...

Pope is the source of Catholic unity

QUESTION: I have always wondered about the origin of all the different rites in the Catholic Church. Would you please explain something about them? ANSWER: The term...

Church teachings founded on truth

QUESTION: Is it true that there was a time when the Catholic Church maintained a list of books that Catholics were forbidden to read? ANSWER: From its earliest days,...

The church respects secular authority

QUESTION: I have always wondered about the Catholic Church’s view of secular government in general. Are we supposed to be for it, against it or neutral? In some countries the...

Knights of Malta are active today

QUESTION: Are the Knights of Malta a historical group, or do they exist today? ANSWER: The Knights of Malta is the shortened form of the official title: The Sovereign...

Scripture has special place in liturgy

QUESTION: I have noticed that when the Gospel is read at Mass there is a lot of emphasis placed on the book and the reading of the Gospel. I guess I always thought that all Scripture...

Why two versions of the Our Father?

QUESTION: When there are mixed groups of Christians, the recitation of the Our Father is always awkward. Why are there different versions of a prayer that is so important to all of...

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:...

Know-Nothings incited fear of Catholics

QUESTION: Is it true that in the United States a major political party nominated a person for president of the United States on a platform of anti-Catholicism? ANSWER: Yes, and...

Questions on marriage in the church

QUESTION: My mother has been divorced from my father for several years. He has remarried but she has not, and has no intention of doing so. However, she has not received Communion since the...

Quran recalls words of Muhammad

QUESTION: In the news, I often hear of the Quran. I don’t really know much about it. When did it come about and who wrote it?  ANSWER: The Quran is the...

Catholic funeral rite can be denied

QUESTION: I have heard that there was a time when a pastor could deny a person a church funeral. Is that so, and did it change? ANSWER: In the past, Christian burial could be...

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...

Good Friday has brought good to us

QUESTION: I have always wondered why the Catholic Church does not celebrate Mass on Good Friday.  ANSWER: Not celebrating the Eucharist on Good Friday is an...

Holy Week liturgies are special

QUESTION: I always thought that Good Friday was a holy day of obligation. But now I find out that this is not the case. Is that true, and why isn’t it? QUESTION: I have...

Prejudice squanders human gifts

QUESTION: In a sermon I heard recently, the priest enumerated some sins that we should be working on during Lent. In that list was prejudice, and the priest expounded on it at some...

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...

St. Patrick made his dream a reality

QUESTION: I assume that there really was a St. Patrick, but there are so many myths and legends floating around that I wonder what is true. Besides that, what can a person who lived a...

Take up your cross and follow Jesus

QUESTION: I am a bit confused about the “penance” that we receive in confession. What is the purpose of that? QUESTION: A recent homily informed us that...

Carrying a cross is not an option

QUESTION: Do the traditional Lenten fast and abstinence rules still apply? And I wonder how that all got started and what’s its purpose? ANSWER: It is important to...

Social teaching rooted in human dignity

QUESTION: In an adult education talk in my parish, the presenter said we should know the social teaching of the Catholic Church. It was more of a passing comment, but it struck me that...

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AUDITIONS

St. Vincent Camerata will hold auditions for vocalists at St. Vincent College in Latrobe on Mondays, Aug. 7, 14 and 21, and Tuesdays, Aug. 8, 15 and 22. For more...

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CELEBRANT SINGERS

The Celebrant Singers will be live in concert at St. Cecelia Parish in Rochester on Tuesday, July 25, and St. Richard Parish in Richland Township on...

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PROMISE OF

CHRISTMAS

Christmas is coming to Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood on Sunday, July 16, from 1-4 p.m. as St. Anthony Chapel presents a...

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MESSAGES OF FATIMA

St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville is sponsoring a monthly series celebrating the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Next...

Calendar

WEEKLY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SUNDAY, AUG. 6

Super bingo, 1:30 p.m. (doors open at noon, early birds at 1 p.m.), St. Rita Parish, 219 W. Schwab Ave., Whitaker. Admission is $20. For tickets and information,...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, JULY 24

St. Peregrine prayer, for people diagnosed with cancer and their family and friends, 7 p.m., St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, JULY 17

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

TUESDAY, JULY 18

Divine Mercy...

WEEKLY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, JULY 10

Living rosary, 7 p.m., St. Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township.

THURSDAY, JULY 13

Our Lady of Fatima veneration,...


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