PITTSBURGH, PA

Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

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... More

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...

Psalms inspired by the work of God

QUESTION: I struggle when reading the Book of Psalms. I don’t seem to get much out of them. Can you provide some background that might help? ANSWER: The Catholic Church...

Could reincarnation be possible?

QUESTION: I got into a discussion with friends about reincarnation. Where is the Catholic Church on this? ANSWER: The word reincarnation describes a number of...

Is the Salvation Army a religion?

QUESTION: In speaking with a new neighbor, we got to talking about religion and in the process she said that her religion was Salvation Army. I was surprised that she considered...

Liturgy requires cooperative effort

QUESTION: I went to Mass over the recent holidays, and each time I came away disappointed. The priest lacked any sense of joy, and actually seemed bored and even angry. The sermons...

Eucharist: Prayer of the entire church

QUESTION: Someone told me recently that the rosary is THE prayer of the Catholic Church. I am relatively new to the Catholic faith and was unsure of that. Is there some kind of...

Church encourages respect for the dead

QUESTION: I read the most recent church document on care for cremated remains and noted that they were to be buried or placed in a mausoleum. There was also a strong objection to...

The mercy of God is infinite

QUESTION: I sometimes feel that the Catholic Church is more about guilt than forgiveness. I am not sure where that comes from, but I know that it is very limiting and destructive. Is that a...

Symbols convey very real feelings

QUESTION: Sometimes I get the feeling that Christmas is so filled with signs and symbols that it is hard to find the real substance of this holiday. How can the church...

Not finding what you want? Search here:

Faith

Christian Associates Prayers

Around The Diocese

AROUND THE DIOCESE

ST. ANTHONY FEAST

A celebration in honor of the feast of St. Anthony of Padua will be Sunday, June 11, starting with Mass at 4 p.m. at St. Titus Parish in Aliquippa, with Father...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

MONDAYS WITH MARY

Women are invited to spend Mondays with Mary at Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge. A living rosary novena to Our Lady of Fatima will be prayed Mondays at...

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...

Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, JUNE 26

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 11

Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart Mass of Thanksgiving, noon, St. Bede Parish, 509 S. Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze...

WEEKLY CALENDAR

FRIDAY, JUNE 2

Mass of Thanksgiving, for Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, noon, St. Bede Parish, 509 S. Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood. A...

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...


Bishop Zubik's Columns

E-Edition
Current Magazine

Click here to see, download more issues

Current Magazine
Current Magazine

Click here to see, download more issues

Most Popular