PITTSBURGH, PA

Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

Conversion to Catholicism has evolved

QUESTION: They had some kind of welcome ceremony for converts to the Catholic Church this weekend at Mass. It got me thinking: Why don’t more people convert to being... More

Ministry isn't done only by priests

QUESTION: My father lives in a small nursing facility and a priest used to come and say Mass there regularly. Now a deacon or Eucharistic minister comes and does a service. I hear of people...

Draw near to Sacred Heart of Jesus

QUESTION: One of the most enduring memories I have of growing up Catholic was a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I now hear so little about it and I wonder...

Christ is with us now and always

QUESTION: Our culture makes a clear connection between Christmas and New Year’s. The liturgy does not seem to make that connection nor celebrate the new year at all. Why is...

Christmas a mix of Gospel accounts

QUESTION: I assumed that the “Christmas story,” as we know it, comes right out of the Bible. But as I read the Gospels, no one Gospel has the whole story. Why is that, and how...

Jesus fulfilled promise to David

QUESTION: Jesus is called “Son of David” in the Bible. What does it mean and why is it so important for the writers of the New Testament? QUESTION: Reading the...

Churches know Eucharist differently

QUESTION: At our son’s wedding, the non-Catholic mother of the bride came up for Communion and the priest asked if she was a Catholic and she said, “No,” and then he said,...

Wreath is important symbol for Advent

QUESTION: During Advent I see the wreath and the candles in the sanctuary of almost every Catholic church. Is this an ancient custom or one that is relatively recent in the church? Is it...

Make your funeral preferences known

QUESTION: I have noticed lately that there are a lot of funeral “services” (not Masses) held for people who I know were faithful Catholics all their lives. What is this all...

Providing compassionate care

QUESTION: In an article by Jack Shaw that appeared in the Pittsburgh Catholic Nov. 1, the author took issue with a television series’ treatment of the Catholic Church’s view of...

We long to be reunited with the dead

QUESTION: During November I frequently hear sermons on praying for the dead. Would you please tell me just how our prayers assist the dead? QUESTION: I have never quite...

What would Jesus preach today?

QUESTION: I am writing about the preaching I hear each weekend. I don’t need my priest lecturing me about the latest cause taken up by Hollywood celebrities and leftists. I need...

Catholic terms may be unfamiliar

QUESTION: Father, regarding the recent question about corporal acts of mercy, you provided a nice history lesson, but you never answered the actual question: Why don’t we hear about...

Jesus leads us to care for others

QUESTION: In the past, the church used to talk a lot about the “corporal works of mercy.” But I don’t hear much about that today. What has...

All are welcome to the Lord's table

QUESTION: Have you ever noticed the “strange” people who attend Sunday Mass? When I go to Mass I want to pray and not be distracted or disturbed. Shouldn’t we be able to...

Discussing the intercessory prayer

QUESTION: When people experience some tragedy, I often hear priests and other religious people say: “I’ll pray for you.” I wonder if they say that because they don’t...

God doesn't play games with us

QUESTION: In the seats and in the back of churches, I often see small papers and leaflets telling of the “unfailing help” of a particular saint. A lot of times the papers say...

Many influences form young people

QUESTION: It seems that Catholic children today do not know the elements of the Catholic faith that their parents and grandparents knew. Why is that and what can we do about...

Godparents are to assist parents

QUESTION: I am the godmother of a child of longtime friends. While I still attend Mass and practice my Catholic faith, the child’s parents no longer do. The child, therefore, is not...

How to witness to your faith

QUESTION: I have many friends who read the Bible constantly. One recently told me that unless I “witness to my faith” I can never be saved. Now that has me wondering about my...

Gifts build Body of Christ

QUESTION: Speaking in tongues, what is that? Does it really come from God? If that is true, why don’t we all have the power to do that? ANSWER: “Speaking in...

Some don't consider feelings of others

QUESTION: Week after week, I see such disrespect in our churches during Mass. It is not only the attire, but the way people act. Why don’t priests direct some remarks or even a whole...

God does not will evil on us

QUESTION: Often in my life I have observed terrible things happening to me and those I love, and find myself asking, “Why would God do that?” What is the...

Maccabees details nearness of God

QUESTION: At work, I got into a discussion with a non-Catholic friend. I mentioned the lessons found in the Book of Maccabees. I know he reads the Bible, but said he never heard of the...

We honor Mary's role in salvation history

QUESTION: Recently one of the intercessions at Mass was for “a growth in authentic devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.” I would like to know what “authentic”...

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PRAYERS FOR LIFE

The parishes of St. Raphael in Pittsburgh’s Morningside neighborhood and Sacred Heart in the city’s Shadyside neighborhood are praying a...

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ORGAN LESSONS

Group organ lessons on Roland and Lowrey organs are being offered at the Community Center for Neighbors North Catholic Community, campus of St. Athanasius Parish,...

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ADORATION NIGHT

An adoration night will be Friday, Jan. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Aquinas Academy in Gibsonia. Program will feature Father Dan Waruszewki, singers Emily Cunningham...

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EPIPHANY EXPERIENCE

St. Joseph and St. Mary of Czestochowa parishes in New Kensington present annual “Epiphany Experience” on Sunday, Jan. 5, at St. Joseph Parish,...

Calendar

Weekly Calendar

MONDAY, JAN. 27

Life in the Spirit, 7-8:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Parish, 310 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Benedictine Father Boniface Hicks will speak on...

Weekly Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, JAN. 19

All-you-can-eat breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Monica Parish hall, 115 Thorndale Drive, Chippewa Township. Menu includes scrambled eggs, hash browns, ham, sausage,...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 12

Speaker, 6:30 p.m., St. Catherine of Sweden Parish, 2554 Wildwood Road, Hampton Township. Toni Jester will speak about her involvement in Rachel’s...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 4

Rosary making, noon, Legion of Mary Home, 1705 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood. For information, call 412-885-5840 or visit...


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