PITTSBURGH, PA

Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

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... More

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”...

Father Gallitzin was a pioneer priest

QUESTION: We just visited a state park named after a “Prince Gallitzin.” Friends of ours said that the “prince” was a priest and should be a saint! What do we know...

We cannot abandon our country

QUESTION: Almost every year on the Fourth of July I re-think my patriotism. I know I feel loyalty to the values of this great country. I know I am very grateful for the freedom I cherish. I...

Catacombs were used to bury dead

QUESTION: I have always thought that the catacombs were places where Christians hid from the Romans and where they celebrated Mass. My children, however, have been taught that the catacombs...

We respect Jesus in various ways

QUESTION: I firmly believe that respect for the body of Christ has decreased since the completion of the Second Vatican Council. I know not everyone agrees with me, but am I that...

Humanism is centered on people

QUESTION: I was with a group of neighbors and they were talking about religion. Someone asked new neighbors what religion they were. They answered that they were “humanists.” I...

Holy Spirit, instrument of forgiveness

QUESTION: What exactly is the “unforgivable sin” in St. Matthew’s Gospel, and why is it unforgivable?   ANSWER: The passage referred to above is...

Church limits marriage within families

QUESTION: Before some of the changes took place in the church, I know that people were not allowed to marry within a certain “degree of kindred.” I remember that such a rule was...

Mortal sin is willful act against God

QUESTION: My question is about God’s justice and fairness. Say that I die with just one mortal sin on my soul, but have lived an otherwise good life. Do I go to hell because of that...

Be open to the influence of God

QUESTION: I have come to the conclusion that my spiritual life is very “ordinary.” I am usually fine with that. But sometimes I hear or read about people who have mystical...

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PASTA WITH PURPOSE

St. Titus Parish in Aliquippa is hosting a benefit spaghetti dinner Sunday, Nov. 24, at the B.P.O. Elks Lodge, 2655 Broadhead Road in Aliquippa. Proceeds...

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LAMB OF GOD

Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Court 277 will host a Spirit-filled retreat titled “Lamb of God,” led by Father Nicholas Vaskov, on Saturday, Nov. 9,...

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DINNER RESERVATION

Saturday, Nov. 2, is deadline for public to make reservations for annual spaghetti dinner Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. Nicholas Parish in Millvale. Hosted by the...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS 

Public is invited to “Southside Reconnect: Praying with St. Paul of the Cross,” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist...

Calendar

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20

Vendor show, 5-8 p.m., Sacred Heart Parish, 154 Orchard Ave., Emsworth. For information, call 412-761-6651.

Suicide loss support group, 7-8:30...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 9

Craft show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., North American Martyrs Parish, 2526 Haymaker Road, Monroeville. Featuring handmade quality items, as well as lunches and baked...

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MONDAY, NOV. 4

Prayers for healing, 7-8 p.m., Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse chapel, 1020 State St., Baden. Includes sung psalms, Scripture, silent prayer and...

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, OCT. 20

All-you-can-eat breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon, St. Monica Parish hall, 116 Thorndale Drive, Chippewa Township. Menu features scrambled eggs, hash browns, ham, sausage,...


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