PITTSBURGH, PA

Father Charles Bober
Questions & Answers

Satan is often depicted as a tester

QUESTION: What does the Bible say about the devil?   ANSWER: Two preliminary concepts are important in determining how the Bible understands the devil. The first is... More

Scriptures offer modern-day lessons

QUESTION: My question is about the homily at Mass. I wonder why priests concentrate so much on the Bible. The Bible seems to me like “old news.” I want to hear about what is...

We're in awe at God's loving deeds

QUESTION: I hear people talk about “fearing” God. If God is such a loving God, why should we be afraid?   ANSWER: In our human history, when people...

Orphanage housed kids for 129 years

QUESTION: I have heard my grandmother talk about St. Paul Orphanage. When did it begin and when did it close?   ANSWER: St. Paul Orphanage began in 1836 when three...

Sacraments are encounters with God

QUESTION: Several friends have told me that they have encountered priests who have refused them sacraments. Why would they do that? Sacraments are for the people, not the priests,...

Divorce is complex and painful

QUESTION: My parents have been divorced for many years. My mother has remarried, but my father has not (nor does he intend to). However, he has not received Communion since the divorce many...

Sacraments should be heard, seen

QUESTION: Are there guidelines for how sacraments are to be celebrated? Recently I attended the christening of a relative and it was like a three-ring circus! There were eight babies to be...

Discipleship should be high priority

QUESTION: What is the meaning of the part of St. Luke’s Gospel where Jesus talks about hatred for father and mother? Surely this passage has a meaning deeper than the actual...

A priest's perspective

QUESTION: I am not sure how to ask any of the priests I know, but I wonder what priests feel when so much appears in the newspapers about clergy sexual abuse? ANSWER: Of...

Church invites all to know the Bible

QUESTION: Some people say that the Catholic Church is afraid of private interpretation of Scripture. Isn’t that what we all do every time we take up the Bible? Isn’t that what...

Kosher laws have ancient origin

QUESTION: I have never fully understood what is included in the “kosher” laws observed within the Jewish community. Why don’t Christians follow...

Use care when buying a Bible

QUESTION: I wanted to buy a Bible as a wedding gift for two Catholic friends. I thought that it would be a simple matter of going to a bookstore and getting one. I found so many different...

Our real citizenship is in heaven

QUESTION: My question is about death. Today we see so many people doing everything possible to save or prolong their own lives. Why? As Christians aren’t we supposed to view life and...

Daily communion with God is needed

QUESTION: When the church talks about “daily prayers” what does it mean?   ANSWER: A response to the question above must consider both...

Parents pass values to their children

QUESTION: Now after the vote on abortion in Ireland, I heard that the Irish government is thinking of banning the baptism of babies. Can that possibly be correct? ANSWER:...

Creation story is a theological work

QUESTION: Is the Catholic Church faithful to the biblical truth of creation or isn’t it? Lately, I have begun to wonder if some leaders in the Catholic Church aren’t being taken...

God reaches out to us through others

QUESTION: At times I find myself deeply troubled about my faith in God. For example, when I see such bloodshed in our streets day after day, I wonder if God really cares. Why won’t...

Couples living together before marriage

QUESTION: I am living with my boyfriend and we want to be married in the Catholic Church. Before contacting the local priest, I wanted to know in general how the Catholic Church feels about...

We appreciate the origins of our faith

QUESTION: Someone told me recently that the Catholic Church does not prefer the term “Old” Testament. I wonder if that is true and, if so, why?   ANSWER:...

The Lord invites us to his feast

QUESTION: Anytime I am with a group of Catholics, I find such a wide variety of beliefs among them. Today, it seems that Catholics pick and choose what teachings of the church they will...

The altar is a symbol of Christ

QUESTION: My children have asked why the priest and deacon kiss the altar at the beginning of Mass. I thought it had something to do with relics of the saints in the altar, but was not...

No such thing as harmless gossip

QUESTION: I wonder where the line is between gossip and just talking things out with a friend or neighbor?   ANSWER: “Just talking things out” can be a...

Uncomfortable with the Holy Spirit?

QUESTION: Is it me or do we Catholics almost ignore the Holy Spirit?   ANSWER: The question above has two aspects. The first relates to the official worship of the...

Perspective, patience, prayer needed

QUESTION: Now that we pretty much know where we are starting from with this On Mission project, what is expected of the average parishioner? ANSWER: The grouping of parishes...

Eucharist, sign of our unity

QUESTION: Is it still true that only Roman Catholics are welcome to receive Communion in a Catholic church? And if so, why is that?   ANSWER: It is correct that only...

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HOLY HOUR 

In response to Bishop David Zubik’s call for a year of prayer and penance, St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park will offer a holy hour beginning at 6:15...

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STORIES OF MIGRATION

Carlow University Art Gallery has opened an exhibit, “Out of Many — Stories of Migration,” which features photographs from local...

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NOVENA

The novena to St. Theresa began Thursday, Sept. 27, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood. Upcoming Mass and novena schedule:...

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LOURDES VIRTUAL

PILGRIMAGE

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers will present a two-hour “Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience” at St.

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Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, OCT. 13

Italian buffet dinner, 3-7 p.m., St. Albert the Great Faith Formation Building of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St., Baldwin. Cost is $15 for adults, $8...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 7

Blessing of pets, Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 1700 Harpster St., Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood.

Solemn evening prayer and...

Weekly Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30

All-you-can-eat harvest brunch, with Capuchin Father Scott Seethaler, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Teresa of Avila Parish, 1000 Avila Court, Perrysville.

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 23

Chicken parmesan dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Michael Parish, 97 Highland Ave., Avella. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Takeout is...


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