May 28, 2017

As the On Mission for the Church Alive! process moves forward, I would like to highlight a few points which are critical in understanding the process.

No decisions can be made about buildings, campuses or facilities until the new parish boundaries are determined. Only in understanding the needs of the parish can one understand which facilities will be most beneficial. You cannot form a parish around buildings—a parish is about PEOPLE not buildings!

If someone tells you that a specific campus or building is closing, they are merely speculating and spreading rumor. This is very harmful to our faith community. Remember, using the language of On Mission, our Church cannot close and ALL of our parishes in the diocese are being transformed into (hopefully) new vibrant parishes.

Our focus must be on our current parish and its future. The temptation will be to look at the groupings on the On Mission Website and start comparing us to others. We need to refrain from the mindset of ‘if them why not us’ and remain focused on doing what is best for our parish and grouping. Our focus is on our own transformation and not on what others are doing.

The SurveyMonkey survey is still available for your input. There are hard copies available at the Welcome Desk if you do not have access to the internet. The survey can be accessed via the Internet: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/onmissionresponsemaurice.

It is important to remember that East Catholic School is its own entity and its continued success, growth, and flourishment exists outside of the parish level of the On Mission process. If you have questions about the school, please contact school personnel directly.

IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS FOR UNDERSTANDING THE ON MISSION PROCESS.

CHURCH: The Body of Christ spreading the good news of God’s love, mercy and forgiveness in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.(Remember, when speaking with the vocabulary of On Mission for the Church Alive!, it is impossible for the Church to close.)

PARISH: A local (as a general rule territorial) Catholic community where people join together to worship, be educated in the faith, receive the sacraments and serve those in need.

CAMPUS: All the buildings located on the property of a specific site.

REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL: A Catholic elementary school that is the ministry of several parishes.

Please check the On Mission for the Church Alive! Website’s glossary (found under the ABOUT tab) for updates on new terminology being introduced in the On Mission process.

On Mission Commission will soon begin its work of reviewing all feedback and making its recommendations: This commission is a group of parish leaders representing each of the 21 districts of the diocese. It is responsible for reviewing all of the groupings and gathered feedback so it can submit a recommendation to Bishop Zubik.

May 21, 2017

IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS FOR UNDERSTANDING THE ON MISSION PROCESS.

CHURCH: The Body of Christ spreading the good news of God’s love, mercy and forgiveness in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. (Remember, when speaking with the vocabulary of On Mission for the Church Alive!, it is impossible for the Church to close.)

PARISH: A local (as a general rule territorial) Catholic community where people join together to worship, be educated in the faith, receive the sacraments and serve those in need.

CAMPUS: All the buildings located on the property of a specific site.

REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL: A Catholic elementary school that is the ministry of several parishes.

Please check the On Mission for the Church Alive! Website’s glossary (found under the ABOUT tab) for updates on new terminology being introduced in the On Mission process.

Approaching our final opportunity to provide the diocese with feedback—June 1:

The following is being offered to you to collect feedback on our proposed grouping for the parish. Please remember that at this time we are not discussing the campus or the school, simply the parish (see definitions above).
Your feedback is critical to the success of this process!

  • A town hall meeting to answer the gathered questions and solicit feedback will be held on Sunday, May 21, following the noon Mass and on Tuesday, May 23, at 7:00 PM.
  • An online survey will be made available via SurveyMonkey with hardcopies available at the Welcome Desk. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/onmissionresponsemaurice. The survey can be accessed via our Website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

This phase of the On Mission process is focused solely with the parishes of our diocese. A parish is a local (as a general rule territorial) Catholic community where people join together to worship, be educated in the faith, receive the sacraments and serve those in need.

The discussion of specific campuses, buildings, and worship sites is NOT part of the feedback being collected at this time.

East Catholic School is NOT part of this element of On Mission. No final decision has been made by Bishop Zubik.

What is collected and shared about St. Maurice Parish is independent of East Catholic School, Inc. It is important to remember that East Catholic School is its own entity and its continued success, growth, and flourishment exists outside of the parish level of the On Mission process.

May 14, 2017

IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS FOR UNDERSTANDING THE ON MISSION PROCESS.

CHURCH: The Body of Christ spreading the good news of God’s love, mercy and forgiveness in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. (Remember, when speaking with the vocabulary of On Mission for the Church Alive!, it is impossible for the Church to close.)

PARISH: A local (as a general rule territorial) Catholic community where people join together to worship, be educated in the faith, receive the sacraments and serve those in need.

CAMPUS: All the buildings located on the property of a specific site.

REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL: A Catholic elementary school that is the ministry of several parishes.

Please check the On Mission for the Church Alive! Website’s glossary (found under the ABOUT tab) for updates on new terminology being introduced in the On Mission process.

Approaching our final opportunity to provide the diocese with feedback—June 1:

The following is being offered to you to collect feedback on our proposed grouping for the parish. Please remember that at this time we are not discussing the campus or the school, simply the parish (see definitions above).
Your feedback is critical to the success of this process!

  • Questions will be accepted via a question box at the Welcome Desk, the collection basket, or by being dropped off or e-mailed to the Parish Center Office from now until May 21.
  • A town hall meeting to answer the gathered questions and solicit feedback will be held on Sunday, May 21, following the noon Mass and on Tuesday, May 23, at 7:00 PM.
  • An online survey will be made available via SurveyMonkey with hardcopies available at the Welcome Desk. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/onmissionresponsemaurice. The survey can be accessed via our Website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

May 7, 2017

First Holy Communion: Pope Francis has said “You, who will make your First Communion, always remember that day your whole life: the first day that Jesus came in to us. He comes, makes himself one with us, makes himself our food, our nourishment to give us strength.” Let today be a day of great rejoicing with those who are making their First Holy Communion with us. May it be for all of us a day to truly receive the fullness of the Lord, for He is the bread of life. Congratulations to all of our First Holy Communicants. May Saint Gemma Galgani—a Patron Saint for children and First Communion—pray for
each of you!

Diaper Drive: Diapers play a key role not only in a baby’s health and well-being, but also in ensuring hygiene for the whole family. They are a basic necessity for a child, ranking with parental love and food. But diapers are expensive and are not covered by social welfare systems like WIC or food stamps because they are considered “hygiene items.” Families unable to afford sufficient diapers run the risk of leaving their children in soiled diapers for long periods of time. This can cause serious health issues and pain. Unhappy/unhealthy babies can lead to excessive marital and paternal stress. In some extreme cases this stress can lead to child abuse. Babies with severe diaper rashes are the most likely victims of shaken baby syndrome. A lack of diapers can also limit a family’s childcare options. Many childcare facilities will not allow children to be dropped off without an adequate amount of diapers for the day. When a family depends on childcare, but is unable to afford diapers, the mother or father may have to miss days of work to stay home with their child. These missed days of work often times cut into the family’s already low income. Please be super generous with your participation in this year’s diaper drive!

Approaching our final opportunity to provide the diocese with feedback:

BECAUSE OUR DISTRICT MEETING (at which the new grouping for our parish was announced) WAS HELD AFTER THE
DEADLINE FOR THE BULLETIN HAD PASSED, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU LISTEN TO THE POST COMMUNION ANNOUNCEMENTS TODAY. AT THAT TIME YOU WILL BE GIVEN AN UPDATE ON THE INFORMATION THAT WAS PRESENTED AND THE STEPS WE CAN TAKE OVER THE NEXT THREE AND A HALF WEEKS TO DISSEMINATE THE NEW INFORMATION AND COLLECT YOUR FEEDBACK. YOUR INPUT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO THIS PROCESS.

IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS FOR UNDERSTANDING THE ON MISSION PROCESS

CHURCH: The Body of Christ spreading the good news of God’s love, mercy and forgiveness in the Diocese of
Pittsburgh. (Remember, when speaking with the vocabulary of On Mission for the Church Alive!, it is impossible
for the Church to close.)
PARISH: A local (as a general rule territorial) Catholic community where people join together to worship, be educated in the faith, receive the sacraments and serve those in need.
CAMPUS: All the buildings located on the property of a specific site.
REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL: A Catholic elementary school that is the ministry of several parishes.

Please check the On Mission for the Church Alive! Website’s glossary (found under the ABOUT tab) for updates on new terminology being introduced in the On Mission process.

You can now follow us on Twitter—@StMauriceFH
Mr. Ben Lerner (blernerdop@gmail.com) is administrating the site for us.

April 30, 2017

IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS FOR UNDERSTANDING THE ON MISSION PROCESS.

CHURCH: The Body of Christ spreading the good news of God’s love, mercy and forgiveness in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. (Remember, when speaking with the vocabulary of On Mission for the Church Alive!, it is impossible for the Church to close.)

PARISH: A local (as a general rule territorial) Catholic community where people join together to worship, be educated in the faith, receive the sacraments and serve those in need.
CAMPUS: All the buildings located on the property of a specific site.
REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL: A Catholic elementary school that is the ministry of several parishes.

Please check the On Mission for the Church Alive! Website’s glossary (found under the ABOUT tab) for updates

on new terminology being introduced in the On Mission process.
Approaching our final opportunity to provide the diocese with feedback: This week the Parish On Mission team will have the opportunity to see, for the first time, the adjusted On Mission proposal from the Diocese. This latest proposal has been modified from the original three models shown to us in October based upon the input received from you (the parishioners of all the parishes) and from the parish On Mission Teams (from all the parishes). The new proposal was created by discerning the wants, needs, and desires of everyone and not simply one parish. This means that when we examine the proposal we will need to critically evaluate it based upon the territory it will encompass and not simply from the view of what is most convenient for our current parish boundaries or campus.

We have done so much GREAT work towards On Mission thus far: When I arrived at the parish I was so thankful that Fr. John had completed the process of the Parish Pastoral Plan. This plan is the basis for allowing us to respond to the Bishop’s call to form vibrant parishes with effective ministries. And we have worked very hard to embrace this call! We understand what it means to be Church—and that the Church is not closing. We have strengthened our identity, formed new partnerships and alliances with organizations and people in the surrounding community, and we have reached across the ocean to help our brothers and sisters become part of the Church Alive! Our census continues to be updated so we can be effective ministers to all our parishioners. Our campus is undergoing technological improvements so the latest tools for evangelization can be utilized. We have expanded our cooperation with our neighboring parishes. Our Welcome Desk and Hospitality Committee are flourishing. Our sister parish program is off to a wonderful start. We have formed new partnerships with those receiving sacraments in the parish. We have expanded our faith formation for adults. These are just the first steps! By responding, and not reacting, to the On Mission process we are fulfilling the mission of Jesus and His Church. Each week we grow in our knowledge of Jesus, our love of Jesus, and the ways we take Jesus into the world through our lives.