January 11, 2018

Should I celebrate Valentine’s Day or Ash Wednesday: Okay, for me, a priest, that is an easy one! It would have been easy for me as a single guy, too (hard to believe that I normally spent Valentine’s Day alone). Hopefully, for you this isn’t a difficult choice either and not because you have no one to spend the day with. Many dioceses across our country have been putting out statements about this overlap. I like what Bishop Gainer of Harrisburg said: “As Catholics, we recognize Ash Wednesday as the solemn beginning of a period of prayer, penance, and works of charity. Its spiritual importance is evidenced by the large number of faithful choosing to attend Mass on this day. In view of the significance of Ash Wednesday, the obligations of fast and abstinence are naturally the priority in the Catholic community. Valentine’s Day can appropriately be celebrated on another day, such as Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which happens to be Mardi Gras, a time of celebration prior to the Lenten journey.” Bishop Baker of Birmingham adds that “those who wish to celebrate Valentine’s Day may fittingly do so the day before (Mardi Gras) or on another non-penitential day. The good Lord, who suffered so much out of love for us, will surely reward our fidelity and sacrifice!” May we all prioritize the Lord and our 40-day Lenten journey over secular celebrations. May you have a blessed Ash Wednesday and Lenten Season.

February 4, 2018

The Blessing of the Throats, a sacramental of the Church, is celebrated on February 3, the feast day of Saint Blaise. Saint Blaise was the bishop of  Sebaste in Armenia during the fourth century. From the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with  illnesses of the throat. The blessing of throats, when conferred during Mass, follows the homily and general intercessions or, for pastoral reasons, the  prayer of blessing may take the place of the final blessing of the Mass. This weekend, the blessing will be provided during  Mass and those wishing to have their throats touched by the candles may do so after Mass. Please note, the blessing is valid without the additional optional step of presenting yourself at the end of Mass.

The past two years of encounter with Parishioners of St. Maurice have been a blessing for me. It has broadened my perspectives of life and, more particularly, the priestly ministry. The overwhelming support and love lavished on me cannot be overemphasized. Through this same encounter, Sacred Heart of Jesus building project has reached the roofing stage and I believe the monies accrued now will suffice for the roofing as I return to Ghana on February 12. I want to use this medium to communicate my heartfelt appreciation to all donors for your unflinching and generous contributions. I particularly want to thank Fr. Ken, Fr. John Skirtich, the parish pastoral council members, and the entire faithful who have supported this project ever since it was introduced. I assure you that your contributions would be put to good use for the glory of God.  Again, any donation for the next stage is welcome. Till I return for PhD, hopefully in August, I leave you all with the peace and joy of Christ.

Love you all and God bless you.

Fr. Daniel

Save The Date: March 25th

On Palm Sunday, March 25th at 3:00PM in the Parish Center, an educational opportunity to explore the roots of our salvation history will take place.  We will discuss, pray, and partake of the symbolic food of a Seder meal.  More information to follow.

Lenten Programs 2018

In a new six-part series Bishop Robert Barron will examine how “King David causes us to look back toward Adam’s kingship and forward toward Christ the King, seeing Christ as the fulfillment of the Davidic line and the realization of the Kingdom of God on earth. In David the King, Bishop Barron helps us to understand this pivotal figure in light of the first king and the King of kings.”.  The video and discussion program will take place beginning Sunday, February 11th and conclude March 18th.  It will be held in the Parish Center immediately following the 10:00 AM Mass.  The program will be repeated three Wednesday mornings, March 7th, 14th and 21st after the 9:00 AM Mass.

Please call the Parish Center Office at 412-271-0809 to reserve your space.

Save The Date: Mission Week 2018

The week is June 17-22, 2018. Mission Week is a week long overnight experience in Lawrence and Beaver counties for youth currently in grades 9-12.  This is a unique and fun opportunity for youth to live out their faith in a transformational way.  More information and registration forms will be available soon!  In the meantime contact Jo Ann McLaughlin-Klemencic at jklemencic@saintmauriceparish.org or 412-271-6606, to express interest and to ask questions.

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