I cannot encourage you strongly enough to actively and fully participate in all the liturgies and celebrations of Holy Week. Our faith depends upon the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection and our participation in this week’s celebrations will deepen our understanding of this mystery of our salvation. This Truth is what sets us apart from the world and makes us a light of hope for all to see.
Get on the Bus: The parish will be hosting a bus for our 7 Church Walk taking in the churches of the 2-1-4- of the 4-1-2 (our proposed On Mission Grouping). The bus will depart our parish immediately following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Sign up at the Welcome Desk to reserve your spot.
Information about Bishop Zubik’s call for a new class of Deacons: The Bishop has called for a new class of Deacons. Men between the ages of 30 and 59 who have a college degree are eligible to make inquiry. You can learn more about this call and the Office of Deacon by stopping by the bulletin board outside the Cry Room. Anyone interested in becoming a Deacon should contact Fr. Ken directly via e-mail.
Start planning now for a great Holy Week: We only have three weeks until Holy Week. That is not much time.
Don’t let it sneak up on you. Get your faith events on the calendar and let the rest of your life fill in around what is truly the most important thing in life. Palm Sunday includes Mass w/palms (Saturday at 5:00 PM/Sunday 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 12:00 Noon) and our Seder Meal (3:00 PM); Monday has Mass with Novena (7:00 PM) and Holy Hour (7:35-8:35 PM); on Tuesday there is Mass (9:00 AM) and East Catholic will put on the Living Stations (7:00 PM in Church); Wednesday Mass (9:00AM); Thursday is the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (7:00 PM) and the 7 Church Walk immediately following; Friday has Stations of the Cross (Noon), Prayer Service (1:30 PM), and Tenebrae (7:00 PM); and there is the Blessing of the Easter Baskets/Easter Food on Saturday (12:30 PM).
The Light is On For You will be held Wednesday, March 21, from 6:00-9:00 PM. There will be NO CONFESSIONS ON HOLY SATURDAY, MARCH 31.
An On Mission inspired 7 Church Walk: I have taken to calling our proposed On Mission grouping the two-one-four of the four-one-two (based upon the use of the number 412 to identify Pittsburgh). It is a way for me to discuss the impact of On Mission as I engage people in what is best for Saint Maurice parish in light of the possibility that we will be grouped with the six parishes of Saint John Fisher, Saint Jude the Apostle, Saint Colman, Good Shepherd, Word of God, and Madonna del Castello. As you hopefully know, on April 26 the Bishop will make the official announcement of parish groupings (as well as clergy assignments) for On Mission for the Church Alive!. At this time, however, we are working on the assumption that the last publicly stated grouping (#214) is going to remain unchanged. With that in mind, it has been suggested that this Holy Thursday we do a 7 Church Walk of the 2-1-4. (In total there are eight churches in this grouping as Good Shepherd parish consists of the two church buildings of Good Shepherd and Sacred Heart.)
What is a 7 Church Walk? The tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday is an ancient practice, probably originating in Rome, where early pilgrims visited the seven major basilicas as penance. Pope Boniface VIII revived the pilgrimage tradition in 1300 with the establishment of a Jubilee Year; it is believed that around 1553 Saint Philip Neri popularized this practice. Today, the 7 Church Walk is a Lenten tradition to visit seven churches on the evening of Holy Thursday. Following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Blessed Sacrament is placed on an Altar of Repose in the church
for Adoration. Pilgrims set out to visit each Church/Altar of Repose to pray before the Blessed Sacrament, remembering Christ’s Agony in the Garden.
This year all eight church buildings of our anticipated On Mission grouping will be open for visitation. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit and pray in the churches that may soon be functioning under one leadership team, sharing many ministries, and working toward forming one new vibrant faith community. Saint Maurice will be sponsoring a bus for those interested. The bus will depart following our Holy Thursday celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and will visit the other seven churches in the 2-1-4 of the 4-1-2. Hopefully, you will be able to join us in this wonderful opportunity to not only see these other churches but to pray before our Lord in these wonderful and sacred spaces.
More information on the bus tour will be in next week’s bulletin.