June 17, 2018

Festival Thank you: I want to say thank you to everyone who helped make the festival such a wonderful success. This includes those of you who prayed for good weather: you did a great job! It also includes everyone who volunteered for set-up and clean-up, worked a booth, worked the
kitchen (or cooked), tended the bar, called and worked bingo, worked the many areas of Keane Hall, worked the money room, or did any of the many jobs I accidently failed to mention. Please know that there was no work that was done, no matter how small, that is not deeply appreciated. Also, a special thank you to those from our neighboring parishes who volunteered to help our festival; we greatly appreciate the help and your fellowship. In a special way, I want to thank those who co-chaired this year’s festival, Frank Porco and Liz Kostandinu. The work
you gave to the parish (and the stress involved) is a true witness to living the Christian life and the precepts of the Church. Thank you.

Festival Observation: I was really moved by the help that was extended to us by the parishioners of our On Mission grouping. We have been working for the past two years to build an extended community of cooperation and collaboration and that work paid off. This year’s festival really showed how our different communities came together to be one in assistance and generosity. This is a great sign of what the future holds as we continue with the On Mission process. It also wasn’t a surprise at all. The people of our grouping are already the Church Alive! and I am happy that I have the opportunity to experience your Christian witness.

Our part of the Love Story: As I preached last week, Ordinary Time in the Church is a perfect time for each of us to deepen our personal relationship with the Lord. Although many of our ministries take time off during the summer, we, and the diocese, offer special activities during these vacation months. I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities. Please see our bulletin, website, Facebook page, twitter account or video board messages to learn about events at our parish. You will also find information about events across the diocese via their social media
accounts and the Pittsburgh Catholic.

Confessions next weekend will not be heard at St. Maurice: Due to many different activities occurring in our diocese next Saturday, I was unable to find a Priest who could cover our normally scheduled Confession time. Please know that I am available to hear your Confession during the week by appointment. If you want to go to Confession on Saturday, our neighboring parish’s Confession times are listed below and are posted on the Church front door.

Happy Father’s Day: To all our fathers, grandfathers and godfathers, I wish you a very blessed day. May St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, protect you, assure you that you do not labor alone, and teach you to find Jesus in the ordinary elements of life. May St. Joseph also intercede on your behalf with Christ to provide you with the graces you need in this moment.

June 10, 2018

Some questions that have come up since the use of the Sequence at Mass this past weekend:

What is the Sequence and why did we do it? A few times during the year a sequence is part of the Liturgy of the Word. It follows the second reading and is either sung or read. Both Easter and Pentecost — the bookends of the Easter season — have required sequences while other celebrations have optional sequences (e.g., the Body and Blood of Christ). The Easter Sequence, known as Victimae paschali laudes in Latin, is a beautiful and ancient poem, telling a short narrative story of Resurrection morn, set to a wonderful Gregorian chant melody. It is claimed that historically the Sequence fulfilled the congregation’s desire for an extended expression of the beauty within the Liturgy of the Word, as processional music as the deacon processed from the celebrant to the ambo to proclaim the Gospel and as a preemptive meditative piece preparing one for the Gospel.

I chose to use the optional Sequence to help highlight the significance of the Liturgical Celebration. I could have used other elements, such as the sprinkling rite or incense to heighten your senses with the hope of increasing your attentiveness to the liturgy. (It is often ‘good’ to get lost in prayer during the Mass, especially during Ordinary Time; however, the hierarchy of feasts in the Church does teach us important elements of our faith and I think using permitted options is a wise practice.) It was, however, simply my choice to go with the reading of the Sequence rather than to “smoke you out,” although I do love using incense. Hopefully, the addition of the Sequence caught your attention and reminded you of the importance of our celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

Another question asked was: When a part of the Liturgy is not followed exactly as required has the Sunday obligation of the people in attendance been fulfilled? For example, if due to human error a different reading is proclaimed or a different responsorial is sung or a sequence is omitted, or the celebrant accidentally skips a prayer, is the Mass valid? The short answer is… yes. Accidental mistakes in the Mass do not affect the validity of the Mass. The Church is wise enough to know that things happen and realizes that the liturgy belongs to the Church Universal and not simply to one individual. Do not let a small mistake cause you stress. I promise you that I would not allow anything to happen˗or fail to happen˗that would impact the validity of the Mass.

Another Thank You:
We held a very nice social gathering this past week for our college students. Hopefully, we will continue to reach out to these parishioners and better serve them. I would like to take this opportunity to say  Thank You to the  parishioner who donated a picnic table for our Parish Center patio. It was a great addition to our campus and worked  wonderfully for our event (until the bad weather forced us indoors).

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Parish Festival, either by volunteering or supporting the event. (As I write this the festival has not yet begun but know that I am praying for its success and that you and your family and friends will have a wonderful time.)

June 3, 2018

A Quote from Star Wars (The Last Jedi): If you have seen the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi you heard “That’s how we’re gonna win – – not fighting what we hate, but by saving what we love.”  Since last weekend I have been spending a good bit of time thinking about that vote in Ireland and how a Catholic country could fall so far from the truth of compassion and love.  While I was pondering this, that quote from the movie kept coming back into my mind.  When I first heard it, it struck me to the core.  I think it provides the light we need to understand not only why the Truth is fading in Ireland but why it is so dim in our own nation. We, and here I mean Catholics, have been fighting what we hate.  It isn’t working.  While we fight, all that is seen is the anger and rage. We need to turn to saving what we love.  We will save it by preaching it,
living it, sharing it, promoting it, and celebrating it.  This truly is the Gospel.  Think of Jesus in the desert for His 40 days (see Matthew chapter 4). He didn’t attack the devil but, rather, stayed focus on the Love of the Father.  People are attracted to beauty and love. Nothing is more beautiful than our faith, our liturgy, and our communal prayer; and there is no greater love than the love God has for each one of us. It is time to stop focusing on the evils we want to see stopped and start stopping them by immersing ourselves in the love our faith provides.  May we be a
people, a Church, which gives the positive witness to why the Catholic faith is the place for healing and love, a family open to all who believe and follow the Truth.

Our Mission Week Trip Theme: In light of what I preached last week and of what I just wrote, I would like to share with you the theme for this year’s Mission Trip.  It is LIVING THE TRUTH IN LOVE with the focus verse being Ephesians 4:15: “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ.”  Our nightly talks will include the following themes: Speaking truth in love, which will emphasize the idea that our faith is both truth and an act of love.  We will grow, which will address the complexity of the mystery of God which unfolds over our lifetime and how we can’t let the world become more complex without counterbalancing that with a deeper knowledge of God.  In every respect, which will focus on the fact that each of us has a gift to share with the world and no one gift is more important than another.  Without the use of each of our gifts, the body is incomplete, our Church is incomplete, and we will not be able to grow individually or communally.  The mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ, here we will touch upon what it means to be part of the Church, the body of Christ, and that in maturity we live and remain in truth, via the Eucharist, helping all
people journey toward our end goal of loving our neighbor and ultimately getting to heaven.  If you would like to help cover some of the costs of our Mission Week, your generosity would be greatly appreciated.

May 27, 2018

Mary, Mother of the Church. Did you know that this year there was a new memorial added to the Church’s calendar (celebrated this past Monday)? It was the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church – – a very fitting celebration to recall what transpired on Pentecost. You see, Mary had a special mission in the Upper Room as she prayed with the Apostles in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit, as her Son had promised. Pentecost is the birth of the Church – the Mystical Body of Christ. It is only fitting that the Mother of the one being born be present at the birth. Thus, Mary the mother of Christ, the Head of the Church, held a special place of importance in the Upper Room because she is also the Mother of the Church. This new celebration, the day after Pentecost, stresses for us the unity and reality of the Church as the True Body of Christ.

The Second Vatican Council said that Jesus “communicating His Spirit, Christ made His brothers, called together from all nations, mystically the components of His own Body” (Dogmatic Constitution. Lumen Gentium, 7). Too often, we Catholics do not understand that we belong to Jesus, the Head, and to His Body, the Church, and that this belonging is meant to be a lived, relational, transforming reality as Pope Francis often preaches. Bishop Ireneaeus of Lyons said: “We need to take refuge with the Church, for the Church has been planted in the world as a paradise.”
Do we see the Church as a living body, as our unity with each other, as a place of refuge/regeneration? Do we see it as a paradise?

The Church can be this for each one of us. But this will only occur when we understand what Pope Francis has preached about during his weekly Wednesday message to all the faithful. In the Church there exists true communion and unity: we are all in a relation to each other and we all come together to form one living body, deeply connected to Christ. Let us remember: being part of the Church means being united to Christ and receiving from Him the divine life that makes us live as Christians. This means remaining united to the Pope and the Bishops who are instruments of unity and communion, and also means overcoming personal interests and divisions in order to understand each other better, to harmonize the variety and richness of each member – – in a word, to love God and the people who are next to us more, in the family, in the parish, in our associations.

Let us remain united to Jesus, let us trust in Him, direct our life according to His Gospel, nourish ourselves with daily prayer, listen to the Word of God, participate in the Sacraments, and be fed through Holy Communion by and of Him who is the Head of our body, the Church, the One who has never left us and never will.

July 25 Special Speaker dealing with Forgiveness will be at Saint Maurice: Forgiveness is something that is hard to understand, to offer to others and most especially to give to ourselves. I am happy to say that our parish family will be able to have a truly remarkable opportunity to better understand forgiveness. On July 25, Saint Maurice will be hosting internationally known speaker Captain Guy Gruters. This will be a talk you definitely do not want to miss.

May 20, 2018

Important On Mission Reminders. Beginning on October 15, 2018, the new clergy team will begin its assignment in our announced grouping which includes Good Shepherd, Word of God and Madonna del Castello. The new administrator for all four parishes will be Fr. Larry Adams. He will be assisted by Fr. Jeremy Mohler and a parish chaplain, Fr. Vince Kolo, as well as deacons Joe Dougherty and Keith Kondrich (Fr. Daniel will remain in residence, too). Our parish grouping has been designated a category B grouping which means that there will be a three-year time frame for the grouping to transition into a new parish. On October 15 of this year no parish will close (in fact, all 188 parishes of the diocese will continue to exist). However, new daily and weekend Mass schedules will go into effect beginning on October 15. Those schedules have not yet been decided. For our grouping, the maximum number of Sunday Masses (which includes Saturday night) is nine (9). Currently, our four parishes offer eleven (11) Sunday Masses. Each parish must have at least one Sunday Mass (this is parish and not church building—remember that Good Shepherd has two church buildings). The new Mass schedule, when announced, will be a tentative schedule. A period of time will be set aside to determine if the Mass scheduled works or if some adjustments need to be made. Every effort will be put forth to properly and appropriately receive the input of our parishioners as the implementation of On Mission moves forward. I will do my best to keep you all well informed on the process.

Eucharistic Adoration in Every Parish: As part of the implementation stage of On Mission there will be Eucharist adoration in the diocese from April 17 until October 14. Each parish will host an adoration as a time to pray for their grouping and for a successful transition. Adoration dates and times for our grouping are: July 2 from Noon to 6:00 PM at Madonna del Castello; July 10 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Word of God; August 30 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sacred Heart Church of Good Shepherd Parish; and on our Feast Day, September 22, from 9:30 AM to 4:45 PM at Saint Maurice. For a complete listing of adoration places and times see the bulletin board by the Welcome Desk or check the diocesan website.

July 25 Special Speaker dealing with Forgiveness will be at Saint Maurice: Forgiveness is something that is hard to understand, to offer to others and, most especially, to give to ourselves. I have often been asked to do more about forgiveness within the parish. I am happy to say that our parish family will be able to have a truly remarkable opportunity to better understand forgiveness. On July 25, Saint Maurice will be hosting internationally known speaker Captain Guy Gruters. Guy was an Air Force pilot and a POW. As a result of being shot down over North Vietnam he was captured and spent five years as a POW in six different POW camps, twice kept in the famous Hanoi Hilton. While in the camps, he experienced a thorough conversion experience and was able to forgive his enemy. You may have seen Guy on EWTN where he has appeared on three separate occasions. He brings to us a powerful and much needed message. Mark your calendar for July 25. This will be a talk you definitely do not want to miss.

May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day: On behalf of the entire Parish staff I would like to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers and godmothers in the Parish who have taught us the love of God and nurtured us to maturity. We also keep in thought and prayer all of those deceased.

They assigned him to where his gifts will be best utilized. These past few days I have heard (and read on social media) people commenting on the moves involved with On Mission for the Church Alive! I am so pleased to say that many people have said that they are happy because the priests they know have been assigned in ways that highlight their special gift of ministry. This is the ultimate point of On Mission. We are all called to share our God-given gift with the Church. Each and every one of us! May these new assignments not be moments of sadness but opportunities to highlight the best we all have to offer. Together, we can truly realize the goal of On Mission for the Church Alive! which is to actively engage all baptized Catholics in evangelization by fulfilling our place within the Body, by sharing our unique gifts. As we know from Ephesians, chapter four, “grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift and he gave different graces/gifts to equip us for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the full stature of Christ.”

July 25 Special Speaker dealing with Forgiveness will be at Saint Maurice: Forgiveness is something that is hard to understand, to offer to others and, most especially, to give to ourselves. I have often been asked to do more about forgiveness within the parish. I am happy to say that thanks to the hard work of parishioner Jeff Ladik our parish family (and our local community) will be able to have a truly remarkable opportunity to better understand forgiveness. On July 25, Saint Maurice will be hosting internationally known speaker Captain Guy Gruters. Guy was an Air Force pilot and a POW. He flew over 400 combat missions in Vietnam and on various occasions won significant combat awards, among them two Silver Stars and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. As a result of being shot down over North Vietnam, he was captured and spent five years as a POW in six different POW camps, twice kept in the famous Hanoi Hilton. While in the camps, he experienced a thorough conversion experience and was able to forgive his enemy. To Catholic and other religious groups, Guy’s talks stress forgiveness, family leadership and the love experienced in war. You may have seen him on EWTN where he has appeared on three separate occasions. Or perhaps you have heard him speak at one of his many engagements which include many TOT young adult events. Guy brings to us a powerful and much needed message. Do yourself a favor and mark your calendar now to set aside the evening of July 25 for this talk. In the following weeks more information will be provided about this event.

May 6, 2018

On Mission; now what: On Mission for the Church Alive! has been going on since April 12, 2015. We are three years into the process and our projected end date is still three years away (2021). What does that mean for us?

First off, it means we now have a clear view of where we are heading. Up to this point we have been preparing ourselves for inevitable change, planning for the worst while hoping for the best. Of course we were not really planning for the worst; we simply were making plans for the most extreme possible outcome―we were not going to be caught unprepared. Yet, we hoped for the best and that hope was the theological kind, not simply a wish. We gathered our information, attended the On Mission meetings, held our town-hall gatherings and shared our findings with the diocese. Then, knowing that theological hope involves action, we began the process of expanding our understanding and living of Church. We have formed new relationships with the churches around us and have welcomed our neighbors into our faith journey, all of this having been done in the spirit of the Church being the Body of Christ. Likewise, we have begun to address important physical plant issues that are making our campus safer, more accessible, and even a little more beautiful, thus presenting a visual representation of the welcoming and inviting community which we are. We/YOU have done great work! We are ready to move forward with the next stages of the Bishop’s call to be On Mission.

So, what is next? First, it is important to remember that no churches are closing at this time. During the next few months the parish staff will continue to receive training from the diocese and transitional support from the Secretariat for Parish Services. The next announcement we should anticipate will be the interim Mass and confession schedule (the publication of which should occur sometime in August). Likewise, the board for the Pittsburgh-East Regional Catholic Elementary Schools planning process continues its work. You can follow their developments at https://diopitt.org/pgh-east.

Let us remember, and stay focused on the fact, that Saint Maurice has a wonderful Pastoral Plan (formed under the leadership of Fr. John) which guides us as we move into the future. Our parish has a highly professional, dedicated, and service minded staff that works extremely hard to bring Christ alive for all of us. Additionally, we have wonderful parishioners who have vision and motivation to take the Church into the world and proclaim in word and deed the Good News. Our parish family has embraced our pastoral mission as well as the On Mission initiative and we will continue to do so boldly and confidently. Our next six months will be filled with ongoing evangelization and outreach. The new clergy team better not be resting on their laurels because Saint Maurice surely isn’t!

Personally, I am looking forward to my next six months as this parish family continues to be a shining light for everyone to see what is truly a Church Alive! I hope you share with me the excitement of this process. For as our only Catholic President of the United States once said: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” -John F. Kennedy

April 29, 2018

On Thursday, April 26, all the clergy of the diocese met at the seminary for the annual spring clergy convocation. Normally, these things serve as a chance for some continuing education and spiritual enrichment (and dinner!); this time it was about praying together and being commissioned for On Mission. At the convocation, the new parish groupings were announced and the clergy received their new assignments.

This weekend, I  read a letter from the Bishop to the parish , informing you of the new grouping and which clergy will staff that grouping (included below). This letter will also be mailed to every household in the parish and included in next week’s bulletin.

Some groupings are not going to be a surprise and yet others will be. In some cases, there will be an entirely new clergy team, in others there will be only a few changes; and, I suppose, there are some cases where staffing may have remained the same. But it is important not to focus on what has happened in other parts of the diocese but rather what new opportunities are being presented to us as a growing faith community.

Also, it is important to remember that these changes do not take effect until October 15, 2018. Why the long delay? Well, the hope is to make the transition as seamless as possible. The last time the diocese did a major reorganization like this, in the early 1990s, well over two-thirds of all the priests were moved – and this was at a time when there were almost 600 priests in active ministry. We’ve learned from that, we hope, and we’re doing it this way because this allows for the outgoing and incoming clergy to meet multiple times, and for incoming clergy to meet with the parish staff multiple times. A critical part of these meetings will be the development of new Mass schedules that take into consideration the needs of the parishes, seating capacity, number of priests, and other factors. These schedules will be announced during the summer. Our Mass schedule will change as a result of this process. How much so is yet to be determined.

Monday, October 15, is implementation day. New assignments and new Mass schedules begin that day. No parishes will close or merge in April, or even in October. Starting in October, we begin the process to eventually merge parishes, which in some cases may involve beginning the process to eventually close buildings.

Yes, there are still many questions that remain to be answered. However, our mission remains the same as always. We all are called to bring forth a Church Alive! that allows each of us to do our part in the building up of the Kingdom.

Groupings and Assignments


A timeline that will guide the grouping toward merger in an appropriate
length of time. Ideally, groupings in Category A will complete this process by
the end of 2020. Those in Category B will have until the end of 2021.
Groupings in Category C will have until the end of 2023. During this time the
groupings will study and make a recommendation about which buildings will
best serve the new parish.

Parish Grouping
• Good Shepherd
• Madonna del Castello
• St. Maurice
• Word of God

Father Lawrence Adams
Parochial Vicar:
Father Jeremy Mohler
Parish Chaplain:
Father Vincent Kolo
In Residence:
Father Daniel Aboagye
Deacon Joseph Dougherty
Deacon Keith Kondrich

East Catholic School


Clergy Assignments:

All assignments effective Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

The Rev. Kenneth W. Marlovits from administrator of St. Maurice Parish, Forest
Hills, to part-time senior parochial vicar of the parishes within the
Adams/Cranberry/Glade Mills grouping, namely: Holy Sepulcher Parish, Glade Mills;
and St. Kilian Parish, Adams/Cranberry Townships. At the same time, Father Marlovits is also appointed as chaplain to Cardinal Wuerl
North Catholic High School, Quigley Catholic High School, and Vincentian Academy.

The Rev. Lawrence D. Adams from administrator of St. Ursula Parish, Allison Park,
to administrator of the parishes within the Braddock/Forest Hills/Swissvale
grouping, namely: Good Shepherd Parish, Braddock/Braddock Hills/East Pittsburgh;
Madonna del Castello Parish, Swissvale; St. Maurice Parish, Forest Hills; and Word
of God Parish, Swissvale/Rankin.

The Rev. Jeremy J. Mohler from parochial vicar of St. Katharine Drexel Parish,
Southeast Washington County, to parochial vicar of the parishes within the
Braddock/Forest Hills/Swissvale grouping.

The Rev. Vincent F. Kolo from Replacement Ministry, to parish chaplain of the
parishes within the Braddock/Forest Hills/Swissvale grouping.

Deacon Joseph M. Dougherty from diaconal ministry at Good Shepherd Parish,
Braddock/Braddock Hills/East Pittsburgh, to ministry of sacrament and the ministry
of word in the Braddock/Forest Hills/Swissvale grouping. Deacon Dougherty maintains his responsibilities
of ministry of service and charity at Auberle Home.

Deacon Keith G. Kondrich from diaconal ministry at Madonna del Castello Parish
Swissvale and Word of God Parish, Rankin/Swissvale, to ministry of sacrament and
the ministry of word in the Braddock/Forest Hills/Swissvale grouping. In addition, Deacon Kondrich is assigned to ministry of service and charity at the Allegheny County Jail.

April 21, 2018

Announcement Weekend for On Mission for the Church Alive! This week is going to be a very busy, and may I add stressful, time  concerning On Mission for the Church Alive!. So, even before I outline what will be happening, let me begin with a very sincere and important request. Please pray every day of this week for our diocese, Bishop Zubik, all the clergy (Deacons and Priests) and all the staff.

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the Bishop will be holding meetings with clergy teams for each of the new groupings. This will be the first time the clergy teams are together and have the opportunity to speak to one another and acknowledge their new assignments.

On Thursday there will be the Clergy Convocation focused entirely on On Mission announcements. On that day, following a period of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration, the clergy will see the final groupings along with the respected clergy assignments. It is at that time that the clergy will learn the big picture of who is assigned where throughout the diocese (up until that point all the clergy will know is where, and with whom, they are assigned). The information shared at the convocation will not be made public until Saturday.

At the convocation the clergy will receive a letter to be read at all weekend Masses. This letter will announce the grouping and assigned clergy―which will take effect on October 15, 2018. If it is relevant, the announcement will also be made as to where currently assigned clergy will be newly assigned. At the convocation, an informational sheet specific to each clergy’s current grouping will also be distributed and will be placed in the bulletin the weekend of May 5/6 and be mailed to each parishioner.*

Friday will be a day of prayer and processing for the clergy. Remember to pray for us!

On Saturday Bishop Zubik will hold a press conference at 4:00 PM to share information with the media about the On Mission assignments. After this press conference all information concerning On Mission will be available to the public.

That evening I will share with all of you (who attend the 5:00 PM Mass) the letter I receive at the convocation. I will read this letter at the end of Mass just prior to the final dismissal.

On Sunday I will follow the same procedure as I will use for the Saturday night Mass. So, immediately prior to the final dismissal I will read the letter notifying us of the grouping and pertinent clergy assignments.

I do ask this favor of you. Please do not ask me questions about the grouping or my assignment prior to the conclusion of the Saturday 5:00 PM Mass. I wish to honor the Bishop’s request for this information to remain confidential and I would like to be as focused as possible for the celebration of that Mass (which will be hard enough without having already begun the On Mission assignment discussions).

*If you do not receive this letter it is a very good indication that you did not have your parish census updated last year and you should contact the Parish Center Office to update your census and make your record active within the computer system.

April 15, 2018

Fish Fry people, to you I say Thanks! As I know you all can imagine, it takes a great effort to host the fish fry. I have so much admiration for all the workers who dedicated so much time to making this not only a successful fundraiser but also a pleasant experience for everyone who attended. The food was great, the volunteers even better. Yet, once again, I know that I cannot thank by name everyone who was instrumental in helping with the fish fry. Know that I remember you in my prayers and am deeply thankful for all you do. I am sure that the entire East Catholic School community is also deeply thankful for your time and effort in supporting the school via this fundraiser. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

I need to say thank you to another large group: To all of you who sent me cards, gifts, food, and prayers this Easter, please know of my appreciation for your gifts and kindness. My greatest pleasure is truly found in my attempt to bring to you the best liturgies possible; however, I also greatly benefit from your wonderful acts of kindness and thoughtfulness. Thank you! I know that God will reward you richly due to the kindness you have shown to me, one of his priests.

Spring Cleanup day: As I write this, the weather man is predicting temperatures in the 70’s for when you read this. Let’s hope for two great weekends in a row! Our spring cleanup is going to be a casual come-if-and-when-you can day. Saturday, April 21, will be the day we tackle the grounds. Our main goals are to pick up trash, clean up fallen branches and such, prep flower beds and “garden” areas, and continue some work on the rectory hillside and around the outdoor stations. We also have an aggressive goal―to reclaim some of the top parking lot. In order to accomplish that, we will have a chipper in the upper lot and would love to have a few adults come out with chainsaws to clean up some of the smaller nuisance brush. If you can help in that way, please contact me and let me know.  Of course, everyone is welcome to come out and help in any way. We can use the method of if it looks like it needs to be cleaned, go ahead and clean it! As I said at Mass last week, if you cannot help in the cleanup, please pray for good weather!

Confirmation: Please remember to pray for all of those being confirmed on Monday the 16th. May the Holy Spirit enliven their faith and inspire them to become fully active members of our Church.

Our Next Becoming Confidently Catholic: April 21 at 6:30 PM. Our guest speaker will talk about what the young adults are seeking from the Church. This should be a great way to learn how to make that first level of connection with the generation that is either going to fall completely away from the faith or radically energize it.

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