Messages From Fr. Ken

August 6, 2017

The Davin Room: We recently completed a clean-up of the Davin room and are looking forward to opening this space to the parish for more activities. Currently, it is used for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, the St. Vincent de Paul meetings, and by our music program. This large room can be arranged in many ways to accommodate different group sizes and activities. The doors to the school building: You will be seeing a new sign on the doors by the restroom which provide access to the school building stairway. This sign will make it clear that this doorway ...
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July 30,2017

East Regional Catholic Elementary Schools Process: The first step in preparing for the regionalization of East Regional Catholic Elementary Schools is to create an advisory board that will study the schools in the East region and develop the steps forward for the regionalization process. Recently, the clergy of the region elected the priest directors of the advisory board from among the pastors of the region. They are: Reverend Robert J. Grecco, Sacred Heart, Shadyside Reverend John B. Lendvai, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Natrona Heights and Saint Joseph, Natrona Reverend Michael John Lynam, Word of God, Rankin/Swissvale and ...
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July 23, 2017

MASS INTENTIONS: What they are and our need for them for the rest of 2017 The object for which a priest offers the Eucharistic Sacrifice is the Mass intention. The Church considers the Mass as the greatest possible prayer of intercession insofar as it is the perfect offering of Christ to the Father by making present the paschal mystery of His death and resurrection. The publically acknowledged Mass intention is distinct from the effects of the Mass which benefit those who take part in the sacrifice and attend the Mass―these are called the special fruits of the Mass and extensively ...
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July 16, 2017

Fake News/Gluten Hosts: This past week there were several news stories about the Vatican banning gluten free hosts for use at communion. The false news report indicated that the Vatican had banned those with celiac disease from receiving communion. I assure you, the Church hasn’t banned anyone from receiving communion due to dietary or health issues. The specifications that govern what constitutes legitimate matter for the hosts and wine are governed by the Church. Our parish is in compliance with these rules while also pastorally ministering to those in need of special  accommodations. Whereas, it is true, hosts with no gluten cannot be used for communion, ...
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July 9, 1017

The Our Father: A few days ago I came across a reflection on the Lord’s Prayer by St. Cyprian which really touched me. It started off with these words: “Above all, he who preaches peace and unity (Jesus) did not want us to pray by ourselves alone. We do not say “My Father, who art in heaven,” nor “Give me this day my daily bread.” The Lord’s Prayer is both prayer and lesson. As we pray it we deepen our understanding of the faith—that is the two-fold beauty of the rote prayers of the Church. St. Cyprian reminds us of ...
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July 2, 2017

July 3rd is a special Day: Do you remember July 3, 1949? Were you at the Memory Lane Roller Rink that Sunday? If you were, you might not have been skating. That was the first Mass celebrated by Saint Maurice Parish. This week make sure you enjoy all the festivities that go with the 4th of July, but also take time to be thankful for the wonderful history of our parish,  a history that continues to bring the Gospel message to the world as we continue to Awaken our Spirit. Mission Week Recap from those who went: It is truly hard ...
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June 18, 2017

Mission Week: Please remember our Mission Week participants, and those they are serving, in your prayers this week. Parish Festival: Thank you to everyone who worked so hard during our Parish Festival. Your dedication and commitment are the lights which shine forth the true measure of our faith - - generosity, hospitality, service and caring—with a touch of patience and mercy. On Mission Final Report to the Diocese: As the final part of our feedback to the On Mission for the Church Alive! process, The St. Maurice On Mission Team and I were asked to provide the diocese with parish feedback on the strengths ...
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June 11, 2017

Thank You: I just wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful birthday cards and wishes that I received a few weeks ago. It is deeply appreciated. Unfortunately, due to my recent illness I wasn’t able to even get around to opening everything I did receive. But, I’m looking forward to doing that soon! Thank You # 2: I also am still in the process of opening all the cards that were sent to me while I was in the hospital. Thank you so very much for thinking of me and most especially praying for me! At this time ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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April 23, 2017

Happy Easter—Divine Mercy Sunday: Today marks the octave of Easter. It is the eighth day of our celebration of the Lord’s resurrection. The eighth day, one more than the perfect number, marks for all Christians new beginnings. Today we celebrate not only the empty tomb but also the mission of the Church. Our Easter mission is to spread the Gospel of the Lord and the message of God’s Mercy. How fitting it is to mark the last day of Easter Sunday with a special focus on Divine Mercy. The liturgical texts of today concern the forgiveness of sins, the ultimate ...
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April 16, 2017

Happy Easter: Christ is risen! Indeed, He is risen! Father Daniel, Father Elmer, and I would like to extend to you our deepest wishes of joy this Easter. Christ’s resurrection is at the core of our faith and the point from which all hope flows. Christ has done the will of the Father, offered Himself willingly for all of us, and defeated death. He is the resurrection and the life. As Pope Francis has said: “Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised Him and made Him the Lord of life and death ...
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