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.

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