Messages From Fr. Ken

December 10, 2017

Proper Planning needed to make it to Mass on the 24th and 25th: With Christmas being on a Monday this year, it will be important to properly plan your attendance for the 4th Sunday of Advent and then the Christmas Mass. Please note the schedule!  Please share this information as it involves several changes. 4th Sunday of Advent Masses are Saturday, December 23, at 5:00 PM and Sunday, December 24, at 9:00 AM and 12:00 Noon. (There will be no 8:00 AM or 10:00 AM Mass this Sunday.) Christmas Masses are Sunday, December 24, at 5:00 PM, 7:30 PM and Midnight ...
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December 3, 2017

Proper Planning needed to make it to Mass on the 24th and 25th: With Christmas being on a Monday this year, it will be important to properly plan your attendance for the 4th Sunday of Advent and then the Christmas Mass. Please note the schedule!  Please share this information as it involves several changes. 4th Sunday of Advent Masses are Saturday, December 23, at 5:00 PM and Sunday, December 24, at 9:00 AM and 12:00 Noon. (There will be no 8:00 AM or 10:00 AM Mass this Sunday.) Christmas Masses are Sunday, December 24, at 5:00 PM, 7:30 PM and Midnight ...
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November 26, 2017

Real Life Evangelization: Last week I found myself reading an article in the Post Gazette that was fascinating yet confusing. It concerned the US Bishop’s meeting in Baltimore and claimed that a message had been sent to Pope Francis indicating displeasure with the Pope’s leadership in the area of pro-life. I find secular articles about the Church to be highly misleading. The press, it seems, is always looking for the controversy even when none exists. The pro-life movement in the United States is enacted specifically to confront our cultural norms and national laws−our current state of life. The pro-life movement of ...
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November 19, 2017

Preparing for uncertain change: I hope that you have been keeping up with all the news about On Mission for the Church Alive! The Pittsburgh Catholic has been providing great updates and articles. You can, of course, also use the internet and social media to keep abreast of the latest news as well. It is only by understanding the possible future that many of the things happening in our parish will make sense. What do I mean by that? Well, since On Mission began, we have all known that no final decisions were made (and still haven’t been). However, as ...
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November 12, 2017

Purple on All Souls Day: I had a few questions about why I wore purple on All Souls Day (one even from a priest). Often this celebration, like a funeral liturgy, is celebrated wearing white. As you know, the use of colored vestments conveys a significant meaning in the liturgical celebration. White, when used for funerals, symbolizes the resurrection of our Lord, when He triumphed over sin and death, sorrow and darkness. It also denotes rejoicing and purity of the soul−thus the reason All Saints Mass was celebrated in white. Purple, however, is a sign of preparation. Thus, as we offered ...
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November 5, 2017

Health Update: First off, I want to thank all of you for your continued prayers. I recently joked with some that if I don’t get back to 100% soon people’s faith will be shaken. But, of course, we as Catholics know that illness is part of the great mystery of salvation. We may not understand it, but we do know how to deal with it. When faced with illness we have the option to join our suffering with Christ in such a way that brings us closer to Him (or we can depend on methods to avoid all pain and ...
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October 29, 2017

Embracing the Social Media World: For a very long time communication of parish activities has relied on church bulletins.  Although this form of communication is still effective for the “church going Catholics” it is not the best form of evangelization in our current world.   As you can see on a weekly basis, Mass attendance fluctuates (and this isn’t a St. Maurice issue alone).  In light of this reality, our parish is forging ahead in the social media world with the hope of reaching more people with essential information and evangelization.  Our recent steps have included a presence on Twitter and ...
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October 22, 2017

As I continue with my vacation I offer you a modified article from CatholicLink English (twitter @catholiclink_en) written by Garrett Johnson. HUNGER FOR INFINITY - OCTOBER 13, 2017 From the moment that we were called into existence, we received a call to cross the desert of life. And  no one can make it without water. Thus, we can summarize our existence with two words: “I thirst.” From the wailing of birth to the silence of death, we experience an overwhelming urge to satiate this thirst. Evidently, we not only thirst for water, but also for recognition, affection, for gestures of ...
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October 15, 2017

Potential 2018 Change in the DAILY Mass schedule: There are several situations that are currently making it seem like the best option moving forward in 2018 is to align our daily Mass schedule with our neighbors. Saint Maurice has been blessed in the past with having more than one priest assigned to it; however, that is no longer the case. I am the only priest assigned to this parish. Any other priest that celebrates Mass for us is “hired help” so to speak. Having two daily Masses, plus a monthly Mass at Centurion Commons and Juniper Village, is not ideal ...
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October 8, 2017

I’ll be away for two weeks. Starting on Monday, I will begin a period of rest and recovery.  I will be away from the parish for twelve days. This is partly due to a previously scheduled vacation but mainly based on the advice of my doctor who wants me to take some time off as I continue to deal with my health issue. Fr. Daniel will be “the main man” covering while I am away, however, there will be other priests helping as well. The only change to the schedule will be that no confession will be held at the parish on October 14. If ...
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October 1, 2017

Prayer and Fellowship for our Readers: All parish readers are invited to an evening of prayer and fellowship. The evening, Sunday, October 8, will begin at 7:00 PM with Evening Prayer in the Chapel and then conclude with a social in the Davin Room (this will be the showcase of the Davin Room as a reception area!). All readers of the parish are invited to join us for this relaxing evening in which the parish can show our appreciation and we can enjoy time together. In order to properly prepare the reception, you are asked to RSVP either by signing ...
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September 24, 2017

On Mission Update: We are talking about Parishes not Buildings: As the diocese released the report from the On Mission Commission this past week many people have begun to talk about what it means. It is critical for us to remember the focus of the On Mission process at this time. Currently, we are dealing with parishes. Recall a Parish is a local Catholic community where, under the leadership and guidance of a pastor/administrator, the laity worship God, are educated in their faith, receive the sacraments and serve those in need. What we are not currently discussing are buildings and campuses. I know many people want ...
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September 17, 2017

Two shocking news stories: This past week I read two news stor ies which shocked me but ultimately didn’t surprise me. One dealt with the fact that in the United States white Christians are now a minority. The other dealt with the questioning of a judicial nominee, Notre Dame Law School Professor Amy Coney Barrett, by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein who was troubled by the fact that Catholic “dogma lives loudly within” her. The face of Christianity in our culture is changing, however, the anti-Catholic sentiment that has been a part of our nation’s history is not. The article about ...
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September 10, 2017

PLEASE NOTE!!! Side exit, through the school building, to the lower/back parking lot/playground: You will notice a new sign on the door by the main restroom of the church. This sign advises that this door is alarmed and monitored by security cameras. It also states that this delayed egress doorway is not an emergency exit (the emergency exit is to the right). Please note the following concerning use of this doorway and staircase. During the week, when school is in session, this doorway is NOT to be used. As indicated, the door is alarmed and monitored on both sides via ...
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September 3, 2017

Wow, wow, and wow! Thank you so much to everyone who made our campus cleanup day an overwhelming success! I was blown away by the turnout, the work that was done, the people who brought food, and the community feeling that abounded. Plus, I had several people stop me asking that we do another because they wished they could have participated. A special thank you goes to Mary Beth Rushé for organizing so much of the day. Make sure you look at the video screen by the Welcome Desk to see pictures or visit our Facebook page. Ministry/Discernment items and dates to keep in ...
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August 27, 2017

What will ministry look like moving forward in the Church Alive!: One thing is clear as we move through On Mission for the Church Alive! With the diminishing number of priests to serve our local church it will be necessary for all baptized members of the The Church to actualize their responsibility as servants. We are called to share our unique and individual skills and charisms that we have been graced with by the Holy Spirit. It will be important for our community, especially in her evangelization efforts, to authorize all our members to exercise a ministry which manifests each ...
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August 20, 2017

Let’s get together for some prayer, work, and fun! On Saturday, August 26, a plan is being put together to converge on the campus to do some general clean-up and hopefully have some fun. The day will kick off with Mass at 9:00 AM (like normal) and then continue from there, weather permitting, of course. You are invited to grab some tools/equipment from home and come join the work party. Or simply come to supervise, come to encourage others, come to make new friends. Things you might want to bring along, if you have them, would be: weed whacker or weed cutter, rake, shovels, leaf blower, ...
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August 13, 2017

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: A Holy Day of Obligation, a Holy Day of Opportunity: Tuesday, August 15, is a Holy Day of Obligation. Monday night's regularly scheduled Mass and novena will be the Vigil Mass and will fulfill your obligation for Mass. On Tuesday Mass will be offered at 7:00 and 9:00 AM as well as at 7:00 PM (all in the main Church). Please note that our Holy Days of Obligation are important feast days within our faith (every Sunday is a Holy Day of Obligation) and it is a mortal sin to intentionally miss Mass ...
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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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