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 of the proposed grouping, if we felt it was the best relationship possible, offer any alternative ideas, share our concerns and suggestions for implementation, and to note the top themes of feedback from you. This is a summary of that final report which was submitted to the diocese this past week.

We indicated that the strength of the grouping was found in pre-existing relationships, most especially through East Catholic School, Inc. and being part of the same local public school district. Given these pre-existing relationships, our children and families have already formed supportive communities which can be expanded upon.

We questioned the inclusion of Saint Jude the Apostle into the grouping. We noted that St. Jude isn’t already closely tied to all the other parishes in the grouping and they fall outside of the pre-existing relationships like a common public school district, geographic proximity and the consortium which comprises East Catholic. We raised concerns over the size of the new parish and the administrative burden that would place on the priest(s)
asked to develop the new parish community. In addition, we identified as concerns those elderly who depend on others for transportation and their ability to attend Mass, the ability of each campus to meet the needs of our special needs parishioners (ADA accessibility), community safety (especially regarding nighttime activity on campus), ample parking, the financial stability of the new parish and the existing debt. We also noted that a three-campus implementation may produce three different sub-communities and not truly form one vibrant parish family (we didn’t specifically speak against three campuses but rather noted our concern about how such a large area might be unified as one parish).

We suggested the decision regarding the closing of campuses should be announced as soon as possible, and should be made by the diocese and not placed upon the new pastor of the parish. We felt that would only build resentment towards the new leader who is coming in to shepherd the community and we didn’t think that would be fair to him or the new parish.

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 there are still some tests being run to get to the bottom of my medical problem but all the ‘bad’ stuff has come back negative. Let’s continue to pray that keeps up. I’m also hopeful that the medication that I’m on will begin to work soon and that my health and energy soon return. Thank you for all your continued prayers and support.

The Week of June 18-23: Mission Week: As you know, this year our youth are participating in a Mission Week experience along with three other churches in our diocese. They will be heading into Lawrence and Beaver counties to assist people in need and social service organizations that are short staffed during the summer. It is my intention to be with our young parishioners for that week. However, my health might not allow me to do that. Still, I wanted to give you all a heads up that the plan is for me to be away from the parish that week and serve as both a chaperone and the chaplain for Mission Week.

Parish Festival: Upon arriving at St. Maurice last summer I was asked to consider holding the parish festival for 3 days instead of 4. I know that change is stressful and we have experienced a lot of it this past year; however, the reasoning I was presented was sound and I decided to make the move. Now the festival is upon us and I hope you are as excited as I am. We have great food and wonderful entertainment lined up. I anticipate having a great turnout and I’m looking forward to having some relaxing time with all of you. Now we need to pray for three days of spectacular weather. Please, if you are able, don’t forget to assist with important steps like setup (Sunday, June 11, at 4:00 PM) and tear-down (Sunday, June 18, at 9:00 AM). Your involvement in this parish/community event is greatly appreciated. May God abundantly bless our festival.

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