Messages From Fr. Ken

September 9, 2018

On Mission Mass Time Announcement: A while back, the priests of our grouping (both outgoing and incoming) met to discuss what future Mass times might best serve our grouping. In collaboration, Fr. Semler, Fr. Lynam and I helped Fr. Larry understand our Mass schedule, Mass attendance counts, and the participation rates of the Sacrament of Reconciliation for each of our parishes. Fr. Larry then met with his fellow incoming clergy (priests and deacons) to determine what might be best for On Mission grouping. After prayer and consultation a proposal was submitted to the diocese for weekday, Sunday, and Holy Day Mass times, as well as ...
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September 2, 2018

This week I wish to share with you some of my random thoughts from the past few weeks: • I am called to be a Saint and so are you! I need to step up my game. • I entered the seminary after the 2002 scandal because I wanted to defend the one I loved - Jesus Christ and His bride the Church. I firmly believe other men will answer the call to the priesthood in this crisis to ensure that the Church is defended and her honor restored. • It is time for the best-of-the-best to step forward and ...
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August 26, 2018

Excerpts put together from: Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons. These are crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and ...
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August 19, 2018

Moving forward with Holy Mother Church and Holy Mother Mary: In his recent letter to the faithful of Pittsburgh concerning the PA Attorney General Report, Bishop Zubik stated that his prayer is that “the agony of Jesus on the Cross would be our hope.” I in no way wish to deny the power of praying through this imagery, however, I have been personally moved to find comfort in the story of our Blessed Mother. Specifically, in Luke 2:34-35: “Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ʽBehold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be ...
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August 12, 2018

New Interim Mass schedule to be released next weekend. For an update on the release of the new Mass schedule, and how to prepare ourselves for the change it will bring, I am going to borrow heavily from what Fr. Kevin Fazio shared with his new grouping of parishes in Butler. Please keep in mind that the one constant to expect with the On Mission initiative is change, more change, and perhaps more change for a number of years, until the On Mission “dust settles,” so to speak. While many of us may not like to hear this, it is ...
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August 5, 2018

Forgiveness reflection based on Guy Gruters’ talk: During his talk, Guy recalled taking a knee in his cell as a POW and explained to us how he began to pray the rosary even though he couldn’t remember the mysteries. He only recalled that it would have been 150 Hail Mary’s and an Our Father after each set of 10 Hail Mary’s. But he prayed and most importantly he prayed that God would help him to forgive. I was so moved by the fact that he had forgotten the mysteries. Oddly enough (or more likely God inspired) that very day I prayed the Sorrowful Mysteries of ...
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July 29, 2018

Celebrating Sister Judith’s time as Principal: Sister Judith has served as principal of both Saint Maurice Parish School and East Catholic School, Inc. for 21 years. She has decided to retire and deserves the well earned rest! A “Thank You Celebration” has been planned. On Saturday, August 4, beginning with the 5:00 PM Mass at Saint Maurice and continuing afterwards with a reception in Keane Hall, our school community will join in celebrating Sister Judith’s service to our children. Please plan to join us and say Thank You to Sister for her many years of dedicated service to Saint Maurice in particular and to ...
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July 22, 2018

July 25, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. How much do you know about this important Church document? While the world was running into a revolutionary transformation of sexual morality in human history, the Church dared to ask the question no one else was asking: What are the consequences? The papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae, written by Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1968, provides beautiful and clear teaching about God's plan for married love and the transmission of life. In 1963 Pope Saint John XXIII wanted a serious answer to the question of regulation of birth, so he established ...
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July 15, 2018

Mission Week 2018: Living the Truth in Love: The following testimonies are from youth who attended the 2018 Mission Week. The week’s theme was Living the Truth in Love, based off this passage from 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.” The evening reflections focused on this verse and the promotion of the growth of the body of Christ. That time allowed youth to think and pray about the work they are doing and how their faith impacts that ...
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July 8, 2018

Mission Week 2018: Living the Truth in Love: The following  testimonies are from youth who attended the 2018 Mission Week. The week’s theme was Living the Truth in Love, based off this passage from 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.” The evening reflections focused on this verse and the promotion of the growth of the body of Christ. That time allowed youth to think and pray about the work they are doing and how their faith impacts that ...
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July 1, 2018

Mission Week 2018: Living the Truth in Love: The following testimonies are from youth who attended the 2018 Mission Week. The week’s theme was Living the Truth in Love, based off this passage from 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.” The evening reflections focused on this verse and the promotion of the growth of the body of Christ. That time allowed youth to think and pray about the work they are doing and how their faith impacts that ...
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June 24, 2017

Reminder: On July 25 a special speaker dealing with forgiveness will be at Saint Maurice. Forgiveness is something that is hard to understand, to offer others and most especially to give to ourselves. Our parish will host a truly remarkable opportunity to better understand forgiveness. On July 25, at 7:00 PM in the Church, 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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March 25, 2018

I cannot encourage you strongly enough to actively and fully participate in all the liturgies and celebrations of Holy Week. Our faith depends upon the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection and our participation in this week’s celebrations will deepen our understanding of this mystery of our salvation. This Truth is what sets us apart from the world and makes us a light of hope for all to see ...
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March 11, 2018

Get on the Bus: The parish will be hosting a bus for our 7 Church Walk taking in the churches of the 2-1-4- of the 4-1-2 (our proposed On Mission Grouping). The bus will depart our parish immediately following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Sign up at the Welcome Desk to reserve your spot. Information about Bishop Zubik’s call for a new class of Deacons: The Bishop has called for a new class of Deacons. Men between the ages of 30 and 59 who have a college degree are eligible to make inquiry. You can learn more about this ...
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March 4, 2018

An On Mission inspired 7 Church Walk: I have taken to calling our proposed On Mission grouping the two-one-four of the four-one-two (based upon the use of the number 412 to identify Pittsburgh). It is a way for me to discuss the impact of On Mission as I engage people in what is best for Saint Maurice parish in light of the possibility that we will be grouped with the six parishes of Saint John Fisher, Saint Jude the Apostle, Saint Colman, Good Shepherd, Word of God, and Madonna del Castello. As you hopefully know, on April 26 the Bishop will make the official announcement ...
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February 25, 2018

Please be mindful and safe: This winter has been brutal on our physical plant. Right now we have parts of some stairways falling apart and a few holes developing near our drainage grates, not to mention the potholes in the parking lot. We are attempting to mark each hazard with either a cone or both a cone and bright orange paint. However, this past week the wind and the rain actually moved most of the cones and created a dangerous unmarked situation for a time. I ask that you be very mindful on our campus and if you see something that ...
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February 18, 2018

My Eucharistic Miracle that might have been: A couple of weeks ago, during the Saturday evening Mass, I spoke of a possible Eucharist miracle here at St. Maurice. I shared the story as part of my homily dealing with the need for us to share our experiences of faith and encounters with God. I have had a wonderful time engaging many people about this “miracle” and their special encounters with the Lord through the Eucharist. Sharing that story has been a true gift of joy for me as I have been able to hear others speak about their great love for Christ. In a ...
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January 11, 2018

Should I celebrate Valentine’s Day or Ash Wednesday: Okay, for me, a priest, that is an easy one! It would have been easy for me as a single guy, too (hard to believe that I normally spent Valentine’s Day alone). Hopefully, for you this isn’t a difficult choice either and not because you have no one to spend the day with. Many dioceses across our country have been putting out statements about this overlap. I like what Bishop Gainer of Harrisburg said: “As Catholics, we recognize Ash Wednesday as the solemn beginning of a period of prayer, penance, and works of ...
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February 4, 2018

The Blessing of the Throats, a sacramental of the Church, is celebrated on February 3, the feast day of Saint Blaise. Saint Blaise was the bishop of  Sebaste in Armenia during the fourth century. From the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with  illnesses of the throat. The blessing of throats, when conferred during Mass, follows the homily and general intercessions or, for pastoral reasons, the  prayer of blessing may take the place of the final blessing of the Mass. This weekend, the blessing will be provided during  Mass and those wishing to have their throats touched ...
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January 28, 2018

A new ministry highlighting the dignity of work: The Service and Outreach Committee will be launching a new ministry in the hopes of  reaching those in need of employment and those wishing to strengthen their careers. The Saint Maurice Parish Career Networking Ministry is for parishioners seeking employment or entering a new career. The mission of the ministry is to provide career transition information, resources,  mentoring, and networking. It is designed to use the skills, talents, and resources of our parish to support one another as we fulfill our God-given call  to healthy work. Recall the words of our Holy Father: Work should be the ...
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Janury 20, 2018

What does the word Mass mean: Last weekend, in my homily, I talked about how we don’t come to Mass to follow God. The point I was making was that we follow God as we live our lives in the world, which IS our call to holiness and evangelizations. But this idea should have been obvious to all of us even before I spoke it. Why? Because of the word Mass itself. The English word “Mass” comes from the Latin word missa, which means to be “sent.” This Latin word has been used since about the 6th century to describe the Catholic celebration of ...
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January 14, 2018

Thank you: I really wish that I could send each of you a personalized thank you for the wonderful gifts you gave me for Christmas. However, that probably is not going to be possible. Please know how deeply I appreciate the cards, gifts, prayers, and cookies. You have been so very kind to me and I cannot put into words how much that means. Thank you. I pray, and will continue to pray, that you are greatly blessed in 2018. Gifts to the parish: I’d also like to say thank you to those who have recently donated items to the parish ...
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January 7, 2018

Why bring back the bells at the consecration? For most, but not all, the return of the bells during the Mass at the consecration is a welcomed addition. I would like to share with you my thinking as it pertains to this and the reason I have chosen to introduce the ringing of the bells within this faith community. First, let us reference the Church’s teaching: The General Instruction of the Roman Missal refers to bell ringing in No. 150: "A little before the consecration, when appropriate, a server rings a bell as a signal to the faithful. According to ...
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December 31, 2017

The tabernacle in the center of the Church. Since moving the tabernacle to accommodate the Giving Tree gifts, I have been receiving a very large number of compliments and requests to make this change permanent. Personally, I have found that it has resulted in three benefits. First, it makes celebrating Mass (especially on Monday night) much smoother for me as celebrant. Secondly, I believe (and others have agreed with me on this, but I am sure there are opposing views) that the tabernacle and tabernacle lamp add depth, context, and color to our wall which actually helps to highlight our sculpture, adding to its beauty. Finally, ...
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December 24, 2017

Happy 4th Sunday of Advent: This advent season I have preached on the idea of preparing the way of the Lord by deepening our understanding of Church. As I have said, it is the normative way God enters our lives on a day-to-day basis, most especially via the sacraments. Yet, it−the Church−is so much more. It is us, we are the Church! It is our daily living and loving of our brothers, sisters, and neighbors. The Church is all encompassing. It can be with us, supporting and sustaining us, at every moment of our lives. I hope that this Advent ...
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December 17, 2017

Is the Pope changing the words to the Our Father? No. But you might have heard the story on the news. That story pertains from the recent updated translation to the Our Father implemented in the Churches of France. It is a change of translation, not a change of the words themselves. Basically, the issue is how people today understand the words we use. One way to fix misunderstandings is to update translations. Another way is education. For your education I offer the following: Text seemingly being misunderstood: Lead us not into temptation. People were understanding this as God being the ...
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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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