7-church visits set for Holy Thursday

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William Hill
Correspondent

Many parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh plan to continue a popular Holy Week tradition by visiting seven nearby churches on Holy Thursday. The tradition is an ancient practice, probably originating in Rome, where early pilgrims visited the seven major basilicas as penance. The seven areas may also be related to the historical seven deacons of Rome, whose responsibility was to minister to the poor in their region of the city. The first seven deacons in the church were the seven assistants ordained by the apostles to minister to the poor. The practice in the diocese has continued to be strong, owing in part to the influence of the Holy Name Society, whose members are instrumental in many of the local pilgrimages.  The Diocesan Holy Name Society produces a book of prayers used on the seven-church visitations. A new collection of meditations and prayers for 2012 will be posted on the website, www.diopitt.org. Participation in tours is a local decision, on a parish-by-parish basis. To find out if a parish is conducting a tour, or when it is open for visitation, it is best to contact that parish directly.  While not all parishes hold tours, many parishes remain open on Holy Thursday evening, as late as midnight, for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  Following is a partial listing of parishes that conduct the seven-churches visit or remain open for visitation.

ALLEGHENY
-- The diocesan Office for Vocations will sponsor a pilgrimage beginning with the 10 a.m. chrism Mass at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. Afterward, pilgrims will meet for a pizza lunch at St. Mary of Mercy Parish's Lawless Hall. They will proceed on foot to seven churches in the Downtown Pittsburgh area, concluding at historic St. Patrick in the Strip District with climbing of the Holy Stairs about 5 p.m. A bus will be available for those who need it. Information: call Janet Roberto at 724-941-9587.
-- All Saints, Etna: 7 p.m. Mass, open until 11 p.m.
-- St. Aloysius, Reserve Township: 6:30 p.m. Mass until midnight. Combined visits with Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish.
-- St. Anne, Castle Shannon: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight.
-- Ascension, Ingram: 7 p.m. Mass, available for visitation 8:30-midnight. Confessions 9-10 p.m., holy hour 10-11 p.m. with no spoken prayer.
-- St. Basil, Carrick: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight.
-- St. Bernadette, Monroeville: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight. Visiting St. John Fisher, St. Bartholomew, St. Gerard Majella, St. Susanna, St. John the Baptist, St. Januarius, Our Lady of Joy.
-- St. Bernard, Mount Lebanon: 7:30 p.m. Mass until midnight. Visiting St. Peter, St. Boniface, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St Patrick, St. Stanislaus, Epiphany, St. Anthony's Chapel.
-- St. Catherine of Siena, Beechview: 7 p.m. Mass until 11 p.m.
-- St. Catherine of Sweden, Hampton Township/Wildwood: 7:30 p.m. Mass until midnight. Visiting churches in Etna, Sharpsburg and O'Hara.
-- St. Columbkille, Imperial: 7 p.m. Mass. Visiting St. Alphonsus, Holy Rosary, St. Mary, Holy Child, St. Barbara, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Columbkille.
-- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Carnegie: Open following Mass until 11 p.m. Visiting Holy Child, St. Barbara, Our Lady of Grace, SS. Simon & Jude, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Bernard, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
-- St. Germaine, Bethel Park: 6:30 p.m. Mass until midnight. Visiting St. Bartholomew, St. Susanna, St. John the Baptist, St. Januarius, Our Lady of Joy, St. Bernadette, St. Germaine.
-- Good Shepherd, Braddock: Open after 7 p.m. Mass.
-- Holy Cross, East Pittsburgh: 8 p.m. Mass at St. William Church, Roman guard on duty 9-11:30 p.m. Divine Mercy novena 11 p.m.
-- Holy Innocents, Sheraden: 6:30 p.m. Mass until 9 p.m.
-- Holy Trinity, Robinson Township: 7 p.m. Mass until 11:30 p.m.
-- Holy Wisdom, North Side: St. Boniface and St. Ambrose open after 7 p.m. Masses until midnight. Bus tour leaves St. Boniface upper parking lot at 8:30 p.m.
-- St. Januarius, Plum: Open until midnight.
-- SS. John & Paul, Franklin Park/Marshall Township: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight. Visiting SS. John & Paul, Our Lady of Grace, St. Bernard, St. Anne, St. Thomas More, St. Louise de Marillac, St. Benedict the Abbot.
-- St. John Capistran, Upper St. Clair: 7:30 p.m. Mass until 11 p.m.
-- St. John Neumann, Franklin Park: 7 p.m. Mass, open 8:30-11:30 p.m.
-- St. John of God, McKees Rocks: Open after 6:30 p.m. Mass.
-- St. John the Baptist, Unity: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight.-- St. Joseph, O'Hara Township: 7 p.m. Mass until 11 p.m.
-- St. Joseph, Verona: Open after Mass until 10:30 p.m.
-- St. Juan Diego, Sharpsburg: 7 p.m. Mass at Madonna of Jerusalem Church, processing with the Blessed Sacrament to St. Mary Church. Exposition until midnight. Combined visit with St. Pio. Bus departs from St. Mary, to St. Edward, St. Raphael, St. Joseph, St. Paul Cathedral, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Patrick, St. Mary.
-- St. Louise de Marillac, Upper St. Clair: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight. Visiting St. Paul Cathedral, Sacred Heart, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Bernard, St Pius X, St. Winifred, St. Louise de Marillac. $10 per person donation is requested. Reservations: 412-833-1010.
-- Madonna del Castello, Swissvale: Combined walk with Madonna del Castello and Word of God parishes. Bus pick-up at both following their 7 p.m. services. Visiting St. Joseph, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Stanislaus, St. Patrick, Holy Cross, Good Shepherd. Call Peggy Keene at 412-271-3862.
-- St. Malachy, Kennedy Township: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight. Bus from St. Malachy parking lot (cost $9) visiting St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Our Lady of Grace, St. Bernard, St. Thomas More, St. Louise de Marillac, Holy Trinity.
-- St. Margaret of Scotland, Green Tree: Open following Mass until midnight. Visiting St. Catherine, St. Pamphilus, St. Pius X, St. Winifred, St. Anne, St. Thomas More, St. John Capistran.
-- St. Mary, Aleppo Township: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight.
-- St. Mary of the Assumption, Glenshaw: Open after 7 p.m. Mass.
-- Most Holy Name of Jesus, Troy Hill: 7 p.m. Mass until evening prayer at 11:45 p.m. St. Anthony’s Chapel open 8:30-11:45 p.m. Joint bus tour with St. Aloysius.
-- North American Martyrs, Monroeville: 7 p.m. Mass, visitation/adoration until midnight. Visiting St. Regis in Trafford, Immaculate Conception in Irwin, St. Agnes and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in North Huntingdon, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Jude, North American Martyrs.
-- Our Lady of Grace, Scott Township: Open after 7 p.m. Mass.
-- St. Patrick-St. Stanislaus Kostka, Strip District: 7 p.m. Mass at St. Stanislaus, open until midnight. St. Patrick (Holy Stairs) open from 7 p.m. until midnight.-- St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland: Combined church tour with St Regis. Call 412-621-4951, ext. 10.
-- St. Peter, North Side: 7 p.m. Mass until  midnight with compline prayer at 11:45.
-- St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Blawnox/Harmar: 4 p.m. Mass at St. Francis, open until 11 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. Mass at St. Edward, 8 p.m. Taize service, open until 11. Bus tour with St. Juan Diego.
-- St. Raphael, Morningside: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight. Visiting Holy Family, St. Alphonsus, Our Lady of Victory, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Edward, St. Scholastica, St. Raphael.
-- St. Regis, Oakland: Open until midnight when compline will be prayed. Combined bus tour with St. Paul Cathedral.
-- St. Richard, Richland Township: 7 p.m. Mass until 11:30 p.m.
-- St. Rosalia, Greenfield: 6 p.m. Mass until midnight. Visitation planned.
-- Sacred Heart, Emsworth: 7 p.m. Mass until 11 p.m.
-- Sacred Heart, Shadyside: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight.
-- St. Scholastica, Aspinwall: Open after Mass until 11 p.m.
-- St. Sebastian, Ross Township: Open after 7 p.m. Mass. For bus tour, call Marie at 412-364-8999.
-- St. Stephen, Hazelwood: Open after Mass until 9:30 p.m.
-- St. Teresa of Avila, Perrysville: Open after 7 p.m. Mass.
-- St. Thomas More, Bethel Park: 7:30 p.m. Mass until midnight.
-- St. Victor, Bairdford: 7 p.m. Mass until 10 p.m.
-- St. Wendelin, Carrick: 7 p.m. Mass until 10 p.m.
-- St. Winifred, Mount Lebanon: Open after 7 p.m. Mass.
-- Word of God, Swissvale: Open after 7 p.m. Mass.

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BEAVER
-- St. Cecilia, Rochester: 7:30 p.m. Mass until 11 p.m.
-- St. Felix, Freedom: Open following Mass until 10 p.m.
-- Good Samaritan, Ambridge: 7 p.m. Mass, adoration until 11 p.m. with night prayer at 10:45.
-- Holy Family, New Brighton: Open after 7 p.m. Mass.
-- St. James the Apostle, New Bedford: Open after 7 p.m. Mass.
-- SS. Peter & Paul, Beaver: Open until midnight. Visiting Divine Mercy, Holy Family, St. Cecilia, SS. Peter & Paul.

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BUTLER
-- St. Christopher, Prospect: Open following 6:30 p.m. Mass. For bus tour, call Karen at 724-865-7804.
-- St. Ferdinand, Cranberry: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight. Visiting SS. John & Paul, St. Boniface, St. Stanislaus, St. Augustine, Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph, Sacred Heart, St. Paul Cathedral.
-- St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Lyndora/Meridian: 7 p.m. Mass until 10 p.m.
-- St. Gregory, Zelienople: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight. St. Matthias in Evans City will not be open.
-- Holy Sepulcher, Glade Mills: Open following Mass until 11 p.m.
-- St. Joseph, Cabot: 7 p.m. Mass until 11 p.m.
-- St. Mary of the Assumption, Herman: 7 p.m. Mass until 11 p.m,
-- St. Paul, Butler: 7 p.m. Mass until 11 p.m.
-- St. Wendelin, Carbon Center: 7 p.m. Mass until 11 p.m.

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LAWRENCE
-- St. Vitus, New Castle: 6:30 p.m. Mass until 11 p.m. Two buses loading after Mass, visiting (bus 1) St. Joseph the Worker, Holy Redeemer, St. Anthony, Mary, Mother of Hope, St. Camillus, St. Vincent de Paul, St. John Maronite; (bus 2) St. James the Apostle, St. Lawrence, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Joseph the Worker, Mary, Mother of Hope, St. Camillus, St. John Maronite.

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WASHINGTON
-- St. Alphonsus, McDonald: 7 p.m. Mass until 11 p.m.
-- Ave Maria, Bentleyville/Ellsworth/Cokeburg: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight. Combined bus tour with St. Agnes.
-- St. Francis of Assisi, Finleyville: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight.
-- St. Hilary, Washington: 7 p.m. Mass, open 8-10 p.m. with closing prayer service.
-- Holy Rosary, Muse: 6:30 p.m. Mass until midnight; coffee, punch and cookies in social hall  for visitors. Seven-church visit (others welcome on parish bus).
-- St. Mary, Cecil: 7 p.m. Mass until midnight.
-- St. Patrick, Canonsburg: 6:30 p.m. Mass until midnight. Visiting St. Albert the Great, St. Pius X, St. Pamphilus, St. Philip, Resurrection, Ascension, St. Patrick. Sponsored by parish youth ministry. Information: Call Nicole at 724-745-4130.

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