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Seven-church visits planned for Holy Thursday

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - Updated: 2:47 pm

Parishioners in the Diocese of Pittsburgh have a tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday, which is an ancient practice probably originating in Rome. Pilgrims visited seven basilicas as penance.

Members of the Holy Name Society have been instrumental in keeping the tradition alive. The Diocesan Holy Name Society produces a book of prayers used on the seven-church visitations. A collection of meditations and prayers for 2019 will be posted on the diocesan website, www.diopitt.org. Participants often pray the Stations of the Cross as part of each visit. In this year’s booklet, two prayers are provided for each of the seven stations.

Participation in tours is a local decision, on a parish-by-parish basis. To find out if a parish or grouping is conducting a tour, or when it is open for visitation, it is best to contact that parish directly, as the information published here is based on what was received at the time of publication.

While not all parishes hold tours, many parishes remain open on Holy Thursday evening, as late as midnight, for visitation/adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Following is a listing of parish groupings that are organizing church visitations April 18:

VICARIATE 1

Bellevue/Emsworth/

Franklin Park

Assumption, Bellevue: 7 p.m. Mass, open until 11 p.m. Bus leaves after Mass (approximately 8:30). Cost is $7. For reservations, call 412-766-6660. Visiting St. Nicholas, Holy Spirit (Millvale), St. Patrick and St. Stanislaus Kostka, Epiphany. Only five churches, returning to Assumption.

Bloomfield/Garfield/

Lawrenceville/

Polish Hill

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Polish Hill: 7 p.m. Mass, open until midnight. Bus departs Immaculate Heart of Mary at 8:30 p.m., and will pick up at Our Lady of the Angels and St. Maria Goretti parishes. For reservations, call Joe Covelli at 412-480-3138.

Etna/Glenshaw/

Millvale

Holy Spirit, Millvale: 7 p.m. Mass, open from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Bus departing from Holy Spirit Church following Mass. Cost is $5. For reservations, call Sandy Koch at 412-486-5983. Visiting Most Holy Name of Jesus, St. Peter, Holy Wisdom, St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Patrick, Epiphany, St. Nicholas.

Morningside/

Shadyside/

Stanton Heights

St. Raphael, Morningside/Stanton Heights: 7 p.m. Mass, open until midnight. Bus departs after Mass. Cost is $5. For reservations, contact Candy Venezia at 412-361-8916.

North Side

Holy Wisdom, North Side: Open until midnight. Bus departs St. Boniface at 8:30 p.m. from Royal Street lot (Norbert Hall). For information, call 412-231-1116.

Observatory Hill/

Perrysville/

Ross/West View

St. Sebastian, Ross Township: 7 p.m. Mass, open until midnight. Bus will depart St. Sebastian. Call the parish at 412-364-8999.

VICARIATE 2

Bridgeville/Cecil

Holy Child, Bridgeville: 7 p.m. Mass, open until 11 p.m. Bus will leave church after Mass (about 8 p.m.). For reservations, call 412-221-5213.

Carnegie/

Green Tree/Scott

SS. Simon and Jude, Scott Township: 7 p.m. Mass, open until 11 p.m. Bus will leave following Mass. Goodwill offering accepted.

Clairton/

Jefferson Hills/

Pleasant Hills/

West Mifflin

St. Thomas A Becket, Jefferson Hills: 7 p.m. Mass, open until 11 p.m. Comfort Keepers will provide bus free of charge. Seats are on first come, first serve basis. For reservations, call Mame Donohue at 412-216-7709.

Finleyville/Jefferson

Hills/Peters

St. Francis of Assisi, Finleyville: 6:30 p.m. Mass, open 8-11 p.m. Bus departs at 7:30 p.m. Goodwill offering accepted. Visiting Holy Child, St. Barbara, St. Patrick, St. Alphonsus, Holy Rosary, St. Mary, St. Benedict the Abbot.

Homestead/

Munhall/West

Mifflin/Whitaker

St. Therese of Lisieux, Munhall: 6:30 p.m. Mass, open until 10 p.m. Bus will depart from St. Therese at 8 p.m. For reservations, call 412-462-8161. Visiting Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Benedict the Moor, Epiphany, St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Patrick, St. Mary of Mercy, return to St. Therese.

McKeesport/

North Versailles/

Versailles/White Oak

St. Robert Bellarmine, East McKeesport: 7 p.m. Mass, open 8:30-11 p.m. Bus will depart St. Robert at 8:30 p.m.

South Park/

Upper St. Clair

St. Joan of Arc, South Park: 7 p.m. Mass, open until midnight. Bus will leave after Mass. For information and reservations, call 412-833-2400.

St. Louise de Marillac, Upper St. Clair: 7 p.m. Mass, open until midnight. Bus will leave after Mass. For information and reservations, call 412-833-1010.

VICARIATE 3

Ambridge/Baden/Conway/

Franklin Park

SS. John and Paul, Franklin Park/Marshall: 7 p.m. Mass, open until 11 p.m. Bus departs at 8:45 p.m. from SS. John and Paul. Goodwill offering accepted. For reservations, visit www.sts-jp.org. Visiting St. Kilian, St. Ferdinand, Our Lady of Peace, Good Samaritan, St. James, St. Mary (Aleppo).

Canonsburg/Meadow Lands/Muse

For grouping, call Nicole at 724-745-4130.

Holy Rosary, Muse: 6 p.m. Mass, open until midnight. Bus leaving at 8 p.m.

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Meadow Lands: 7 p.m. bilingual Mass, open until midnight. Bus leaving at 8:30 p.m.

St. Patrick, Canonsburg: 6:30 p.m. Mass, open until midnight. Bus leaving at 7:30 p.m.

Coraopolis/

Crescent/Moon

St. Margaret Mary, Moon Township: 7 p.m. Mass, open 8 p.m.-midnight. Bus leaves after Mass. Visiting churches in North Hills area. To register, call 412-264-2573 or 412-262-0701.

Kennedy/McKees

Rocks/Robinson

St. Malachy, Kennedy Township: 7 p.m. Mass, open until 11 p.m. Bus departs St. Malachy at 8:30 p.m. For reservations, call 412-787-2140. Visiting Holy Trinity (Robinson), St. Margaret Mary, St. Catherine of Siena (Crescent), St. Philip, St. Mary of St. John of God, St. Joseph, St. Malachy.

Western Washington County

St. Hilary, Washington: 7 p.m. Mass, open until midnight. Bus leaves at 8:30 p.m. For reservations and information, visit www.ICWash.pa.net.

VICARIATE 4

Cranberry/Ellwood City/Zelienople

St. Ferdinand, Cranberry Township: 7 p.m. Mass. Evening watch in chapel and seven-church tour following Mass.

Holy Redeemer, Ellwood City: Seven-church visit; cost is $5.

Hampton/Richland

St. Richard, Richland Township: 7 p.m. Mass, open until 11:30 p.m. Bus leaves St. Richard at 8:30 p.m. For reservations, call 724-444-1971. Visiting St. Alexis, St. Alphonsus (Wexford), SS. John and Paul, St. John Neumann, St. Catherine of Sweden, St. Richard.

New Castle Area

St. Camillus, Neshannock Township: 7 p.m. Mass, open 8-11 p.m. Bus departs St. Camillus at 8:20 p.m. For reservations, call Sheryl Skowronski at 724-698-7136.

Oakmont/Plum/Verona

St. Joseph, Verona: Open at least until 10 p.m. Bus leaving St. Joseph at 8:30 p.m. There is no cost. For reservations, call Joyce Doyle at 412-795-5114.

Wexford

St. Alexis, Wexford: 7 p.m. Mass, open until midnight. Bus leaves St. Alexis after Mass. For information and reservations, call 724-935-4343. Visiting St. Teresa of Avila, St. John Neumann, St. Ferdinand, St. Kilian, SS. John and Paul. Night prayer will be prayed upon return to parish (about 11:45 p.m.).


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