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Parish of Santa Maria Maggiore
(St. Mary Major)

via Dante 23/25 - 85010 Pignola (PZ)
Archdiocese of Potenza-Muro Lucano-Marsiconuovo

Don Antonio Laurita - Parish Priest

Parish office - via Dante 23
open workdays 9 to 11 a.m.
phone:  0039 0971 430008

TAX CODE: 96002180766

IBAN: IT 28 J 07601 04200 00013119854
Postal Current Account : 000013119854


11:00   MAIN CHURCH         
                      S.ROCCO  18:30
11:30       PANTANO       18:30

             Working days
S.ROCCO     18:30
(at Main Church from 3rd Sunday of May to 3rd Sunday of Sept.)
PANTANO   19:15

The Parish Priest is available daily for confession or interviews after each evening Mass


Maundy Thursday, Holy Mass in Coena Domini

The washing of the feet


As we do since several years, again this year 12 boys who are about to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation played the 12 apostles on whom Jesus washes the feet during the Last Supper.

Jesus prepares to celebrate Easter with his friends and first washes their feet. Why ?

The ritual of the Pesach Seder, the Jewish Passover dinner that Jesus does with his apostles, required that at the beginning the head of the household wash the hands of the diners before to eat.

Jesus reinterprets this gesture with the washing of the feet. At that time it was customary for the servants or slaves to wash the feet of the guests to remove the sand got in the dusty streets, and only after this act they began to dine together.

John 13:1-15 told us the explanation:

When he had therefore washed their feet and resumed his garments, he sat down again and said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and you say well, for I am. So, If I, the Lord and Master, washed your feet, you also must wash one another's feet. I gave you an example, that as I have done, you also should do."

Through the gesture of the washing of the feet He is saying to everyone , "I love you. And as I love you, you love one another!" The Church sees in this gesture a symbol of God's love, and it sums up the whole life of Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mk.10:45). Christians relive the gesture of the washing of the feet during the Holy Thursday liturgy at the Holy Mass in Coena Domini; with this act of washing Christ shows himself "Servis servorum Dei”, that is, servant among God's servants. This is the title belonging to the successors of Peter, the apostle to whom Jesus first bore witness.

And it’s with this great gesture of love that the Easter Triduum opens, leading us to look at and experience the ultimate goal of his life and that of each of us: the Resurrection.

"if Jesus had not risen, in vain would be our faith" (1Cor.15)

the Catechists

Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil has an ever new fascination.

The blessing of fire and water remind us with the power of symbols the event of salvation that is enacted in the today of our lives.

It is the Kingdom always awaited and already present, hidden like yeast in the dough but acting bursting forth to sustain our hope. Hope seems so difficult today, in a world torn apart by wars and poverty where the future of young people is uncertain, the society fragile, traditional points of reference vanished; for many people just to survive is now a problem.

Well, it is precisely for this world on Easter night that the liturgy resonates the call of Isaiah:

"O all ye thirsty, come to the water; he that has no money come anyway: buy and eat without money and without expense wine and milk" (Is.55:1)

These are symbolic expressions that announce salvation, peace, and freedom from evil. The darkness of the church that welcomes the faithful is pierced by the light of the Paschal candle, symbol of Christ victorious over death; and in the glow of the new light bursts the song of the exultet that tells of the hope that every Christian holds in his heart. In the dark times we are experiencing, the need for serenity is felt more than ever: the media flood us at all hours with terrible events everywhere, shaking our lives and generating a deep sense of uncertainty.

The longing of the many faithful who participated in the Easter Vigil was amply fulfilled by the words of hope and peace present and signified in every liturgical action of this holy night: having entered the dark church with darkness even in their souls, they came out comforted by the Easter light, heartened by the hope that evil will always be defeated by good, just as light defeats darkness.

"Every day is Easter for those who know how to hope above the closed tomb" (G.Bevilacqua)


don Antonio

March 24 – Palm Sunday


According to the evangelist Luke, Jesus enters Jerusalem riding a donkey. Jesus presents himself as the king of Israel, the expected messiah, but why does a king choose a donkey as his mount?

According to Genesis and Zechariah's prophecy, the donkey characterizes the Messianic King who will descend from Judah (Gen. 49:11). King Solomon, too, at the time of his coronation (1 Kings 1:38-40), was made to ride on King David's mule, while his rival Adonijah had unnecessarily procured chariot and horses (1 Kings 1:5). So it is clear why Jesus chooses a donkey as his mount, he is the King of peace, his kingdom is a kingdom of peace.


With this Gospel episode the Passion week is opened in the sign of Messianic kingship. The same theme closes the "Titulus crucis" (title of the cross). According to the evangelist John, the inscription above the cross read "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews."

Jesus entered the city acclaimed as a King before Easter, and was condemned to death a few days later by Pilate on the specific charge of having declared himself as such.

Our parish community also remembered Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on Sunday.

After the blessing of the palms held in St. Anthony's Church, a procession went up to the Main Church hailing the King of Kings.

the catechists

We want to thank the components of the Feast Committee for the accurate cleaning of the little triangle of green near the Main Church, where at the end they planted an olive tree that they called Ireneo (that means “son of peace”).

This tree is mentioned in the Bible: the dove brought an olive branch to Noah after the flood; moreover, the Gospel states that Jesus, just before the Passion, is in the Garden of Olives; and when came down from the Cross, rested  under an olive. As well, the 3rd  day He rises between olives.

The living Via Crucis


On Friday March 29 the has been the 50th living Via Crucis., an event organized by our Parish together with the Catholic Action, the theatre group “Il sipario” and the young components of our Pro Loco, under the direction of Paolo Rosa and Stefania Covino and with the cooperation from Davide lauria, Giuseppe Signorelli, Fausto Marcogiuseppe and Anna Candela. As underlined by our parish priest don Antonio, it is a moment of active participation to the Mystery of the Passion and Death of Christ, so it’s an unfailing event, a tradition to be handed down.

It began in the Main church, to continue through the streets of the historic center, and had its pick at the ruins of the old church of S. Donato where the three Crosses of the Calvario were erected.

Angela Guma



On Sunday 17 March there has been in Pignola an extraordinary Catholic Action accession feast.

Normally this ceremony takes place on December the 8th; but it was preferred to wait for the nomination of the new Parish Council, and also to create a moment of reflection on the identity of our association.

Thus, after the mass celebrated by Father Angelo Salvia who also blessed the association membership cards, we listened to some “veterans” of the association and a new member, Rocco Marcogiuseppe, that explained the reasons of their choise.

Then we saw a video prepared by Diego Brigandì containing some of the most significant moments of the AC life.

Let’s say that to join AC is a response to a call; in fact, the path inside AC is based on four fundamental pillars for the life of every Christian: responsibility, fraternity, ecclesiality, interiority.

To offer own availability is an act of RESPONSIBILITY; FRATERNITY represent the core of AC, meaning “to make group”, that is the community dimension. The formation path (from 6 years to adult age) is made of activities that are common to all dioceses (ECCLESIALITY), with common goals to be reached together with the parish priest, who is the point of reference to grow in faith (INTERIORITY). 

Our parish priest don Antonio Laurita in his speech underlined that his role is to assist, not to lead or to impose.

A flourishing AC in the parish has a great value also for the civil community, because of its cultural and social role in the town; so we, as AC Pignola, have the duty to ensure the union spirit needed for a real civil growth of our town.

Angela Guma

In memory of my sister Angelina


Dear Angelina,

my heart is full of an endless torment. Separating from you is really difficult because we’ve shared everything during our life. Now a lot of images come in my mind; I see you when you were a little girl, already loving book as you did forever, and your deep culture surely came from that.

Moreover, you really had highly-skilled hands: with a needle, you created breathtaking dresses, and still today, to indicate one very well realized, people simple says “It’s by Angelina”

Your life was lightened by the love to your daughters Teresa, Mariella, Irene, Valeria, as well to Antonio: nothing was ever capable to diminish your love for him.

It’s sad to know I cannot share anymore with you my innermost thoughts: you’ve always been a special part of my life, and this will continue to be true in my memory and my prayers.

Now it only remains for me to cradle myself into sweet memories, and I see you as an angel between angels.    Good journey, my adored sister…


On March 9, the anniversary of the death of don Rocco Piro, the mass has been celebrated by the Archbishop  Ligorio.  At the end, a short film on don Rocco’s life, prepared by Salvatore Pentangelo,  has been show.  (available in the italian section - click here ==>)

In memory of don Rocco

Dear don Rocco, your death broke our hearts, and after one year we want to remember the disappearing of a so big and brilliant light, like a meteor in our community. My words, that are the words of everybody here, come from our hearts: yes, at that moment we felt all orphans, because you’ve been really a wonderful father that taught us to love God.

Thanks to your deep culture you enriched our souls and minds; you’ve made us strictly linked to the cult of our Madonna, and still today we’re used to hear the sweet music you told us.

As well, we’ll never forget how you’ve always been near to the poor and sick.

When I was at your home to celebrate your 99th birthday (well, we would have liked to celebrate the 100th anniversary too) I remember that you put under the pillow the crown that don Antonio brought you from Guadalupe, and I’m sure it was like a viaticum for your last days; and I also remember you told us how you felt the end very near, but without sadness because the light of your faith mitigated your last hours.

You’ll be always in our hearts, and we implore you to continue to pry for and watch over all of us

 Ninetta Perone and the whole community



On February 13, in the church of S. Rocco, there has been the reunion to elect the new parish council that now is composed as follows:

·         Angela Guma - president

·         Fiorentino Trapanese e Francesca Conte – responsibles for adults

·         Francesco Palmieri e Mariangela Albano – responsibles for youngs

·         Stefania Covino – ACR responsible

·         Mara Azzarino – ACR vice responsible

·         Davide Lauria - secretary

In memory of Antonio Scavone

I express my heartfelt, deep sympathy and condolences for the death of you loved Antonio, a respectable man always open towards others, and fully dedicated to the work and his family.

A family made by several beautiful children that, following his example, have established themselves in social and employment  fields.

Sometimes I meet him while he was doing -effectively- his job as School caretaker; I was asking information about Massimo, a good friend of my Francesco, and about Stefania, a so dear girl. He was really proud of all of you, including his dear wife, and this was clear looking at the emotion coming from his eyes.

Now he will stay up there, in the Glory of God the Father, and from heaven he will continue to watch over all

of you.
                                                                                                                                  Ninetta Perone

Mons. Salvatore Ligorio (on the left) will be replaced by Mons. Davide Carbonaro as Archbishop of our diocese

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