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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.15.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.15.17


Recently I was talking to a parishioner who enjoyed reading Matthew Kelly’s book “Resisting Happiness” which we distributed to parishioners and visitors over Christmas. The parishioner really enjoyed reading the book and would like to get more involved in our parish with the various ministries.

Today we begin “Ordinary Time” and for the next eight weeks we will read in the Gospel, the early ministry years of Jesus. All the reading’s this weekend focus on being called and sent.

In the first reading from Isaiah, we read how a servant is honored to have a part in God’s saving plan. The servant will be a light to all the nations and bring people back to God. In the second reading to the Corinthians, we read the beginning of the letter of Paul to the Corinthian community. Paul greets the people and extends to them a special blessing. In the Gospel of John we read how the cousin of Jesus, John the Baptist, proclaims Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

We are all called by God in Baptism to be consecrated to God and be sent out to share the love of God to others.


On Mission For the Church Alive We continue to move forward with the On Mission For the Church Alive process which is a planning process that will change the structures, staffing, and pastoral strategies of every district in the Diocese in 2018.

This coming week we will begin the discussion sessions with priests and On Mission Team Members from our neighboring parishes. Our St. James Parish team includes: Jennifer Cowley, Jason Corsetti, Josh DeNinno, Jon Kuzma, Mary Lu Giver, and Kathleen Wycoff.

The two possible models that were presented last October: POSSIBLE Model 1 is to merge with St. Mary in Aleppo Township, Sacred Heart in Emsworth and Assumption in Bellevue, and POSSIBLE Model 2 is to merge with Good Samaritan in Ambridge, St. John the Baptist in Baden and Sts. John and Paul in Wexford.

An alternative Parish Model for consideration includes our cluster neighbors: St. Margaret Mary in Moon, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, as well as St. Catherine of Siena in Crescent. We will keep you posted with any information that comes available out of the meeting this coming week.

Outdoor Mary Statue and Prayer Garden A beautiful new Blessed Mother Statue is now in place in our outdoor Prayer Garden near Walnut Street. Last October we asked for donations to help upgrade the Prayer Garden with new shrubs, mulching and outdoor lighting. This week’s bulletin lists the donors who are making this project possible. If you would like to make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one please make your check payable to “St. James Catholic Parish” and memo it Outdoor Prayer Garden Fund. In the Spring we will begin upgrades with the improvements. Thank you for your generosity.

Holy Hour For Life The Respect Life Committee is hosting a Holy Hour for Life, Friday, January 27 from 9am to Noon in the Children’s Chapel. If you are unable to make the March for Life in Washington D.C., come to St. James Church and pray for the pilgrims and our nation. We will have Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction.

House Blessing/ Home Visit Please know that you are most welcomed to ask for a house blessing or a home visit. Just e-mail me at thomasburke70@ or give me a call at 412-741-6650 ext. 311 to set up a time. Also if you or someone you know is unable to attend Mass and would like Holy Communion or the Sacrament of Anointing, please let me know. As your pastor, I am honored to do this for you as it gives me a chance to get to know parishioners in the comforts of their own home.

Congratulations Congratulations to Connor James Maher, Adelaide Faith Kane, and Anna Joan Podroskey who are being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome A special welcome to Terry Grady, Amy Oravec, Joseph Pearce, and Beth Scioscia, who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. - Doug Firebaugh

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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