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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.05.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.05.17


Last week I went to visit a parishioner in Bell Acres who called to get Holy Communion and be anointed. The next day their neighbor called me to thank me for visiting. The neighbor said that my visit changed the parishioner’s whole attitude from being down and depressed for being sick to being hopeful and at peace to receive the Sacraments. A little visit to this parishioner brought light and hope. This week we celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings weekend focus on discipleship and going out to proclaim the good news.

In the first reading from the book of Isaiah, the prophet reminds us to help others. Light will overcome darkness in our lives. In the Second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul states that humility is a true virtue for those who see themselves as disciples. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says to his disciples “you are salt of the earth, light of the world”. This is the heart of discipleship.

In the ancient world, salt was one of the most important necessities of life, especially for preserving and seasoning food. Light was also important since there was no electricity. Jesus instructed his disciples that they have a vital role to play in the world through their good deeds. As Christians we have a positive role to play in the world. Pope Francis reminds us that as baptized Christians, we must be missionary disciples. How can we be “salt” and “light” among the people we meet every day? Let us bring the light of Christ to those who are most in need.


Gather Hymnals This week we inserted donors’ name labels in the new Gather hymnals. Thank you to all who contributed to this wonderful project. Donations are still being accepted. If you would like to make a $25 donation in memory or in honor of a loved one, please complete a form on the information tables in the vestibule or at the Rectory and return it to Terri Price, our Business Manager at the Rectory.

Parish Share 2016 a success! We did it! We reached our 2016 Parish Share goal of $173,549! Parish Share is the annual appeal from the Diocese of Pittsburgh that helps run the day to day operations downtown at the Pastoral Center, assists financially to operate our Chaplaincy programs in our high schools, colleges, hospitals, nursing home facilities and correction centers and helps with school scholarships and youth ministry, St. Paul Seminary, and religious education programs. We all benefit from Parish Share!

Gathering Space Rental Looking for a place to hold your next big event? Consider using our newly renovated Gathering Space! The Gathering Space is available for baptisms, wedding rehearsals, birthday parties, showers or other small celebrations. For a nominal fee the room can seat up to 100 people with full use of the kitchenette, handicap accessible restrooms, handicap accessible parking, and a maintenance staff member on campus for needed assistance during the event. Please contact our Office Manager, Karin Masterani at the Rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 310 to inquire about availability.

Funeral Luncheons Please note that our Gathering Space is available for funeral luncheons at no charge for parishioners of St. James (pending availability). Our Funeral Luncheon Committee headed by Linda Boord is here to assist. Please contact Karin Masterani at the rectory for more information.

End of the Year Contribution Statements Our Sunday Visitor, our envelope company recently mailed out contribution statements to all parishioners who contributed $50 or more in 2016. If you notice any discrepancies with your contribution statement, please notify Karin at the Rectory at 412- 741-6650 extension 310 so we can alert them of the corrections. We appreciate your stewardship giving this past year.

Welcome A special warm welcome to David and Dee Derbish, Phil, Julia and Nicole Susie and Cindy Kohut who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Associate Director of Music Ministries Sharron Schaefer who is celebrating her birthday next Saturday, February 11!

Something to Think About… People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

With God, All Things Are Possible!

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it