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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.12.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.12.17


Growing up in the Carrick/Overbrook section of the City of Pittsburgh, my parents, Bill and Marge, taught my sisters Lisa and Linda and me to pray daily, go to church on Sundays, work hard each day and treat others with compassion. With my father being a City of Pittsburgh Police Officer we were taught to follow the laws, respect people and their property, and be cheerful to others. Now that my sisters and I are older, we appreciate what our parents taught us and now Lisa and Linda are passing those morals and values on to my nephews.

This week we celebrate the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on making the correct decisions in life, knowing what is right and what is wrong. Each and every day we have to make decisions in our life. Some are small and others are big. We live in a very complicated world which can hamper us from making a decision in our life.

In the first reading from the book of Sirach, which is a collection of wise sayings that help humans order their life and make right choices, we read how the wise teacher has a valuable lesson for God’s people. In the second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul celebrates the kind of wisdom that comes from faith in God. The desire for a deeper relationship with God inspires us to choose to keep the commandments and to trust in him. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, which we continue reading from the “Sermon on the Mount,” we read how Jesus sets forth the deeper meaning of the Torah, which he has come to fulfill. He offers critical insight into his entire Mission. As he speaks to his disciples he is also addressing the Scribes and the Pharisees who are very strict and rigid. Jesus affirms the Mosaic Law, rejects legalism, and challenges his followers by offering an ethic that transcends the law.

Jesus dined with tax collectors and prostitutes, and showed affection for the unclean, the lepers and those afflicted with evil spirits. He did that because that is what God’s law commands all of us to do - - to look out for the needs of the least among us.

How do we interpret Church law? Do we come to Mass just to fill the Sunday Obligation and “watch” people in the pew and be critical of those around us? Are we critical of our priests, deacons and bishop, and knit pick at things in the parish and diocese? Do we gossip and complain and pull people down? Those who hear his word are challenged to live fully by living in the deep spirit of the law, not merely according to its literal meaning.


On Mission Parish Cluster Meeting The On Mission for the Church Alive process is a diocesanwide planning initiative in which Bishop Zubik invites all Catholics to envision how parishes, schools, and ministries can best respond to the changes in our communities so that they can be vital centers of worship and service, and deepen people’s relationship with Jesus.

As we begin moving forward with the On Mission process, this week we will undergo our first Cluster meeting with our neighboring parishes to investigate ways to become a stronger community of faith. Please keep your On Mission Team in your thoughts and prayers as they begin the first discussion stages of the process.

Lector Workshop There will be lector “refresher” workshop next Saturday, February 18 from 11:00am to Noon OR Sunday, February 19 from 12:30 to 1:30pm. Please call Karin Masterani at (412)741-6650, extension 310 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to schedule your day.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our 5th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30pm in the St. James Gymnasium. Tickets are $25.00 which includes a full catered dinner, beverages and entertainment. Tickets are currently available at the Rectory during normal business hours and will be available to purchase before or after the weekend Masses in a few weeks.

Congratulations Congratulations to Elom Jesse Setodji , son of Edem and Adoude Setodji who is being Baptized this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Ibie Alfonso, our church sacristan who celebrated her birthday this past Wednesday, February 8.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Albert Mendicino and Craig and Evelyn Schein who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… You can’t have relationships with other people until you give birth to yourself. - Sonia Sanchez

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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