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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 03.13.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 03.13.16


Let the one who has not sinned cast the first stone!

It is easy to look at others faults and judge and condemn them. We may fall into the “shop talk” at work or school or at the diner, judging our boss or co-worker, classmate, neighbor, priest, bishop, or even a fellow parishioner. In this Year of Mercy, let us stop and first look at ourselves as a sinner and human being, before judging another person. We are all human, we all make mistakes. No one is perfect!

In the Gospel of John, we read how the Scribes and the Pharisee’s bring a woman who has been caught in adultery to Jesus. The religious leaders try to test Jesus and trick him into judging the woman. This story is one of the most dramatic teachings about forgiveness in Jesus’ ministry. Jesus extends compassion to one who has sinned. He says “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone. “

As we approach the final two weeks of Lent, let us look more deeply at our own lives. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we, like the woman, receive counsel, absolution, and penance. Let us turn to God and ask for his mercy and forgiveness.

Let the one who has not sinned cast the first stone!


Living Stations - Next Sunday, March 20, 7:30pm in church, St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry program will perform “Living Stations.” Over 91 high school students will perform this wonderful passion play. Please join us to prepare for Holy Week.

Lenten Penance Service The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. The final District Penance Service will be conducted at 6:30pm on Monday, March 21 at St. Joseph in Coraopolis.

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2016-17 school year. There is a three year old half deay Preschool program and half day and full day four year old Preschool program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey through social awareness, academics, and faith in a safe, loving environment. For more information and for a tour of the school please call 412-741-5540, extension 100.

End of the Year Tax Statements Please note that our envelope company, Our Sunday Visitor, took over recording the weekly envelope contributions last year instead of the recording being done in our rectory offices. Please keep track of your weekly donations. If you notice a discrepancy in your end of the year tax statement, please call Karin at the rectory at 412-741-6650 ext. 310. We will try to do our best to correct the situation. It is very important when dropping your envelopes off in the collection basket or mailing, to properly and clearly mark the amount of your donation on the envelope. Also, if at all possible, please issue a separate check for each donation: weekly offering, second collections, Parish Share, etc.

Parish Improvements Ferri Electric replaced several burned out lights in the church and also dismantled the various ceiling fans that were no longer operating or needed.

Scherer Lock and Supply Company of the North Side recently repaired two glass doors that were broken. One of the doors near the school entrance and the other in the vestibule area of the church.

Our Gathering Space renovation project is currently underway. The outdated wallpaper in the main Gathering Space area has been removed and several outdated and unused thermostats have been removed. The outdated curtains on the main windows have also been removed. Work will continue on patching the walls, painting in the meeting rooms, and choir room. We ask that you please be patient during the renovation project.

Congratulations Congratulations to Jesus Eleazar Campos, Annalee Mae Cheddar, Clare Tamsin Salrin Collier, and Tori Christine Haegg who are being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome A special welcome to Ron, Debbie, Emma and Laura Victorelli who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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