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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 03.26.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 03.26.17


Rejoice! What a powerful week it has been having Fr. Scott Seethaler with us all week for our Parish Lenten Mission. We had great crowds each night and Fr. Scott gave us wonderful reflections. Thank you to all who took the time to participate in one or all of the four evenings. A lot of time and effort goes into planning these missions, so when our parishioners respond positively it is great. Special thanks to Maria Brown, our Director of Youth Ministry, Patte Grey and Anna Villella, our Pastoral Council members and our parish staff for putting all of this together this past week.

This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Lent, also known as Laetare Sunday, or Rejoice Sunday. We are half way through the Lenten Season. In the First Reading from the Book of Samuel, we read how God sends a prophet to anoint a King, David. This new king is filled with the spirit of God. In the Gospel of John, we read how Jesus heals the blind man. Not only does Jesus heal the man, but Jesus reveals himself as the light of the world.

What is blinding us to see the good around us? Pope Francis constantly challenges believers and nonbelievers alike to love and care for one another. Fear and anxiety can cloud our vision and keep us from seeing God. Like the Samaritan woman last week, the blind man in today’s Gospel becomes the bearer of Good news. Let us ask Christ to open our eyes to see beyond the surface of the world around us. Rejoice!


St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Thank you to all who participated in our annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner dance last Saturday in our school gym. 130 guests were treated to a great dinner from the Cooked Goose Catering Company and entertainment was provided by parishioner, David Ford. There were thirty gift baskets raffled off and a 50/50 raffle. Thank you to our Knights of Columbus and the committee for their help with this fun social.

Welcome Bishop Waltersheid This coming Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00pm we are pleased to welcome our Auxiliary Bishop William J. Waltersheid to St. James to conduct the Sacrament of Confirmation to our 73 eighth graders. We pray for our candidates that they may be filled with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Fish Fry Expands into the Gathering Space Thank you to all who have come out the past four weekends for our parish Fish Fry. Business is booming! We are pleased to announce that we have now expanded our take-out service and seating capacity by also utilizing the Gathering Space! We are proud to announce “Seafood Express” in the Gathering Space. All take-out orders will now be served in the Gathering Space and there will be two lines available, one for casual dine-in or take-out service. We have also recently purchased some new kitchen equipment to upgrade our food out-put. If you have not tried out our Fish Fry, come and see why it is so popular this year!

We are very grateful for all of our volunteers who have been helping with the prep, cooking, serving and clean up. We are ever grateful for our 2017 Fish Fry Corporate Sponsors: Cintas, 424 Walnut Restaurant, Tudi Mechanical, S &N Roofing, and Wright Automotive Group.

Congratulations to last week’s weekly drawing winner Ann Edel who won the 5 Generation Bakers, LLC - Jenny Lee Swirl Bread Giveaway!

Lenten Activities Living Stations - Sunday, April 9, 7:30pm St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry program performs “Living Stations.” Over 90 high school students will perform this live production of walking the road to Calvary with Jesus. This is a very powerful program! Families and youth are encouraged to attend.

Lenten Penance Services The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. Our final district penance service will be conducted Monday, April 10 at 6:30pm at St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis.

Parish Improvements Apogee IT Services of Sewickley recently upgraded the internet and wi-fi system in the school and the Gathering Space.

Welcome A special welcome to Dalia Guzman and Brad and Leah Seman who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Xander William Secosky, son of Matthew and Alexis McCune Secosky, who is being Baptized this weekend.

Something to Think About… Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. - E.B. White

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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