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  • 02.08.11
      Please join the Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study in a journey through the history of the Catholic Church. Learn about the major people, places and events of two thousand years of church history. A DVD by Professor Steve Weidenkopf will be used, followed by a discussion of the material presented. Join us every Saturday morning at 7:30am in Meeting Room #1.  ...


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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 04.02.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 04.02.17


For the last three weeks we have been reading personal encounter stories of Jesus. As with the Samaritan woman and the man born blind, this week Jesus calls Martha (and us) to a deeper level of faith in him. In the Gospel of John, Jesus reveals himself as the giver of life by raising Lazarus from the dead. This reading offers us hope and consolation in the face of death. In grieving for Jesus, Martha and Mary shows us that the Lord understands and shares our human sorrow at the death of loved ones. Our faith in Jesus helps believers prepare for eternal life.

The Fifth Sunday of Lent can be seen as a turning point in the Lenten journey as we enter the final days of the Liturgical time we will be approaching the Paschal Triduum in two weeks. Jesus says “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.” These words clearly identify Jesus as the Son of God, the author of life and the one who brings our salvation.

Burdened by daily struggles in life; not having any joy or hope, let us open ourselves up to the spirit of Christ and his promise of a new beginning.


Fish Fry Expands into the Gathering Space Thank you to all who have come out the past five weekends for our Parish Fish Fry. Business is booming! We have now expanded our take-out service and seating capacity by also utilizing the Gathering Space with “Seafood Express.” All take-out orders are now served in the Gathering Space with two lines available; one for casual dining in or take-out service. 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 Roberta Wagner who won the 5 Generation Bakers, LLC - Jenny Lee Swirl Bread Giveaway!

Living Stations Next Sunday, April 9, 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, April 10 at St. Joseph in Coraopolis.

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2017 -2018 school year. There is a Three Year Old Half Day Preschool program and Half Day and Full Day Four Year Old Preschool Program. Scholarships and Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. 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.

On Mission For the Church Alive! Last week I attended our Spring Vicariate Meeting at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Bentleyville, Washington County. Bishop Zubik gave the priests and deacons an update on the On Mission process that we are currently planning for 2018. And this past Tuesday I attended the monthly Priest Leadership and Evangelization Collaborative at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. 150 priests are currently enrolled in this monthly collaborative which will help Pastors learn new ways for leadership in the future. As your Pastor, please know that I am deeply committed to shepherding my people that the Bishop has entrusted in me. Please keep all priests in your thoughts and prayers as we all go through the change of ministry that is quickly approaching.

Congratulations Congratulations to our seventy-three eighth graders who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this past Wednesday by Bishop Waltersheid. Special thanks to Karen Conroy, our Director of Religious Education, and Sister Christy Hill our School Principal, and our teachers and catechists for preparing our youth.

Welcome A special welcome to Dana Derbish, and Jan and Tammy Sailman who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… The game isn’t over till it’s over. - Yogi Berra

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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