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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 5.01.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 5.01.16


We have reached the “half way point” of the Easter Season. The readings for the second half concentrate on the impending departure of Jesus, the coming of the spirit, and the beginning of the young Church’s mission to preach salvation. This weekend we celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The readings this weekend focus on being connected to God the Father.

In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read how the differences of opinion threaten to split the early church. The Holy Spirit brings them back together as one. In the Gospel of John, we continue reading the “farewell discourse” at the Last Supper. Jesus informs his disciples that he is returning to the Father and he will send the disciples the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, will remain with the community always and who will teach them everything. Jesus instructs his disciples that to remember him is to love him. His parting words are a blessing, he says “my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, do not let them be afraid.” As we continue this Easter season and begin a new month of May, let us keep looking forward and keep the faith.


Confirmation This past Thursday, April 28 we welcomed Bishop David A. Zubik to St. James to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation to the seventyone eghth graders. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit may bless our youth and guide them for the future.

Windows of Unity One hundred people participated in the Windows For Unity fundraiser dinner on April 21 to raise funds for St. James Catholic Church in Ilorin, Nigeria. We packaged and shipped donated stained glass windows, religious articles, medical supplies and hospital equipment. Special thanks to Larry Richert from KDKA Radio for being the Master of Ceremonies, Patte Grey, Jean Bley, Terri Price, Donna Best, Anna Villella, Lou Valenzi, the Knights of Columbus and the Boy Scouts for helping make the dinner run smoothly.

Ascension Thursday Thursday, May 5 is Ascension Thursday, a Holy Day of Obligation. We will have three masses available - 6:45am, 9:00am and 7:00pm.

Parish Improvements Four new wooden benches have been placed outside of the main church entrance for a new outdoor Gathering Space. These wooden benches were handmade by Don Schueler (my sister Linda’s father in -law) for my nephew Donovan Burke Schuler’s Eagle Scout project, which was completed last year. This project included cleaning up the fish pond area and the prayer garden. These benches will now be enjoyed by all during the week and weekends.

Parish Share 2016 As we approach a new month this weekend, the month of May, let us remember to be generous to the Parish Share campaign, which runs the day to day operation s of the Diocesan Pastoral Center, operates St. Paul Seminary, helps with our schools and religious education funds. Our goal this year is $173,549.

Steep Slope Roof Renovations The Diocese has granted permission for St. James Parish to undergo major roof renovations. Our main church “steep slope” roof will be completely replaced. Funds from our campaign For the Church Alive! will pay for the repairs. S&N Industries of Harmony, PA has been awarded the contract. Work is set to begin June 7 and last throughout the month of July. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will assist us with this project.

Congratulations Congratulations to Dylan Elizabeth Schillo, daughter of Robert and Gwendolyn Lewis Schillo, who is being baptized this weekend.

Happy anniversary to Jim and Marie Walls who celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last weekend and my parents Bill and Marge Burke who are celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary this coming Thursday, May 5.

Welcome A special welcome to William, Lauren, and Liam Metz who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Love isn’t a thing, after all, but an endless series of single acts. - Richard Ford

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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