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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.16.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.16.17

TIME Sowing the Seeds of God’s Word!

I can remember during this time of year, in the middle of the summer season, always pulling out weeds and rotating the soil on a weekly basis in my parents’ garden to keep the tomato plants, peppers and lettuce from getting choked. After the mid-summer heavy rains there would always seem to appear numerous weeds come up through the mulch and soil. It was a never ending project!

This weekend we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on listening to the word of God and embracing it into our daily life. In the first reading from Isaiah, we read how a prophet teaches about the word of God. Like the rain, it brings life into the world. In the Gospel of Matthew we read of the Parable of the Sower. Jesus uses Parables (stories) to teach about the Kingdom of God by describing four different kinds of soils: hard worn path, rocky, thorny and good soil. Jesus teaches the faith by telling his disciples that not all will accept the teachings.

God keeps sowing his word in our hearts even though he knows we can either accept the teachings or let life distract us. Those who hear God’s word and act on it produces a harvest so abundant. Let us reflect this weekend on how we can “rotate the soil” in our life (our faith) by being open to love and nurturing of God’s grace and blessings.

Sowing the Seeds of God’s Word!

Flat Roof Replacement Schultheis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro continues working on replacing the Flat Roof on the Gathering Space, School Gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project.

Work continues this week on renovating both the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space. Thank you for your patience.

Improvements to our Prayer Garden along Walnut Street continue. New lighting along the sidewalks are being installed. New plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer.

Donations are still being accepted for the improvement project occurring in the prayer garden. A donation of $50 or more will enable you to have an engraved commemorative brick located along the prayer path to remember or honor a loved one and become a permanent part of Saint James Prayer Garden. If you would like more information, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at (412)741-6650 extension 312 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . When making a donation, please make checks payable to St. James Parish and memo it “Prayer Garden Upgrade Project.”

Elegant Junk Sale The famous Elegant Junk Sale, sponsored by the Women’s Guild, will be held on Saturday, July 29 from 8:00am to 2:00pm in the Rectory Garage and School Cafeteria. Items may be dropped off next Monday thru Thursday, July 24-27 during special times listed in this week’s bulletin.

***Please note that we are unable to make “house calls” to pick up items, and please do not leave items along the curb, near the garage doors or school entrance during non- pick up times. ***

Living With Christ/ Missalettes Our parish subscribes to the Catholic publication “Living With Christ” which has the Daily and Sunday Mass Readings to follow along during Mass. We also have a limited number of Seasonal Missaelette’s to follow during Mass. These booklets are located in a basket in the back of the church and in the book rack on the side entrance of the church near the Sacristy and Children’s Chapel. We ask that you please return them after each Mass. These are not to take home as we only have a limited number of copies. We appreciate your cooperation.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Eugenia Chalbaud-Santeliz and Robert-Ian Greene and Lauren Jones and Joseph Pearce who are celebrating their weddings this weekend.

Congratulations to Elena Sophia White, daughter of Matthew and Amy Bertoty White who is being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Courtney Colella, Jaxson Coletta-Bailey, and Lisa Ragan who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Mission Next weekend is our Missionary Cooperative weekend. Father Dozie Egbe of the Diocese of Awka will be speaking at all the Masses for a Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind. - Rumi

With God, All Things Are Possible!

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it