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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 06.05.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 06.05.16


As a priest for fifteen years, one of the hardest things for me to do is a child’s funeral. Day in and day out we turn on the radio or television and hear another victim to gun violence, another car accident because of speeding too fast or texting while driving, drug overdose, or suicide.

Today we celebrate the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In today’s first reading and in the Gospel, we hear two accounts of life being restored. In the First Reading from the Book of King’s, the prophet Elijah pleaded with God to revive the widow’s son. In today’s Gospel of Luke, we read how Jesus journeys to the City of Nain and is moved by pity for a grieving mother and restored her son’s life.

Let us pray this weekend for parents who have lost a child. Pray for our youth and young adults who face bullying in school or on social media, those who are finding it hard to been a teenager or face pressures at home. Say a special prayer this weekend to St. Felicity of Rome- the Patron Saint of parents who have lost children.


Parish Share 2016 The annual Parish Share Campaign is in full swing. A successful Parish Share collection helps our Diocese to function not only in service to St. James Parish, but all of the 199 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Parish Share funds our High School and College Campus Ministry programs, Correctional, Hospital and Nursing Home Chaplaincy programs, Elementary and Secondary School scholarships, Catholic Charities and St. Anthony School Programs, St. Paul Seminary and the Pastoral Center downtown. We all benefit from Parish Share. Our parish goal for 2016 is $173,549. Please be as generous as possible.

Hands and Feet of Love Ministry Parishioners who are interested in visiting the sick and homebound of our parish are welcomed to join us for an information meeting this coming Saturday, June 11 at Noon in Church. If you would like to volunteer with this ministry please contact Tharshini Wilson at 412-801-2646 or e-mail her at tharshini. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parish Census to be conducted next weekend! Thank you to all who participated in our Parish Census Update a few weeks ago. We had 446 families/individuals update their information and 17 new registrations! We are asking that those who have not updated their information to participate in the “second round” of Census updates the weekend of June 11 and 12 before or after all the weekend Masses in front of the main entrance of the church to look over the printed form and make any necessary additions or deletions.

Italian Dinner/ Dance St. James Parish and the Knights of Columbus will host an Italian Dinner Dance on Saturday, June 18 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm in the school gym. Dinner will be catered by Gino’s Catering of Neville Island and entertainment by Mirella the Italian Musician. Tickets are $25.00 each and are available after all the weekend Masses next weekend and also at the rectory.

Gift Basket Items Needed We are asking parishioners to donate items for our Gift Baskets for the Italian Dinner Dance: gift cards, lottery tickets, wine, etc. You can drop them off in the Ushers Room or at the Rectory by Thursday, June 16 at 3:00pm.

St. James School As we wrap up another successful school year, I would like to thank our faculty, staff, students and parents for a great year. Congratulations to the Class of 2016 who graduated last Thursday evening. This year we say farewell to long time fourth grade teacher Jeanne Riley. Mrs. Riley has been teaching at St. James for 15 years! Best wishes and enjoy your retirement!

Registration for the 2016-2017 school year is now open for Pre- School and Kindergarten thru eighth grade. If you would like to take a tour of the school, please call 412-741-5540 ext.100.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Timothy and Jaime Bell, Maureen Hester, Timothy Lawrence, and Edem, Emmanuella, and Elom Setodsi.

Something to Think About… Each small task of everyday life is part of the total harmony of the universe. - St. Theresa of Lisieux

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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