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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.03.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.03.16

The Epiphany of the Lord 

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS! 

Recently I went downtown to see the Pittsburgh Crèche near the USX Tower. This beautiful Crèche is a larger than life nativity scene and is the world’s only authorized replica of the Nativity crèche that stands outside Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. You can spend hours standing in front of it just being in awe of the beauty. 

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, also referred to as “Little Christmas.” In the First Reading from the Prophet Isaiah we read how the prophet cheers the exiles who returned from Babylon with a vision of a restored city. In the Second Reading to the Ephesians, Paul refers to the grace of his apostolic call. He is to make known the plan of God to save both Jews and Gentiles through Christ’s saving work. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how three Gentiles came from a far country to pay homage to the Christ child, while the Jewish leaders rejected him. The magi follow a star from the east to pay homage to the newborn king of the Jews. Little is known about these three visitors from the east, but their story invites all of us to reflect on their willingness to journey to meet Jesus. 

Epiphany is a Greek word which means showing forth or manifestation. The primary symbol of Epiphany is light. The star guided the Magi to Jesus, the Light of the World. 

As we begin a new year, 2016 and celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany this weekend, we pray that God’s light may shine in our hearts and on our world. With all that has occurred this past year with war, terrorism, death and destruction, let us focus not on the darkness of things, but on the light of Christ coming into this world. 

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS! 

Thank You! Thank you to all who helped decorate and clean our church for the holidays. Thank you also for all your cards and gifts! 

Campaign For the Church Alive! Thank you to all who have participated and continue to participate in our Diocesan Campaign For the Church Alive! Since we surpassed our goal of 1.5 Million, we get to keep 60% of what we collect and are able to tap into our account to conduct the various projects on our “wish list.” So far we have completed the following projects on our “wish list”: purchased a maintenance truck, installed new carpeting in the middle school classrooms, upgraded school security system, repaved sidewalks around the campus, replaced the sacristy windows, and updated the confessionals and ceiling tiles in church. An addition to our wish list is to repair all flat roofs and replace the main church roof due to various leaks. 

Triangle Roofing of Ohio Township has completed “Phase 1” of our roofing project repairing the flat roofs on the church, Gathering Space, school, and gym. New gutters and down spouts have been installed to help with the flow of water off the roof. In the next few weeks we will begin preparing to accept bids for Phase “2” of the main church roof that needs replaced. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will again assist with this project. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Martin and Claudia LeCornu and Matthew Tarasi who recently registered at St. James Parish 

Confirmation 2016 The Confirmation Retreat for all our Eighth Graders preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held next Saturday, January 9 at the Martina Center in West View. 

Bishop David A. Zubik will be the celebrant for Confirmation on Thursday, April 28 at 7:00pm here at St. James Parish. 

Looking Ahead Fr. Sam Esposito, Vicar for Region III will be the celebrant for the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, January 24. This will be his annual “Vicar Visit” to our parish. 

A joint Pastoral Council and Finance Council Meeting will take place on Monday, January 25 at 6:30pm in Meeting Room #2. 

First Holy Communion Parent Meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 26 at 7pm in the Gathering Space. 

Happy New Year 2016! 

Something to Think About… Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness. - James Thurber 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor 

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