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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.10.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.10.16


As we put away the Christmas decorations for another year, this weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Christmas Season officially comes to an end and we return to Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on serving the Lord and reminds us of our own baptism. In the First reading from the prophet Isaiah, we read how the “suffering servant” is God’s chosen one who will endure much sorrow, ridicule and pain. In the second reading, we read Paul writing to Titus. Through our baptism, Christ first came into our lives and became the driving force that configures us to the will of the living God. By God’s generous love, we enjoy new life. In the Gospel of Luke, we read how the cousin of Jesus, John the Baptist, baptizes Jesus. John shows true humility—he points to the one who will be greater and mightier than he. After Jesus is immersed in the water, the heavens open and the Holy Spirit descends upon him and a voice from heaven proclaims, “This is my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.” 

Baptism was a defining moment in the life of Jesus. It marked the beginning of his public ministry. Luke is often referred to as the “Gospel of Prayer” because he always presents Jesus as praying before making major decisions. 

Today, let us reflect on our own baptism. Let us commit ourselves once again to Christ.

Please note that if you or you know someone is asked to become a Godparent for the Sacrament of Baptism or a sponsor for Confirmation, all Godparents and sponsors need to obtain a “sponsor form” from the parish that they are registered in. A Godparent or Confirmation sponsor must be a registered, active, and practicing Catholic in good standing in the life of the Church. The person must be at least 16 years of age, an actively registered member who has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion. If married, it must be a marriage recognized in the Church (married by a Catholic Priest or Deacon) and they should be attending Mass on a regular basis. 

If you have any questions about being a Sponsor or Godparent, or need your marriage validated in the church, please let me know. 


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.” An addition to our wish list is to repair all flat roofs and replace the main church roof due to various leaks. 

In the next few weeks we will begin preparing to seek out 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. 

When making payments to the Capital Campaign please make checks payable to “Our Campaign For The Church Alive Inc.!” and mail them directly to the campaign office: Diocese of Pittsburgh - Campaign Office P.O. Box 4 Pittsburgh, PA 15230-0004 

March For Life/ Holy Hour For Life This year’s March for Life will take place on Friday, January 22 in Washington D.C. St. James will be sponsoring a coach bus for those who would like to participate. Please call John Bunce at 412-741-1050 to reserve your seat. 

Once again, this year we will be conducting a “Holy Hour For Life” from 9:00am to Noon in Church on Friday, January 22. We will have Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. Please stop by and say a prayer for the pilgrims marching in Washington D.C. and pray for an end to abortion and a respect for all human life. 

Welcome A special welcome to Paula Tapia and Peter Targuinio who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Second Collection The second collection next weekend is for St. Anthony School Programs and DePaul School for Hearing and Speech. Please be as generous as possible. 

Something to Think About… May you live all the days of your life. - Jonathan Swift 

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