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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.14.18
A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.14.18


Last weekend after the 11:30am mass we had a number of parishioners, including a large number of youth, helping with the clean up of the church and putting away the Christmas decorations. While helping to “direct traffic” in making sure the Nativity statues and Christmas trees were safely wrapped and put away down in the church basement storage room, I reflected on how people of the parish responded to the invitation to come and help clean the church and now they responded to the call.

This week we return to Ordinary Time briefly before we start the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday which is early this year, February 14. Ordinary time calls attention to our Lord’s ministry of preaching and healing. This weekend’s readings focus on Discipleship.

In the First Reading from the prophet Samuel, we read how the Lord calls Samuel. Samuel knows from the beginning that the Lord was calling him. He is ready to listen and to serve the Lord. In the Second Reading to the Corinthians, Paul reminds us that all we say and do should exhibit our gratitude for enjoying the gift of salvation. In the Gospel of John, we read how Jesus is identified as the Lamb of God. Andrew and Simon Peter become his first disciples. Different from the way the Synoptic Gospels describes the call, John the Baptist redirects his own disciples to become followers of Jesus. Jesus’ invitation to the disciples of John parallels the Lord’s invitation to Samuel. The call to discipleship is based on a faith conviction of Jesus.

We have all been called through Baptism to the common vocations of holiness and service. As we begin a new year, 2018, we are called to commit ourselves to growing deeper and stronger in our own discipleship.


St. James Cemetery As we continue to move forward with the On Mission for the Church Alive process, please note that effective this coming Thursday, January 18, operations of St. James Cemetery will officially be handled by the Catholic Parish Cemeteries Association located in at 1000 Logue Street in the West End. All cemetery records and files have been transferred to the new office. St. James Rectory staff and Parish will no longer handle any maintenance issues or handle opening and closing of the graves. All calls regarding the cemetery will now be handled by the new cemetery office. The new cemetery office phone number is 412-256-9370.

March For Life The Respect Life Committee is hosting a bus for the Annual March for Life in Washington D. C. on Friday, January 19. Sign ups are in the church vestibule before or after all the weekend Masses or you may call Elsie at 412-944-8922. There is no cost for the bus trip and a box lunch will be provided. For those unable to attend the March for Life, we will once again conduct a Holy Hour for Life from 9:00am to Noon in the Children’s Chapel. We will have Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction.

Parish Improvements Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus for purchasing a new 44.5 cubic feet Commercial Reach-In refrigerator in the Cafeteria. This will come in good use for school lunches and also upcoming Pancake Breakfasts and the Fish Fry. Thank You Knights!

A new 13.6 cubic feet milk cooler was purchased for the Cafeteria. Funds from our Parish Building Fund paid for this new equipment.

Looking Ahead Our Regional Vicar, Fr. Howard Campbell will conduct a “Vicar Visit” on January 16 and be the celebrant for the 9:30am Mass next Sunday, January 21.

Opening of Catholic School Week will take place at the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, January 28. Various celebrations and events will take place throughout the week at St. James School!

House Blessing/Home Visits Please feel free to call or e-mail me to set up a time to come and bless your home. This is a great opportunity to get to know your pastor.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Michael Hurley Jr. and James Williams who recently registered at St. James Parish

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Patrick and Shannon Reilly who are renewing their vows and celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary this weekend!

Something to Think About… What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference to make. - Jane Goodall

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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