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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.04.18
A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.04.18


We all have felt at times like we have hit rock bottom in life: losing our job, ending a relationship, receiving a medical diagnosis that is lifechanging, or loss of a loved one. We ask, “why me? Life is not fair!”

The readings this weekend focus on keeping the faith especially during challenging times. In the First Reading from the Book of Job, we read how suffering causes Job to take a hard look at life. In today’s Gospel of Mark, we continue reading from last week’s passage after Jesus taught in the Synagogue and healed the man possessed by an evil spirit, he then moves on to heal Simon-Peter’s mother-in-law and attracts more people in desperate need of help. He spends the whole day healing people in Capernaum.

As God is patient with Job, God is patient with us. Let us bring before God our concerns, problems, and sins. The most important way to love God is simply to be in his presence. When we are in despair, let us remind ourselves of the healing grace of Jesus. Hope comes when we surrender ourselves to God.

This weekend we celebrate “Scout Sunday.” We celebrate Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in our area. Scouting is very special to me as I am an Eagle Scout and before entering the Seminary, I worked as a District Executive for the former Greater Pittsburgh Council. Thank you to our parents and adult volunteers who make the scouting programs possible for the youth in our area.

Recently I visited Cub Scout Pack 243 at the Sewickley Presbyterian Church. I presented a talk about how important it is for a scout to be reverent.


Human Trafficking The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking. On this day, let each of us pray for the emotional, physical and spiritual healing of victims, and make a personal commitment to work against human trafficking. Respect All Human Life!

Parish Mission You are invited to our 2018 Parish Mission, “Unconditionally”, presented by Greg Wasinski, starting next Sunday, February 11 through Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00pm in the Church. Greg is an Inspirational Speaker, Author and Radio Host on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Radio. Greg’s topics will include: “Who We Are Called to Be”, “Our Relationship & Handling Personal Crisis”, and “Finding Jesus in the Eucharist.” This will be a great way to start the Lenten Season! Join Us! 

Bereavement Group If you recently lost a loved one or know someone who is going through a difficult time, there will be a Bereavement Support Group meeting on Thursday, February 15 at 7:00pm in the Children’s Chapel in Church. To register, please contact Sister Agnes McCormick at 412-931-2299. 

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance Our 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held on Saturday, March 10, from 6:00 to 10:00pm in the school gymnasium. Tickets are $25.00 which includes a full catered dinner, beverages and entertainment. (Tickets will be on sale in a few weeks.) We will also be collecting new items for gift baskets in the next few weeks. Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

End of the Year Tax Statements Please note that parishioners who contributed $100.00 or more in 2017 will automatically be sent an end-of-the-year statement from the Our Sunday Visitor Envelope Company. Parishioners, who contributed via online in 2017 to St. James, please contact Karin at (412)741- 6650 extension 310. Thank you for your generosity to our parish.

Flu Season As reported in the news, we are at the peak time for the cold and flu season. As we are all concerned about catching germs, please use common sense. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and get the needed rest. When at church, please use a tissue and hand sanitizer if needed. If you do not want to shake someone’s hand or take the cup at Communion, that is fine. We are all in this together!

Welcome A special warm welcome to Nichols, Janice, and Grace Barthen, and Brendan and Caitlin Loughran who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations to Chelsea London Cherock who is being baptized this weekend.

Something to Think About… Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further. -Thomas Carlyle

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