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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.12.15
A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.12.15

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 


On the front cover of the July 6-13 issue of America Magazine, the headline reads “Pastors, Not Princes, the role of the Bishop under Pope Francis.” In the article written by Fr. Diego Fares, S. J. a former Theology professor in Argentina, it focuses on bishops and priests being encouraged to live in simplicity and to proclaim the joy of being a shepherd: to watch over their people, be authentic, and be pastoral. Pope Francis famously said last Holy Thursday, “I want shepherds with the smell of the sheep and a father’s smile.” 

This weekend we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday and the readings focus on responding to the Lord’s call. In the First reading from Amos, we read how the prophet explains that he does not speak for himself. His authority comes from the court of heaven. In the Gospel of Mark, we read how Jesus summons the twelve disciples. He reminds them to “travel lightly.” He sent his disciples to live with people as they were and where they were and to invite them to live with him. By staying close to Jesus, the disciples are able to share in the very power that Jesus himself exercises. 

All Christians, at their baptism, are given a share in Christ’s role as priest, prophet, and king. Jesus invites each one of us to bring God’s compassion and healing to others and to let go of “distractions.” 


Parish Improvements Allegheny Acoustics of McMurray recently replaced acoustical ceiling tiles in the areas where the church roof is not leaking: School entrance, Gathering Space entrance and side entrance hallway, Usher’s Room, and Church restroom hallway and the main church entrance. We will be replacing the ceiling tiles and lighting fixtures near the back Confessional areas and the main church vestibule hallway area in a few weeks. 

The Diocesan Office of Property and Planning is assisting us in getting our main church roof replaced. We will keep you posted on our progress. 

Ken Bitkowski Contracting LLC of Turtle Creek will begin major renovations to the Rectory Offices over the next few weeks. Please be patient with us during this time with phone calls and e-mails. We will do our best to keep the offices running as “normal as possible” during the renovations. 

Notre Dame Vision Recently my nephew Matthew Denk wrote me a note after attending Notre Dame Vision a few weeks ago. Matthew will be a Senior at Seton La Salle High School and is a member of St. Norbert Parish (part of the Catholic Community of South Pittsburgh) in Overbrook. Matthew wrote: “Dear Uncle Tom, thank you so much for taking me on the trip to Notre Dame. I had such a great time. It was nice to walk with you every morning around the lake and the campus talking whatever we wanted to. I am very proud to be your nephew. Your nephew, Matthew. 

Parish Trip to Ireland: Please note that since I will be attending the parish trip to Ireland, there will be no weekday Masses Monday - Saturday morning (including Saturday Confession and Eucharistic Adoration) July 20-25 and Monday - Friday, July 27-31. 

Daily Masses and Confessions for St. James Parishioners will be available at our neighboring parishes of St. Mary in Aleppo Twp, Good Samaritan in Ambridge, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, St. Margaret Mary in Moon Twp, and St. Catherine in Crescent. 

Mission Appeal Next Weekend Each year the Diocese of Pittsburgh asks each parish to participate in a “Mission Appeal.” Next weekend we will welcome Fr. John Odeyemi who will be the Celebrant for all the weekend Masses. Fr. John will be asking us for financial support for the Diocese of Illorin in Southwest Nigeria. Please be as generous as possible. 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Dave and Janet Doubt and their children: Matthew, Danielle, and Abigail, who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Alicia Ford and Joseph Franzen who were married this weekend! 

Congratulations Congratulations to Abrianna Jayde Heinz who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Something to Think About… You can live without anything you weren’t born with, and you can make it through on even half of that. - Gloria Naylor 

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