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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.19.15
A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.19.15

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 


Time Magazine recently ran a front page cover article about how American’s are taking less and less vacations or “working” during their vacation. Too much work can lead to burn out and negativity. 

Recently a parishioner approached me and was “surprised” that I take a day off during the week. My day off is on Thursday’s and it is a day when I can get my haircut, go to the dentist, take my Jeep for an oil change, spend time with my family and friends or just spend the day not doing the usual routine. Priests’ are human beings too and need a day off and also need to take a vacation once in a while. With the extra stress and demands that are being made on priests, it is now, more than ever, very important to keep a healthy balance in life. 

This weekend we celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings focus on taking time to rest and listening to the Good Shepherd calling us. 

In the First Reading from the Prophet Jeremiah, we read how God announces that a just King will rule over Israel. David’s successors have not served the people well, but better leaders are promised. In the second reading, St. Paul tells us that Christ is the Prince of Peace. The Jews and the Gentiles are united with one another. By suffering on the cross, Christ broke down the barriers and united all peoples as children of the one Father. In the Gospel of Mark, we read that Jesus invites his apostles to a deserted place and rest for a while. This is the only time Mark references any of the disciples as apostles. They have just returned from a mission journey and reported back to Jesus regarding their missionary experience. 

As members of his flock, we too, need to return to Jesus for instruction and rejuvenation. As we reach the mid-point of the summer season, let us take time to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine and relax and spend time with our families. Let us encourage others to respond to God’s call for shepherds and to invite gifted men and women to be pastoral workers, religious and priests. We need full time shepherds. 

We welcome Fr. John Odeyemi from the Diocese of Ilorin in Southwest Nigeria who we be the celebrant at all masses this weekend for the Diocese’s annual Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible. 

Since I will be traveling to Ireland this coming week, the celebrant for next weekend’s Masses will be Fr. Richard Terdine! 


St. James Parish Trip to Ireland: Please note: there will be No Weekday Masses this week or next week, Monday thru Saturday, July 20-25 and July 27-31. There will also be No Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration Saturday, July 25. 

Daily Masses for St. James parishioners will be available at our neighboring parishes of St. Mary in Glenfield, Good Samaritan in Ambridge, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township, and St. Catherine in Crescent. 

Elegant Junk Sale - Saturday, August 1: 8:00am to 2:00pm. 

KDKA Radio- 1020AM Fr. Ron Lengwin host of “Amplify” Sunday evenings from 9:00-11:00pm has asked me to be a guest host for him on Sunday, August 2nd. 

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2015-16 school year. There is a three year old half-day Preschool program and half-day and full-day four year old Preschool program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey through social awareness, academics, and faith in a safe, loving environment. One hundred and two years of Catholic Education in the heart of Sewickley! For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412-741-5540, extension 100. 

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to Steve, Lisa, Ashley and Anna Clemente who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Marco Joseph Roberts and Marlayana Roberts who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Something to Think About… Summertime is always the best of what might be. - Charles Bowden

 With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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