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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.27.15
A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.27.15

Twentieth‐Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

GOD IS GENEROUS TO ALL! 

It has been quite a week with Pope Francis visiting Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. Every day this week, every major newspaper had front page coverage of the Pope’s visit and television and radio newscasts had daily reports. Pope Francis’ historic visit to America will be something we all will remember. Since Pope Francis was named the 266 Pope back in April of 2013, he has focused his ministry on reaching out to the outcast, the poor, and those who are often not loved or accepted by society. 

We live in a world that if we don’t like someone, or have a misunderstanding, we just shut them out of our lives. It is so easy to get caught up in gossip and putting people down because they have different beliefs than we do. 

This weekend, we celebrate the Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on letting go of jealousy, hatred and judging others. 

In the first reading from the Book of Numbers, we read how the Israelites become jealous of prophets. In the Gospel of St. Mark, Jesus responds to his disciples’ jealousy and misunderstanding. As Jesus makes his journey toward Jerusalem, the focus of his preaching and teaching shifts to his disciples. The readings seem “harsh” but help us to open up our minds and help us to know what we need to follow Jesus faithfully. 

God calls all people to be part of the kingdom without making distinctions among groups, race, or nationality. Let us let go of negativity. Instead of complaining, give someone a compliment this week. 

GOD IS GENEROUS TO ALL! 

Alaska Discovery Land and Cruise The Catholic Community of South Pittsburgh along with St. James Parish -Sewickley will be hosting an Alaska Discovery Land and Cruise May 24 - June 5, 2016. Highlights include Anchorage, Denali National Park, Tundra Wilderness Tour, and cruise through Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan. 

There will be an information meeting this Tuesday, September 29 at 6:30pm in the Gathering Space or Monday, October 12 at 6:30pm at St. Albert the Great Parish Center in Baldwin. For more information please contact Travel Junction at 724-266-5715 or email Travel Junction at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Anointing of the Sick The Sacrament of Anointing will be available after all the masses next weekend October 3 and 4. If you are experiencing some medical issues, are having an upcoming surgery, medical tests or would just like to be blessed, the Sacrament of Anointing will help give you strength. You do not have to be in a danger of dying to receive this wonderful Sacrament. Children and adults of all ages are most welcome.

Blessing of Pets In honor of the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, we will have the Blessing of Pets next Sunday, October 4 at 2:00pm in front of St. James Church. Bring your dog, cat, bird, fish, or any other of God’s special creatures for a blessing. Every participant will receive a very special pet medal and a St. Francis prayer card, courtesy of an Anonymous parishioner. 

Parish Mission 2015 Please join us October 4-7 for a parish Mission “Autumn Retreat, a Time of Grace” with Father Michael Sullivan, O.S.A. from Villanova University. Fr. Sullivan will be speaking on the seven sacraments while adding a bit of humor and fun to the mission. The talks will be at 7pm Sunday through Wednesday. Please join us for a wonderful retreat. We will have two daily Masses, 6:45am and 9:00am, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available Monday evening. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Gerry, Tharshini, Serena, Isabel, Nicholas, and Lianna Joseph who recently registered at St. James Parish. Our parish is Alive and Well and Growing! 

Thank You Special thanks to Fiore Floro who recently “retired” from ushering at the Saturday 5:00pm mass. We thank him for his 38 years of service to St. James Parish!

Congratulations Congratulations to Ava Kent Nocito, Ayla Lydia Romesburg, and William Eric Watson who are being Baptized this weekend. 

**Please note there will be No daily mass this coming Wednesday September 30, or Friday, October 1st. ** 

Something to Think About… “Who Am I to Judge?” - Pope Francis 

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