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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 10.18.15
A Word From Fr. Tom - 10.18.15

Twenty‐Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 


Back on May 26, 2001, I remember lying on the cool marble floor of St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland with my five classmates praying during the singing of the Litany of Saints for my Priesthood Ordination. That was a very powerful moment during the ordination rite, when I asked God to bless me with humility and service as I began my ministry as a Priest serving the Church of Pittsburgh. I still love being a priest! 

It is natural as human beings that we always want to be first in line, getting our own way, or seeking fame and fortune. To be a servant of Christ we are reminded that is not about us, but rather about serving the Lord. 

This weekend, we celebrate the Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on suffering and seeking out humility. 

In the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, we read how a loyal servant makes the ultimate sacrifice. The servant accomplished the will of God by suffering. In the second reading from the Hebrews, we read a summary of Jesus’ life. He is our great and sinless high priest. In the Gospel of St. Mark, we read the third prediction of the passion of Christ. James and John seek positions of honor when Jesus enters upon his glory. Jesus explains that true leadership is found in the service of others. As followers of Christ, we are called to be humble. If we are to follow Jesus, we must learn to serve without expectation of reward. 


Holy Family Statue Campaign a Success! We did it! We have reached the $10,000 goal and purchased a Holy Family statue in our fish pond area of the entrance of the church. We will also be adding several new garden shrubs, trees, and mulch for the area. Thank you to all who participated to make this wonderful project a reality. If you would still like to contribute, please send your donation to the rectory by Monday, October 26 to be included on the donor list in the November 1st bulletin. 

Mass Intention Sign Up This week, October 19-26 we will have our books open for Mass Intentions’ for 2016. Instead of a “one day Sunday sign up”, this year we will have parishioners mail their forms into the rectory office. We appreciate your cooperation with this new sign up system. Because of just having one priest here in the parish, we are limited with the number of daily and Sunday Masses. Please consider merging your family requests into one such as “For the Burke and Dvorsky Families.” Also we have the Altar Bread, Marian Candle, Sanctuary Candle, or Altar Flowers that can be donated in memory of a loved one each week. Please see the bulletin this week for additional information. 

All Souls Memorial Mass An All Souls Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, November 2nd at 7:00pm. Families that have lost a loved one during the past year will be invited to attend for a special candle service. There will be extra Memorial candles to purchase for a $5.00 donation for those who wish to light a candle for their loved ones. 

Parish Flat Roofs Repairs I am pleased to report that we have obtained permission from the Diocese of Pittsburgh to begin several roof repairs. Triangle Roofing of Ohio Township has been selected to repair our flat roofs on the church, Gathering Space, school, and gym. They will begin work on Monday, November 2nd. Funds from our campaign For the Church Alive! will pay for repairs. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will assist us with this project. 

Parish Improvements Ferri Electric recently installed new lighting panels in the Children’s Chapel and the main church vestibule. The other light boxes were outdated and not up to code. 

A new hall table has been put in place in the hallway of the Gathering Space entrance.

 Congratulations Congratulations to Josephine Cassidy Janas who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Sam, Marzia, Isabella, and Martina DiCicco and Dominic, Maria, Natalie, Anthony, Alexander, and Maximillian Napolitano who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

 Something to Think About… Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life. - George Arliss 

 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