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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 10.04.15
A Word From Fr. Tom - 10.04.15

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time


Last weekend, Pope Francis concluded his six day visit to the United States by celebrating Mass in Philadelphia to conclude the World Meeting of Families. Crowds stood shoulder-to-shoulder along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to witness this historic event.

This weekend, we celebrate the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on the importance of families and marriage. In the First Reading from Genesis, we read the “second” creation story on how God finds a suitable partner for man. The love between man and woman is a blessing from God. Today we begin reading the Letter to the Hebrews in the second reading. We will read this particular letter until the Thirty-Third Sunday for our second reading. Hebrews declares that in the person of Jesus, God became one with humanity to consecrate us. In the Gospel of St. Mark, we read how the Pharisees test Jesus about marriage and divorce. Jesus reminds us that God’s intended plan of marriage is that two people become one flesh. 

Both the Genesis story and the gospel emphasize the need for relationships and community, marriage and faithfulness, so that humans are not isolated. We are part of a network called a new to honor these relationships with our spouse, children and friends. Relationships have to be worked on. Jesus teaches that the covenant between a man and a woman was instituted by God, and is a life-long commitment. Let us pray for all married couples, all those engaged, and those who are experiencing difficulties in their marriage. A family that prays together stays together! 

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 9am, this coming Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available Monday evening. 


Parish Share 2015 The Annual Parish Share Campaign is in full swing. A successful Parish Share collection helps our Diocese to function not only in service to St. James Parish, but all of the 199 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Our parish goal for 2015 is $155,416. Please be as generous as possible. 

Mass Intention Sign Up In the next few weeks 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. Please see the bulletin’s full page ad for additional information. 

Parish Improvements Due to heavy “drive thru traffic” in the early morning and late afternoon hours, we recently purchased several barricades from Beth Barricades of Gibsonia for the Broad Street entrance/exit. The barricades will remain in place during school hours and throughout the week. It will help with the safety and security for our school children, parents and parishioners. 

Tudi Mechanical of McKees Rocks recently installed a “comfort level” toilet in each of the men's and women's restroom in the Gathering Space. These toilets are now easily accessible for the elderly and physically challenged. 

Gluten Free Hosts They are now available upon request. Please check with me in the sacristy before Mass. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Kennedy Rose Morgan, and Bryn Peyton Windle who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Jana Volante and Nicholas Walshak who are celebrating their wedding this weekend! 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Gerry, Elaine, and Alice Kuncio who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Thank you Special thanks to the family of parishioner, Lawrence Pesce. In Lawrence’s memory, the family requested in lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. James Catholic School. 

Something to Think About… Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter. - Brad Henry 

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