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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 10.11.15
A Word From Fr. Tom - 10.11.15

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 


We all know that when Pope Francis visited the United States recently, he took the country by storm! Thousands of people flocked to Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia to see him. Major newspapers and weekly news magazines still fill the headlines of his recent visit. This past week, Time Magazine’s front cover read “Pope Francis Meets America.” Pope Francis came to the United States to preach love, humility and simplicity. It was so amazing to see him ride in his little Fiat and his Pope Mobile was a Jeep Wrangler. 

This weekend, we celebrate the Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on wisdom, letting go of distractions in our life, and becoming closer to God. 

In the first reading from Wisdom, we read how King Solomon prays to God asking for wisdom which is more important than power, wealth, health or beauty. In the second reading from the Hebrew’s, the reading calls us to meditate on our appreciation of the word of God. Getting to know sacred scripture helps us to be open to God’s will. In the Gospel of St. Mark we read how Jesus teaches about the dangers of distractions. A wealthy man who has many possessions asks Jesus how to get to heaven. Jesus instructs the rich man to let go of what stands in the way of receiving salvation. Let us ask for wisdom and let go those distractions that keep us from getting closer to God. 


Parish Mission a Success! Special thanks to all who came out for our Parish Mission this past week with Fr. Michael Sullivan from Villanova University. We had great crowds each night and Fr. Sullivan nourished us with a wonderful Autumn Retreat. Special thanks to Jamie and Pam Rogers for sponsoring the advertising in the Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper for our retreat, the greeters who helped welcome us at the doors each night, and Lou Valenzi for providing us with music each night. 

Holy Family Statue Campaign a Success! We did it! We have reached the $10,000 goal to purchase a Holy Family statue for our fish pond area of the entrance to church. A list of donors will be printed in a future bulletin when we bless the statue. We will also be getting several new garden shrubs, trees, and mulch for the area in front of the church. Thank you for your participation. 

Mass Intention Sign Up Next 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. We appreciate your cooperation with this new sign up system. Due to having just 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, Altar Wine, Marian Candle, Sanctuary Candle, or Altar Flowers that can be donated in memory of a loved one or for a special intention each week. Please see today’s bulletin for more information. 

Parish Improvements We recently received a Sanctuary candle stand for the altar from St. Norbert Parish in Overbrook, part of the Catholic Community of South Pittsburgh. 

Bishak Electrical Services, LLC of Sewickley recently installed new motion censor lights in the back sacristy storage area and new LED lighting above the sink in the sacristy area. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Cara Flati, and Patrick, Mary Jane, Isabella and Calista Grago who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Ed Gitner from our School Maintenance Department who is celebrating his birthday this weekend. 

Second Collection The second collection for next weekend, October 17-18 is for World Mission Sunday. Please be as generous as possible. 

Something to Think About… Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful. - John Maeda 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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