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  • 02.08.11
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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 10.30.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 10.30.16


This weekend we celebrate the Thirtieth- First Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our readings focus on seeking out the Lord in our life. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus travels through Jericho and encounters the tax collector Zaccheaeus. He climbs a tree and calls out to Jesus. Zacchaeus was a tax collector, which made him rich and powerful but not honest or well liked. The people are shocked when Jesus approaches Zaccheaeus to dine with him. This gospel is an invitation for us to celebrate God’s love, to experience God’s mercy, and renew our commitment to Christ and his message.

Let us ask God to forgive our faults, forgive others, seek out peace, love and harmony, and see Christ in our midst.


All Saints Day All Saints Day is this Tuesday, November 1. It is a Holy day of obligation and Masses will be held Tuesday at 6:45am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm.

All Souls Day Memorial Mass An All Souls Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, November 2 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. Everyone is invited to attend the mass and light a candle in memory of their loved ones who have passed on to eternal life.

St. James School Blue and White Gala Please join us on Saturday, November 12 from 6:30 to 11:00pm at the Montour Heights County Club in Moon Township for our annual Blue and White Gala. This year we will honor Lou Valenzi with the Excellent Mind Award, and John Tucci with the Exceptional Heart Award. There will be live and silent auction items, raffles and a wonderful dinner. If you would like to attend the Gala or sponsor a faculty or staff member, please call the school office at 412-741-5540.

Bus Trip to St. Paul Cathedral Please join us in celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy as we host a bus trip to St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland to experience the Holy Door of Mercy on Monday, November 14 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. A catered lunch from 424 Walnut will be served in the Gathering Space at 11:00am and then we will depart from the parking lot at 12:10pm for the Cathedral and return by 4:00pm. I will provide a personal tour and history of the Cathedral and stained glass windows as we also walk through the Holy Door of Mercy. Cost is $15.00 for the lunch. Bus transportation will be paid by the generosity of the Women’s Guild. Please reserve your space by calling our Business Manager, Terri Price, at 412-741-6650 extension 312 by Wednesday, November 7.

Outdoor Mary Statue and Prayer Garden We are seeking donations to help upgrade the Prayer Garden on the corner of Walnut Street with new shrubs, mulching and outdoor lighting. If you would like to make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one, please make your check payable to St. James Catholic Parish and please put in the memo Outdoor Prayer Garden Fund. This is the final week for donors names to be listed in next Sunday’s bulletin.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Alexander Hays IV, Michael and Emily Koehle, and Tim, Christian, Morgan and Jacob O’Shea, who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Ellie Lynn Beynon and Connor Gerard Nath who are being Baptized this weekend.

On Mission For the Church Alive… Thank you to all who participated in the two consultation sessions this past Monday and Tuesday. The two possible models that were presented: POSSIBLE Model 1 is to merge with St. Mary in Aleppo Township, Sacred Heart in Emsworth and Assumption in Bellevue, and POSSIBLE Model 2 is to merge with Good Samaritan in Ambridge, St. John the Baptist in Baden and Sts. John and Paul in Wexford. Thank you for your openness and prayers as we begin moving forward to plan for the future of our parish and diocese. Stay posted for more information.

As the Diocesan Bishop, Bishop David Zubik will be making the ultimate decisions about how the Church can be present and live in the six-county diocese. He will NOT be making those decisions until the first quarter of 2018.

Something to Think About… Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see life with a clearer view again. - Alex Tan

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