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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.15.15
A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.15.15

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 


Today we celebrate the Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. We are coming into the final few weeks of the Liturgical Season. The readings this weekend focus on the “end of time” and being prepared. In the first reading of the prophet Daniel, we read a vision of the prophet about the end of time. God protects a faithful people; they will rise from the dead. God’s faithful ones will awake from the dust of the earth and shine like brilliant stars forever. In the Second Reading from Hebrews, Jesus offers the perfect sacrifice to take away sin and is the high priest. Now Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven. In the Gospel of Mark, we read what scripture scholars call “Mark’s Apocalypse” the second coming of Christ. 

Mark is encouraging the early Christians to hold fast to their faith, for in the end it brings them a share in the heavenly and eternal kingdom. Those who trust in the final coming must always stay awake, be watchful and listen to the word. The coming of Christ is a time of joy, not fear, for those who believe. 

As we draw towards the end of the Liturgical year, let us reflect on our own mortality. Let us pray for God’s mercy and love at the end of our own lives and at the end of all time. 


Parish Improvements Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge has completed renovations on the confessionals in the back of the church with new lighting and sound proof walls. The back confessionals on each side have been turned into storage. 

Bishak Electrical Services, LLC of Sewickley recently installed new LED lighting to the candle areas on both sides of the confessional areas. 

Mark Quinn Painting of Sewickley recently painted the insides of the confessional and storage areas and put a fresh coat of paint in the candle areas. 

Tudi Mechanical Systems of McKees Rocks recently upgraded plumbing fixtures in the preschool restroom and opened up several clogged drains near the church building. Triangle Roofing of Ohio Township is in the final days of repairing the flat roofs on the church, Gathering Space, school, and gym. New gutters and down spouts have been installed to help with the flow of water off the roof. 

Rite of Welcoming This weekend we welcome our R.C.I.A. Candidates to the 9:30 am Mass as we officially introduce them to the parish as they continue learning more about the Catholic Faith. This week we welcome the Class of 2015: David M Doubt; Jack A Kincaid; David P. Koba; Sandra Michelle Maher; Gina Marie Mertens; Jerome Schillaci; Michael Edward Scimio; Elisabeth Smith; Joel William Swanson; and Alexis Wukich. Let us continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers. 

Blue and White Gala This weekend we hold our annual Blue and White Gala at the Montour Heights Country Club. This year we are honoring Frank and Ann Cahouet with the Exceptional Minds Award and Dr. John Moraca with the Exceptional Heart award. They all have been and continue to be supportive of St. James Catholic School. 

Alaska Discovery Land and Cruise The Catholic Community of South Pittsburgh along with St. James Parish 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. For more information please contact Travel Junction at 724-266-5715. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Congratulations Congratulations to Sally Riordan who made her Profession of Faith last weekend. Sally is the daughter of Mike and Elizabeth Riordan and sister of Bobby. She will make her First Penance and First Holy Communion next Spring! 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Jessica and Salvatore Holloway, and Matthew, Lori, and Landon Magnone who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Karen Conroy our Director of Religious Education and Sister Christy Hill our School Principal. 

Something to Think About… Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Instead, shake things up today! Live through today. Don’t just exist through it - Live through it! -Steve Maraboli 

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