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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 4.03.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 4.03.16


What an awesome Easter we had last weekend. The church and Gathering Space were packed with people, the altar was beautifully decorated, the music was outstanding, and the warm weather throughout the entire weekend was perfect! What a wonderful weekend to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection! The Easter Season continues for seven weeks, ending on Pentecost Sunday.

Today is the Second Sunday of Easter, also called Divine Mercy Sunday. In the gospel we read about the Risen Lord appearing to his Apostles. One of them, Thomas, was absent at the first sighting so he doubted the Lord’s Resurrection. Thomas wanted proof rather than relying on the word of the other disciples. Jesus empowers his disciples with his peace and commissions them with his Holy Spirit. The risen Lord dispels the fear of the disciples. Jesus intends his disciples to go out and continue the work he had been doing. On this Second Sunday of Easter, let us heed the call of Jesus to be his hope-filled and merciful presence in our lives.


Thank You! Special thanks to all those who helped make our Easter liturgies run smoothly: Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Choir members, and Musicians. Thank you to our “decorating committee” for helping with the flowers, fountain set up and cleaning. Thank you to our maintenance staff for putting in extra hours over the holiday week end to tidy up the rest rooms and church, and to our parish staff for their extra hard work with the behind the scenes of planning. Many parishioners and visitors commented how beautiful everything was for Easter!

Gone Fishing! Our Fish Fry was a great success! We went over all previous years goals! Special thanks to the Fish Fry Leadership team: Barry and Heidi Korcan, John and Carole Enke, Ann Belcastro, Bill Flaherty, Phil Susie, Lynda Smiley, Ed and Pat Schuring, Mark Piccolo, Ed Ference, Bill & Rose Flaherty and all those who volunteered for the past seven weeks. Thanks to all who helped with set up, clean up, donated baked goods, and those who came for dinner

Sacrament of Marriage If you were married in a “civil ceremony” (not in the Catholic church or by a Catholic Priest or Deacon) and you need your marriage “validated” or if you are seeking information about the annulment process, please give me a call at the rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 311 or e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to set up an appointment.

Windows For Africa St. James Parish is pleased to sponsor and support “Windows For Africa” on Thursday, April 21 from 6:30 to 9:00pm in the School Gymnasium. This night of food and music with African and American themes will help raise funds to package and ship donated stained glass windows, religious articles, donated medical supplies and hospital equipment to our sister church, St. James Catholic Church in Ilorin, Nigeria. Tickets are$100.00 each and tables of eight are $700.00. Please call me at 412-741-6650 extension 311 to reserve your seat or online at Please make checks payable to Windows of Unity. Donations are also being accepted if you cannot make the dinner.

Roof Replacement Project Update The St. James steep slope roof replacement project is underway. Final bids from various roofing companies have been received and currently are being reviewed. The anticipated start date is mid-May and final completion is mid-August. Florida Consulting and the Office for Property and Planning with the Diocese will be reviewing the bids and helping us make a decision in the next few weeks. Funds from our Campaign for the Church Alive will be used to pay for the work.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Jack Doran who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. - Author Unknown.

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