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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice
The Shepherd's Voice


Let’s Eliminate Negative Thinking! 

Welcome Home! 

This past week I spent a lot of time hearing confessions. On Tuesday we had our Lenten Penance Service and there were five priests available for confessions. On Wednesday, Bishop Zubik asked every parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh to have their doors open from 6:00- 9:00pm to welcome anyone seeking the Sacrament of Reconciliation. People did come to get refreshed and renewed. When we sin, we turn away from God. The Sacrament of Reconciliation helps us to “come home”.

This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Lent, “Laetare Sunday”, which is the halfway mark of our season of Lent. All of the readings focus on reconciliation. The Gospel features the parable of the Prodigal Son. This parable teaches us that if we stray away, our Father is there to welcome us back home. What was lost, has now been found! 

Laetare (or Rejoice) Sunday offers us a moment of Joy as we approach “Half Time” of the Lenten Season. The Gospel reading shows us that pure joy surrounding the father’s welcome of the returning son. Even when we feel lost in sin, our God is waiting to embrace us and forgives when we return with repentant hearts. Let us listen today for God’s word of reconciliation in our own lives. Welcome Home!

Let’s Eliminate Negative Thinking! 

Lenten Penance Services Lent is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. If it has been a while since we went to the Sacrament of Reconciliation this is the perfect opportunity to “come home.” Penance Services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes: Thursday- March 14- St. Margaret Mary- Moon Twp. Tuesday-March 19- St. Catherine of Siena- Crescent Monday- March 25- St. Joseph- Coraopolis 

Lenten Nullity Presentation The Diocesan Office for the Tribunal will present a 45 minute presentation regarding marriage annulments for those who may wish to seek an annulment and for those who have a desire for adult education regarding this often misunderstood subject. A presentation will be held here at St. James Parish this Monday, March 11 at 7pm in the Gathering Space. The presentation is free. 

Upcoming Lenten Activities Stations of the Cross - every Friday at 1:30pm (with school children) and 7:00pm. Fish Fry - every Friday during Lent from 4:30pm to 7:00 pm in school cafeteria. St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance - Next Saturday, March 16, 7-11pm, school gym. Parish Mission - with Paul Koleske- “Igniting the Light of Christ Within You” next weekend, March 17-20. Living Stations - Sunday, March 24, 7:30pm St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program performs “Living Stations.” A wonderful passion play on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Over eighty high school students perform in this Passion Play. 

Please Note Last weekend while I was cleaning up after the Masses I found various slips of paper in the Green Missal Books in our church pews that read… St. Jude- Novena prayers must be said 6 times each day for 9 consecutive days, leaving 9 copies in church each day. Prayer will be answered on or before the 9th day. 

This is not a Novena approved by the church! Please be-carful of chain letters and chain e-mails. Please do not leave slips of paper in the pews or near the candles. 

Parish Improvements A.T. Merhaut Inc. recently refurbished and cleaned the big Ciborium that we use for Holy Communion. It was in much need of repair.

Congratulations Congratulations to Cora Saftner, daughter of Clay and Heather Saftner and granddaughter of Dan and Ruth Darragh who received the 2013 Spirit of Faith Catholic Athlete Award! This award was given to Cora from the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office for her work evangelizing through athletics, helping other athletes stay connected to the Church. Cora is a graduate of St. James School and currently is a Sophomore at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School. 

PARISH MISSION STARTS NEXT WEEKEND! Next weekend we welcome Mr. Paul Koleske who will be conducting our Parish Mission. Please join us Sunday evening March 17 at 7pm for a concert and then on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7pm for Paul’s wonderful message. Special thanks to the St. James Women’s Guild for underwriting this wonderful event! 

Something to Think About… Open your heart, and you will be amazed at the transformations taking place all around you. Ed Bacon 

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