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The Shepherd's Voice

Follow Me!

Today we celebrate “Catechetical Sunday” when Catholic parishes ask God’s blessing on students and teachers, parents and helpers, and all who share Jesus’ Good News through the ministry of religious education. This weekend here at St. James Parish, we bless and commission the catechists who teach in our school, religious education program, home school, and youth ministry. We thank these men and women who devote themselves to teaching the faith to our youth. Special thanks to Karen Conroy, our Director of Religious Education, Sister Christy Hill, SJ. our school principal, Maria Brown our Youth Minister, our RCIA Directors, Bible Study and Baptismal and Marriage Prep for their leadership.

This weekend the Liturgy of the Word begins a seven-week series of Gospel readings in which Jesus catechizes us. The readings this weekend focus on discipleship. Jesus will indeed be a suffering messiah and those who choose him must be willing to embrace suffering. In the first reading the prophet Isaiah contains the message of a prophet who spoke to God’s people during their exile in Babylon. Several times, the prophet speaks about a “Servant of God” who will one day deliver God’s people and face many sufferings in doing so. Christians have traditionally identified Jesus with this “suffering servant”. The letter of James reminds Christians to be generous and insists that true faith is active. Today’s passage offers practical advice to put our faith into action. For the Gospel, we now turn to the second half of Mark. From this weekend until the end of October we will read how Jesus explains what it means to be a disciple. We first read how Jesus asks his disciples a question of who do people say that he is. After Peter glimpses and names Jesus’ true identity, Jesus elaborates on what it is to be “the Christ,” naming the suffering, rejection, and even death. He tells his disciples that the son of man must suffer greatly and be rejected. To be a disciple of Jesus is to follow after Him, to listen to Him, to learn from Him, and to share his life and destiny. To be a follower is to love our neighbor, to forgive others, and reach out to those in need.

Follow Me!

Thank You

Thank you to all who attended the Anniversary Mass and Picnic last Sunday at War Memorial Park. The weather was perfect, the food was great, and a good time was had by all. Thank you to Sewickley Mayor Brian Jeffee for giving us a special proclamation before Mass and declaring it “St. James Day.” Thank you to Janette Poppenburg and Christine Peduzzi and the picnic committee for all the behind the scenes work in making it a true success.


Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you baptized in another faith and would like to become Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need the Sacrament of Confirmation? The Rite of Christian Initiation program (RCIA) will be starting in a few weeks. Please give me a call 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 discuss.

Please Note

For safety and security reasons, the church will be open from 5:30am -9:00pm Monday through Friday, 8:00am-6:00pm Saturday, and 6:00am–6:00pm on Sundays.

Time Out

We all need some time for refreshment and renewal during the busy week. I will be taking my day off on Thursdays. Please note that I will not be on campus Thursdays and will be unable to schedule appointments or attend any parish organization functions on Thursdays. I try to schedule doctor and dental appointments, oil changes for my car, and other personal family time for Thursdays. Fr. Matthew will celebrate both morning Masses on Thursdays and if any funerals should occur, they will be incorporated into the 9:00am Mass. Thank you for your understanding.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Laura Marie Verbe and Rodney Paul Ross who were married this weekend here at St. James Parish. May God bless them as they begin a new life together.

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to Ed and Pat Schuring who are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary this weekend!

Newly Baptized

Congratulations to Fiona Kelley Mihalyi who is being Baptized this weekend.

Something to Think About…

Live for yourself, and you will live in vain; live for others, and you will live again. Bob Marley

With God all things are possible!

Fr Tom Burke


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