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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 01.05.14
The Shepherd's Voice 01.05.14

Merry Little Christmas!

Recently I drove up to Ambridge with some friends to pick up pizza at the Police Station Pizza shop. One of my friends told me about a particular house in Ambridge that has a lot of lights on display outside their home. As we turned the corner to head down the street I saw a huge ray of light shining! I was simply amazed at the number of lights that were on display for one home. As we drove past the house to admire it, we saw the owner on top of the roof installing more lights!

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany also referred to as “Little Christmas.” In the First Reading we read from the Prophet Isaiah who announces that it is time to come home. Light overcomes darkness as he encourages the people to leave their place of exile and return to Jerusalem. In the Second Reading to the Ephesians, Paul speaks of a mystery of God revealed to him. The Jews and the Gentiles are to enjoy the realization of God’s promises being united to one another in Christ. In the Gospel, the Magi from the east pay homage to the newborn king of the Jews while King Herod seeks ways to find and destroy him. The Magi were led to Christ by the light of a star. They came from afar to visit the baby Jesus. 

Epiphany is a Greek word which means showing forth or manifestation. The primary symbol of Epiphany is light. The star guided the Magi to Jesus, the Light of the World. As we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany we pray that God’s light may sine in our hearts. 

Merry Little Christmas!

Parish Improvements The Holy Family Statue that sits near the Baptismal Font in the back of the church has been cleaned and repaired by local artist Jackie Kresak of Coraopolis. Last year Jackie cleaned and repaired our beautiful Nativity Set that sits in front of our altar. 

Thank You! Thank you to all who helped decorate and clean our church for the holidays. Also thank you for your cards, and gifts. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Joseph H. Clapper, a parishioner at St. James and Superintendent of the Quaker Valley School District for receiving the 2013 William E. Caldwell Award for Excellence in Administration and Supervision by the Pennsylvania School Study Council for outstanding service to public education. Clapper also received the 2013 Award for Service to the Profession from the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators. 

Congratulations to Heidi Ondek, a parishioner at St. James and the Assistant Superintendent of the Quaker Valley School District for receiving the University Council for Educational Administration’s 2013 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. This award annually recognizes practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation.

Congratulations to Lou Valenzi our Director of Music Ministries here at St. James and also a music teacher and middle school chorus director for the Quaker Valley School District who was recently recognized by the Quaker Valley School Board with the 2013 Award of Excellence. This award honors teachers for distinguished service. For the past nine years, the National Association of Music Merchants has recognized Quaker Valley as one as the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education. 

Congratulations to Channing Jaxon Burgunder and Kayden Paxton Burgunder who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Looking Ahead The Confirmation Retreat for all our eighth graders preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held next Saturday, January 11 at Quigley Catholic High School. I will be visiting our students throughout the day and also celebrate afternoon Mass for them. Over 400 students from around our Regional Vicariate are registered for the event. 

I am pleased to announce that Bishop David A. Zubik will be the Celebrant for Confirmation on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00pm here at St. James Parish.

Pastoral Council Meeting - Monday, January 20 at 6:30pm in Meeting Room #1 of the Gathering Space. 

Finance Council Meeting - Monday, January 27 at 6:30pm in Meeting Room #1 of the Gathering Space. 

Happy New Year 2014! 

Something to Think About… Don’t throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water. Swedish Proverb 

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