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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 01.12.14
The Shepherd's Voice 01.12.14

This is my beloved Son! 

Thomas Joseph Burke was baptized on December 18, 1970 at St. Norbert Church in Overbrook by the Rev. Thomas M. O’Donnell. My parents Bill and Marge and my Godparents Uncle Tom and Aunt Kathy Dvorsky presented me to the church to receive my first sacrament. 

As a priest for the past thirteen years I have performed many baptisms. Every baptism that I conduct is a joyous occasion. In the Sacrament of Baptism we have water, Chrism oil, a white garment, and a lighted candle. All of these symbols imply the demands of discipleship. 

Christmas time officially ends this weekend in our church calendar as we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the event that the Gospel accounts portray that heralds the start of Jesus’ public ministry. Jesus is the beloved Son of God on whom God’s spirit rests. The baptism of Jesus was a symbolic act. He was not a sinner but he wanted to show solidarity with the people and his love for us. Today is a reminder of our own Baptism; the Sacrament that declares our own identity as members of the Body of Christ. 

As we conclude this Christmas season and return to Ordinary time, let us renew our own baptismal promises and proclaim the kingdom of God. 

This is my beloved Son! 

Restored Nativity Set The beautiful nativity set that is in the sanctuary was formally in one of the seven churches in Braddock and was broken and forgotten in storage. I had the set repaired and restored last year by local artist Jackie Kresak of Coraopolis. Jackie is the sister of Fr. Steve Kresak, Pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport. This Nativity set is my gift to the parish that will now be enjoyed by St. James Parishioners for many years to come. Merry Christmas! 

St. James School News The Coraopolis Elks Lodge 1090 will conduct an awards presentation this weekend at the 11:30am Mass to several of our school students who participated in writing an essay on the topic of “What Does Veterans Day mean to me.” Elks Chairwoman and St. James Parishioner Ann Barger will present the certificates. Congratulations to the following winners: 6th grade: Lauren Guy, Johnathon Nicolaus and Haley Hamilton. 8th grade: Maryrose Ceccarelli, Andy Aubrey, and Victoria Michalenko. Special thanks to eighth grade teacher Karen Scully for helping with this wonderful project. 

Campaign For The Church Alive! We did it! We reached our goal for the Diocesan Capital Campaign of 1.5 Million. Thank you to all who have made a pledge. Please note that once you submit your pledge card to the rectory offices you will then start receiving statements from the campaign office. 

When making payments to the Capital Campaign please make checks payable to “Our Campaign For The Church Alive Inc.!” 

Also please submit payments to: Diocese of Pittsburgh- Campaign Office P.O. Box 4 Pittsburgh, PA 15230-0004 

Ushers Needed We are in need of some more Ushers to help assist at the 11:30am Mass. Usher’s assist people in the vestibule before Mass, take up the collection, help direct the traffic flow for communion, distribute bulletins and help in cleaning up the church after Mass. If you would like to participate, please give Larry Kroner a call at 412-741-9617. Men and Women of the Parish are most welcomed to participate. All Ushers must be in compliance with Diocese of Pittsburgh Safe Environment policy. 

I am pleased to welcome Mike Killian as a new Usher at the 9:30am Mass! 

Looking Ahead Christlife Volunteer Information Meeting: Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30pm in the Gathering Space. 

Pastoral Council Meeting: Monday, January 20 at 6:30pm in Meeting Room #1

Finance Council Meeting: Monday, January 27 at 6:30pm in Meeting Room #1. 

Second Collection The Second collection next weekend is for St. Anthony School Programs. 

Welcome A special welcome to Bob, Kay, Kayla and Kevin Barthelemy, Robert and Michele Boyd, Craig, Gina, Mia and Ella Cuccuro, and Joe and Sandy Napoli who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Janette Poppenberg and her twin sister Johnette! 

Something to Think About… All life is interrelated. The agony of the poor impoverishes the rich; the betterment of the poor enriches the rich. We are inevitably our brother’s keeper because we are our brother’s brother. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. - Martin Luther King, Jr. 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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