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The Shepherd's Voice 01.19.14


Christmas Season is officially over and now we return to Ordinary Time. 

In the first reading from Isaiah, the prophet speaks in glowing terms about the mission of God’s special servant. The servant God will be a light to all nations. Today, and for the next few weeks, our second reading will be from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Paul reminds the Christians at Corinth of their call to holiness. He wishes the Church of Corinth grace and peace. In the Gospel of John we read Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in Jesus. He is God’s Chosen Servant who takes away the sins of the people and baptizes them with the Holy Spirit. John is not called “the Baptist” in this Gospel. John’s purpose is to prepare the way for Jesus. When John sees Jesus, he calls him “the Lamb of God.” As God provided a ram instead of Abraham’s son, so God provides his own Son as the Lamb to be sacrificed. 

We are called to be authentic witnesses of God’s love by our words and actions. If it has been a while since we received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, this is a great time to get cleansed and be refreshed and renewed. Jesus came to bring us back into relationship with God and with one another. 


Thank You! Special thanks to all those who stayed after the 11:30am Mass last weekend to help me clean up the Christmas decorations. Thank you for your time.

Campaign For The Church Alive! Thank you to all who participated in our Diocesan Capital Campaign. Please note that once you submit your pledge card to the rectory offices you will then start receiving statements from the diocesan campaign office. Statements will not be sent directly from the Rectory. 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 

Second Collection The Second Collection this weekend is for St. Anthony School Programs. This is an annual Diocesan sponsored collection that all 204 parishes participate to help support students in Catholic Schools with special needs.

Special Note Be Healthy-We all know that the Flu Season is here. It is very important to note that whenever we are in public to use common sense. Use a tissue when sneezing, cover our mouth when coughing, and wash hands frequently. At Mass when we have the Sign of Peace, you have the option to shake hands with your neighbors or simply nod or wave. During Communion, we have the Eucharist and wine and if one wants to refrain from taking the cup of wine, he or she has the option. We have hand sanitizer stations available in the vestibule and also up front near the children’s chapel for your convenience. 

Welcome Dave Kelch It gives me great pleasure to appoint Dave Kelch to Pastoral Council. Dave has been a parishioner since January of 2013. He is a graduate of West Virginia University (M.A. Education) and Penn State School of Law (J.D. cum laude). He is an associate attorney in the Pittsburgh office of K&L Gates and focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation. He and his wife, Emily, and their three children Liam, Gabby, and Edith live in Sewickley and love St. James. Dave is a Catholic convert, converting from Evangelicalism in 2003. 

Holy Hour For Life The Respect Life Committee is hosting a Holy Hour for Life on Wednesday, January 22 from 10am to Noon in Church. If you are unable to make the March for Life in Washington D.C., come to St. James Church and pray for the pilgrims and our nation. We will have Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction. The church will be open until 6pm for private prayer. 

Looking Ahead Pastoral Council - Monday, January 20th at 6:30pm in Meeting Room #1. 

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

Welcome A special welcome to Adrian DeGori and Geoffrey, Mary and Alexander Woolsey who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us. Nelson Mandela 

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