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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 01.26.14
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Recently our Eight Grade Students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation attended a Day of Retreat at Quigley Catholic High School in Baden. I had the honor of celebrating the 4pm Mass for the participants in the school gym. There were over 400 youth and adults in attendance. The Church is Alive in the Diocese of Pittsburgh! 

This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on the Light of Christ and Unity. In the first reading from Isaiah, the prophet sees a brighter future for the people of Israel who have been facing many hardships and challenges. Isaiah says “people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. “ In the second reading from Corinthians, Paul calls for unity in the community. He reminds the Corinthian community that the primary allegiance is to Jesus Christ. Today’s Gospel passage from Matthew has three parts: 1)Jesus withdraws from Galilee and begins to live in Capernaum, 2) as he walks along the Sea of Galilee Jesus calls Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John to come and follow Him, 3) the third part of the Gospel is the beginning of Jesus’s ministry. 

We are invited to remember our baptismal call and spread the light of Christ around us. Let us give “light” to those around us searching for God in their life. 


Catholic Schools Week This weekend at the 9:30am Mass we officially kick off Catholic Schools Week 2014. This year’s theme is “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Several activities are being planned. The fourth grade is organizing a school wide food drive to benefit the Center for Hope in Ambridge. 

St. James School Button - St. James School buttons are currently on sale after all the Masses this weekend. The price of each button is $10. 

St. James School Gala will be held on Saturday, March 1 at 6:30pm at the Montour Heights Country Club in Moon Township. 

St. James Catholic School offers a quality Catholic education and is a safe and loving environment. There is a 3 and 4 year old pre-school program and Kindergarten through eighth grade. Please call the school office at (412)741-5540 for more information. 

Parish Maintenance Issue The recent severe below zero temperatures outside caused a water pipe to break near the back of Fr. Gruber’s confessional (near the St. Jude and Blessed Pope John Paul statues). Several ceiling tiles were broken. A Diocesan Insurance Adjustor is handling our insurance claim. 

Help Wanted- Business Manager St. James Catholic Parish is currently seeking a paid part-time Business Manager for twenty hours a week. The Parish Business Manager collaborates with the pastor and his advisory boards on all financial matters including parish and school budgets, accounts and parish cemetery operations. Applicant should be a practicing Catholic, complete the required Safe Environment policy, and have full knowledge of Quicken software, Microsoft Office and Excel. Prior financial experience with a non-profit organization is preferred. Please send resumes to Rev. Thomas J. Burke, 200 Walnut Street, Sewickley, PA 15143 or e-mail at thomasburke70@ 

Campaign For The Church Alive! 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.!” Please submit payments to: Diocese of Pittsburgh - Campaign Office P.O. Box 4 Pittsburgh, PA 15230-0004

Income Tax Forms For The Church Alive Campaign The office for Church Alive will be mailing out end of year donation forms to those who donated to our Church Alive campaign. If you have any questions, please call them directly at (412)456-3155. 

Blessing of Throats In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise, we will have the “Blessing of Throats” after each Mass next weekend. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Matthew, Kelly, Lily, Molly, and Elizabeth Millet, Paul O’Connor, Kandace Olenik and Rebecca Smith who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Anger is the only thing to put off till tomorrow. — Slovakian Proverb 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke - Pastor 

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