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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 02.02.14
The Shepherd's Voice 02.02.14


Forty days ago we were celebrating Christmas! It is hard to believe that with all the Christmas music, shopping, visiting loved ones and exchanging gifts how quickly the time has passed. The Christmas decorations have been put away, and we are trying to get through the snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures. Today not only is it Super Bowl Sunday with the Denver Broncos taking on the Seattle Seahawks, today our church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord when Joseph and Mary present Jesus to the Lord in the temple. Today is also known as “Candlemas.” According to Jewish law, mothers were required to be ritually purified forty days after the birth of a son. The prophets Simeon and Anna are in the temple and they recognize that Jesus is the Messiah. This feast reminds us that Christ is the light that illumines the path to holiness. 

In the first reading from the prophet Malachi, God assures the people there is a messenger coming to prepare the way. Malachi, which means “Messenger”, attempted to lift the people of Judah of their sagging spirits while encouraging them to continue to hope in God. In today’s second reading from the Hebrews we are reminded that the Son of God really took on human nature. Today’s Gospel of Luke tells the story of the Presentation in the Temple. As Simeon holds the infant Jesus in his arms, he says a prayer. This prayer confirms that the hopes of Israel are fulfilled in the Incarnation. 

The Presentation in the Temple is the fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. Let us recite the Rosary today and reflect on the Joyful Mysteries that the Light and Life of Christ is around us! 


Father Matthew Please note that I had a meeting on Wednesday, January 29th with our Regional Vicar, Fr. Sam Esposito along with Fr. Matthew, Fr. Gruber and my Office Manager, Karin Masterani. I have asked that Fr. Matthew look for other arrangements for housing either in a private residence or at another parish in the Diocese as of February 28, 2014. The Clergy Office will assist Father Matthew in the transition. We wish Fr. Matthew well and say thank you for his four years of service as a Retired Priest in Residence here at St. James.

Sacrament of Confirmation Bishop David A. Zubik will visit St. James Parish on Wednesday, February 19 at 7pm for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 82 Candidates will receive the Sacrament. 

Blessing of Throats In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise, we will have the “Blessing of Throats” after each Mass this weekend and also on Monday, February 3rd at the 6:45am and 7:30pm Masses. 

Maintenance Update Please note that the heating system in the Gathering Space and Meeting Rooms has been malfunctioning recently. Tudi Mechanical of McKees Rocks is working on the problem. The heating and air conditioning system is several years old and the extreme cold temperatures that we have been encountering the last few weeks have taken a toll on the system. We appreciate your patience and understanding. 

Parish Share 2013 Parish Share 2013 is concluding this week. If you have not made a pledge for this annual campaign please do so. Parish Share helps run the day to day operations for the Diocesan Offices, helps operate St. Paul Seminary in Crafton to educate our future priests, assists with the scholarships in our Catholic Elementary and High Schools, helps run College Campus Ministry programs, and helps fund the hospital chaplaincy program. We all benefit from Parish Share! Our Parish Share Goal for this past year was $175,210. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Karl and Mary Lou Csensich, Julie Gebhard, Brianna Lecce, and Dominik Weber who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Declan Charles Allen who was Baptized last weekend and Thomas John Bogdewicz, Jr. who is being Baptized this weekend. May God bless their families. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Paul Denk who works in our School Maintenance Department celebrating his birthday today! Something to Think About… A child does not thrive on what he is prevented from doing, but on what he actually does. - Marcelene Cox 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it