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      Please join the Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study in a journey through the history of the Catholic Church. Learn about the major people, places and events of two thousand years of church history. A DVD by Professor Steve Weidenkopf will be used, followed by a discussion of the material presented. Join us every Saturday morning at 7:30am in Meeting Room #1.  ...


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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 03.09.14
The Shepherd's Voice 03.09.14


“What are you giving up for Lent?” Some people give up sweets, eating in between meals, watching television or talking negatively about someone. When we “give something up” for Lent it helps us to become a better person. 

Lent is a special time of year when each of us is called to see what is truly “in our hearts.” We go into the wilderness for forty days, we pray, fast, and remind ourselves again to be faithful to what our true calling is. Today’s first reading from Genesis we read the fall of Adam and Eve. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how Jesus is tempted in the desert. Both readings focus on making choices in life. When Jesus was confronted with temptation, he approached his tempter with the power of God’s word and the strength of the spirit. 

Lent offers yet another chance to seek him and be found by him regardless of who we are or what we might have done or left undone. God calls us home, not only to access our sins but to heal and forgive. 

If we are facing temptations with food, money, drugs, alcohol, or any type of unhealthy addiction let us ask for help. 


Upcoming Lenten Activities

Stations of the Cross - every Friday at 1:30pm (with school children) and 7:00pm.

Fish Fry - every Friday during Lent from 4:30pm to 7:00pm in school cafeteria.

Discovering Christ - a seven week Catholic enrichment program every Tuesday in Lent through April 5 starting at 6:45pm in the St. James School Cafeteria.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance - Saturday, March 15, 6:30-10:00pm, school gym.

Living Stations - Sunday, April 13, 7:30pm St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program performs “Living Stations.” 

Lenten Penance Services St. James Parish will conduct a Lenten Penance Service on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30pm. There will be several priests on hand for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Other Penance Services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes: Tuesday, April 1 - St. Margaret Mary - Moon Twp., and Tuesday, April 8 - St. Catherine of Siena- Crescent 

The Light is On for You Bishop Zubik has asked every parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh to have their doors open this Wednesday, March 12 from 6:00-9:00pm to welcome anyone seeking the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

Pancake Breakfast a Success! Thank you to all who participated in the recent Pancake Breakfast to benefit the Emily Jancart Scholarship fund. A total of $2,110.00 was collected which is the largest fundraiser ever for the scholarship fund! Special thanks to Jeanne Riley, Cindy Meurer, Karen Grimes, Sue Ponticello, Marlene McNally, Julie Auth, Beth DeFilippo, Patty Centifonti and the Knights of Columbus for all of their hard work. 

Also I want to thank our parishioners for a great Bishops collection this past fall and winter. Our Knights of Columbus Council collected a total of $4,361.00 for the various children’s charities. Special thanks to Ed Schuring for helping to co-ordinate these collections. 

Scout Sunday Last weekend at the 11:30am Mass we celebrated “Scout Sunday.” Several of our scouts obtained their Religious Awards. Congratulations! 

Rite of Election Next Sunday our R.C.I.A. Candidates and Catechumen will be traveling to St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland to meet Bishop David Zubik. We continue to pray for these men and women as they prepare to become full members of our parish family at the Easter Vigil on April 19. Members of the Class of 2014 include: Zoe Bojaland, Alexandra Gensheimer, Jeffrey Hutton, Christopher Johns, Rebecca Krzan, Kyleigh Martin, Diamond-Nicole McKay, Thomas Melisko Jr., Davon Randazzo, Elyse Scott, Wendy Vanhemert, Jessica Copeland Volante. Special thanks to Bob Basl and Connie Boschetto for their leadership.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Adam Busacker, Janelle Hobbs, and James and Elizabeth Meagher who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Roadblocks aren’t barriers- they open your eyes to other routes. Joyce Restaino 

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