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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 03.15.15
The Shepherd's Voice 03.15.15



As we reach the mid-point of this month of March we also reach the “half way” mark of the Lenten Season. Today we celebrate Laetare Sunday or “Rejoice Sunday.” The priest wears a rose colored vestment today. 

From the Fourth Sunday of Lent until the end of the Lenten season, the Daily and Sunday Gospel readings come from the Gospel of John. 

The readings this weekend focus on looking at our spiritual blindness, asking for God’s mercy, and welcoming God’s forgiveness. The Gospel of John tells how Jesus heals the man born blind on the Sabbath. This is the sixth “sign” or miracle in John’s Gospel that Jesus has performed. The man healed is twice brought before the Pharisee’s to explain who restores his vision. The people around cannot see that Jesus is the Messiah or see all the good that is going on. Let open our eyes to recognize how we are blessed. 



Parish Share 2015 The Annual Parish Share 2015 Campaign has begun. Our goal this year is $155,416.00. All 199 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh participate in this very important campaign which helps run the day to day operations for the Diocese, St. Paul Seminary in Crafton, Catholic School scholarships, College Campus Ministry and also Hospital Chaplaincy programs. All registered parishioners should have already received their pledge and payment cards in the mail. Thank you for your support. Please note that when making your pledge or payment, return both portions of the cards but keep the donor copy card for your receipt. We appreciate your support in this very important annual campaign for our Diocese. 

Sewickley Herald I am pleased to announce that the Sewickley Herald has invited me to be a regular monthly columnist effective this month. My column “Taking Life’s Journey” will focus on sharing everyday life’s events. I am honored to write this column and utilize my degree in Communication from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Broadcast news and journalism is very near and dear to my heart. I hope you enjoy walking this journey with me! 

Lenten Penance Services The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. This coming Wednesday, March 18 from 6 to 9pm we will celebrate The Light Is On For You. Every Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be open for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Final Penance Service for our Parish Cluster will be conducted on Monday, March 30 at 6:30pm at St. Joseph in Coraopolis. 

Ireland Trip St. James Parish is planning a “Pubs, Parishes and Castles of Ireland” trip July 20-28, 2015. Please join me along with Lou Valenzi as we visit Dublin, Killarney and Galway. We will have six dinners (three with entertainment shows) and a night in the Dromoland Castle. Price is $3,699 per person based on double occupancy and includes roundtrip air from Pittsburgh to Ireland. There will be an informational meeting next Sunday, March 22 at 3pm in the Gathering Space. For more information please contact Suzanne Venneri at 412-264-8446 or email at sivtravelbroker@ 

Fish Fry Join us every Friday during Lent from 4:30pm to 7pm in the St. James School Cafeteria for our famous Fish Fry. For take out orders please call 412-741-5540 press #2. I may be the one to answer the phone and take your order! 

Congratulations Congratulations to the 59 Eighth graders who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this past Saturday. May the Holy Spirit guide them and bless them on their new journey of faith! 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Lou Valenzi our Director of Music Ministries who celebrated his birthday this past week March 11. 

Welcome A special welcome to Mark, Nicole and Nia Rooks who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

Something to Think About… Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. - Helen Keller 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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