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  • 02.08.11
      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 03.22.15
The Shepherd's Voice 03.22.15



Last month my dad’s sister Eileen passed away very suddenly but peacefully in her sleep at the young age of sixty-eight. Death is something we all have faced with family, friends, and loved ones. It is part of the circle of life: a beginning, middle and an end. As Catholic’s we believe that there is life after death, Jesus gives us hope for the resurrection. This weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Lent. The readings this weekend focus on life after death. 

In the First Reading, the prophet Ezekiel proclaims that God will grant new life to the dead and bring them back to their homeland. In the Second Reading from Romans, we read how the Spirit is alive. The one who raised Christ from the dead will give new life. 

The Gospel of John focuses on Jesus raising his good friend Lazarus from the dead. This is the final “sign” (miracle) in John’s Gospel aimed at manifesting how Jesus is the revelation of the Father. 

In Bethany, Jesus had three very close friends: sisters Martha and Mary and their brother Lazarus. Jesus attempts to teach Martha and Mary to understand that he himself is the resurrection and the life. Just like the healing of the man born blind in last weeks gospel as a sign of deeper seeing that is life of faith, the return of Lazarus to physical life is a sign of a deeper awakening to the eternal life that comes from Christian conversion and Baptism. 

If we are grieving the loss of a loved one this year, let us ask the Lord for peace, healing and comfort. Let us pray today for an abundance of new life and pray for all those loved ones who have gone home with the Lord. 



St. Patrick’s Day Dinner a Success! Thanks to all who attended our Third Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner dance last Saturday evening. Thanks to the Cooked Goose Catering Company of Oakdale for a delicious meal, David Ford for providing the great music, those who donated wonderful Chinese Auction items and our wonderful planning committee for set up and clean up. Plans are already underway for our Third Annual Italian Dinner Dance on Saturday, June 27! Stay tuned! 

Living Stations - Next Sunday, March 29, 7:30pm in church, St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program will perform “Living Stations.” Over 80 high school students will perform this wonderful passion play. Please join us to prepare for Holy Week. 

Lenten Penance Service The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. The final district Penance Service will be conducted at 6:30pm on Monday, March 30 at St. Joseph in Coraopolis

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2015-2016 school year. There is a three year old half day Preschool program and half day and full day four year old Preschool program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey through social awareness, academics, and faith in a safe, loving environment. For more information and a tour of the school please call 412- 741-5540 extension 100. 

We are pleased to announce that there will be NO TUITION INCREASE for the 2015-2016 school year! 

Congratulations to our Boys Varsity Basketball Team for winning the Diocesan Championship last Sunday! Way to go Cougars! 

Seminarian Jeff Craig I am pleased to announce that Bishop David Zubik has assigned Jeffrey Craig, our summer seminarian intern from last year, for theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Italy, beginning in August 2015. Jeff will return once again this year for his summer internship from May 16 thru June 16. If you would like to drop a note to Jeff he can be reached at: Jeffrey M. Craig, St. Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, or e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Congratulations Congratulations to Cana Marie Kelch and Marie Therese Lafitte who are being Baptized today. 

Welcome A special welcome to James and Debra Catanzarite who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Nobody is so busy that they can’t make time for the people they really care about. - Leila Sales 

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