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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 03.24.13
The Shepherd's Voice 03.24.13

Let’s Eliminate Negative Thinking! 

Hosanna! I can remember as a child my parents would take my sisters and me to Mass on Palm Sunday and we would come home with the Palm branches. I immediately would go to my bedroom and put the fresh new palm branch on my crucifix that hung above my bed. My parents would put an extra palm behind the mirror in our dining room. Oh those memories of growing up! 

This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday. For the past five weeks we have been walking the journey of Lent. Today, we bless the palm branches and carry them in high honor of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today is the only Sunday that we read two gospel passages. Our liturgy is divided into three parts: commemoration of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem, Liturgy of the Word, and Liturgy of the Eucharist. This coming week is “Holy Week” the holiest week of the year honoring our Lord as we retrace his steps through Jerusalem to Calvary. We recall His suffering and rejoice in his victory over sin and death. Today’s gospel is the Passion of the Lord. The Passion is similar in all four gospels, but they do not tell the story exactly the same way. Luke is writing to the Gentiles. He wants his audience to understand just how all-inclusive and how forgiving Jesus is. Jesus teaches, heals and forgives. The Lucan Jesus is never distraught or agitated. He is in communion with his Father throughout to the very end. 

As we enter Holy Week, Palm Sunday teaches us to Let God be God, and trust in God’s wisdom. Hosanna! 

Let’s Eliminate Negative Thinking! 

Lenten Penance Services The last Penance Service this week will be conducted at 6:30pm on Monday - March 25 - St. Joseph - Coraopolis. 

No Confessions will be heard until after Easter. 

Living Stations This weekend we welcome the St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program as they perform “Living Stations.” This is a wonderful passion play on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Over eighty high school students will perform. 

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner a Success! Thanks to all who attended our first annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance last Saturday. Thanks to Chef Tim Burke and the Cooked Goose Catering Company of Oakdale for a delicious meal, the Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company on the South Side for donating the “liquid refreshments,” those who donated wonderful Chinese Auction items, and our wonderful planning committee for set up and clean up. Plans are already underway for an Italian Feast in a few months. Stay tuned! Parish Mission Thank you to all who participated in our 

Parish Mission this past week with Paul Koleske. Special thanks to the St. James Women’s Guild for underwriting this wonderful event! 

Parish Improvements Ferry Electric Company recently replaced every light bulb in the church. This is a routine maintenance procedure every spring. 

Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus for their recent donation to cover the complete cost to renovate our Men’s and Women’s restrooms in church. The toilets are higher and more water energy efficient, updated sinks, soap dispensers, paper towel holders, new ventilation systems and new floor tile. The doors also now open outward to make it easier to enter and exit. Thanks Knights of Columbus! 

Your continued financial contributions to St. James Parish make these improvements possible. Please remember to support our Parish Share program so we can meet our Diocesan Assessment goal. 

Please make sure you are registered at St. James Catholic Parish!

Congratulations to Laura Nagle and Edward Palmer who recently validated their marriage in the Catholic Church! 

Holy Week Schedule Please join us for Holy Thursday, March 28 for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm, Good Friday Liturgy, March 29 at 1pm, and Blessing of Baskets and Food Holy Saturday, March 30 at Noon. Easter Vigil Mass will be held Saturday at 8:30pm, and on Easter Sunday, March 31: 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am.

Rectory Office Hours Our Rectory Office will be open 8:30am to Noon on Wednesday, March 27 and closed Holy Thursday and Good Friday. If you need assistance during the week after regular business hours please call my office at 412- 741-6650 ext. 311. 

Have a very blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter! 

Something to Think About… If you’ve broken the eggs, you should make the omelet. Anthony Eden 

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