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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 03.29.15
The Shepherd's Voice 03.29.15



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 we read the entire Passion of the Lord. This year we read from the Gospel of Mark who focuses on Jesus’ true identity as the Messiah and the Son of God. The full meaning of discipleship is made clear; discipleship requires embracing the cross. 

Let us pray that this Holy Week will inspire us to become closer to the Lord and pick up our cross and follow the Lord. 



Lenten Penance Services The last Penance Service this week will be conducted tomorrow at 6:30pm Monday, March 30 - 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. Please join us this evening at 7:30pm in the church. 

Scrip Program With the Easter Shopping season now in full swing, St. James Parish is here to help you. Support your parish by buying gift cards from our Scrip program. Stop by our Scrip table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. For every purchase you make the merchants donate a percentage to our parish. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the rectory office. 

Parish Maintenance With the harsh winter we experienced the past couple of months and all the snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures, our roof on the church has been experiencing several major leaks throughout the front, back, and side. We are well aware of the issue and are in the process of soliciting bids for the major repair. Please be patient. Thank you for your continued financial support so we can make the entire St. James campus clean, comfortable, and safe. 

Holy Week Schedule Please join us for Holy Thursday, April 1 for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00pm, Good Friday Liturgy April 2 at 1:00pm, and Blessing of Baskets and Food Holy Saturday, April 3 at Noon. Easter Vigil Mass will be held Saturday at 8:00pm, and on Easter Sunday, April 5 Masses are at 7:30 am, 9:30am, and 11:30am. Please note that there will be no daily Mass on Monday, April 6.

Rectory Office Hours Our Rectory Offices will be closing at Noon on Wednesday, April 1 and will also be closed on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. If you need assistance during that time, please call my office at 412-741-6650 ext. 311. 

Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James on a regular basis and are not officially registered you’re most welcomed here! Please complete the form that is in the bulletin and return it to the office. It is very important to be registered especially to obtain a Sponsor Letter to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor. Also, if you are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files.

Welcome A special welcome to David, Ciara, and Charlotte Koba who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Landon Alexander Lively and Nia Selene Rooks who are being Baptized this weekend! 

Have a very blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter! 

Something to Think About… Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. - Mitch Albom 

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