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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 03.31.13
The Shepherd's Voice 03.31.13

The Tomb is Empty! 

For the past forty days we have been traveling the road to Calvary with the Lord. This past week, we celebrated the Holiest Week out of the year focusing on the Passion of our Lord. Today we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord. The readings for the Easter season focus on the presence of the risen Lord and they speak about the life, worship and witness of the Christian community. Starting today up until Pentecost Sunday the first reading will be from the Acts of the Apostles written by Luke. We will read how the church grew as the Apostles were sent out to preach and teach. 

We read in the Gospel today that Mary Magdalene is the first person at the tomb. She is the messenger who then brings Peter and the Beloved Disciple to see that the stone has been moved. There is life after death! 

Easter celebrates a new beginning. The resurrection is a mystery which we can never fully understand but only believe. In Jesus Christ death is overcome. Each of us is invited to share in the gift of the risen life. The Easter Season provides us with an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be baptized members of Christ’s body. 

As we renew our baptismal promises this Easter Sunday, let the newly blessed baptismal waters refresh our faith. Let us make some Easter goals to become a better person overall and celebrate the new life that is around us. 

Let us open up our hearts and minds and see how we can become a better person and receive the joy of Christ. 

The Tomb is Empty! 

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2013-14 school year. There is a three year old half day preschool program and half day and new 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 for a tour of the school please call (412)741-5540 extension 100. 

New School Advisory Board forming! The St. James School Board of Advisors is seeking members who are willing to serve on this active, working Board. The new Board will seek to assist the Pastor and Principal in the strategic direction, financial sustainability, and academic excellence. Individuals who are interested in participating on the Board of Advisors are encouraged to attend a meeting on Monday, April 15 in the Gathering Space. 

Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James on a regular basis or are searching for a parish to call “home” 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. If you are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files. 

New Funeral Lunch Committee A number of people have expressed an interest in using our Gathering Space for funeral luncheons after a funeral Mass. We are in need of a few people that would be interested in helping with set up, clean up and helping to assist with the caterers. If you are interested in being a part of the “Funeral Lunch Committee” please give me a call at the office (412)741-6650 extension 311 or e-mail me at thomasburke70@

Congratulations This weekend, we welcome the ten men and women who have been in our Rite of Christian Initiation Program, (RCIA). Members of the Class of 2013 include: Christopher Brackney, Renee Cunningham, Brittany Ford, Brian Gulish, Jenifer Jester, Timothy Kagle, Geneva Lounder, Laura Palmer, Allison Vigoya, and Jessica Wiskus. Special thanks to Bob Basl and Connie Boschetto for their leadership this past year. 

Congratulations also to Cecily Ruthmarie Collins who is also being baptized this Easter weekend! 

Special Note As your pastor, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Easter! God has blessed me being assigned as Pastor of St. James Catholic Parish. Thank you for your love, support and prayers.

Happy Easter! 

Something to Think About… Seeing’s believing, but feeling’s the truth. Thomas Fuller

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