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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 04.12.15
The Shepherd's Voice 04.12.15


What an awesome Easter we had last weekend. The church and Gathering Space were packed with people, the altar was beautifully decorated and the music was outstanding. What a wonderful weekend to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection! The Easter Season continues for seven weeks, ending on Pentecost. 

Today is the Second Sunday of Easter, also called Divine Mercy Sunday. In the gospel we read about the Risen Lord appearing to his Apostles. One of them, Thomas was absent at the first sighting so he doubted the Lord’s Resurrection. He had to see Jesus in order to believe that he truly rose from the dead. The disciples believed because they saw the Lord. We believe because we see the signs and wonders of God’s presence. How is the Spirit leading us to a deeper faith? Let us overcome our fears of living and proclaim the Gospel. 


Thank You! Special thanks to all those who helped make our Easter liturgies run smoothly: Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Choir Members, and Musicians. Thank you to Beth Villegas and our decorating committee for helping with the flowers, fountain set up and cleaning. Thank you to our Maintenance Staff for putting in extra hours over the holiday weekend to tidy up the restrooms and church, and to our parish staff for their extra hard work with the behind the scenes of planning. Many parishioners and visitors commented how beautiful everything was for Easter! 

Gone Fishing! Our Fish Fry was a great success! We went over all previous years goals! Special thanks to the Fish Fry leadership team: Barry and Heidi Korcan, John and Carole Enke, Ann Belcastro, Bill Flaherty, Maria Sinnott, Phil Susie and all those who volunteered for the past seven weeks. Thanks to all who helped with set up, clean up, donated baked goods, and those who came for dinner. 

RCIA Program Last weekend at the Easter Vigil we welcomed the ten men and women who have been in our Rite of Christian Initiation Program, (RCIA). 

If you or a loved one needs the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, or Confirmation, or want to learn more about the Catholic Faith, R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation) classes will begin after Labor Day. Please give me a call at the rectory or email me to set up an appointment. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to J. Mark Hoover and Ann and James Dempsey who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Dominic James Scanga who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Rest In Peace Reverend Dennis J. Colamarino The Reverend Dennis J. Colamarino, Pastor of Christ the Light of the World Parish and St. Joseph Parish both in the City of Duquesne (near Kennywood) passed away on Saturday, March 28 after a two year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He was 67. A priest for 41 years and was my mentor. 

I met Fr. Dennis in March of 1993 when I was working as a District Executive with the Boy Scouts of America. It was Fr. Dennis who first asked me “Tom, did you ever think about becoming a priest?” I did a summer internship in 1996 at his parish while also working in the grounds department at Duquesne University and he taught me how to be a parish priest. Fr. Dennis was very pastoral to his people, gave great down to earth homilies and had a great sense of humor. He did both of my grandmother’s funerals and baptized four of my nephews. He was also the priest who vested me in the priest chasuble on my Ordination Day, May 26, 2001 at St. Paul Cathedral. May he rest in peace! 

Something to Think About… Remember this: all suffering comes to an end. And whatever you suffer authentically, God has suffered from it first. - Meister Eckhart 

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