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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 05.03.15
The Shepherd's Voice 05.03.15


When I was in high school I cut grass during the Spring and Summer months in my neighborhood. “Tom’s Grass Cutting Business” consisted of me, a lawnmower, a weed trimmer, rake, dust pan and broom and a few lawn bags. I took out an advertisement in the local Pennysaver for the Carrick/Overbrook area and picked up ten new customers. I can remember driving my dad’s red Ford F-150 pickup truck with my equipment in the back bed. I met many wonderful neighbors, plus it gave me some spending money and helped me save for college. Not only did I cut people’s lawns, I would end up spending hours talking with them, catching up on the daily events. Most of customers were senior citizens who lived alone. I would sit at their kitchen table and have cookies and iced tea, chatting. Little did I know this “summer job” would help me in the future as a priest learning about finances and interacting with people. 

One of my customers, Mrs. Faber had a small hillside covered with many vines. One time I noticed the hillside was getting a little bit “overgrown” so I cut the vines. Mrs. Faber came out onto her back porch and “raised her voice” in a stern tone saying that it had been cut shorter than she wanted. Luckily a few weeks later the vines grew in and we never talked about “cutting the vines too short” ever again! 

This weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter. The readings this weekend focus on being connected with the Lord. 

In the Gospel of John, Jesus says to his disciples “I am the true vine and my father is the vine grower.” The image of the fruit bearing vine, Jesus describes the relationship between the Father (vine grower), himself (vine) and us (branches). We must be firmly connected to Jesus Christ. Pray that we may grow stronger on the vine, and that all might grow closer together as we share Christ’s mission on this earth. If we remain with him we will bear much fruit. The branch cannot be separated from the parent vine and continue to live. 

The Gospel of John uses the imagery of the vine and the branches to stress the importance of remaining connected to Christ. We all know of a family member, friend, co-worker, classmate or neighbor that no longer participates in the Catholic faith. Let us pray that they come back home and are welcomed. 


Parish Share 2015 As the school year quickly approaches the end of the year, let us be thankful for the various College Campus Ministry programs that have gone on for the past year at the local college and universities. The Annual Parish Share program conducted by the Diocese of Pittsburgh makes this ministry possible. Please be as generous as possible to support the Parish Share Campaign. 

School Advisory Board Members It gives me great pleasure to appoint three new members to the St. James School Advisory Board: David Carter, Darin Fabian, and Darlene Weaver. The Advisory Board assists the Pastor and Principal in the strategic direction, financial sustainability, and academic excellence. Other Advisory Board Members include: Jessica Focer Holloway, Luci-Jo DiMaggio, Vince Roskovensky, John Nicolaus, Amy Garrison, Phil Susie, Jeff Zick, and Jeanne Riley. 

St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2015-2016 school year. For more information and a tour of the school please call 412-741-5540 extension 100. 

First Holy Communion Congratulations to our Second Graders who are receiving their First Holy Communion this weekend. May the Eucharist nourish them and help them grow in their faith. Special thanks to Sister Christy Hill our school principal, Karen Conroy, our Director of Religious Education, our teachers and catechists for their leadership. 

Welcome A special welcome to Jamie and Halley Jaye Huntsman who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Arthur John Innamorato IV who is being Baptized this weekend. May God Bless him and his family. 

Happy Anniversary to my parents Bill and Marge Burke who are celebrating their 53rd Wedding Anniversary this Tuesday, May 5. 

Something to Think About… If you take care of the soil, the soil will take care of you. - Latvian Proverb 

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