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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 05.11.14
The Shepherd's Voice 05.11.14


This weekend we welcome all who worship with us as we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday and Mother’s Day. It is a very special day to honor Mom! 

My mom, Margaret Dvorsky Burke was raised by my Grandmother Mary Dvorsky who was a young widow with three young children and a newborn. My mom attended St. Stephen Elementary School in Hazelwood and St. John the Baptist High School in Lawrenceville. After graduating from High School she worked for the Diocese of Pittsburgh with Bishop Leonard and Bishop Bosco. After my dad returned from serving in the Navy, they married in 1962 and bought a house in Carrick. 

My mom stayed at home to take care of her three children while my dad went to work for the Pittsburgh Police Department. Having only one car in the family, my mom would help get her three kids get ready for school every day. She stayed home until I was in middle school then she went to work at ALCOA then at Children’s Hospital. My mom taught me how to pray, read, clean, and showed me how to treat others with love and compassion. I am thankful every day for my mother. 

This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter, “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The readings this weekend focus on God protecting us. 

In the first reading Peter continues his testimony from last week of his Pentecost address, inviting the people to repent and be baptized. In the Second Reading Peter consoles those in his community who are suffering for their faith and reminds them of Christ’s suffering. In the gospel we read how Jesus says he is the true gate through which the sheep enter and will be protected and saved. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who cares for his sheep. 

We often stray away on our own or push God out of our lives thinking we will do things “our way.” The Good Shepherd helps us find our way back on the right path and cares for us. 


Looking Ahead Saturday, May 17 - Hospitality Saturday after the 5:00pm Mass. Cookies and beverages will be served. Sunday, May 18 - Donut Social in the Gathering Space after all Masses. Monday, May 26 – Memorial Day 9:00AM Mass only (Rectory Offices Closed) No 7:30 PM Mass 

Save the Date! St. James Parish and the Knights of Columbus will host an Italian Dinner Dance on Saturday, June 21 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm in the school gym. Entertainment by Mirella the Italian Musician. Tickets are $25.00 each and are available for sale after Mass this weekend or at the Rectory during normal business hours. Only 200 tickets will be sold. 

Notre Dame Vision St. James Youth Ministry is once again participating in Notre Dame Vision, June 16-20. This Catholic Youth Conference is a great week for our Youth to interact with our teens from around the country to share their faith. Many great friendships develop. This will be our 6th year attending. On our first trip we only had 6 kids in attendance, this year it has grown to 48 kids. We are the only parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh currently that participates in Notre Dame Vision. If you would like to “sponsor” a teen or a seminarian to attend and would like to make a donation (cost is $450), please contact Maria Brown our Youth Minister at 412-749-3745 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parish Improvements A new sound mixer has been purchased and installed near our piano and organ. This will enhance our sound system and music. This very generous gift is from Helene Norbut in loving memory of her late siblings Melanie D. Harold who passed away on September 21, 2013, and Alan M. Norbut M.D. who passed away on January 20, 2014. Thank you Helene for your generosity.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Thomas and Sandy Maher and Diane Yecko who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Emma Renee Kerner who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Emily Wennemer and Jonathan Spindler who were married last weekend and Stephanie Cerrone and Daniel Rooney who were married this weekend. 

Second Collection The Second Collection next weekend if for Catholic Relief Services. Please be as generous as possible. 

Something to Think About… “Every Day is Mother’s Day!” Marge Burke 

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