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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 05.12.13
The Shepherd's Voice 05.12.13

Pray that we all may be one! 

Mother’s Day is always a special day to honor all the women in our lives who hold a motherly role: Mothers, Grandmothers, Godmothers, Mother-in-Law’s and Aunt’s. It is a special day to say thank you for all they have done for us. I thank God every day for my mom, Marge, who after all these years still does so much for her three children and seven grandchildren. Thanks Mom for giving me life, teaching me the faith, and encouraging me and supporting me throughout my forty two years of my life.

Life...what a beautiful choice! 

This weekend we celebrate the Seventh Sunday of Easter. The readings this weekend focus on unity. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read of the stoning of St. Stephen who is considered the first martyr. He says “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” In the second reading, we read the last words of the Book of Revelation talk about the second coming of Jesus. In the Gospel of John, we read the closing of “Jesus’ Farewell Discourse” at the Last Supper. Jesus gives his “priestly prayer” and prays that we all may be one in him. In this beautiful prayer Jesus prays for himself, his disciples and for the community. The ultimate concern for Jesus is concern for the unity of the community. The community will be one due to the fact that it shares in the divine relationship that exists between Jesus and the Father. 

As we come into the home stretch of the Easter Season let us let go of grudges or differences and reach out and extend a sign of peace to someone. Pray for families that are divided, co-workers, classmates and neighbors that have strained relationships. 

Pentecost is next weekend. Please wear something red to Mass. The Second Collection next weekend is for Catholic Relief Services. Please be as generous as possible. 

Pray that we all may be one! 

Honor Roll Congratulations to the following High School Students who are parishioners at St. James for obtaining the Honor Roll status at their school.

Aquinas Academy - Theresa Boyd     Central Catholic - Joseph Auth, Lucas Peilert, Jeffrey Van Kooten 

Tour of Sewickley Academy Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to take a tour of Sewickley Academy. Parishioner and former Head of the Upper School Jim Cavalier “Mr. Cav” conducted a wonderful tour of the campus and facilities. During my tour I greeted many or of our parishioners who are students at Sewickley Academy. 

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi – Home Remodeling of Ambridge continues to make renovations to the rectory kitchen. The project will be completed in approximately three weeks. The outdated kitchen was in much need of updates and repairs. The plumbers found pipes in the basement ceiling that were rusted and corroded. The pipes have since been replaced. The funds for the renovations have been completely covered by private donations and will be at no cost to the parish. Special thanks to our Finance and Pastor Council who approved of the upgrades and our “kitchen committee” Paula Doebler, Eileen McConomy and Patty Smitz for helping oversee the project. 

Wedding Coordinators We would like to welcome Sandy Foody to our Wedding Committee. Sandy will be a great addition to assist our young couples with their wedding rehearsal and wedding day. Our Wedding Committee also includes: Bonnie Megan, Doreen Ropon, and Beth Villegas

Sacristan Assistants Our Eucharistic Ministers have been asked to assist in clean up and set up with Sunday Masses. We are grateful to the following Eucharistic Ministers who have volunteered to be Sacristan Assistants: Ibie Alfonso, Bob and Kathy Basl, Bill and Carole Battisti, Connie Boschetto, Jim Pifko, Doreen and Paul Ropon, and Beth and Manny Villegas. 

Newly Baptized Congratulations to Antonio Eli Piccolo-Jackson, and Marina Belle Miller who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Michele Sabo and Jason Conti who were married this weekend. 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Patty & Bob Gebhard, Harry and Alice Jester, David and Emily Kelch and Corbin and Meredith Miller. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Mothers, Grandmothers, God Mother’s, Aunt’s or any woman that holds a “motherly role” in someone’s life. 

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

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor 

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