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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 05.18.14
The Shepherd's Voice 05.18.14


This time of year there are graduation ceremonies at colleges and universities. Usually the Key Note speaker gives students a reflection on something to think about as they prepare to leave school and begin their career. When we say farewell to family, friends, and loved ones it can be sad and fearful. 

This weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter. The readings focus on keeping the faith. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read how the church continues to grow after the Resurrection of Jesus. The Apostles make preaching a priority and we read how the first Deacons were called to serve the early church. In the Second Reading Peter calls Jesus the living stone. Though Jesus was rejected by his own people he becomes the foundation rock, the cornerstone. In the gospel we begin reading Jesus’ “farewell discourse” at the Last Supper. We will be reading this part of John’s Gospel today until Pentecost. Jesus tries to summarize and reinforce his message so that his disciples will be prepared to carry on the mission that Jesus started. Jesus says to his disciples “do not let your hearts be troubled.” Today’s Gospel focuses on Jesus’ relationship with the Father, a unity so complete. Jesus invites his disciples to allow him to continue his work in them. 

We often can face doubts, worries, and fears with the daily challenges of life. Let us stand firm, stay grounded, and keep the faith. 

This weekend we welcome our second grade students from our school and religious education programs who are receiving their First Holy Communion. Congratulations and best wishes! 


New Deacon Class Bishop David A. Zubik has announced the call for a new formation class to prepare interested and qualified men for diaconate ministry in order to help serve the needs of the Church of Pittsburgh. The diaconate is an order of ordained ministry who are called to serve the people of God in the three-fold ministry of liturgy, word, and charity. The Deacon Formation program is open to married and single men between the ages of 30 and 59. There are several upcoming information sessions available to learn more about the program. For more information, please contact the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Deacon Formation Program at 412-456-3124 or deacons@ 

Looking Ahead Sunday, May 25 - Peggy Dowhy Replenishment Blood Drive. From 9:00am to 3:00pm in the Gathering Space. 

Monday, May 26 – Memorial Day 9:00am Mass only; No 7:30pm Mass or Novena. The Rectory Offices will be closed. 

Friday, June 6 - St. James School 8th grade Graduation 6:30pm 

Monday, June 9 – St. James School last day of school 

Italian Dinner/ Dance 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 each and are available at the Rectory during normal business hours. 

Gift Basket Items Needed We are asking parishioners to donate items for our gift baskets for the Italian Dinner Dance. If you have any extra gift cards, lottery tickets, wine, or any unused new items that would make nice gift baskets, you can drop them off in the Usher’s Room or at the Rectory. 

St. Timothy Award Congratulations to Sarah Cullo who received the St. Timothy Award this past Monday by Bishop William J. Waltersheid at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. This annual award recognizes outstanding Catholic teenagers for their dedication, moral integrity, prayer and good works. Sarah is a graduate of St. James School and currently is a senior at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School. She is the daughter of Len and Kate Cullo. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Bryce Francis Andrulonis, Greta Rose Fetterolf, Carmella Grace Goodman, and Robert Thomas Rees who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Emily Fogel and Ryan Ochman who were married this weekend. 

With Sympathy Our thoughts and prayers to Jonathan and Michele Gruber, brother of Fr. Gruber, on the loss of their son, Emeric James Gruber, May 2, 2014. The Pastoral Staff of St. James Parish has made a donation to the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation in Emeric’s name. 

Something to Think About… The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day. - Amy Gatliff 

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