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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 05.25.14
The Shepherd's Voice 05.25.14


As people of faith we try to do the right things in life. Sometimes it is difficult to make right choices when we face distractions and obstacles. 

This weekend we celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The readings continue to focus on keeping the faith and keeping the commandments. All the readings focus on the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is central to the Eucharist since it is the power of the Spirit that makes Christ present among us and unites us. 

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 continue to preach in new lands. In the Second Reading Peter encourages us to be like Christ even in our sufferings. In the gospel we continue reading Jesus’ “farewell discourse” at the Last Supper. We are just two weeks away from Pentecost. Jesus commissions his disciples to preach and teach. He says “If you love me, keep my Commandments.” 

Let us keep the faith and follow the commandments the best we can. 


Welcome Seminarian Jeffrey Craig! It gives me great pleasure to welcome Jeffrey Craig to St. James Parish! Jeff is a student at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton studying for the Priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He will be doing a Summer Internship here at St. James Parish from June 9 thru August 3. Jeff is from St. Alphonsus Parish in Wexford (where I served as a newly Ordained Priest 2001-04). Jeff is the youngest of four children and is the son of Glenn and Laurie Craig of Warrendale. 

Jeff writes: “I am twenty one years old and am the youngest child of four. I went to grade school at Saint Alphonsus in Wexford and became an altar server in fourth grade. The first Mass I ever altar served was actually under Father Tom Burke, so it is wonderful to be under his direction again. He was certainly a role model for me as a young person growing in the faith and he continues to be an inspiration for me today as a seminarian discerning the priesthood. I then went to Quigley Catholic High School as a typical teenager who was just Catholic because my parents told me that I was. However, my years at Quigley Catholic taught me truly what it meant to be Catholic and why the faith is so beautiful. After high school I went to college for a short time in Florida. While in Florida, God’s calling was stronger than ever, a feeling that cannot be described. While being away, I found that there is a real lack of understanding of just how much God loves us and that everything we look for can be found in him. Saint Paul Seminary has been my home since the Fall of 2012 where I am currently studying philosophy at Duquesne University. The opportunity to serve Saint James Parish this summer is certainly a blessing to me. I pray that God continues to inspire me and you to be servants of Jesus in a way that spreads the truth of God’s love to others in everything we do.” 

We look forward to having Jeff with us during the summer! 

Thirteen Years! This week marks my thirteenth year of Priesthood. I was ordained May 26, 2001 at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland by Bishop Donald W. Wuerl. As I celebrate thirteen years, I am very grateful for God calling me to be a priest and honored to be your Pastor here at St. James. 

Ascension Thursday This week we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, a Holy Day. Masses will be held this Wednesday, May 28 at 7pm, and Thursday, May 29 at 6:45am, 9am, and 7pm. 

Looking Ahead: Monday, May 26 – Memorial Day 9AM Mass only. No 7:30pm Mass or Novena. 

The Rectory offices will be closed. 

Tuesday, May 27 - 7th Grade Confirmation candidate and parent meeting - Gathering Space 7pm. 

Saturday, June 21 – Italian Dinner Dance from 6:30 to 10:30pm. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Liam Joseph Martin and Kaylie Ann Welch who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Something to Think About… Don’t shake the tree when the pears fall off themselves. - Slovakian Proverb 

Happy Memorial Day! 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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