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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 06.02.13
The Shepherd's Voice 06.02.13

Welcome Bishop Zubik! 

Today is a glorious day for St. James Parish. We celebrate 150 years as a parish here in the Village of Sewickley and 100 years of Catholic education at St. James School. Throughout this past year we have held various celebrations, including the kick off Mass at War Memorial Park back in September, the Progressive Dinners in October, Light Up Night to kick off the Christmas Holidays in the Village in late November, the School Gala at the Allegheny Country Club in January, our Parish Mission with Paul Koleske and the St. James Alumni Dinner at the Edgeworth Country Club in March, the St. James Frames Art Show and Gallery Walk in April and now today we welcome our diocesan bishop, Bishop David A. Zubik to celebrate our 150th Anniversary Mass at 3pm. 

Special thanks to Ruth Darragh our Chairperson for the Anniversary and her committee for all of their hard work in making our celebrations throughout the year such a success. St. James Catholic Parish is definitely the Light of Christ in the Heart of Sewickley! 

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, “Corpus Christi.” The Eucharist is the center of our Catholic faith. This wonderful Sacrament which we celebrate on this day and at every Mass is a memorial, a living remembrance, of the Passion of our Lord. Jesus, by giving us his Body and Blood, gave us the possibility of new life. 

In the First reading from Genesis, we read that a pagan priest-king, Melchizedek offered bread and wine to Abraham. In the second reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, Paul assures us that in the Eucharist the Body and Blood of Jesus becomes present to us. Jesus is truly present, body and blood, soul and divinity. Whenever we eat of this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death, his total gift of self to us and for us, until he comes again. 

In the Gospel of Luke, we read the famous miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes. By taking, blessing, breaking, and giving bread and fish, he foreshadows the total gift of his very self on the cross in the Eucharist. Discipleship is both accepting the abundance of what God gives us and living out the responsibility. We are transformed more perfectly into the presence of that risen Christ in other. 

The traditional name for today’s feast is “Corpus Christi” the Body and Blood of Christ. When we receive the Eucharist we receive Christ. The Eucharist can nourish us and strengthen us in life. We are spiritually fed when we come to church and when we leave church we can feed others by what we say and do. 

Let us appreciate what we have each and every day. Be nourished and fed by the Lord! 

Corpus Christi Holy Hour Celebrating the Year of Faith, Bishop Zubik will be participating in a Holy Hour here at St. James beginning at 1:00 PM this Sunday on the Feast of Corpus Christi. Please plan to stop by to pray and be with the Lord. 

St. James School Board of Advisors Sister Christy Hill and I are pleased to announce the members of our new Board of Advisors: Kim Lieb, Jessica Focer, Luci-Jo DiMaggio, Amy Garrison, Phil Susie, Jeff Zick, John Nicolaus, Clay Saftner, and Vince Roskovensky. These individuals will advise the Pastor and Principal on school matters such as Advancement, Academic, Recruitment and Retention, Building and Grounds, and Finances. We welcome them to this new board and look forward to enhancing St. James School. Our first Board of Advisors meeting will be this Monday, June 3rd at 6:30pm in the Gathering Space. 

Looking Ahead Sunday, June 9th at 6:00 am - PCNC Cable Channel- “The Mass” with the Rev. Thomas J. Burke- Celebrant and St. James Choir members. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Brinsley Grace Benson who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Nathan and Katherine Picarsic, and Jeffrey and Meghann Siulborski. 

Something to Think About… Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor 

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