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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 06.14.15
The Shepherd's Voice 06.14.15


Today we celebrate the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on making a covenant with God. This week’s Gospel we read the Parable of the Mustard Seed. This parable teaches us to give God a chance and be patient. 

In the First reading from Ezekiel, we read how the prophet helps shepherd the people through the dark days of exile and captivity in Babylon, offering a vision of the restoration of the Davidic kingdom. In the Second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, Paul reminds us that faith will enable us to lead a courageous Christian life on earth. 

In today’s Gospel, we read the Parable of the Mustard Seed. In teaching about the Kingdom of God, Jesus often drew upon images and experiences that Jews living in rural areas of Galilee could easily relate to. All of the readings tell us to be patient and trust in God. All of our growth will depend upon our firm faith in God, and gives us the courage we need in every circumstance. As we celebrate this weekend, let us seek to be patient with the Lord and continue to love and grow in our faith. 

Our Summer Seminarian Intern, Jeff Craig, will complete his four week summer internship with us this weekend. Since arriving back on May 15, Jeff has been keeping busy serving daily and Sunday Masses, weddings, funerals, Baptisms, First Holy Communions, school Masses, eighth grade graduation, cleaning out the Sacristy and storage rooms in church, visiting Sewickley Valley Hospital and the Villa of St. Joseph and observing the daily operations of the business office.

Jeff will be heading to the North American College in Rome in a few weeks. We wish him well as he begins a new chapter in his formation. Please keep Jeff in your prayers. 


Manifesting the Kingdom Awards Last Sunday, Bishop David Zubik presided at a special Mass to honor one person from each of the 200 parishes for the Manifesting the Kingdom Award. This award honors laymen and laywomen who demonstrate the presence of Jesus in their lives and have participated in an exceptional service to the church. This award is reflected in so many different ways in the lives, ministry and work of those who receive it. This year the awardee from St. James Parish is Austin McGrath. 

Bishop Zubik also honored Frank and Ann Cahouet, parishioners from St. James, for the Church Alive! Award. This award is the highest recognition bestowed by the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Recipients of the Church ALIVE! Award are recognized for their exemplary commitment to every component of the Church ALIVE: Eucharist, Catechesis, Evangelization, Formation and Stewardship. They have significantly enhanced the vitality of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Congratulations Frank and Ann! 

Notre Dame Vision Retreat This week I will be traveling with Maria Brown, our Youth Minister, Molly Torbic, and fifty of our high school students to the University of Notre Dame for a Summer Conference June 15-19. Please hold any calls and e-mails until I return. Be sure of my thoughts and prayers as I travel to Indiana. 

Please note there will be No Daily Masses this Monday thru Friday. Mass will resume Saturday, June 20 at 9am with Confessions and Eucharistic Adoration. Fr. Richard Terdine will be “on call” for any funerals throughout the week. Congratulations 

Congratulations to Abigail Marie Renner who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our School Secretary Marcy Knobloch who will be celebrating her birthday this coming June 19. 

Something to Think About… Sometimes, the best way to help someone is just to be near them. - Veronica Roth 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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