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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 06.23.13
The Shepherd's Voice 06.23.13

Follow Me! 

Today we celebrate the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on getting to know Jesus. In the First reading from the Prophet Zechariah, we read that the prophet looks ahead to the day the people will see forgiveness. The second reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians, Paul reminds us that faith and Baptism unite us with Christ. We become children of God and become part of God’s family. 

In the Gospel of Luke, after Jesus prays in solitude, he asks his disciples who do people say that he is? Jesus asks this question in order to lead the disciples to a deeper understanding of who he is and his mission. Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah of God. Jesus reminds his disciples that he must take up his cross for the salvation of all and predicts his own suffering and death, and warns that his followers must be willing to suffer, as well. 

We all have crosses in life. Whether that cross is a health, financial, relationship, or faith issue, let us pick up our cross and walk with the Lord. Jesus invites us to come and follow Him. 

Follow Me! 

Deacon and Priesthood Ordination Last Saturday, June 15, Bishop David Zubik ordained twenty-five men as Deacons to serve the Church of Pittsburgh. Two of the men, Michael Ackerman and Kenneth Marlovits (nephew of parishioners Jack and Carolyn Marlovits) are transitional deacons who are seminarians preparing for the priesthood. The other twenty three ordained will be permanent deacons. Deacons are a great help in the parish by proclaiming the Gospel, witnessing marriages, preaching, baptizing, and assisting in parish life. 

Next Saturday, June 29, Bishop Zubik will ordain Lawrence D. Adams a Priest. Larry is from St. Germaine Parish in Bethel Park and is a graduate of Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport and the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Before entering the seminary Larry was employed as a senior systems analyst with Equitable Resources Inc. We congratulate Larry and welcome him as a priest for the Church of Pittsburgh!

QuoVadis Days The Vocations Office of the Diocese of Pittsburgh is conducting a camp for young men entering or just graduating from high school July 7-10 at Gilmary Retreat Center in Moon Township. Come and spend time with other young high school men looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having a great deal of fun. Activities will include prayer, cookouts, pool and dodge ball tournaments, tug of war, and discussion. The cost for the camp is $25. For more information, contact Fr. Joe Freedy at 412-456- 3000, ext. 3612. 

Italian Dinner Dance St. James Parish will host an Italian Dinner Dance on Saturday, July 13 from 6:30 to 10:30pm in the school gym. Dinner will be provided by Gino’s Catering of Neville Island and entertainment by Mirella the Italian Musician. Tickets can be purchased before or after all weekend Masses or at rectory. 

Items Needed for Gift Baskets We are in need of unused “gifts” for our Italian Dinner Gift Basket Table. If you have any items including lottery tickets, basket of cheer, and gift cards you can drop them off at the rectory or in the Usher’s Room. 

Offertory Gift Bearers If you have a Mass intention for a loved one during one of the weekend Masses and would like to bring the Bread and Wine up to the altar during the Offertory, please notify one of our Ushers before Mass to make arrangements. 

New Parochial Vicar Our new Parochial Vicar, Fr. Fred Gruber will be arriving at St. James on Monday, July 15. Fr. Gruber was ordained a priest last year and is completing his studies in Rome. We look forward to welcoming Fr. Gruber to St. James. 

Fr. Matthew Tosello will continue to live here at St. James as a retired priest in residence and continue to help out with daily and Sunday Masses on an as needed basis. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Rory Bair Peters who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Second Collection The second collection next weekend is for Peters Pence which provides the Holy Father with the assistance he needs to carry out his most important charitable works which include helping with victims of war, oppression and natural disasters. Please be as generous as possible. 

Birthday Wishes Happy Birthday to our Office Manager, Karin Masterani. 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor 

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