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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 07.14.13
The Shepherd's Voice 07.14.13

Love God, Love Neighbor! 

Recently I was talking to my friend Loretta who lives on a large farm outside of Mt. Pleasant in Westmoreland County. The recent heat that we have been experiencing has taken a toll on her health. Loretta told me that this past week her friend E.J. graciously took the time to come over to her home and cut her grass and do some weed trimming. She was very grateful for his help. 

Today we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on keeping the Lord’s commands. In the First reading from the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses instructs the people to listen to the voice of the Lord and keep his commandments. The second reading from the Letter to the Colossians, the author reminds us that Jesus is the perfect image of his Father. Today and for three more Sundays, we will be reading this Letter for the Second Reading. 

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus gives us the famous Parable of the Good Samaritan. This parable teaches us to Love God and Love Neighbor. It is the Samaritan, representing a group that is at odds with the Jewish people who puts aside all concerns for his well-being and acts out of compassion for the victim. 

In this fast paced world that we live in, it is good to be reminded to stop, look and listen to those around us. Let us try to be more like the Good Samaritan, showing selfless love to those in need. 

Love God, Love Neighbor! 

Vacation Bible School a Success! A good time was had by all this week for our annual Vacation Bible School for children four years old through fifth grade. The theme this year was “SonWest.” I played “Sheriff Burke” and had the children take an oath to be deputies for God and witnesses to Jesus Christ. Each child received a badge that said "Wanted by God." Special thanks to Karen Conroy, Jerry Williams, Maria Brown, and all their volunteers for organizing such a fun filled week for our children. 

New Parochial Vicar Our new Parochial Vicar, Fr. Fred Gruber will be arriving at St. James this Monday, July 15. Welcome Fr. Gruber! The St. James Women’s Guild will sponsor a welcoming weekend for our new assistant. Cookies, donuts, and coffee will be served after all of the masses next weekend July 20 and 21. 

Holy Hour Novena Our St. James faith community will be holding a Holy Hour Novena the next seven consecutive Saturdays in order to pray for the miracle of healing for parishioner Tom Hajdukiewicz. Tom recently was diagnosed with an unexpected illness. Our prayers will be focused on Tom’s healing through the intercessions of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She is a fitting mediator for Tom for their shared passion for Respect for Life issues. 

Please join us on Saturday mornings at 8:15 for Eucharistic adoration and Holy Rosary, preceding the 9am Mass. 

Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James on a regular basis or are searching for a parish to call “home” and are not officially registered you’re most welcome here! Please complete the form that is in the bulletin and return it to the office. It is very important to be registered especially to obtain a Sponsor Letter to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor. If you are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files. 

Looking Ahead- Fr. Tom will be on KDKA Radio 1020 AM with Rob Pratte on Sunday, July 28, 5:30am. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Joseph Michael Giunipero who was Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Dayna Jones and Brian Gulish, and Maria Szott and Travis Smith who were married this week. 

Congratulations Fr. Rich Jones Congratulations to Father Richard S. Jones, Pastor of St. Joseph in Coraopolis who is celebrating his 25th Priesthood Ordination Anniversary this weekend! 

Mission Cooperative Appeal 2013 Due to a change in his travel schedule, the mission appeal that was originally scheduled for this weekend has been moved to August. Brother Kevin Dalmasse of The Brothers of the Christian Schools will speak at all of the Masses the weekend of August 10 and 11 for the annual Mission Cooperative Appeal. 

Something to Think About… Love until it hurts. Mother Teresa of Calcutta 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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