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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 08.10.14
The Shepherd's Voice 08.10.14


Today we celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on faith and being prepared for the Lord. 

In the first reading from the Book of Kings, the prophet Elijah learns to listen to God in a new way. In the second reading from the Letter to the Romans, Paul expresses his anguish that so many of his people have not accepted Jesus. In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus reveals himself to his disciples by walking on water. Matthew places today’s story of Jesus walking on water after the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Jesus says “take courage, it is I, do not be afraid.” As Christians, we are on a life long journey to the kingdom of God. Jesus gives us strength when we have doubts and fears. Let us not fear but have faith. 


Assumption This coming Friday, August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption, a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be held Thursday evening, August 14 at 7:00pm, and on Friday, August 15 at 6:45am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm. 

New Assignment for Fr. Gruber Bishop David Zubik has appointed our current Parochial Vicar, Fr. Fred Gruber to a new assignment effective, Tuesday, September 2. Fr. Gruber will become the Parochial Vicar at Ascension Parish in Ingram, Guardian Angels Parish in the West End, and Holy Innocents Parish in Sheraden. He will also retain his responsibilities as Chaplain at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis. 

With this new assignment we will now have just one priest here at St. James. I will continue as your Pastor as my full time assignment and will still have my five additional “part time” responsibilities to cover. We are currently looking into ADJUSTING the DAILY Mass schedule. I will keep you informed as to what changes we will need to make in the next few weeks. Please note that the WEEKEND Mass times WILL NOT change. Please be patient as we prepare for this upcoming adjustment. 

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you baptized in another faith and would like to be Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need communion and or confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting in September after Labor Day. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 ext. 311 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss. 

Scrip Program With the new school year quickly approaching it is time for Back to School shopping! Support your parish by buying gift cards from our Scrip program. Stop by our Scrip table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. For every purchase you make the merchants donate a percentage to our parish. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the rectory office. 

Parish Improvements Two candle racks have been installed, one near Mother Teresa in the vestibule and one up front near the Blessed Mother statue. These were obtained from the Diocesan warehouse at no charge to the parish. Special thanks to our Seminarian Jeff Craig, and Maintenance staff Kyle Devlin and Bill Hawthorne for their help with this project. 

St. James School has undergone some major improvements over the past several weeks. Our maintenance staff has been painting various rooms including the cafeteria, teacher’s lounge, science lab, kindergarten and pre-school rooms and ground floor hallway. Special thanks to Paul Denk and Ed Ginter for their hard work. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Georgie Katherine Offerman and Olivia Kate Scalerico who were Baptized this weekend! 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Erin Marlovits and Floyd Rodgers who were married this weekend! 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Dan O’Rourke from our Maintenance Staff, and Patty Smitz our Rectory Housekeeper. 

Welcome A special welcome to William, Amy and Preston Hall who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Something to Think About… “Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” - Eddie Rickenbacker 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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